Apollo Justice Returns As A More Mature Man In Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

By Sato . July 21, 2013 . 5:00pm

After covering Phoenix Wright and Athena Cykes, the third part of Capcom’s ongoing Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies character introduction video series is all about Apollo Justice, where scenario director Takeshi Yamazaki talks about the return of the young defense attorney.

Apollo, who was the main protagonist of the series’ fourth and previous installment, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, will be returning as a playable character in Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, where he’ll be going up against new prosecutors and unraveling a new chapter of his life as a young lawyer.


Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies takes place about a year after the events of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, in which time Yamazaki believes he has grown into a much more reliable man. This time around, there will be a new lawyer in Athena Cykes as part of the Wright Anything Agency, who will be considered Apollo’s junior, so he’ll be showing a more mature part of himself, as her senior at the agency.


At the start of the game, Apollo will appear wearing a mysterious jacket and covered in bandages, and according to Yamazaki, he won’t exactly be his usual self. Not much more can be said about the reasons behind his appearance, but Yamazaki shares that there is definitely some sort of trauma behind it, which will unravel along with his story in Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies.


Apollo who was known for being the young, fresh and loud lawyer, will be quite different in the fifth installment of the series, where we’ll see several different sides of his character.


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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  • British_Otaku

    Looking forward to this as someone who started with AA4.
    He didn’t get enough of a shot in that game, then when you look in constrast to the prior games, he didn’t really get much “character” or opportunities to react even in comparison to any of the other AA titles for Phoenix.

    I like that we see Apollo at odds with Phoenix at points too. :P

  • Michael Connell

    I wonder if the fanbase still hates him and whether this game will change their minds.

    • HershelLousyton
    • Barrylocke89

      The big thing that I’ve heard people really say about Apollo these days is that it’s not that he’s unlikable or incompetent. The problem is that in AJ, the real work was often done by Phoenix, Klavier, and even TRUCY.

      What a lot of fans were hoping to see was Apollo getting handed the torch in a more permanent way, maybe with Phoenix as an adviser type, but the real work and business being handled by Apollo.

      The real question is how the fans that feel this way think about Dual Destinies, and that’s something that I’m not sure about.

      • Guest

        Other of the problems was Apollo’s lack of characterization, we barely get to know him, we didn’t even learnt his motivation to become a lawyer.

        If Apollo is given more personality and maybe a backstory, I’m pretty sure people would relate to him more easily.

      • Pockystix

        To be fair, Nick had a lot of help in his first outing, and would’ve lost all his cases without Maya or Mia being around (the latter around. . . kinda lol)

        but yeah, Apollo wasn’t really given a strong enough feeling of ‘legend in the making’ that Nick had. Hopefully he’s gotten much better at his job~

  • SwiftWind

    I don’t mind Apollo becoming more mature, but the whole “very different’ part worries me a little. I hope he doesn’t pull a 180 like Phoenix did in Apollo Justice, because character consistency is very important to me. Believable character growth is fine, but I think changing his character completely will ultimately feel out of place and even a little forced.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Yup, I still claim the real issue with AJ is that nothing was ever explained why Phoenix made that 180. And that it wasn’t just Phoenix who was so changed. The Maya and Pearl we knew before would have never let him become that man.

      It seems a singular purpose of this game is to finally explain all of that.

      • It was a noob move to call our attention!!

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Change noob for stupid and u getting close. :P

      • Tom_Phoenix

        The thing I’m wondering is if Phoenix feels any regret for what he did during the first case of AJ. I think he’s the type to feel some regret, especially since he manipulated someone else in the process. Maybe that’s the reason why he needed convincing to go back to law….maybe he felt regret and wasn’t sure it was appropriate for him to come back.

        Either way, I’m going to be extremely baffled if it goes unmentioned, since it’s actually kind of a big deal and I don’t think the manipulated person would easily forget it.

      • Barrylocke89

        I agree. I was actually pretty fond of Hobo-Phoenix, but if this game only side-steps the issue of who he was in PW, in AJ, and now in Dual Destinies, I’ll be pretty miffed.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    They’re STILL calling it the Wright Anything Agency. XD

  • Alestaos

    I liked his game tbh thought he could of been a deeper character glad to see them going doqn that route. Now next hope is they actually do get pushed to release a physical copy of the game in NA/EU

    • Aoshi00

      I highly doubt we would get physical copy for eng ver now, which is unfortunate, otherwise I could play on the xl at home and on the smaller 3DS on the bus.. this could be done even on digital but nintendo doesn’t have acct based system..

      • Alestaos

        I thought one of the guys working on it was trying to get it to be released here in physical form. Problem is friends are intrested but dont want to buy more than one (thehave 2/3 3DS’s) so there thinking of boycotting it. Me i need a bigger memory card i would say..

        • Aoshi00

          I think my memory card should have enough space for now.. It’s a pity we won’t get physical..I think sven was the guy trying to get it but he quit Capcom now. But I would still d/l it even i’m importing since I like the series too much. Too bad I can’t play on both of my 3DSes either..nintendo should really implement the acct thing to save all this trouble..

  • Aoshi00

    I just tried the demo yesterday, it’s the anime intro and the beginning of the first case, it was really fun (I like the new elephant and rhino mascots :). Apollo did feel quite a bit more mature (wasn’t a big fan of his in 4). Pulling a Raiden definitely helps, since I really didn’t find him to be that likable before..

    Also glad to see the old nick back, after investigations 1& 2, and not really counting bum in 4 or Layton spinoff..

    I was worried the text would be hard to on a regular 3DS, thankfully that’s not the case at all. A lot of games make the text too unnecessarily tiny, like Layton or Fantasy Life..

    • kuma483

      How did you try the demo? Was it at SDCC?

      • Aoshi00

        Nah not at comic con, just on my Jpn 3DS, i’m importing the game :) I wish I were there to see Jodie Foster who’s promoting elysium..

  • PoweredByHentai

    I’ll just leave this here:


    Also, SPOILERS!

  • piichan

    I’d like them to finish Apollo’s story. Will Trucy and Apollo ever find out who they are? Are they going to find out the truth regarding Trucy’s father? And what about the mother? *avoiding spoilers here* Etc, etc, etc. AJ wasn’t as strong as the AA series but it definitely had an ending hinting a sequel with Apollo as lead. But since it wasn’t as well received, they had to make adjustments. Just personal thoughts.

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