Ace Attorney 5 Will Have 3D Graphics And Other Tidbits

By Spencer . September 4, 2012 . 5:10pm

aceMore news on Ace Attorney 5 comes from Famitsu, which announced Motohide Eshiro (DmC and Ace Attorney Investigations) as the producer and Takeshi Yamazaki as the scenario writer. Yamazaki worked on Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney as a planner.


Ace Attorney 5 is set one year after the events in Apollo Justice. Phoenix Wright who lost his lawyer qualifications eight years ago returns as the main character and wears a pendant with the number "4" on it. He has a new partner, a mysterious girl wearing yellow, who will be revealed at Tokyo Game Show. Players defend Shinobu, a frail girl who is accused of causing an explosion in a courtroom, in the game’s first case. Winston Payne’s younger brother is the prosecuting attorney.


Famitsu has three screenshots that give hints about the gameplay system. One shows a bunch of silhouettes behind a target character with the word "update" on the center of the screen. Another screenshot has "courtroom minutes" in the top left and "find out" in the top right. The third screenshot shows the evidence system, which has four emoticons in the corners. Ace Attorney 5 will have 3D graphics, so it might look like Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney (pictured).


The story size will be the same as previous Ace Attorney games and if you’re planning to attend TGS you can try a 15 minute demo of the game.

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  • If they announce Localization, I’ll go and buy a 3DS instantly.

    I wonder how he returned? Damn I’m getting hyped

    • Testsubject909

      He was probably moved by Apollo and never really lost his passion for truth and the courtroom, most likely, what was standing in his way was the stain from the story plotpoint that was cleared up thanks to Apollo on the last case.

      Clearing up that problem meant that, most likely, nothing stood in the way of Phoenix reclaiming his position as a defense attorney. Though odds are, there will still be some bad noise and rumor to follow him, similar to a situation that Edgeworth was in, it may or may not play as a plot point in this game, it would be interesting to see if it does.

    • TheRealMalek

       chance of this being localized in Europe : near 0%

      • PoweredByHentai

        You also can’t import because of the region-lock.

  • Watahashi

    Scans for anyone who’s curious.

    Edit: Whoops, first image appeared twice.

    • Nicholas Yee

      Thank you!

  • SirRichard

    Seems Layton isn’t the only one with gameplay refinements for the platform jump, though what any of them are is another thing. I guess a new evidence sorting method, and courtroom minutes lets you review everything that happened so far? Could be useful.

  • kylehyde

    Phoenix Wright will raise from the ashes and he will take the flight once again.

    Deshi basara Phoenix Wright.

    • Göran Isacson

       Now I’m imagining Phoenix climbing down a hole just so he can TRIUMPHANTLY RISE from it.

      And throughout the whole time Maya and Trudy are sitting on the edge of the hole and ribbing him for taking things so seriously.

  • Zonic505

    Holy crap, we went from just a logo to all this info & a freakin’ demo at TGS. I cannot wait to hear more about this game & a confirmation for the US.

  • Samurai_Heart

    Come on Capcom localise this, don’t go Ace Investigation 2 on me ='( (even though I’m still hoping for it), we want our Ace Attourney games m(_ _)m, I’m begging you =( don’t leave us hanging.

    • Testsubject909

      This is twice the desperate plea because we can’t play imports on the 3DS to start with, so unlike Ace Investigations 2 where a fan could come up with a translated script and you could play the game, this go around, we’re basically stuck hoping that Capcom localizes it.

  • MrJechgo

    Still would like to see a NA release date from Level-5, since Capcom doesn’t give a damn about localization.

  • Guess Phoenix was tired of eating from the trash and went back doing what he does best

  • I… I cannot express the want I feel right now.

  • Tales_of_Master

    Day after day I become more convinced that buying a 3DS was the best decision I ever made in my life. I’m not sure if Shu’s absent is gonna affect the game negatively, but….who am I kidding I’m buying the game anyway :D Feenie is back again and all is good in the world. Now all I need is to see Larry Butz and this game will be my GOTY until AA6 is released :3

  • Zeromus321

    My god….. I must….. Have this….. YOU HEAR ME CAPCOM!? I MUST HAVE IT!

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I’m both super excited and heavily disappointed. What was the point of introducing Apollo? I hope he’s at least in it as Phoenix’s assistant. 

    • Aoshi00

      Really excited!  Was hoping Phoenix to be back at the helm in 5.  Glad Capcom listened to feedback of fans.  I thought Apollo was ultra lame, even though Trucy was cute. 

