Wait, I don't object to that, at all actually. According to Famitsu (via andriasang), Capcom announced an iPhone game based on the popular Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney series at at talk held earlier today at the Apple Store in Ginza, Japan. We have very few details right now aside from a set of screenshots, usage of "flick" input methods, and mobile content head Takeshi Tezuka assured the crowd that the game would be more than just a port.

2132400380_view 2132400378_view 2132400379_view 2132400380_view

Phoenix Wright games are a strange mixture of a visual adventure game that play a lot like mixture of a hidden object game and a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. The game is segmented in to two portions, the investigation and the trial. While investigating, you visit various location and gather evidence by looking around and interviewing anyone who is around. When you're finished with that, you go to court where you cross examine witnesses, present evidence, and object to the arguments presented by the prosecuting lawyer.

Here is a trailer for the DS version of the game:

While a Phoenix Wright game is a very welcome addition to Capcom's lineup of games on the iPhone, I hope Capcom designs the game with the play style of most iPhone gamers in mind. Cases in previous Phoenix Wright games have been fairly elaborate, and it's hard to say how well that will translate to this platform.

  • http://www.brianrubin.net Brian

    Woohoo! I've heard these games are awesome on the DS, so this is very exciting! ^_^

  • http://www.brianrubin.net Brian

    Woohoo! I've heard these games are awesome on the DS, so this is very exciting! ^_^

  • Ender

    Agreed!

    *Begin "probably will fall on deaf ears" begging*
    Konami, port the original Castlevania games. Square-Enix, port the original Final Fantasy titles.
    *End begging*

    • roxahris

      Square recently announced they they're porting Final Fantasy I and II to the iPhone/Touch. Looks like part of your wish has been granted.
      Now, if only they'd go further than that overported two and do something like FFIII or IV.

  • Mikhail

    Long overdue. They should release one every month.

  • Ender

    Agreed!

    *Begin "probably will fall on deaf ears" begging*
    Konami, port the original Castlevania games. Square-Enix, port the original Final Fantasy titles.
    *End begging*

    • roxahris

      Square recently announced they they're porting Final Fantasy I and II to the iPhone/Touch. Looks like part of your wish has been granted.
      Now, if only they'd go further than that overported two and do something like FFIII or IV.

  • Mikhail

    Long overdue. They should release one every month.

  • Rick

    On the DS versions, you can save anywhere at any point during the game. This should feel right at home on the iPhone.

  • Rick

    On the DS versions, you can save anywhere at any point during the game. This should feel right at home on the iPhone.

  • dumas1000

    This will interesting to see, at the very least, to exactly how the pricing of this game is handled for the iPhone. Personally, I don't see how Capcom can justify undercutting the DS here when the DS remains the bread & butter of this franchise. I say it's a DLC/installments type deal. They risk cutting the legs out from under the DS versions if they decide to sell an entire Phoenix Wright game for 9.99, exactly 1/3 of the typical price for Phoenix Wright games on the DS. The pricing point has to be competitive between the iPhone & the DS, because I'm figuring that the games will be very similiar to each other. You can justify selling Assassin's Creed for $10 on the iPhone and $60.00 on the 360. It would be difficult to justify selling Phoenix Wright for $30/35 on the DS and $10 on the iPhone.

    • Jeff

      look at robocalypse, last time I checked it was a buck. Don't think the ds one cost that much...

  • dumas1000

    This will interesting to see, at the very least, to exactly how the pricing of this game is handled for the iPhone. Personally, I don't see how Capcom can justify undercutting the DS here when the DS remains the bread & butter of this franchise. I say it's a DLC/installments type deal. They risk cutting the legs out from under the DS versions if they decide to sell an entire Phoenix Wright game for 9.99, exactly 1/3 of the typical price for Phoenix Wright games on the DS. The pricing point has to be competitive between the iPhone & the DS, because I'm figuring that the games will be very similiar to each other. You can justify selling Assassin's Creed for $10 on the iPhone and $60.00 on the 360. It would be difficult to justify selling Phoenix Wright for $30/35 on the DS and $10 on the iPhone.

    • Jeff

      look at robocalypse, last time I checked it was a buck. Don't think the ds one cost that much...

  • Nick

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

    I´ve played every single ds game of this series, IT IS AWESOME!!

    No, seriously, AWESOME

  • Nick

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

    I´ve played every single ds game of this series, IT IS AWESOME!!

