Phoenix Returns In Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies To Keep A Certain Promise

By Sato . July 18, 2013 . 9:50am



Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies’ Japanese release date is just around the corner, and Capcom have started a character introduction video series for the upcoming game. In the first edition of the series, scenario director Takeshi Yamazaki talks about the renowned defense attorney and main protagonist of the franchise, Phoenix Wright.



Phoenix Wright will be returning as a lawyer in Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies after an eight-year absence from the court. According to Yamazaki, Phoenix has been redesigned with a more mature look, which is accented by his new suit which includes a vest and gold chain to give him a more “adult” look.


For the first time, characters in Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies will show movements in 3D. The developers took Phoenix’s movements from the first three titles of the series, and did their best to reproduce them in 3D while keeping his original form intact.


The earlier titles’ 2D animated motions had a good tempo to go with sharp movements, according to the director, which was the most difficult part for them to translate into the latest installment.


Yamazaki also mentions that Phoenix Wright will be back to his usual self and turning hopeless cases around, but the reason he’s returning is in fact to keep a promise with someone who is dear to him, which we’ll be finding out in the game.


Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies is slated for release on July 25th in Japan and this Fall in the West on Nintendo 3DS.

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  • ToshiChan

    Someone dear to him…


    • $36487238

      It has to be! IT HAS TO BE!

      But my hopes are high ‘cuz they said “lips are sealed about Maya Fey”. No, what we’ll see is how Maya Fey ties in to all this. :) I bet her role in this is bigger than we will think it’ll be.

      • Tom_Phoenix

        Well, assuming she is alive and has completed her training, she is certain to have a very important role in the overall AA-verse (although whether or not she will have a big role in Dual Destinies remains to be seen). Considering the strong ties that the Master of Kurain has with the goverment, it’s quite possible that she is one of the most powerful and influential people in the country.

        Speaking of which, she would be roughly Mia’s age at this moment in the timeline. It would be interesting to see how she looks like now. Then again, considering what they did with Pearls (read: very little), she probably hasn’t changed much at all.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Well, a few people are dear to Phoenix, not just Maya. Pearls, Trucy, Mia, even Edgeworth….any one of those could have conceivably asked him to go back to law. That said, Maya is certainly a likely possibility.

      Speaking of law, it’s actually kind of funny, but Dual Destinies will be the first time that Wright will be in charge of a proper law firm. Not only is he a lawyer again, but he now also has two junior attorneys under him. The only question is….are they STILL calling it the Wright Anything Agency? XD

      EDIT: I forgot to mention Iris! How silly of me.

      • AverageGamers

        I really don’t mind if that ‘dear person’ is Edgeworth XD
        I think he kinda had promised him to be a man of justice or something like that during the 1st/2nd game

    • linkenski

      If it’s Trucy he “holds dear” then I fear I’m gonna break my 3DS or throw it at a wall whenever they reference it in the game. It would just be forced.

    • AverageGamers

      I think it needs to be Maya… considering how she accompanied Nick throughout the first 3 prequels. And Mia had also entrusted her sister(s) to him…

      • Andrea Beatrize Santos


        It’s kinda off if he made it with someone who has a lesser role in the story. It will make Maya’s role as the best friend go down below

  • GaiunxWolfenX

    please how much for the game! i wanna know!!! this is a must buy but i really wanna know!!!

    • linkenski

      It’s probably the standard full 3DS Retail price. I can’t remember how much it is in NA.

  • Silent-Hal

    I’m beginning to wonder how much focus Phoenix is actually going to get in this game. They’ve shown three cases so far, and he was only the playable character in one, which was the tutorial case. I’m a little worried that having Phoenix, Apollo AND Athena as playable protagonists might end up muddying the game’s narrative somewhat.

    • Lusankya

      There was no problem with three playable protagonists in Trials & Tribulations. But yeah, this time all three have big roles and the scenario writer indeed said in the official blog that this was a big challenge for him. (english translation)

      So you see they’re (and that’s kinda obvious) totally aware that’s it’s not easy to write a story with three equal protagonists.

    • AverageGamers

      On the latest trailer (the gameplay one), in one of the case Nick will be missing and Apollo with Athena will need to search for his whereabouts. Not sure if that means that he will be gone through the rest, but I’m sure in the final case he will return, just like he had done in Apollo Justice

    • Dont worry because he is still getting the main character treatment, he is the only one with “main character” in his description, we will at least get more focus from his POV than the other.

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  • Fairlee

    99.99% of me sure it’s one of the Fey :p
    (Maya, Mia, Iris is a possibility) ..or maybe Trucy? XD

  • Aoshi00

    I hope the someone dear is Maya too.. what else is more dear than the ladder?

    Already pre-ordered and having it aired so I could get the free costumes in time :) The 3D animation is so amazing, makes me wish I have a bigger Jpn 3DS XL.. alrdy gotten $30 e-shop credit from SMTIV & FE:A, gonna save it for d/ling the Eng version :)

  • Natat

    There better be a connection to the card Franny is holding for him since AA2.

    • Andrea Beatrize Santos

      I want to know what happened to that too

  • Spatulising

    Ahahaha I was actually convinced it was Edgeworth as soon as I saw the post title, to tie in with the first game. I hope they at least reference that!

  • Lemon

    It’s definitely got to be Maya. All the signs seem to point to her. Or rather, the lack of obvious signs about Maya makes these questions work towards her.

  • Jessica

    I’m guessing MAYA FEY or maybe Mia.

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