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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

We’ve translated the last portion of Famitsu’s interviews with Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi. This time around, Takumi delves into the different characters, such as how he came up with Godot. He touches on other topics as well such as the iconic music.

You can read our full translation below. However, if you haven’t played the series before, you may want to skip this for now. You can also read our previous translations with Takumi here and here.

Famitsu recently published a couple of interviews with Shu Takumi, the creator of Ace Attorney. In case you missed it, we posted the first part here. We’ve also been working on a translation of the second interview, which was much larger in scope. Due to the length, we’ll be posting it in two parts.

Below, you can read up even further on the creation of the Ace Attorney series. Takumi talks about what the first game’s prototype was like and the team initially thought that development could have been suspended, how Maya and Mia got their roles, and more. You can read our latest translation below, but if you haven’t played the series, you may want to pass on it for now due to some light spoilers.

Famitsu recently published interviews with Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi in back-to-back issues. We have a translation of the first part ready now.

During the discussion, Takumi had quite a bit to say about the original game’s origins. He touched on the Japanese name, how it was initially targeted for the Game Boy Color, and more.

Here’s our full translation:

Phoenix Wright is a character we’ve all come to love over the years. But did you know that he could have had a different name?

Alex Smith, a localization editor working on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, said he originally suggested the name Roger. ‘Pierce,’ ‘Xavier,’ ‘Marcus,’ and ‘Zane’ were also on the list of proposed first names for Phoenix.

Smith told USgamer:

“My original suggestion for Phoenix Wright was ‘Roger Wright.’ I had come up with a list of first names and a list of last names, and submitted that to Capcom. And, in those, ‘Phoenix’ was one of the first name options, but pretty far down on my list. And Roger was at the top. And ‘Wright,’ I felt, had to be the his last name, because of the pun in Japanese… ‘Naruhodo’ was used so many times in the text as a joke. Also, it’s just self-deprecating humor, where the one guy whose name is ‘I get it!’ just doesn’t get it. I needed something that was bold and like, ‘Yeah right, I got it!’ so he could say that and kind of own that attitude, even though he had no idea what he was doing.

“So ‘Wright’ was there, and ‘Roger’ was my first choice, because heroes—they like to have alliteration. Also, if you’ve ever seen the movie Airplane, [‘Roger’] is a great source of silly jokes as well. So that seemed like a name with a lot of potential. They ended up going for ‘Phoenix’ because they liked the heroism of it, and there was a comment from the Japanese dev team—they felt like ‘Roger Wright’ sounded too much like ‘Roger Rabbit.'”

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