Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies’ Quiz DLC Won’t Be Released In The West

By Ishaan . July 27, 2013 . 2:00pm

Earlier in the week, Capcom announced that Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies’ DLC chapter, “Turnabout Return,” will be available in the west in addition to Japan, along with DLC costumes for Phoenix, Apollo and Athena.


When Capcom made the announcement, however, they neglected to mention the deduction quiz DLC that takes place in the offices of the Wright Anything Agency. This is because that particular piece of DLC will not be released in the west.


Over on Capcom-Unity, a Capcom representative confirmed, “Unfortunately, the quiz DLC won’t be coming to western territories since it requires an in-depth knowledge of Japanese culture.”


(Via: GoNintendo)


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  • surakian

    “Unfortunately, the quiz DLC won’t be coming to western territories since it requires an in-depth knowledge of Japanese culture.”

    So? People would benefit from learning some things from other cultures. Why is this even a problem? I can understand if involved Japanese puns that just do not translate into English, but…ugh. Whatever. I don’t expect anything from Capcom so why would I expect them to figure out how to make the DLC work.

    • ReidHershel

      Learning? LEARNING?!

    • WingsOfEternity

      If Aksys could solve the localization issue with the last door in 999 it should be a breeze for Capcom to localize a “quiz”

      • British_Otaku

        What was the localisation issue with the last door in 999?

        • Juan Pablo Fernandez

          Im already interested please answer!

          • Rollersnake

            To give a detailed answer would require major spoilers, but it involves two words that are homophones in Japanese, but not in English. It was impossible to translate literally, so they altered some plot details in order to make it work more or less exactly as intended.

          • Juan Pablo Fernandez

            dang, i played the game and i remember nothing of it

            guess i should play it again

            thanks for the answer!

    • PotatoPower

      wut, they already put a huge effort into localizing most of the ace attorney series, the japanese version has tons of japanese puns and references and they were all americanized, and you are complaining cuz they wont localize a simple quiz?

    • Zoozbuh

      …Don’t be stupid. To be honest, this is a perfectly legit reason to not bring some trivial DLC over- most people probably wouldn’t understand or appreciate it anyway…

    • David García Abril

      It’s not that people would learn Japanese culture from playing this game.

      It’s that they would need to learn Japanese culture just to start playing in the first place.

      Studying to play a DLC that doesn’t even seem to be that interesting? Yeah, good luck with selling that.

    • LaserVision

      Because most people prefer to play games that don’t require having Wikipedia open to proceed? Besides, most people learn about other cultures by travelling, not by playing video games that were clearly designed to go over their head.

    • Tienron

      people can learn in their own time, but this would actually require to know the culture it wouldn’t just out wright tell you… i think capcom made a fair judgement on this

  • Highasthesky

    Well, why don’t you change it kinda like you did with Maya’s love of ramen. I can’t say the change would be easy or even possible, but i feel Capcom didn’t even try.

    • surakian

      It isn’t like they haven’t already Americanized the series.

    • Zeik56

      There’s kind of a big difference between writing “Hamburger” instead of “Ramen” over completely redoing entire trivia to be more western. (That change was kind of dumb anyway, and ended up creating a contradiction later in the series.)

      It’s not like they couldn’t, but would it even be worth it? Does anybody really care about this that much?

  • Freud_Hater

    …Well, can’t say I’m all that torn for this…

    Honestly, this is the first time I’ve even heard of this Oo

    • surakian

      This episodic DLC was only announced recently for Japan so it makes sense why this would be the first time you heard about it.

      • Freud_Hater

        Ah! I see… but then again, are we really missing out on that much? XD

  • Phoenix Wright

    I don’t care about missing out on a quiz about Japanese culture. I was hoping that it would be Ace Attorney Trivia.

  • Wolfs_Rain

    Would any of you actually pay money for a quiz?

    • Gemlit

      People pay extra money to take the SAT again. Besides, I’m sure lots of people may actually want to test their knowledge of Japanese culture.

      • Zoozbuh

        But what’s the point, if it’s about Japanese culture rather than being anything related to the game? I doubt many people would be interested. And it’s just an extra trivial hassle for them to localise…

        • Gemlit

          Think about it. Why would people want to buy a Japanese video game in the first place? Perhaps the reason is that they want some information about Japan as well, and what better way to get some info then a video game. Though I could be wrong, maybe the Quiz is related somehow to the video game. For example, perhaps the places they talk about within the quiz actually happen within the game as some sort of background information. Also, have you ever thought about local settings being the place for jokes, stories, etc. for future Ace Attorney games? Otherwise, why would have Capcom Japan thought it necessary to print it for Japan?

  • Ty Arnold

    If there has ever been a time where I’m completely okay with the phrase “Won’t be released in the west,” now is that time.

  • Scissors

    What exactly is the quiz DLC?

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Hmm..For once, this reason is understandable.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      Boo to that. It’s a nice opportunity to learn about different cultures.

