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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

System: 3DS (eShop)
Release date: September 8, 2016
Developer: Capcom
Publisher Capcom


I won’t dance around saying that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is kind of a mess, albeit a lovable one. If you think too hard about the overall plot, setting aside a few genuinely good and surprising twists, it’s full of laughably bad inconsistencies and weak writing choices. However, if you shut that part of your brain off – the one that checks for internal consistency – and focus on the moment-to-moment mystery plot and absurdity of what unfolds in these courtrooms, then it’s a much better experience. In other words, Spirit of Justice is yet another Ace Attorney game made in the absence of series creator Shu Takumi.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is available on the 3DS eShop today. If you buy the game during the first week, you can receive a free character costume pack featuring Furio Tigre for Phoenix, a school uniform for Apollo, and a Trés Bien waitress costume for Athena. After September 14, the DLC will cost $0.99 / £0.89 / €0.99.

Capcom will release new Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice throughout the rest of September each Thursday. Two short stories are on the way, each of which has a unique pixel art 3DS theme. A full-length extra episode titled “Turnabout Time Traveler” is also on the way.

Here’s the schedule:

9/15 – “Phoenix Wright: Asinine Attorney” short story and 3DS theme ($3.99 / £3.59 / €3.99)
9/22 – “Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney” short story and 3DS theme ( $3.99 / £3.59 / €3.99)
9/29 – “Turnabout Time Traveler” full-length extra episode ($5.99 / £5.39 / €5.99)

Watch the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice launch trailer below.

Source: Capcom PR

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice came to Japan earlier this year, and today’s it’s heading to the western eShop. A few minutes of footage is below.

A few hours ago, the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice review embargo lifted. We’ve rounded up some of the notable verdicts thus far below.

Nintendo Everything – “Thumbs Up”
IGN – 6.5 / 10
GameSpot – 8 / 10
GameXplain – Disliked
Nintendo Life – 9 / 10
Destructoid – 9 / 10
GamesRadar – 4 / 5
Game Informer – 8.5 / 10
NintendoWorldReport – 8 / 10
USGamer – 4.5 / 5

Just like in Japan, Capcom will make DLC available for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice overseas. Part of this encompasses costumes, and fans will have an opportunity to acquire them for free.

Capcom says that there will be “free DLC costumes for the first week”. We’ve seen alternate outfits for Phoenix Wright (Furio Tigre), Athena Cykes (Trés Bien), and Apollo Justice (old high school uniform). Sengoku Basara costumes were also released in Japan a little after launch, but it’s unknown what their status is in the west.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice launches on Thursday.

Thanks to Anthony for the tip.

Capcom has the fourth development blog up for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. The new one can be read here.

Today’s piece involves talk about the demo, designer and cultural notes about Rayfa and Nahyuta’s designs, and trivia. You’ll hear from Yoriki Daigo, one of the game’s designers.

Capcom has shared the final character profile for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. Today, we’re able to learn a bit more about Ema Skye, a returning character. Find the full rundown on the character below.

Siliconera had the opportunity to send some questions to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice producer Motohide Eshiro and scenario director Takeshi Yamazaki. The two commented on Maya’s return, the change inpenalty system, Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, and fan feedback.

These excerpts can be found after the break. Head on over to Siliconera for the full interview.

Capcom has prepared a second video focusing on the voice cast of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. Find a video for Athena below, who is voiced by Wendee Lee.

Nintendo revealed the file sizes for both Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice and Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice today. Note that these are the file sizes for the European versions of the game – the file sizes might differ in other regions depending on the languages the games are released in in that region.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, which will be released in Europe on September 8th, will take up 6,794 blocks on your 3DS’ SD card.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, which will be released in Europe on September 30th, will take up 12,333 blocks.

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