New Ace Attorney Game Will Take Place In The Meiji Period Of Japan

By Sato . April 22, 2014 . 8:18am

AA5-Trucy-Wright-IntroDuring a Nintendo Direct back in February, it was revealed that the original Ace Attorney series creator, Shu Takumi, was working on a new game of the series. This new project has been revealed as The Great Ace Attorney, and it takes place during the Meiji period of Japan. [Thanks, Zaregoto.]


As mentioned in our earlier report, the new Ace Attorney project was said to be completely different from past games of the series, and now that we know that The Great Ace Attorney will be taking place during the Meiji period (1868 – 1912), it sounds like it will indeed be quite different.


The protagonist of the game is known as Ryunosuke Naruhodo (Naruhodo is the name for Wright in Japanese), and he’s actually an ancestor of Ryuichi Naruhodo, or Phoenix Wright. The image shows him dressed in what appears to be a school uniform and he’s wielding a katana on the side, stating, “I’ll become a lawyer… definitely!”


The game will be directed by Shu Takumi. Shintaro Kojima, who previously worked on E.X. Troopers and the Monster Hunter series, will take on a role as producer.


The Great Ace Attorney is currently in development for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • CozyAndWarm

    Great news! Hopefully it’s not relegated to a digital-only release if it’s localized…

  • Nice, we’ll be able to have a Phoenix Wright experience in one of the more memorable periods in America’s deep history:

    • Elizabeth ‘Ely’ Moreno

      Eat your hamburgers, Reset Tears

      • (nom nom) Needs more wasabi! The famous American condiment

    • SMT

      I know just writing “LOL” would convey laughing out loud, but since most people type that but at most just smile, I have to say, I genuinely laughed hard at this comic to the point of tears for several minutes!

  • Wow that’s certainly different, and here i thought they will continue the previous game (i want to see maya and more athena lol

  • Otoya

    Go for it!!!!! Confirm getting it.

  • Guest

    I can’t wait to see Meiji-era Los Angeles! x)

    • MrTyrant

      Los angeles in the feudal era haha

    • Exkaiser

      Neo Olde L.A.!

    • Keksus

      They get more and more problems to justify this. It was a stupid decision to begin with honestly.

  • I’m willing to bet anything that the Judge’s ancestor will look exactly the same.

    • Brandonmkii

      Absolutely. Maybe with period-relative headgear! Nah, he’s gotta be bald.

      • Exkaiser

        He can have a chonmage, of course!

    • Göran Isacson

      And then there will be a sequence when the Judge walks out of the courtroom, merrily humming a little tune… but he is then called out. Behind him stands a European man, weilding a broadsword and calling him out. The judge tries to reason with him, tries to get him to realize that they do not have to live this way. But it is hopeless, says the knight. For There Can Be Only One.

      … Well, I for one would buy a game where the Judge is an Immortal.

  • xe7en

    This could possibly be a good change. I’m willing to bet other ancestors from other characters will be on this.

    • Guest

      Ami Fey maybe!

      • J_Joestar

        it would be lol if she turns out with a personality similar to Maya…

    • JohnNiles

      Wendy Oldbag. Not an ancestor, just Wendy Oldbag.

      • Zoozbuh

        ^ Amazing. (But please no, not her, anyone but her.)

  • lordsofskulls

    O.o now make it not digital only in the west and we have a deal. Cause i still havent bought Phoenix Wright 4 because of that.

  • fairysun

    Hmmm, pretty sure it will have Mitsurugi Reiji(Miles Edgeworth)’s ancestor too XD

  • fool

    Glad to see Shu Takumi knows to cut off all the canon and character baggage created by Apollo and Dual Destinies

    • J_Joestar

      Watch there still be some sort of callbacks with with ancestors and expys of other favorites.

  • Fronkhead

    Can’t wait for this, and I’m glad Takumi’s game is separate from Ace Attorney 6, it needs a fresh break really.

    I was quite disappointed with Ace Attorney 5 (they nailed the presentation, but everything else to me felt like an imitation of Ace Attorney, and the scripts, tone and jokes were off-key, with the balance between dark and humour being way off) so I immensely look forward to this. Welcome back Takumi!

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      I still have to play that one but that is what I have been hearing. Statements that the jokes were not as funny and that characters simply weren’t acting like we were normally used to.

      • Arrei

        Professor Means objects to those statements so hard.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    Oh fffsssss what? What was all that Takumi was blabbing? “The Phoenix character is done now, his story is complete.” But here’s another new character who’s exactly like him. I’m interested, but he can’t have it both ways.

