Phoenix Wright Objects His Way Onto WiiWare


Your Honor, I would like to submit this copy of Famitsu to the court as incontrovertible evidence that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will be coming to the Japanese WiiWare next month.

While everybody and their dog was freaking out last Tuesday over the release of Cods Mew Too, there was another piece of news that grabbed my attention – namely, a listing on the German videogame ratings board website that suggested that the cult hit Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games would be coming to the Wii. Seeing as how the PW trilogy may well be some of my favorite games in the last five or so years, I was one happy newsie.

According to Kotaku, the latest issue of Japanese game mag Famitsu confirms that the Phoenix Wright games – er, make that the Gyakuten Saiban games – will be released on WiiWare over the next three months. The first game will be out on December 15th for 900 Wii Points (~$9), Justice For All will follow on January 26th, and Trials and Tribulations will wrap up the trilogy on February 23rd, with the latter two slightly more expensive at 1200 Points (~$12).

The release of the first game will not include “Rise From the Ashes,” the bonus case that was added to the DS version of the game – that will be sold separately on March 16th. Presumably, this is because the case in question had features specifically designed for the DS’s touch-screen and microphone as a prelude to the DS-only Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice, which would take slightly more time to make work on the Wii.

There’s no word on a Western release yet, but I find it hard to believe that the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) would spend its time rating titles that won’t ever see release outside of Japan – and I can’t find any reason not to release it since the games have already been translated – so my guess would be that it’s probably going to happen.

As long as I get to call out lying witnesses by using the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk to mimic the act of slamming my desk, there’s absolutely no objections here on my end.

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