Our Favorite Ace Attorney Is Coming Back!

Happy Tuesday!

2017 has been a great year for gaming, especially fans of Nintendo and the Switch. And I just found out that it’s only going to get better.

 

According to Kotaku UK, Pheonix Wright will be making a comeback in 2018!

Capcom has confirmed that there will be three new Ace Attorney games coming out next year. Two may come between April 2018 and October 2018. Those two games will be compilations of previous Ace Attorney games. The first one being the first three games and the other being games four through six.

Of course, the first Ace Attorney trilogy is on the Nintendo 3DS, but these games will now be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

When Kris and I first discovered this series, we bought Trials and Tribulations (the third and final game of the first main trilogy… not realizing it was a trilogy). It was through the Wii Ware and we bought and played through all three games.

Then they kept coming out on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS between Miles Edgeworth and Apollo Justice. We kept buying and playing them.

I don’t know if we’ll get these games for the Switch, but it will be nice to play them on the big screen again. I’m eager to see how the Switch will make the games appear.

The best part of this news, however, is that the third game will be brand new. It’s going to be another Phoenix Wright game with Phoenix as the main playable protagonist and five brand new cases to start off with. It’s going to be the beginning of a new mainline Ace Attorney game… which, I assume (hope) that means there will be more new games to come after this one. Maybe this will be another trilogy? I hope so.

I was worried after playing through Spirit of Justice only because they brought a lot of old characters back and wrapped up a few loose ends. While they didn’t tie every knot, it really did seem as though it may be the last game. I’m glad that won’t be the case.

I love my Pokemon, Mario, and Zelda, but I am super excited that Phoenix will be making his way to the Nintendo Switch! I can’t wait to play as him again. I can only imagine what new adventures (and troubles) he’ll get into this time.

Are you excited about this new game? Let me know in the comments below!

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Of Video Games and Comics

Double Jump Kris MiiIt’s always amazing to me how much reach a video game franchise has in other mediums, such as movies, music, and visual art. This post is dedicated to some new buys that celebrate some of our favorite franchises in the art form of comics!

Rachel and I tend to go to Barnes and Noble on Saturdays to supposedly work on our writing, but the past few times we went there, we’d get our Frappuccinos from the cafe and then wander around, inevitably finding a book or two or dozen to buy.

Last time we went with the explicit plan to buy comics.

Growing up, I’ve always loved comics, and one franchise that my uncle had gotten me into was the Archie Comics. They’ve been rebooted a couple of times and I’ve gotten the first couple of volumes of the newest reboot to enjoy. Rachel wanted to try them and quickly finished the two volumes as well, so we figured we’d pick up the third volume and whatever other comics that happened to catch our eye. We found ourselves in the graphic novel and manga section, suddenly remembering that many of our favorite video game franchises had manga adaptations as well.

So, I grabbed a basket, and we went to town:

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a couple of the Pokemon Adventure manga, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and the Four Swords volume of The Legend of Zelda — I’d say Rachel and I made out pretty well.

What do you think of our new buys? Have you read any of them?

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Localization Woes

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Being a video gamer in the west, we tend to get major releases a little while after Japan. However, there are plenty of games that disappointingly have never made it over to us from Japan. A couple of these games that we would really like to play are a few of the Ace Attorney spin-off games, Miles Edgeworth Investigations 2 and Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken (which, for the sake of this post, we can call Ace Attorney with Sherlock Holmes).

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Ace Attorney is a huge favorite of ours. We’ve enjoyed and loved every single game we’ve played in that series. We get excited to hear about a new game and then are immediately disappointed when it doesn’t come to us. I have thought about, on my occasions, attempting to learn Japanese just for the sake of playing video games that don’t make it to us.

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Learning Japanese probably would be fun, and I’m sure there are fan translations for the games out on the wide spaces of the Internet. I know petitions have been made to bring both games here to the west. It’s a shame that Investigations 2 at the very least didn’t make it over here, what with the first game and the other Ace Attorney games doing well. The one with Sherlock Holmes has copyright issues for here in the west, so that’s a bit of a legal mess.

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I know legal stuff gets in the way, but it’s still bothersome. Also, I know money is a huge thing. It costs a lot to bring it over, but with them being so popular, you’d think that they’d make the money right back. Then again, I don’t know anything about business.

