Phoenix Wright Trilogy Points To WiiWare

By Spencer . November 17, 2009 . 10:28pm


Starting this December, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney ports will come to WiiWare. Capcom will start by releasing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney on December 15 for the low price of 900 Wii Points ($9).


The series continues on January 26 when Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All arrives as a digital download for 1,200 Wii Points ($12). Then on February 23, Japanese Wii owners can download Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations for 1,200 Wii Points ($12). Finally, the fifth DS-exclusive turnabout in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney that introduces Ema Skye will be sold as an extra episode for 300 Wii Points ($3) on March 16.


Capcom has not confirmed the WiiWare version of Phoenix Wright outside of Japan, but since the USK leaked the announcement before Famitsu I’d say were getting it.

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  • holyPaladin

    tags phoneix wright is typo ^^

    • Thanks for the correction :)

  • MadMirko

    Straight ports? It’s a bit puzzling that those would go to WiiWare only, and not to DSiWare, too.

    • JeremyR

      Honestly, I’ve never really understood why anything just goes to one download platform. Why not PSN/XBLA/Wii-Dsi/iPhone? I guess in this case being an adventure game, motion/touch controls are better, but the series did originate on the GBA…

      • MadMirko

        For starters, there are purely technical hurdles:

        – different processors, requiring different code
        – different architectures, some systems use multiple CPUs, some have touch screens, games would need to be retooled for each
        – non-3d assets do probably not scale well across the different screen resolutions
        – some systems have a lot of local storage, others very little

        Then there are organizational hurdles:

        – licensing issues
        – company philosophies
        – developer manpower
        – money

        In short, every developer would love to have their game available everywhere at once, and if it would be possible they would make it happen. It’s not, and its the “fault” of the diverse set of gaming systems available. But because of that we also get many unique and interesting games, so I say we still win.

        • Excellent points about porting!

          That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Phoenix Wright appear on other systems platforms someday.

        • JeremyR

          Well, I have to disagree. It’s not like any of these games are pushing their hardware, using specific tricks or such to get the best performance. Porting should be relatively quick and simple.

          PuzzleQuest is a good example of a game ported to almost everything. Which is how i think most games should be. Because frankly, I don’t want to have to have $1000 worth of gaming hardware (not to mention the room) just to be able to play a game I’m interested in.

  • Aoshi00

    So these are just straight ports? If so then it’s a little disappointing… I mean the trilogy have been ported from GBA to the DS in the first place. At least it’s not sold in tiny chapters like the cellphone.. If it’s not sporting any upgrades, then there’s little reason to get it other than to see it blown up on the big screen. I was hoping it would be a beefed up retail remake w/ voices instead of Wiiware ports.. BTW, I finally finished Gyakuten Kenji, the ending was okay.. but the last game dragged on for too damn long…

    • They look like straight ports. I am interested to see how they’re going to edit episode 5 since that engine could be used for Apollo Justice.

      Now that you mention it Ace Attorney Investigations seems like it could be a Wii game too. Perhaps, Capcom will port it up.

  • jarrodand

    Guess they reusing the PC assets? WiiWare seems like an okay fit, but I’d think DSiWare would make more sense?

  • Tokyo Guy

    Ah Capcom…always about porting the old instead of making the new. Does anyone want NEW games in this series instead of the 6th port/incarnation?And yes, 6:The original GBA games, then the PC and the DS and the DS re-releases and then the mobile phone games.

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