      Not sure how people liked him, I know in Jpn most people didn’t care for Apollo and the no. 1 wish for Gyakuten 5 was pretty much to have Phoenix be the titular character again.  The new main was kinda an experiment, but I just don’t think Apollo has the charisma to carry thru another trilogy.. even Edgeworth only got 2 games :)

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        @Aoshii00:twitter & @Kevin_Miranda:disqus 
        I totally agree with you that its great to see Phoenix again, even if he isn’t back with my love Maya. It’s just a shame that they dropped Apollo as the MC, even if he was an experiment. I took a liking to the dude and hoped that he’d realized how hard he was used in the first game and become an even better character based off that.
        Either way, super excited and I hope it gets localized, although I’ll be importing regardless~

        • Aoshi00

          Same here, would definitely import this first and get the US ver later.  Wonder if there would be a special edition too like Investigations 2, loved the orchestra soundtrack. Wish they had gone w/ dual language w/ 4&5 like 1-3 though.. the Jpn trilogy had both Jpn & Eng, but not 4 and Investigations..

    • Well, Apollo was a gambling move to see if fans were ready to move on from Phoenix story but the feedback was pretty much clear that fans were still expecting so much more from Phoenix and with the tragic story they gave him on Apollo Justice everyone (myself included) were pretty pissed that’s what happened to Phoenix after all what he done.

      Personally Im happy with this choice and don’t take me wrong either, I really liked Apollo and I do agree he needs some more development given they already introduced him as a new ace attorney but Im pretty sure he’ll appear in this game as well, maybe we’ll play some cases as him and this time with a more experienced Apollo. (The red 5 has to be for something right?)

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  • Daniel Morandi

    Im a very happy 3DS owner because of news like this make my day!!

  • DanteJones

    Crazily stoked for this. I just… have no words. Except these. ;A;

    King of Heroes, if you please.

  • Tales_of_Master

    More scans :3
    Phoenix’s model looks like the same one from PLVs.AA. Still, the Judge is looking as wise as ever in 3D :P Here is hoping for his Canadian brother to show up :D

    • Göran Isacson

      I totally would want to see Canada-judge one of these days. Nice to see that Phoenix still has his awkward-faces left, though… and come on, give us older Mystic Maya already!

    • Aoshi00

      I think the 3D looks a bit better than the crossover game, less cartoony.  At least they didn’t ditch the great 2D illustration entirely..  good 3D isn’t so bad like Robotics;Notes, but I would’ve preferred entirely in 2D since the illustration are so good.

    • MrKappa

      I like how he is rocking that open vest look. But after all these years he still has those goofy looks on his face? I know they are classic but after how calm and nonchalant he was in AJ it feels unreal for him to go back being a joker.

      • RadShiro

         I think it was a big act on his part.

        In case 5 of AJ, when can still see he’s pretty goofy with his thoughts. After taking the bar exam, I guess he was able to chill out again.

  • i had so much fun with these games on the DS.

    damned 3DS is giving me more and more reasons to order one.

  • Detrimont

    from the end of apollo justice, we know that there should be a jury, but never know, something could have happened that changed that

    • Daniel Morandi

       I think with the new jury system, the game could add more interesting stuff gameplay-wise like trying to gain their favor by choosing the correct words or something like that aside from making your statement logical enough for the judge.

      Sounds weird or boring? I don’t think that this will happen with an Ace Attorney now that we have Pheonix funny personality with us once again.

  • I see the return of Phoenix Wright as the lead character as an act of cowardice. They tried something new and they’re aren’t going to stick with it, which saddens me. I personally like when the status quo changes, so even though I’m the only one who liked that change, I feel cheated that they couldn’t follow through.

    • Daniel Morandi

       You knew (I believe) that this was going to happen anyway. Yeah they tried and failed so they are trying to return to their roots once again, I feel bad for Apollo but never liked the character, not his fault because I felt more that it was a production problem that he couldn’t evolve more and now he his toss aside.

      They could amend some things by give them a propper rol in the main storyline of Ace Attorney 5. We will see.

    • Brandonmkii

      I was okay with making Apollo the lead, but then they just made Nick steal his thunder anyway. Maybe we’ll get to play a case as Apollo or something in 5, just for old times sake.

    • Aoshi00

      I thought Apollo was so lame though, not as adorable or funny as Phoenix, just kinda cheeky and annoying, but not much personality.. and making Phoenix a bum was just sad after everything that’s happened.

      I think it’s great they brought Phoenix back, nobody was really looking toward to 5 if Apollo comes back, at least that’s the consensus of Jpn fans..

      Phoenix looks much better in this cool vest than the bum beanie and hoodie :)

      • Testsubject909

        I’m just waiting for the Ace Attorney movie to hit our western shores next year…

        Come on! Come to daddy!