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I assume with the clamoring for the games, they would be able to make the money back, legal issues aside. Seeing an ancestor of Phoenix Wright team up with Sherlock Holmes would be amazing! I’d love to look up the game play, but if there’s that tiny shred of hope that we’ll get it here in the west, I don’t want to spoil it for myself.

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Another game that I really hope will come to us is Detective Pikachu. I was so excited when that was first announced. It was just the other day I looked it up to see if any release dates were added. Apparently, it was released in Japan in February 2016, but for the US, the date says “TBD.” I know that means “to be determined,” but they can always determine not to bring it here… and I hope that’s not the case. (No pun intended!)

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Detective Pikachu sounded ridiculous, in a good way, to me. It’s a unique twist on side Pokemon games, and I was looking forward to seeing how it would play out. Detective and puzzle games are awesome to us, as evident by our love of Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton, so combining that aspect with Pokemon is a great idea to us. Hopefully Detective Pikachu will eventually make its way over to us as well.

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I hope it makes it to us! I love mystery games and adding Pokemon to it is perfect for me. I’m sure there are plenty of other games out there that haven’t been released here… Ace Attorney and Detective Pikachu are the only ones I can think of as of right now, though. I hope they come to us soon.

Any special games you wish were localized in the US, or where you are? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Unexpected Endings

Double Jump Kris MiiThis post will contain spoilers on the endings of some games, but said games have already been out for a while now. The oldest game on this list was published in 1998, for example.

This particular Friday I’m sharing a few games that have surprised me, either by giving me deep thoughts or freaking me out, in some way or another with their endings.

Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Okay, so we all know the ending of the game was going to be Zelda and Link teaming up to kick Ganondorf’s ass, and the final battles are always amazing. What I found unexpected about Windwaker’s final battle was the nature of the last attack. Windwaker’s graphics were a cute, cartoon-y style, so to see little Link leap up and embed the Master Sword directly through Ganondorf’s eyes was startling, to say the least. There was no blood or gore, of course, but in a game that has monsters disappear in a puff of smoke after a few smacks, such a violent end to Ganondorf was unexpected.

Pokemon Sun and Moon: Professor Kukui as the Champion

With Sun and Moon revitalizing the formula for the Pokemon games, it wasn’t even certain that there would be the traditional Champion at the end of the game to battle. When we did go through the new Pokemon League, seeing Professor Kukui at the end was a surprise to me. Never before in a Pokemon game have we battled the professors, except for Professor Sycamore in X and Y to obtain a Kanto starter. There’s a glitch in the original Pokemon games’ code to let the player battle Professor Oak, but having the professor as one of the final tests in a game was new to Sun and Moon. I had expected Hau, Gladion, or another story-centered character to be the Champion that we would battle. Having Lillian be the Champion would have been an interesting twist as well!

Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations

The Ace Attorney games are rife with tricks and red herrings, making them some of the most suspenseful games I’ve ever played. When Rachel and I put our heads together during the last, tense courtroom level, we can generally figure out how to nail the final culprit, yet Trials and Tribulations continued to keep us guessing as we puzzled out the answer little by little (and a lot of saving and restarting). The game had characters that could channel spirits, so not all the suspects were even alive! Once we realized who had been the real mastermind behind every connected case of that game, we were shocked.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Yes, another Zelda game that I felt fitting for this list. At the end of Ocarina of Time, not only is Sheik revealed to be Zelda all along, but she sends Link back to the past to live out the time he had lost. Considering all of the harrowing dangers Link had put himself through to protect Hyrule, I was surprised when I first finished the game to see that he wouldn’t even stay in the peaceful timeline, to help rebuild the land he saved. Now I find the ending bittersweet, especially since he returned to the body of young boy with the memories and nightmares of a young man without his constant fairy companion to boot.

What video games have your favorite endings? Any that particularly moved or frustrated you?

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Friday Favorites: Switch Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

I know most people share their video game wish lists before E3, but I figured I would share mine now since Nintendo’s Spotlight just gave us a lot of little bites of some of their planned projects rather than giving us more to chew on. Here’s what I wish for the Switch’s future come next year!

Super Smash Bros.