    No, seriously, AWESOME

  • drone9

    great news

  • drone9

    great news

  • Jonah

    Great news, my only surprise is that its taken Capcom so long. In theory Phoenix Wright, if done properly, should work perfectly on the iPhone

  • Jonah

    Great news, my only surprise is that its taken Capcom so long. In theory Phoenix Wright, if done properly, should work perfectly on the iPhone

  • LBG

    Haha, I remeber that 'OBJECTION!' thread. That was fun :D

    I have no objection to this app being produced ;)

  • LBG

    Haha, I remeber that 'OBJECTION!' thread. That was fun :D

    I have no objection to this app being produced ;)

  • Adams Immersive

    Elaborate is no bad thing—I’d like to see more elaborate, deeper games on the iPhone, not fewer.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      I agree. I'm not sure what Eli meant by that line -- maybe he can explain.

  • Adams Immersive

    Elaborate is no bad thing—I’d like to see more elaborate, deeper games on the iPhone, not fewer.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      I agree. I'm not sure what Eli meant by that line -- maybe he can explain.

  • Somerandomdude

    Finally, what I've been asking for since Capcom started developing apps! Contrary to what Touch Arcade says, I think the game should not change one bit. Chaging anything would really ruin what the series is about. The deep plotlines made the game for me, and I'm sure many others. The game was built for portable gaming too, even on the DS version it was easy to pick up and play since you could save at literally any time in the game. I'm so glad they're doing this, and it looks to be a direct port of the first one based on screenshots. Hopefully they did what they did with the translation from GBA to DS, and add another case. Otherwise maybe more cases through DLC? Either way, if they don't change anything, this game is gonna be huge.

  • Somerandomdude

    Finally, what I've been asking for since Capcom started developing apps! Contrary to what Touch Arcade says, I think the game should not change one bit. Chaging anything would really ruin what the series is about. The deep plotlines made the game for me, and I'm sure many others. The game was built for portable gaming too, even on the DS version it was easy to pick up and play since you could save at literally any time in the game. I'm so glad they're doing this, and it looks to be a direct port of the first one based on screenshots. Hopefully they did what they did with the translation from GBA to DS, and add another case. Otherwise maybe more cases through DLC? Either way, if they don't change anything, this game is gonna be huge.

  • outphase

    Screenshots 2 and 3 take place in case #2 of the first game. It looks like it'll be a port. If they do, I hope they include case #5 from the DS version.

  • outphase

    Screenshots 2 and 3 take place in case #2 of the first game. It looks like it'll be a port. If they do, I hope they include case #5 from the DS version.

  • GDSage

    Good news for those who have never experienced the Ace Attorney games, as for changing how the games are structured... that would ruin them.

    The first three games are a trilogy in storyline. Well not so much the second one but the first and third games. The conclusions in the third game (which is amazing, Godot is the best) harks back to the first one with regards to cause and reaction in plots, characterisations and relationships. It culminates so well because it is allowed to be elaborate. Change that and it might as well not be part of the Ace Attorney series.

    On another topic, those who have already played the AA games these AA anouncements (ports for WiiWare, iPhone) whilst good for newcomers are becoming annoying for us, because we're getting all these announcements and not one of them is for AA5 on the DS! Still, I suppose the new Miles Edgeworth game will fill that gap until then, as well as the new adventure game Ghost Trick by the Ace Attorney creator.

  • GDSage

    Good news for those who have never experienced the Ace Attorney games, as for changing how the games are structured... that would ruin them.

    The first three games are a trilogy in storyline. Well not so much the second one but the first and third games. The conclusions in the third game (which is amazing, Godot is the best) harks back to the first one with regards to cause and reaction in plots, characterisations and relationships. It culminates so well because it is allowed to be elaborate. Change that and it might as well not be part of the Ace Attorney series.

    On another topic, those who have already played the AA games these AA anouncements (ports for WiiWare, iPhone) whilst good for newcomers are becoming annoying for us, because we're getting all these announcements and not one of them is for AA5 on the DS! Still, I suppose the new Miles Edgeworth game will fill that gap until then, as well as the new adventure game Ghost Trick by the Ace Attorney creator.

  • Lum the Invader

    Well this was a no brainer if ever there was one. These are great, great games and actually work well on a touch screen device.

  • Lum the Invader

    Well this was a no brainer if ever there was one. These are great, great games and actually work well on a touch screen device.

  • Michael

    Oh my god. I've been waiting for this day. This is the day of reckoning.

    If they do DLC cases, they'll sap the money right out of me. If not... They'll have my money on the sequel.

    No way this will be bad. As long as the controls are considered: since it's easier to accidently press something, they should have double-tapping on critical choices in court. A slip-up could possibly blow the case for you, so a double-tap for those important choices would be nice.

  • Michael

    Oh my god. I've been waiting for this day. This is the day of reckoning.