        Ah, the music will be awesome too! 

        • Aoshi00

          Cool remix score.  Looking forward to the movie as well.  Actually it was shown in Japan Society in NYC back in August but I missed it.. Would get it on blu-ray as soon as it’s released over here.

    • As I mentioned previously Apollo was pretty much an experiment to see if fans were ready to depart from Phoenix story and the feedback was pretty much water clear that it wasn’t at all good.
      Perhaps the fans would have willingly accepted Phoenix retirement if they wouldn’t have given him such as terrible fate in 4 after all the heroic cases he solved, but if it wasn’t for that maybe this Phoenix Wright wouldn’t be as exciting, this is truly what his name means, a Phoenix that rise from it’s ashes!

      But in any case I do feel your concern about Apollo, I do personally liked him and since Capcom already made him a new ace attorney he really deserves more development to gain a proper prestige but I wouldn’t worry, Im pretty sure he’ll play an important role in this game, we are just getting the most basic and shocking news first so I believe they are saving him for a more deeper and important reason (Or so I hope, that red 5 on the logo makes me think so).

  • DuskSharkEX

    *looks at images*

    Dat vest.

    • Testsubject909

      Dat Attorney Badge.

      In Three-ee-ee- Deee-ee-ee… *is going to play the game with the 3D slider off*

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if that girl although looking different is an older Maya

  • Tom_Phoenix

    I’m….kind of confused right now. There is a contradiction in the Famitsu scans. Some of the screenshots clearly have sprites with 3D backgrounds while others are full 3D.

    Anyway, Payne looks suprisingly cool; maybe years of experience have given him the prosecutorial skills to match his new getup. It would be really neat if Payne turned out to be a suprisingly difficult opponent in this game.

    And speaking of experience, I wonder if people around him will finally stop treating Phoenix like a rookie? 

    EDIT: Nevermind, I just realised that the person in the screenshots is Payne’s younger brother, not Payne himself.

  • Souji Tendou

    YES, they got rid of Apollo! :D

    But why takes place after 4? Will we ever see Characters from AA 1-3 again? If not, then doh I’ll be dissappointed Crapcom. At least makes Maya returns, she is Phoenix sidekick.

    • Testsubject909

      Maya 8 years older… Think she grew up to be like Mia physically?

      Anyways. Watchu got against Apollo? Oh and, to note, if this happens after Ace Attorney 4, does this mean that they have the Jury System in place permanently?

    • Because the gap between T&T and the Gramarye case is small? (Well admitedly, they do have to explain a couple of things of what happened in that gap of time, mainly the Feys.)

      Lol, why so mad a Apollo?

    • AA fan, Y U MAD AT APOLLO? 

      Haha, … I, for one, like Apollo. He’s cool. In fact, I’m playing Apollo Justice right now (I think I just finished Case 2… that was one tough case for me). I don’t see the problem. It’s nice to have a fresh hero take the reins for once. 

      But definitely looking forward to this. :D Nice to Nick back and ready to do some OBJECTION! 

  • Testsubject909

    This is now my number 1 undisputed reason to get a 3DS.

    And to celebrate the news of Ace Attorney 5… Hit it! 

    • Aoshi00

      If anyone wants a 3DS, I have a like-new Zelda 3DS (w/ Hori screen protector), I could let it go for $130 or something.  I just got an XL yesterday :)

      • Zeidge

        Me wants! However the drastic distance shipping and online transactions just make me skeptical to make me wonder if its worth it or safe…

        • Aoshi00

          You in the US :)?  I take PayPal so it’s pretty safe w/ tracking.  Also I’ve been here forever (I sell on ebay too) so I’m pretty trustworthy :)

          • Zeidge

            Sadly no, I’m in Southeast Asia, Singapore. Soo yeah pretty long distance if its still alright. And don’t worry about the region lock, did my research and the “Asia” and US regions are basically identical.

            EDIT: Oh and shipping costs would be crazy high too.

          • Aoshi00

            I see, Singapore :).. I thought Asian systems would work w/ Jpn games instead of US games?  When I was in HK, all the games we had were Jpn (there weren’t Asian ver. yet).  Yeah, shipping probably won’t be cheap, that’s too bad.. but yeah, you should grab a 3DS or even better an XL to play Gyakuten Saiban 5, my most anticipated game :)  Hail return of Phoenix!

      • Testsubject909

        As I’ve said many times. I live in Canada, but I’d be willing to TAKE THAT off your hands if you have no OBJECTION. Though you might have to HOLD IT for a while so I can get the money and settle the whole thing with you, details shipping and all.

