Top of the trilogy, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations

By Spencer . September 7, 2007 . 7:01pm

pwpt01.jpgI know I’m a bit behind all the other Phoenix Wright fans (other games and all!), but I just finished the final case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations. I’ll sum up the nitty gritty first. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations plays exactly the same as the second game (Justice for All). You peruse testimony, point out logical contradictions with evidence and peer into the hearts of NPCs with the magatama from the Fey family. Capcom did not create a special case for the DS like in the first game and there isn’t much to convince newcomers to try it out. But the story is so good fans will be blown away by Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations. Warning minor spoilers below!


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pwpt2.jpgPhoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations ties the entire trilogy together. In the first case you play as a young Mia Fey, Phoenix’s mentor, who is defending Phoenix from a murder charge. While you are in Mia’s shoes the gameplay doesn’t change and this acts like a tutorial case to familiarize players with the system. Once you win the case and finger the appropriate criminal the timeline shifts to the future where you step into Phoenix’s shoes. Beating the case also fills in a minor detail about prosecutor Payne’s hair, which should give fans a good laugh.


The next case involves a timid security guard turned thief who is charged with stealing an heirloom from the Fey family. During the investigation you run in to Larry Butz, Phoenix’s bumbling grade school chum from the first game. He isn’t restricted to a cameo role. Larry’s idiotic antics play a pivotal role more than once in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations. Other returning characters include Maggey Byrd who works as a waitress, a more relaxed Adrian Andrews and Dick Gumshoe. In the courtroom Phoenix has a new smug prosecutor to face, Godot who wears a robotic visor and has a thing for coffee. Godot acts like he has a personal grudge against Phoenix. During trials he calls him Mr. Trite and purposely traps him into corners. He’s a good rival and… I’m going to stop talking about him here. There other new characters are equally as memorable. A stubby nun named Bikini, the robotic Lisa Basil who has a palindrome for a name and the slightly perverted Victor Kudo were some of my favorites.


While you play as Phoenix for most of the cases, you step into Mia’s shoes for a second time in the fourth case. In Mia’s first case she faces off Edgeworth when he was a rookie too. There isn’t an investigative phase in this case. The focus is to defend the unlucky Terry Fawles from another murder charge. Before he met Mia, Terry was convicted of murdering his “teen angel” girlfriend. He escaped from prison to meet Victoria, the police officer who gave the definitive testimony to put him away. Something is fishy in this case and it’s up to Mia to crack it.


Terry’s case weaves into an overarching storyline that concludes in the blockbuster fifth case. If you’ve been following the Phoenix Wright series the plot line has a greater effect. Each revelation and plot twist clears up holes in the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy. Fans will be impressed, but I’m sure they don’t want any more spoilers. OK, just one more spoiler on the next page…


I think by now you know if you're the kind of gamer who likes the Phoenix Wright style or not. If you like it you're going to love Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations. Now on to the spoiler!


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  • Aoshi00

    Yeah, Phoenix Wirght 3 is good. I’m in the middle of the 3rd case only (just started Jeanne d’Arc last night, addictive!), so I can’t read this article…

    I’ve played Apollo Justice and now I see why many Jpn fans were disappointed by the DS entry due to various factors (they mentioned nothing of Maya, Gumshoe, or Edgeworth, only Phoenix in 7 years later.. and you don’t feel attached to Apollo at all), not that it was a bad game, just leaves a lot to be desired. So 3 is still considered the peak of the trilogy as it wraps everything up nicely, I can’t wait to finish it and find out!

  • the_importer

    I’m only at the 2nd case, but I decided to take my time with this one since it’s the last one in the Trilogy (don’t plan to play or buy the 4th one).

  • Haures

    Well I’m in the middle of the third case too, and i found it exilarating, expecially for Mr. Amstrong and Kudo!!! I don’t mind to finish it too quick, ’cause i want to remember all of this game, Phoenix will miss me a lot and I still don’t know why Capcom wanted to change the character!… whatever i think I’ll buy the 4° ’cause I like too much this kind of game to miss even only one!(sorry for English, I’m Italian)

  • Hey Spencer! Just one question–is the gameplay you were referring to similar to Justice for All or the first game? One thing I didn’t like about Justice for All is that it plays exactly like the GBA version. The only difference? You can advance the text using the touchscreen.

    Ace Attorney, however, was fantastic. You can test for blood spatters using luminol, check for fingerprints with the mic, and examine evidence in 3D. All this good stuff wasn’t in Justice for All.

    Does this next game take advantage of the DS’s features?

  • herolove

    The fink game was extremely grate (mostly the last case but the others to).
    I was also a little desponded in Apollo Justice (Maya fan), but if you feel like Mike play that one to it is like a sequel to “Rise from the asses” the all ds feathers.
    But “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations” is absolutely the best game in the serie.

  • Dahlia_Hawthorne

    umm, no the third game does not have all those nifty DS features cause it’s direct port from the GBA game. Case 5 of AA1 was added to test the capabilities of the DS. :[

  • countingtoten

    The extra case was added to the first Phoenix Wright DS game because the game was an port of the GBA Phoenix Wright.

  • ryne11

    I shouldn’t have gone to the second page……

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