Phoenix Wright trilogy diced into bite size PC morsels

By Spencer . March 11, 2008 . 6:41am


Daletto is helping Capcom port the three Game Boy Advance Gyakuten Saiban (Ace Attorney) games into downloadable PC games. Instead of selling each complete game PC Saiban will be broken into episodes. The first piece from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney goes live on March 18 and it’s free to download. Future episodes cost 120 yen each, which is not the price per turnabout. The four chapters dealing with Wright, Edgeworth and the DL-6 incident are split into 17 parts. Since you only have to pay for 16 the total cost for the PC version is 1,920 yen ($18.75).


On April 15 Gyakuten Saiban 2 goes through the episodic knife with Gyakuten Saiban 3 following it on May 13. Each of these contain over twenty pieces, but like the initial episode of PC Saiban players can taste the first piece for free.


Capcom USA has announced no plans to release a North American equivalent. However, I imagine an episodic version for the Wii or the Xbox 360 would sell pretty well. It might even draw new fans into the growing series.

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  • That must be pretty frustrating to have to play in 17 different parts. I could see splitting up each of the cases into different parts and selling them for more, but 17 seems like it’s a little much.

    Though, I would love to see each game/case released on XBLA. I’m not sure that people are scrambling for it, but I guess not many people were expecting a lawyer game to be fun when it released originally.

  • I think it makes some sense, if you dislike the inital trial/investigation portion of a case you can skip it and proceed to the next without penalty.

  • Pulstar

    So this is a proper PC conversion and not a lousy emulator? Cool.. If only it had voice acting though :D

  • @Pulstar – Hmm.. I don’t think it’s a “proper” conversion. The screenshots look like blown up GBA screens to me.

    • Name

      Well, it still has to LOOK like Phoenix Wright, so they couldn’t improve it too much, or it might change the distinctive look.

  • Aoshi00

    Yeah, like Plustar said, if full voice-over is added (like the ~8-min DS trailer done by Capcom), then it might be worth it. Since I don’t play any games on PC at all, I was longing for a console remake w/ better animation and full voice-over, say on the Wii w/ point & click.

    Question is how many gamers in Jpn still haven’t played the trilogy on either GBA or the DS re-release.

  • I don’t know, that screen shot looks much higher quality than a blownup GBA screen. Maybe they vectorized the sprites?

  • eldeecee

    They really should do it for the Iphone… :(

  • thaKingRocka

    they already released the full games on pc some time back. i remember seeing them at pc depot all the time. they had a special package with all 3 for 5500 yen or so.

    i’m just surprised they haven’t managed to get around to cell phone ports. if they did that, there’d probably be a boost in battery sales.

    • Name

      They actually have. It’s supposed to work the same way as this, each case split up into little pieces. the first one is supposedly out already.

  • Aww… and here I thought that screen shot was a promo for an anime series.

  • Ben

    They already have done cell phone ports:

    Japan’s already got 2 for sure, and I think they have 3 as well.

  • Zoc

    These games have already been released for PC, on disc, but they just recycled the assets from the GBA version, ie, 240×160 resolution bitmaps. Second, the GS games HAVE already been released on cell phones in Japan.

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