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is an upcoming adventure video game currently in development by Capcom for the Nintendo 3DS. It is a prequel to the Ace Attorney video game series, directed and produced... read more

Platforms Nintendo 3DS
Themes Crime
Developers Capcom...
Status: Released
Release: 2015

is an upcoming adventure video game currently in development by Capcom for the Nintendo 3DS. It is a prequel to the Ace Attorney video game series, directed and produced by Shu Takumi and Shintaro Kojima. The game is planned for release in Japan in 2015.


Taking place near the end of the 19th century (known in Japan as the Meiji Period), Dai Gyakuten Saiban focuses on Ryuunosuke Naruhodou, an ancestor of main series protagonist, Phoenix Wright, who seeks to become a full defense attorney. Joined by his assistant, Susato Mikotoba, Ryuunosuke travels to England to further his studies, where he encounters world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes and works alongside him in solving a mysterious case.


  • Ryuunosuke Naruhodou - The protagonist of the game, and a defense attorney. He's described as a character with a strong sense of justice, but who easily ends up in danger.

  • Susato Mikotoba - A judicial assistant working alongside Ryuunosuke. She is described as a yamato nadeshiko (a personification of the image of the ideal Japanese woman), a progressive dreamer, and a lover of foreign mystery novel.

  • Sherlock Holmes - The world famous British detective who helps out Ryuunosuke.

  • Iris Watson - Holmes' assistant, an eight-year old genius girl. 

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The game will carry on the courtroom style gameplay of previous installments in the Ace Attorney series, including the fully 3D environments and character models previously featured in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies. Like previous titles, the game will be divided between investigation, in which players explore areas to gather evidence and testimonies, and courtroom battles, in which players must find contradictions in witness testimonies to find the truth behind a case. New to this game is Joint Reasoning, which takes place during investigations alongside Sherlock Holmes. In these segments, Holmes will make quick deductions about a witness, and it is up to the player to point out contradictions in his theories. This will occassionally require the player to inspect the witness from various angles, similar to how certain bits of evidence could be examined in previous installments, in order to find hidden clues that can help lead Holmes to the proper conclusion.

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Development began in 2013, a few months after the Japanese release of the director Shu Takumi's previous game Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, when Takumi was asked to start work on a new Ace Attorney game. According to Takumi, he remembered an idea for a game he had had earlier, and thought it'd be fun to combine it with Ace Attorney, but he didn't actually expect Capcom to accept it.

On December 27, 2013, Capcom announced that Takumi was working on a new game that was planned to be presented in 2014, but it wasn't revealed at the time that it was related to Ace Attorney; On February 13, 2014, however, it was revealed during a Nintendo Direct event that Takumi's game was to be a "totally different" Ace Attorney game for the Nintendo 3DS.

In April 2014, Famitsu revealed the game's title, the characters of Ryuunosuke and Susato, and the Meiji period setting. In the same article, it was confirmed that Takumi's role was that of the game's director, while the producer was Shintaro Kojima. On April 23, 2014, Capcom released a teaser trailer for the game, showing off its music, some illustrations of Ryuunosuke and Susato, and images of the game's setting, including a courtroom.

Takumi revealed via his Twitter account shortly after the trailer release that development of the game had only begun recently, and that it wasn't certain yet how the game would turn out. He described this situation as chaotic, but also said that it's always like that in the beginning of his projects, which is both scary and fun.

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In the same April 2014 issue of Famitsu, Takumi and Kojima were interviewed about the game, and were asked about the characters of Ryuunosuke and Susato; Takumi just said that regarding Ryuunosuke, the key words are "Meiji period" and "Phoenix's ancestor", and that "you might be able to get an idea from that". As for Susato, Kojima said that she's basically what she looks like - that is, a gracious and proper Japanese woman who does everything properly. Takumi continued with his description of Ryuunosuke by saying that "the Wrights will be Wrights", and then went on to say that as the game is so early in development, he hasn't "gotten to know" the characters very well yet, but that he "learns" more about them as he writes more of the script.

Takumi then mentioned the challenge of writing dialogue and using expressions that were appropriate for the way the Japanese language was like during the Meiji period, and how he had to be careful to not use too old-fashioned or too modern dialogue. He talked about how the Meiji period was a time where there was a lot of focus in Japan on becoming part of "the new world" and become more Western, and that the attorney profession was new at the time in Japan, and that these things will be reflected in the game.

Kojima also revealed that the game is planned to be the first in a series of Dai Gyakuten Saiban games, and that they would show players that the game was capable of being more than just an Ace Attorney spin-off, and that more information, as well as screenshots of the game, would be released "soon".

On August 20, 2014, Capcom revealed that Dai Gyakuten Saiban will be presented at Tokyo Game Show 2014, during which game footage and new information will be released. Additionally, it was revealed that the game's official website would be updated with new information on September 11, 2014.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article The Great Ace Attorney, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



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