A Closer Look At Apollo And Athena’s Abilities In Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

By Sato . June 7, 2013 . 6:30pm

It looks like Athena and Apollo will be lending quite the hand in solving Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies cases. Athena’s Mood Matrix will come in handy for reading emotions, but not all emotions are stable and easy to read. Meanwhile, Apollo will be using his deduction skills in solving a crime that hits the youkai enthusiast village he was dragged to by Trucy.


Athena Cykes will be using her necklace device called the Mood Matrix to examine witnesses’ emotions to help solving cases. Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies’ official website gives us a look at more Mood Matrix features. In the latest update, Capcom shows it being used to help solve the case surrounding the death of a youkai enthusiast village’s mayor.


Athena’s Mood Matrix relies on reading people’s emotions, but when they’re overwhelmed by emotions such as fear, their memories tend to get mixed up with emotions, making it harder to find the truth.


When Trucy’s friend Yumemi Tenma is called upon to testify on the case of the mayor’s death, the Mood Matrix picks up a bunch of youkai spirits, which are clogging up her memories. This is in face due to the fact that the young girl strongly fears ghosts and other spiritual phenomenon (which would explain the poor girl’s appearance having to live in a “Youkai Village”).


Your objective using the Mood Matrix will be to find which youkai seems to be bringing out the most fear in Yumemi. In this case, it seems to be a cat monster riding on what looks like a flaming wheel.


Apparently, that flaming wheel was actually a chandelier that was an important key to solving the case. By getting a closer look at the witnesses’ emotions using the Mood Matrix, you’ll be able to work your way to finding the truth, one step at a time.


Apollo Justice’s ability is called the “Thought Route”. This feature is similar to the Logic feature seen in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, where players were able to look at the known facts and reach a conclusion.


The Thought Route will be used towards the end, when Apollo is just a step away from finishing the trial, but can’t seem to put the nail in the coffin, yet.


By looking back at facts, Apollo will be able to deduce a series of paths accordingly. You’ll see several choices from facts that were revealed to related key items. As you make your choice, you’ll advance to the next branch of deduction until everything becomes clear.


The Thought Route has multiple routes that must be deduced to find the one truth. Even if you make a mistake, you’ll still be able to try it over, as many times until you figure it out. This feature will come in handy in the final moments of cases when the end is just a fingertip away.


Capcom also gave us a peek a the third chapter, which is set in the middle of a school festival. Not much has been revealed regarding the scenario, but we’ll be finding out more soon.


Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies is slated for release on July 25th in Japan and this Fall in the West on Nintendo 3DS. You can get a look at some of the game’s English screenshots in our recent report.

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  • Sardorim

    Apollo x Athena, calling it now. Don’t disappoint me now you awesome fan artists out there.

    • Niermyico

      It wont be long before that ship sails. lol

    • “B-but, what about Klavier?” HAHAHAHA, I wanna see the face of those shippers when they see that Athena has become a threat to them!!

      • It literally won’t stop them.

  • RovCal

    have never played ace attorney before.. can I jump right into this one or I must play the older games to understand the series?

    • LuffyPanda15

      You can definitely jump in, that’s how each game is built

    • Play the older games! It’s the best way to enjoy this series to its unseen peak!

      • RovCal

        I see.

        • Rytan

          You could start with this game. But you’ll probably have a few things from past games spoiled for you, and some things would be as fun or interesting if you don’t know the character’s histories. If you have Android or iphone, you can get the first three games pretty cheap and in HD right now. 4 is only about $20 new on Amazon too.

        • linkenski

          There are some story elements in the first 4 games that you simply have to see for yourself before you’ll get it spoiled in this game! I didn’t expect a lot storywise from the first games, but it has become one of my favorite franchises and i got very hooked to the universe.

    • Kavyn

      They released the first three games in HD on iOS (first two cases free) if you want to check that out! Play the first games if you can, they’re really great!

      • RovCal

        really? thanks for informing.

    • eviville

      The benefits of playing the AA games before Dual Destinies is that the Ace Attorney series loves to litter the games with references to their previous games that new players won’t catch. Otherwise, the games always tries to be friendly to new players just getting their feet wet in the series.

  • new_tradition

    Hmmm…I kind of hoped we’d see the “Perceive” system back for Apollo (I liked trying to find people’s tells), but this new “Thought Route” is still pretty nifty ^^

    Though I wonder if they’ll keep the name “Thought Route”. I like the “Mood Matrix” English name, but “Heart Scope” had it’s charm too, so I’m curious…

    • Guilherme Matheus Silva

      The Perceive System is there as well, you know =]

      • kuma483

        And besides, how can we be absolutely certain only Polly can use the Thought Route?

        • Guilherme Matheus Silva

          Exactly! It’s a trial’s end system, so I bet Phoenix can use it too.

          • kuma483

            And that possibility make me wonder what Phoenix’s little background silhouette thingy will look like. I suppose we’ll see soon enough.

          • Guilherme Matheus Silva

            Phoenix’s little background silhouette thingy? ‘-‘

          • kuma483

            You know, you can see Apollo’s face in deep thought in the background. I wonder what it will look like with Nick’s face. I’m sorry if I wasn’t very clear before.

          • Guilherme Matheus Silva

            Ah! The silhouette in the bottom screen! I wonder how it’ll be too…

      • new_tradition

        Oh, for real? Yay ^^

  • komiko12

    Wow at the picture of the 3rd chapter.

  • Hmm, that school screenshot. Guilty Dog sounds …familiar? Anyway, maybe it’s a band (since there’s a LIVE board in the back).
    I’m real eager to try out the new abilities!

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