    • Fronkhead

      Wonder if the same thing happened to him that did with Apollo Justice:

      “Years later, when it was decided within Capcom that Ace Attorney 4 would go ahead, my position was that we should change the main character and tell a new story. I didn’t plan to have Phoenix in the game, but my colleagues said they wanted him to appear in some form, which is why he ended up being the accused in the first case in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.”

      That being said Capcom is probably the reason why he’s working on another game in the main series rather than something entirely new like Ghost Trick.


    • Aesma

      What ‘exactly like him’? did you see the art scan? I’ll say that he is Hito-Shura’s (from Nocturne) ancestor rather than Phoenix’s.

  • Tincho Kudos

    Looks good, but why is it Trucy in the Meiji era?

    • J_Joestar


    • PreyMantis

      It’s the magic panties.

    • Aesma

      ….that is just a scene from another Ace Attorney game…

      • Tincho Kudos

        Oh, silly me. I have yet to play AA 5. Thanks!

  • I want Meiji era Godot!

  • SupaPhly

    wait a min, wasn’t the 2nd DLC for the latest Ace Attorney not localized because of too much traditional Japanese culture?

    • Detrimont

      what’s the 2nd DLC?(never heard anything about it)

      • Arrei

        A mini-game quiz thing or something of that nature. Basically just a bunch of barely related trivia that probably would not have interested many people on top of being a pain to localize.

    • Aoshi00

      yeah, some were cultural specific, but the thing is those mini-quizzes were mostly tangent, kinda Layton-like, and had nothing much to do w/ the story, so we really didn’t miss much not needing to buy them, and it’s not worth Capcom’s trouble of translating it.. we got the costumes and extra chapter.. the art of the quizzes were mostly silhouette graphics like iPod :) I got the first DLC for free..

      Anyway, glad to finally have Takumi Shu back, w/o him, I think the games were missing some of the charm that the trilogy had. Also both Meiji or Taisho periods are really cool :)

      • JohnNiles

        Meiji, Taisho, or… Sengoku??

        Alright, now I want a Sengoku-era Ace Attorney game.

        • Aoshi00

          I like Meiji and Taisho because it was the transition to the modern era, blending old w/ new.. like Kenshin or Sakura Taisen.. I don’t think sengoku era had lawyer yet though lol. Takumi Shu helming this gives me confidence :)

  • Fairlee

    apparently Phoenix’s eyebrow is exclusive to himself.

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      Originally I was not too happy about the time period change but after seeing this design, I certainly am excited. I hope they bring in descendants of the Feys…I so miss his former interactions from them in the original trilogy especially during investigations.

      • Morningstar

        This game takes place in the past so descendants are out unless time travel is involved. Ancestors however are much more likely (same applies to Edgeworth, Apollo, Athena, Trucy and other characters)

    • Is that the Demifiend from Nocturne?

      • I am so glad it’s not just me. I seriously thought this was a crossover when I saw the image before the news. I would not complain if it were though.

        • It looks just like him! The pointy hair totally sells it.

          • I totally thought it was. x’D
            Now I wish it were him instead!
            (I really thought he was being thrown into Raidou-verse since Raidou was in his game before.)

        • JohnNiles

          I would welcome the ability to put demons on trial.

          • Except for certain moons. Then they just destroy the courtroom.

      • Fairlee

        Hitoshura + Raidou.

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    lol, sounds weird.XD

  • kylehyde

    So, which name is going have Ryunosuke Naruhodo on the west?
    Bennu Wright?
    Pegasus Wright? (I know is not a bird like/sort of mythical animal, but it sounds good to me)
    Garuda Wright?
    Griffin Wright?
    any other suggestion

    • Exkaiser

      Sir Phenix of Wright.

    • Freud_Hater

      I really like Garuda Wright, actually XD

    • Morningstar

      Pegasus Wright and Griffin seems likely considering that Phoenix’s apprentices and fellow defense attorneys are named after greek gods. Other possibilities based on that would be:

      Icarus Wright (yeah…no)
      Daedalus Wright

      or Wright of Stimphalia (some of the Stimphalian Birds)
      Maybe Siren Wright?

  • Chow

    NOT SO FAST!! There must’ve been some sort of intentional “TAKE THAT” against the localization process. I wonder if there’d be any OBJECTION to that.

  • ReMeDyIII

    This is a dumb idea moving this to the Meiji period. What a way to alienate your global fanbase. I will feel sorry for the translators who can’t take anything we know for granted, like futons, tatamis, shoji, shogi, and don’t even get me started on the various foods.

