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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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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Character Spotlight: Phoenix Wright

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

The end of the month (and the year!) is coming before we know it.

So, here’s the Character Spotlight for December!

Character Spotlight: Phoenix Wright

I swear I didn’t pick Phoenix to be this month’s spotlight because of that news article I found a few weeks ago.

Anyway…

Phoenix Wright is a defense attorney in the hit series, Ace Attorney, from Capcom. Phoenix first appeared in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney in 2001 for the Nintendo DS. There were two more games in that trilogy where he played the main character.

He returned in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney in 2008 for the Nintendo DS, but not as the main defense attorney. He returned as a defense attorney again in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies in 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS and then again, most recently, in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice in 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS.

Phoenix is pretty popular and famous among all the games he’s been in.

What I love most about Phoenix is that he isn’t a hard-ass like most portrayals of lawyers are. He does his best and doesn’t rest until justice is served. Yet, he doesn’t do all this without complaining.

He keeps his friends close, but his enemies closer. The relationship he has between Maya, his assistant, Trucy, his daughter, and Apollo and Athena, his collegues, is wonderful. He takes care of all of them as though he were their older brother or father.

The dynamic he has with the other prosecutors, especially Miles Edgeworth, an old friend, is great as well.

No matter what happens, they all manage to work together to find the truth.

Phoenix is just one of those characters who I would love to know in real life. What he does is amazing and he’s always looking out for others.

Plus, he has witty and sassy internal dialogue that just makes him all the more realistic.

What do you think of Phoenix Wright? Have you ever played any of those games? Let me know in the comments below! 

Friday Favorites: Ace Attorney Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiYay for the weekend! Everyone have nice plans for the long weekend, for those of you who have it?

One of the games that Rachel and I are most anxious to play is the new Ace Attorney game, Spirit of Justice. It boasts new and old characters alike, so I thought it fitting to showcase some of my favorite characters from the original trilogy of the Ace Attorney games: Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations.

5. Gumshoe

Who didn’t love Detective Gumshoe? He seemed to be a giant teddy bear, and was totally devoted to doing his absolute best for the police force and the attorneys on whatever case he was investigating. Sure, he was a bit clumsy, but his heart was always in the right place.

4. Maya Fey

Charming, enthusiastic, and loyal to her best friends and sister’s memory, Maya was a fantastic sidekick for Phoenix Wright. Her spirit abilities and sunny presence always helped during the cases.

3. Godot

First of all, this guy’s coffee puns were amazing. Secondly, he was always a challenging and mysterious prosecutor throughout the Trials and Tribulations game. Once his whole story and motivations unfolded in the game, it was all too easy for him to climb up my list of favorites.

2. Phoenix Wright

Of course Phoenix needs to be on this list! As the main character of the games, the player spends a lot of time with him, and his loyalty, sense of justice, and love of his friends makes him an endearing character.

1. Miles Edgeworth

Okay, so this guy was a bit of an ass at first, but he clearly knew what he was doing as a prosecutor. He also had a fantastic redemption arc in the original Ace Attorney in an episode that still remains my favorite to date.

What were some of your favorite Ace Attorney characters?