The Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS are host to an incredible amount of games lost to the ether. Gunstar Heroes Advance, Contra DS, Advance Wars, Golden Sun – I could go on- but the portables are host to some of gaming’s finest adventures yet.
Enter Pheonix Wright the Ace Attorney.
Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney is a visual novel lawyer simulator. This quirky Japanese detective game was a staple of my portable collection in my teens. Initially starting on the Gameboy Advance, the franchise would ultimately find success internationally leading to multiple sequels on the DS, a manga, and even a cameo in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. So it delights me to no end to introduce: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. A collection of the finest games of my youth on the PS4, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Switch!
So let’s get this out of the way. This is the best the game has ever looked. In stunning high definition, every little inky detail looked spectacular on whatever screen you used. The original game’s GBA pallette was a little on the colder side of the color spectrum due to the deficiency of the hardware’s back light, but the enhanced Trilogy remedies that into a beautiful picture. Blacks are inky, contrast is perfect, colors pop, and the details on the court room, character portraits, and animations look better than ever.
So what’s included in the package? This particular package includes the first three games in the trilogy. This ultimately amounts to the first three games. This means – 14 cases, tons of OBJECTIONS!, and myriad of translations from English, French, to Chinese. Capcom went out on a limb here to insure accessibility.
You start the game as a rookie lawyer Phoenix Wright working with your assistant Maya Fey. The gameplay is just as I remember it. Players will first be exposed to a crime. This initial cutscene than leads to a list of suspects- and the first part of the experience: the investigations. Investigational prowess will than lead into the showdown – the courtroom. You will defend your client or cross examine someone in court. It’s an interesting blend of McGuyver meets Anime- but boy is it addictive. This is wholesome comfort food.
The soundtrack is pure 2000s era anime nostalgia. Respectively by Masakazu Sugimor, Akemi Kimura, and Noriyuki Iwadare worked on Phoenix Wright 1, 2, and 3. The music spans the gamut of ethereal, brooding, fast paced, and deliberate. This is a huge upgrade from the original Gameboy Advance, and having them play through my Sound Bar in virtual Surround- it is an excellent excellent anthem to hum to.
So this brings us to here. Should you buy Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy? Hell. Yes. The game’s are a fascinating collection of single player anime adventures that test player’s ability to comprehend and read. Even if you aren’t nostalgic for the glory days of the portable, you will find something to love in this package. 60 plus hours of gaming is here for you to devour- with no fluff and DLC to sidtrack you. So without OBJECTION! I highly reccomend this trilogy!
A review code was provided by Capcom UK
Developer: Capcom / Publisher: Capcom
Release date: 17/04/2019
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC
Version Reviewed: Xbox One
“Phoenix Wright is a delightful stroll down court room memory lane”