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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Ace Attorney worldwide performance

Famitsu interviewed Capcom COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto this week, and some of the more interesting comments came about when the Japanese magazine asked about a couple of the company’s older IPs.

Tsujimoto indicated that being able to sell things digitally allows for more possibilities these days. He brought up Mega Man and how Capcom has a better understanding of how much something like the just-released Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection could sell (which is already at over one million copies by the way). 

Perhaps the most significant comment was Tsujimoto stating that Ace Attorney “is currently doing exceptionally well across the globe.” Capcom is focusing on the fact that the series was created by Shu Takumi to promote the upcoming re-release of Ghost Trick on new platforms since he led the way on that title as well.

Ace Attorney Turnabout Collection

Update (4/22): Play-Asia now has pre-orders here. Given Capcom’s other Switch releases in Japan, it should support English.

Original (4/21): It’s been a great day for Ace Attorney fans as both The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve will finally be released in the west. Even better, both will be sold together for the first time on Switch as The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles.

It was announced earlier today that Capcom will be offering The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy in a new bundle. Although Ace Attorney Turnabout Collection will be digital-only in the west, Capcom is preparing a physical release for Japan.

To recap, here’s how Capcom is distributing the latest Ace Attorney releases:

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy originally came out on the DS. Years later, the first three games have made it to HD platforms, including Switch. The team didn’t just leave the pixel graphics as they were, and instead opted to rework them in HD.

Director Shinsuke Kodama spoke about what the process was like in a blog post today. Here’s what he shared about the topic:

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is now available on Switch. To celebrate, Capcom has produced a new launch trailer. We’ve included it below.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

System: Switch
Release date: April 9, 2019
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom

It’s not often that a game can make a debate over the date on a receipt into a matter of life and death, but that’s exactly the kind of storytelling that characterizes the Ace Attorney franchise. Making their first appearance in court all the way back in 2001 on the Game Boy Advance in Japan, the series of visual novel adventure games has made a name for itself for its iconic lines, twisting narratives, and memorable characters. Capcom has now seen fit to bundle the first three entries into the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, marking the franchise’s debut on HD home consoles with a small handful of modern changes. Of course, this begs the question: so many years after their initial releases, can the original Ace Attorney games still make a convincing case for themselves? Let’s commence our investigation and find out.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

As we reported earlier in the west, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is launching for Switch in the west on April 9. Capcom followed up on that by making the date official today, and confirming something else about the release.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy was sold both physically and digitally in Japan. Unfortunately, it will only be offered on the eShop in both North America and Europe. If that’s something you’re disappointed about, you can purchase a physical copy from Play-Asia here. Despite being the Japanese edition, English is supported any will work on any Switch system.

Here’s some additional information on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy from Capcom:

A listing on the eShop has revealed the western release date for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on Switch. The package will be available on April 9, according to the page.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy will initially support English and Japanese. French and German language support will be added later.

As we don’t have the official announcement from Capcom just yet, it’s unclear if Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy will be getting a physical version overseas. We’ll keep you updated on that front.

Source: Switch eShop

Capcom uploaded a new Japanese commercial for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, which is out now on Switch and is coming to the west soon. Check out the advert below.

Although we’re still waiting for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on Switch in the west, Japan did just receive the collection today – complete with English support. Get a look at over an hour of footage below.

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