Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney[lower-alpha 1] is a visual novel adventure game developed by Capcom Production Studio 4[3] and published by Capcom. It was released in 2001 for the Game Boy Advance in Japan and has been ported to multiple platforms. The 2005 Nintendo DS version, titled Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten in Japan, introduced an English language option, and was the first time the game was released in North America and Europe. It is the first entry in the Ace Attorney series; several sequels and spin-offs were produced, while this game has seen further ports and remasters for computers, game consoles, and mobile devices.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
North American Nintendo DS box art featuring (clockwise from upper left) the judge, Miles Edgeworth, Phoenix Wright, and Maya Fey
Developer(s)Capcom Production Studio 4
Director(s)Shu Takumi
Programmer(s)Noriyuki Otani
  • Kumiko Suekane
  • Tatsuro Iwamoto
Writer(s)Shu Takumi
  • Masakazu Sugimori
  • Naoto Tanaka (DS)
SeriesAce Attorney
Platform(s)Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Windows, Wii, iOS, Android, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
October 12, 2001
  • Game Boy Advance
    • JP: October 12, 2001
    Nintendo DS
    • JP: September 15, 2005
    • NA: October 11, 2005[1]
    • EU: March 16, 2006
    • WW: April 9, 2019
  • Episodes 1-4
    • JP: December 15, 2009
    • NA: January 11, 2010
    • PAL: January 15, 2010
    Episode 5
    • JP: March 16, 2010
    • NA: May 24, 2010
    • PAL: May 2010
    • JP: December 21, 2009
    • NA: May 24, 2010
    Trilogy HD
    • JP: February 7, 2012
    • WW: June 10, 2022
  • Trilogy HD
    • JP: February 7, 2012
    • WW: June 10, 2022
    Nintendo 3DS
    • JP: April 17, 2014
    • NA: December 9, 2014
    • EU: December 11, 2014
    • AU: December 12, 2014
    Switch, PS4, Xbox One
    • JP: February 21, 2019
    • WW: April 9, 2019
Genre(s)Adventure, visual novel

The story follows Phoenix "Nick" Wright, a rookie defense attorney who attempts to have his clients declared "not guilty". Among other characters are Phoenix's boss, Mia Fey; his assistant and Mia's sister, Maya; and prosecutor Miles Edgeworth. The player controls Phoenix through two sets of sections: investigations and courtroom trials. During investigations they gather information and evidence. During trials they cross-examine witnesses, and answer questions from the judge, the prosecutor, and the witnesses. The story is split into five cases. The fifth was introduced in the Nintendo DS version to take advantage of gameplay elements using the handheld's touchscreen not available in the original Game Boy Advance version.

A team of seven developed the game over the course of ten months. Written and directed by Shu Takumi, it was originally planned as a Game Boy Color game about a private investigator. The game was designed to be simple; Takumi wanted it easy enough that even his mother could play. While the original version of the game takes place in Japan, the localization is set in the United States; this became an issue when localizing later games, where the Japanese setting was more obvious.

Generally, the game has been positively received by critics who praised its premise, writing, characters and presentation. The game has been a commercial success both in Japan and internationally. The release sales in North America broke expectations, and as a result the software became difficult to find in stores shortly after its release. Other media based on the game have been produced. It has been credited with helping to popularize visual novels in the Western world, and has been cited as one of the greatest games ever made. A manga series premiered in 2006, a film adaptation of the game, titled Ace Attorney, premiered in 2012, and an anime series adaptation aired in 2016.