With the deluxe editions of Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament making their way to the Switch, I’m wondering why Nintendo hasn’t hinted at doing a Smash Bros. installment, or even a port of Brawl for the Switch yet. The Smash franchise is a big project, I know, but even a deluxe port with the DLC from Brawl like they did with Mario Kart 8 would have been fine with me. I’m sure this is in the back of Nintendo’s mind right now, but a little hint would have been nice.

Virtual Console

This is the big one. Everyone has been hounding Nintendo about the Virtual Console, and even Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aime said, “Certainly, we recognize there’s an appetite for all of our great legacy content.” Some sort of time frame, even if it needs to be revised down the line, would have been great for those of us just waiting for the Virtual Console library to come to the Nintendo Switch. Here’s hoping we’ll hear more about it in 2018!

Ace Attorney and Professor Layton

Although these two franchises usually make their homes on the handheld devices, considering the Switch can be portable, I wouldn’t mind these detective games making their way to the console in the future. The Joy-Con and their technology would be perfect for the point-and-click puzzle games, and I would love to see the animated cut scenes on my television. (That, and Rachel and I like to play them together, and it gets a little cramped hunched over the same 3DS, haha!)

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Remake

This is actually something Rachel had mentioned the other night. We both adore the Legend of Zelda franchise, and Four Swords Adventures for the GameCube had been the perfect multiplayer experience for the series. Being able to easily split the Joy-Con between multiple players instead of dealing with setting up the wires for GameBoy Advances would be great for the game. That, and after seeing remakes of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on the 3DS, and then HD versions of WindWaker and Twilight Princess, I think seeing another older Zelda game remade wouldn’t be a bad idea.

What do you hope for the Switch’s future? Did Nintendo’s Spotlight answer any of your wishes?

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Character Spotlight: Miles Edgeworth

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

With all this talk about the Nintendo Switch and Breath of the Wild and everything, I thought now would be a good time to talk about a character from the Ace Attorney series.

Seems now is as good a time as any, right?

Character Spotlight: Miles Edgeworth

Miles Edgeworth is the chief prosecutor in the Ace Attorney games. He first appeared in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2001) and has been in most Phoenix Wright games, the latest being Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice (2016). He has also had his own game, Miles Edgeworth: Investigations (2009), which held a sequel that only came out in Japan.

I think Edgeworth is one of the best characters in the Ace Attorney series. He develops so much from the very beginning and even though Phoenix is his rival, they’re good friends. I love how the creators of this game made it so that Edgeworth wasn’t a “bad guy” simply because he’s the protagonist’s rival.

Miles is the kind of guy I would want to get to know in real life and definitely someone I’d want on my side.

What do you think of Miles Edgeworth? Let me know in the comments below!

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Save and Continue?

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I’ve seen many a play-through on YouTube of games. And most often than not, they never save their game for fear of the footage getting corrupted. They want to be able to go back and try it again.

I’m here to say that I don’t know how people can do that.

When I play a game, I can’t begin to count how many times I save, if I can. It always bothers me when a game only allows you save at certain points in the game. Then again, if I can save whenever I want, I abuse that power.

Take Paper Mario, for example. You only come across save blocks in certain parts of the game. Because you can’t save that often, every time I see one, I immediately stop what I’m doing and go hit that block.

I’ll save, then go into the Toad House to heal, maybe buy a few items, and then save again. Because I’m that paranoid.

Then you’ve got Pokemon. I can save whenever I want, but I’m not really in any “dire” situations through most of the game. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t save right before a gym battle. Or, sometimes, right before a wild Pokemon encounter.

Then you’ve got a game like Ace Attorney. Kris and I are working our way through Spirit of Justice, and the other night I can’t begin to explain how many times we saved.

We were both tired, and I’ll admit that neither one of us was doing well at solving anything the game threw at us. Because of that, we were unsure of every move we made. So we saved the game probably every 2-3 minutes. Even on a good day, when we’re sure of ourselves, we still save right before answering because we’re afraid we’re going to get a penalty. We have five chances, but we like to be perfect… Edgeworth taught us that way back when.

And don’t even get me started on saving and then wondering, “Did it go through? I better save again just to be sure…”

Do you constantly save as I do? Or do you like to live dangerously and chance it? Let me know in the comments below!

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