        • Aoshi00

          Cool, shipping to Canada by Post Office shouldn’t be too bad.  So yeah, let me know, my offer still stands, give my precious Zelda 3DS a new home :)  It’s like new, alrdy have Hori screen protectors too, I take care of my stuffs like treasures.

          If you are interested, send me a msg over PS3 or 360, my PSN and Live IDs are both aoshi00   we could work it out..  everything should be easy and safe via PayPal.

    • PoweredByHentai

      I’ll just leech off my friend’s 3DS.  I’ll pick up the game, but not the system.

  • scratchbach

    Being the huge AA fan that I am, seeing Phoenix return is pretty cool, and I’m definitely excited for this.
    Honestly though, I was REALLY hoping they kept Apollo- they took a huge risk with AJ, and although a lot of people weren’t huge fans, I really respected the decision to have a new main character. Unfortunately, Apollo barely had any time to shine in his own game (Case 4 was pretty much a Phoenix case in disguise), and AA5 was his chance to really stand out as a character.

    • Well, at the very least I have the hopes that Apollo will participate in this game as well in a way or another or maybe even better perhaps we’ll play a case as him reemplacing Phoenix or collaborating with him on a really picky case.

  • No Apollo = no buy

  • Voltech44

    Ace Attorney 5 is a thing that is actually happening…truly, this is a golden moment in video game history.

    This is…this is just…Megatron, you wanna take this one? 

  • MiniTaurus

     He looks so hawt (✧o✧)

  • The new girl looks like an older Pearls, but I’m guessing she isn’t xD

    • TheRealMalek

       Exactly what i’m thinking ! But why she couldn’t be Pearl ? (she should be 17 now…)

  • rinalicat

    Looks like fun; can’t wait for more!!!

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Capcom. No matter how much troll you be, you are still one of the best game developers for me here lol. Considering this is main number series, i believe that this game is going to come here.^_^

  • kevinposta

    Wait, they actually returned the main character role to Nick?
    Yesssss. I like you, Apollo, but you are no Phoenix Wright.

  • Freud_Hater

    3D graphics? Interesting… I wondered if they actually would take the step forward with this. After all, both Nick and Maya were given 3D personas in Marvel vs. Capcom and it worked pretty well there, so there’s no reason why the series shouldn’t make that kind of change. I’m surprised they actually go back to using Phoenix, but that’s good if you ask me. I just hope they bring back all the characters we love like Maya, Edgeworth, Gumshoe, Franziska and so on :3

    • Aerii

       I was hoping they wouldn’t go 3D. I liked the art and the series doesn’t need 3D at all. It’s basically just a visual novel with point and click elements… >_<

  • Wagnaria

    I hope this 5th game will atleast let us play Apollo in some part of it’s story/Shifting between Apollo and Phoenix. 

  • RadShiro

    I love this. I really do. New Phoenix is awesome.

    But I will kick someone if we don’t get sexy new Edgeworth and his explanation why HE WASN’T HELPING PHOENIX DURING APOLLO JUSTICE.

    *might still be pissed about that*

  • XiaomuArisu

    So its about Phoenix again,he is cool but would be cool if Apollo would get a actual backstory.Maybe Phoenix is just a tutorial stage and a 6th bonus case.

  • Loving my 3DS more and more. It’s nice to see that Phoenix is back! :)

    • Same here dood. Same here. I’m glad I got my 3DS. So many games to get… Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney, Animal Crossing 3DS, Code of Princess, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Virtue’s Last Reward, Paper Mario: Sticker Star,Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon…. XD This is going to be an awesome time for the 3DS ;) 

  • Stuart Nisbet

    The art style was beautiful and so were the sprites…I just don’t understand why they’d want to do this? I’m assuming time/money.

  • s07195

    If Apollo gets a case or two then I’ll be happy. :)
    I’ve played all the games in this series which have been translated into English, so I understand why people didn’t really like AA4, but personally I enjoyed it. Here’s to hoping that Apollo will return, as he was also quite interesting. Also, Trudy should help out or at least appear too!

    Here’s to Wright Anything Agency!

  • Hello there Phoenix Wright. Glad to see you rise from the ashes again (✿❛◡❛)ノ Kinda cool this information came out just as I was jonesing from Phoenix and started playing the first game again lol.

    Edit: I wish I could teleport to the TGS and play that demo *sigh*

    • Testsubject909

      Well damn, at this rate I really will be the only one who never changes his or her avatar icon.

      • Lol! But your’s is so comforting! Like a beacon in the night! Plus it’s way too awesome to change (^.^ )

  • Just Tim

    I understand that Capcom is making money with Nemmy, but I hope they’d use RE profits to localize Edgeworth 2 AND Ace Attorney 5.

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