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      Well, it can’t take place in Los Angeles and serve Hamburgers anymore :)

  • Adrian Duran

    0% chance this is coming to the West

  • Freud_Hater

    I’m worried we in NA might never get our hands on this… I mean, there’s hardly a ‘Wright’ family in the Meiji-era ¬¬ Maybe they’ll jump the shark and call the protagonist Fenixu Raito or something…

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      What they should do is just keep it the way that it is but if they have to explain something…maybe state that Phoenix is a descendant of this person, however, his family immigrated to the US?

      • Freud_Hater

        That could totally work, yeah. I’m just worried that maybe the localization team won’t share this thinking ^^’

        • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

          I would hope so. What are they going to make him a transfer student from Japan in the American frontier? lol!

          • 愛憎

            Don’t give them that idea….

    • Audie Bakerson

      Of course not. There isn’t anything to produce an “x” in standard romanization.

      We’ll probably get “Raito” though.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Man, this is a bit of a trend in Japanese media isn’t it? We’ve had Pokemon set in historical Japan, Yakuza set in historical Japan, Youkai Watch 2 was just announced to take place is historical Japan, and now Ace Attorney is headed to… historical Japan.

    I’m now taking odds – what do you think will be the next franchise to go to historical Japan? I’m thinking Metroid, but Ace Combat is a strong dark horse candidate.

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      Hyperdimension Neptunia would be a nice historical piece.

    • 愛憎

      You said “dark horse,” and I imagined the franchise would turn to horse-related combat, instead of airplanes.

    • Guest
    • Morricane

      Well, but Meiji Japan is a quite unusual choice I think. Usually fiction like games is set before Meiji or after.

  • tubers

    I’m no AA fan but the chick is thumbnail’s pretty cute.

    I feel disgusting and maybe time to cleanse myself xD

  • Makoto Yuki

    Wonder what power he will have hmmm…

  • Guilherme Matheus Silva

    Capcom… please bring it to the west…

  • NeptuniasBeard

    They should localize him as Deus Wright! For his uncanny ability to turn a case around at it’s worst point! I feel it has loose connections with Phoenix. Kinda,,, not really

  • Yan Zhao

    I cant wait to see what Winston Paine’s ancestor’s hair looks like.

    • JohnNiles

      A huge top-knot that gets blown away when he suffers a crushing defeat?

      • He get’s it cut off when he loses his first case to Meiji-Wright since he has as of that loss, lost all his honor!

        inb4 “SHAMEFUR DISPRAY!!”

  • Bur

    Maybe on our side of they pond they’ll just handwave it as “Phoenix has Japanese ancestry on his Mom’s side” or somesuch. It shouldn’t be that hard to reconcile.

  • Guest

    interesting pls no time travel

  • Savage Sui ♥

    I have a strong feeling that one of Blackquill’s ancestors will be in this game .w.

  • Guest



  • Namuro

    Let’s see how they’ll try to localize this one!

    • Morricane

      Localize? :D

      • Namuro

        Um, yes?

      • Probably means we got a digital release for DualDestinies and is probably hoping for a physical this time.

        Depends tho, anyone got the numbers on american downloads to see if DD “sold enough” in the eyes of capcom to warrant a physical for this one?

  • s07195

    And his first client… is a familiar looking face from the newest Yakuza game. :)

  • Tarkovsky

    One can never go wrong with more Ace Attorney games. Shu Takumi is da bomb!

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    Didn’t Ruruouni Kenshin take place in the same era?

  • Warboss Aohd

    annnnnnnnd now my Firefox will let me post in places again.

    the heck happened. (apologies for being off topic, but i couldn’t do this for months, and it wasn’t just here, multiple places.)

    • Landale

      It’s better to make these kinds of posts in the Open Thread.

      If by multiple places, you mean all over the site;
      Otherwise, it’s a problem on your end and we couldn’t say what happened.

      • Warboss Aohd

        oh it was definitely on my end. (i meant other sites to.)

        ok, enough of this conversation, back to on topic.

  • Anthony Hadow

    Still waiting for the announcement of Ace Attorney 123 here in the west

  • EQeE
  • Göran Isacson

    Welp, to reiterate what I stated earlier: This looks cool and all, but one of the main reasons that I follow the franchise is the characters that I’ve come to know and love over the course of several games. Considering these characters stories likely won’t feed into the ones we already know makes me wonder if I’ll be able to take them to heart as I’ve done with the old ones.

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