    If they do DLC cases, they'll sap the money right out of me. If not... They'll have my money on the sequel.

    No way this will be bad. As long as the controls are considered: since it's easier to accidently press something, they should have double-tapping on critical choices in court. A slip-up could possibly blow the case for you, so a double-tap for those important choices would be nice.

  • Kinl

    and apparently Miles Edgeworth features in a court case with Tim Langdell ;)

    OBJECTION!

    This is a great game, can't wait!

  • Kinl

    and apparently Miles Edgeworth features in a court case with Tim Langdell ;)

    OBJECTION!

    This is a great game, can't wait!

  • samthelion

    I'm a huge fan, already finished all four of them on the DS. I'll get the game if it has exclusive content, while if it's a port I'll pass.

  • samthelion

    I'm a huge fan, already finished all four of them on the DS. I'll get the game if it has exclusive content, while if it's a port I'll pass.

  • http://www.ringtail.com/ Porsupah

    Absolutely magnificent news! I'll be downloading that about two seconds after the forum confirms its release. =:D

  • http://www.ringtail.com/ Porsupah

    Absolutely magnificent news! I'll be downloading that about two seconds after the forum confirms its release. =:D

  • jon

    this will be great!

  • jon

    this will be great!

  • Bdragonst

    Im a big fan of gyakuten saiban since the very first one came out in 2001 on gba..(japanese version) ... I bought the very first one on the very first day of release and since then, ive bought every single series of them... Unfortunately this looks like the port of original one, which i replayed like 50 million times in the past lol...

    But it will be cheap price compare to ds or original gba version, probably around 7-10 us dollars ;)

  • Bdragonst

    Im a big fan of gyakuten saiban since the very first one came out in 2001 on gba..(japanese version) ... I bought the very first one on the very first day of release and since then, ive bought every single series of them... Unfortunately this looks like the port of original one, which i replayed like 50 million times in the past lol...

    But it will be cheap price compare to ds or original gba version, probably around 7-10 us dollars ;)

  • iAmTheWalrus

    I really, really, REALLY love the Phoenix Wright series.
    I think this is both a good and bad idea.

    Good idea - It's on the iPhone mang. That's awesome.

    Bad idea - The DS versions are $30 last time I checked. The most App Store games can sell for are about $10 dollars (without in-app purchase). Also, the game will be cracked and put up on RS/MU/what have you in a matter of minutes.

    Nothing pisses me off more than people pirating games I love that deserve to be bought.

    • Dwie

      The hacking/illegal part is not an iphone exclusive problem.. You also have roms for the ds.

      • iAmTheWalrus

        That is true, but I think a person is more likely to pirate an iPod game rather than a DS game.

  • iAmTheWalrus

    I really, really, REALLY love the Phoenix Wright series.
    I think this is both a good and bad idea.

    Good idea - It's on the iPhone mang. That's awesome.

    Bad idea - The DS versions are $30 last time I checked. The most App Store games can sell for are about $10 dollars (without in-app purchase). Also, the game will be cracked and put up on RS/MU/what have you in a matter of minutes.

    Nothing pisses me off more than people pirating games I love that deserve to be bought.

    • Dwie

      The hacking/illegal part is not an iphone exclusive problem.. You also have roms for the ds.

      • iAmTheWalrus

        That is true, but I think a person is more likely to pirate an iPod game rather than a DS game.

  • http://1day1bar.com vinh!

    I've played all of these... but like others I will pick them up once they're available for the iphone.

    I'm such a sucker.

    ;_;

  • http://1day1bar.com vinh!

    I've played all of these... but like others I will pick them up once they're available for the iphone.

    I'm such a sucker.

    ;_;

  • http://www.rustysabre.com/ Eric

    I've put off getting these on my DS forever (which doesn't matter anyway since I don't have a DS any more), so I think I'll finally break down and get this once it's available for the iPhone.

  • http://www.rustysabre.com/ Eric

    I've put off getting these on my DS forever (which doesn't matter anyway since I don't have a DS any more), so I think I'll finally break down and get this once it's available for the iPhone.

  • Scott

    THERE IS A GOD! AND THY HAS GIVEN US GLORY

  • Scott

    THERE IS A GOD! AND THY HAS GIVEN US GLORY

  • ibwb

    Hopefully they'll also release Phoenix's ringtone as DLC.

  • ibwb

    Hopefully they'll also release Phoenix's ringtone as DLC.

  • TheAwesomeOne

    My sister has an iTouch, will she be able to play it?

  • TheAwesomeOne

    My sister has an iTouch, will she be able to play it?