  • Alex Sargeant

    Capcom turning down an opportunity to sell us DLC?

    A true turnabout.

    • Zoozbuh

      I see what you did there. +1

    • (SF II Announcer voice)

      YOU WIN!


  • fool

    There’s certainly something called localization…

    • David García Abril

      Which is just the certain thing that makes this series so hard to make it profitable in Western territories…

      • fool


        But that’s not how they phrased their excuse

  • Well it doesn’t seem to be important to the story and sounds like only a quiz that the majority of the western audience wouldnt understand (including me) so no skin off my back

  • Tom_Phoenix

    That’s okay, Capcom, you don’t have to release the Quiz DLC in the West. Just release physical copies of the game and we’ll be happy. =D

  • Aoshi00

    When I heard about quizzes, I wasn’t really that interested either, chances are they’re not that important anyway, why it’s 150 yen a piece.. I don’t want to pay extra to answer some questions. We should be thankful we’re getting the 3 costumes for free and the more important interim chapter bridging 4 & 5 alrdy, also the Eng. ver should be coming out rather quickly. I could see why they wouldn’t bother as it’s probably not worth the effort, and we’re not missing anything story-wise..

    Investigations 2, now that’s worth being brought over, didn’t even get a proper Eng. name for Judge Lady McBoobs as someone put it :)

  • Strain42

    …I have no idea what the quiz is, so I’m not sure how disappointed I am right now. I’m guessing it’s just a totally optional mini-game that has no real bearing on the characters or story, right?

    If that’s the case, I’m okay with it. I’m just glad to hear we’re getting Phoenix’s first case back where he defends a FREAKIN’ ORCA!!!

  • Jesse

    Eh, we’ll survive. As long as we get the one with the Orca, I’m fine

  • AuraGuyChris

    If only Ted Woolsey could help us in this time of need!

  • British_Otaku

    Further justification for importing my limited edition and actually getting to learning Japanese.

    Probably, it isn’t worth importing over to be honest, but with the age of DLC, the chance that content wouldn’t be localised or translated is higher, even if the cost is relatively minimal.

  • Craig Mikucki

    I’m getting reminded of the Yakuza quiz that didn’t make it to the west. Even though there was a good reason for that. Oh well. Either way, I’m not complaining. More time in the courtroom for me.

  • Hours

    I think that is a pretty lame excuse. Plus, it’s not just the DLC we’ll be missing out on, since the first part of it is actually a part of the main game.

    Another disappointing decision by Capcom. :/

    • Tienron

      It’s DLC, it’s not connected to the main story, so we wouldn’t be missing anything anyway…

      • J_Joestar

        It is more that this seems to be more legitimate content DLC compared to stuff like cheap costume cash grab DLC.

  • YoshEE

    “it requires an in-depth knowledge of Japanese culture”
    well there is google or any other website to look up those knowledge of Japanese culture. But oh well.

    • Haseyo

      But what’s the fun in taking a quiz to test your knowledge if you’re just going to basically Google the answers :/

  • celery

    It’s interesting to me that they won’t bring this over, simply because, well…it’s DLC. Just put in the description that it requires “in-depth knowledge of Japanese culture,” so that those who want to buy it do, and those who don’t, don’t–like all DLC.

    That being said, I guess I won’t be missing out on anything, as I didn’t plan on getting this one, myself.

  • Haseyo

    I had the same problem in Persona 3 and 4 during those quizzes. Many questions dealt with Japan and its history that they never really went over in schools over here, especially random facts like “Japan house break-ins happen most often at 8AM after everyone leaves to work.”

    How the hell would I know that? In Murica, crime tends to happen at night. I had to Google / Wiki so much stuff I didn’t even really learn anything, just looked up the right answer. I agree that it would be a waste of resources to bring that DLC over here because most, if not everyone will end up looking up the answers anyway.

    If it deals with the story, then I feel it’ll be easier to just Google / Wiki that story piece opposed to paying for DLC just to Google / Wiki those answers for the same exact story chunk.

    • XiaomuArisu

      How should you know?
      Did you realize that every Question was asked twice?
      The first time is the learning.Even if you get the wrong answer they will explain it.
      Later on the test they check if you actually paid attention.

      • Haseyo

        I just don’t see the fun in that. I don’t know why anyone would pay to be told an answer then recite it later. If that’s your cup of tea, then go ahead and take a sip.

      • Scipio

        If I remember correctly, it was Persona 4 that had many of the questions answered for you early on. P3 didn’t really do it much.

  • XiaomuArisu

    How about changing the Quiz?
    Questions about the AA world?
    Just saying…

    • Testsubject909

      Ah. You mean. Doing a good localization job huh?

      • XiaomuArisu

        They can do it,they proved it already!

  • Lumi

    So what’s in the DLC anyway? Just pure quizzes with little additional dialogue?

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