In early December of last year, Famitsu covered Capcom's announcement of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney's impending arrival on the App Store. Today we got word that Capcom hopes to have Phoenix Wright available for download next week for $4.99. Ace Attorney will include with all five cases from the Nintendo DS game, and judging from screenshots, very little has been modified from the original short of just stacking the output of the two DS screens on top of each other on the iPhone.

Back when the news first hit that the game was coming to the iPhone we explained the basic premise behind Phoenix Wright:

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.

Something interesting of note from the original announcement was during the unveiling at the Apple Store in Japan, Capcom mobile content head Takeshi Tezuka assured everyone in attendance that the game would be more than a simple port. From the few screenshots that have been released so far, it's hard to say what else has been added to the game, but needless to say, you can expect a full review shortly after the game hits the App Store.

  • Deewin

    "Ace Attorney will include with all five cases from the Nintendo DS game"

    I'm a huge fan of this series and this will be an instant buy for me! The replay value on these types of games is very low though but it's going to be nice to re-experience this game on my iPhone :)

  • Deewin

    "Ace Attorney will include with all five cases from the Nintendo DS game"

    I'm a huge fan of this series and this will be an instant buy for me! The replay value on these types of games is very low though but it's going to be nice to re-experience this game on my iPhone :)

  • Pete

    Wasn't the Japanese release of this game ages ago? And didn't it need to download the cases as you played? I hope the data is kept all locally this time..

  • Pete

    Wasn't the Japanese release of this game ages ago? And didn't it need to download the cases as you played? I hope the data is kept all locally this time..

  • GodSon

    This is great news (if it's done right)...

  • GodSon

    This is great news (if it's done right)...

  • TomHandy

    Not to give them ideas, but you'd think that this would be the kind of game that would be perfect for microtransactions....... $1 a case, rather than $5 for the whole 5 cases, and just keep adding new cases to be able to download.

    • mike

      why? it's 5 bucks, not 500. Check your pockets. Yeah, 5 bucks, that's easy.

      you're just making it annoying for the user.

      • Adams Immersive

        I think he’s suggesting how the company could keep making another $1 more into the future. He’s not saying he wants that for the current 5 levels: he’s hoping “not to give them ideas."

      • spiffyone

        It's actually not a bad idea when you think about it. It could be thought of as something along the lines of, say, TV series or podcasts: get the pilot episode (thereby "subscribing" to the "broadcast"), then each week a new "episode" is available to download.

        Might not work with this game, but I could see it working for another adventure game series. But it can't be handled like 1112 is (where there's a loooong gap between "episodes") or other games that were sold for too much and then didn't get the new "episodes". No, I think for a new episodic adventure game series the move would be to release the "pilot episode" for free, with, say, the the subsequent four or five "episodes" for download (DLC) with new "episodes" up to, say, twelve total (full "season"). But all the episodes have to be produced and wrapped up, so there's no too-long-a-wait between releases.

      • mike

        OK, I got the game... (finally) the stories kinda have to be played in a certain order, but other than that... I'm all for it. If they could keep coming up with very high quality stories.. I'd love to download these.

        I think they can already do downloadable content with iPhone OS 3.0. Once they get the sales figures for this first AceAttorney game, they'll evaluate if its worth it to go further into the iPhone gaming.

        Judging by the iPad sales figures, it sounds like a no brainer. They just have to make it a universal app, with included higher resolution 'illustrations'

  • TomHandy

    Not to give them ideas, but you'd think that this would be the kind of game that would be perfect for microtransactions....... $1 a case, rather than $5 for the whole 5 cases, and just keep adding new cases to be able to download.

    • mike

      why? it's 5 bucks, not 500. Check your pockets. Yeah, 5 bucks, that's easy.

      you're just making it annoying for the user.

      • Adams Immersive

        I think he’s suggesting how the company could keep making another $1 more into the future. He’s not saying he wants that for the current 5 levels: he’s hoping “not to give them ideas."

      • spiffyone

        It's actually not a bad idea when you think about it. It could be thought of as something along the lines of, say, TV series or podcasts: get the pilot episode (thereby "subscribing" to the "broadcast"), then each week a new "episode" is available to download.

        Might not work with this game, but I could see it working for another adventure game series. But it can't be handled like 1112 is (where there's a loooong gap between "episodes") or other games that were sold for too much and then didn't get the new "episodes". No, I think for a new episodic adventure game series the move would be to release the "pilot episode" for free, with, say, the the subsequent four or five "episodes" for download (DLC) with new "episodes" up to, say, twelve total (full "season"). But all the episodes have to be produced and wrapped up, so there's no too-long-a-wait between releases.

      • mike

        OK, I got the game... (finally) the stories kinda have to be played in a certain order, but other than that... I'm all for it. If they could keep coming up with very high quality stories.. I'd love to download these.

        I think they can already do downloadable content with iPhone OS 3.0. Once they get the sales figures for this first AceAttorney game, they'll evaluate if its worth it to go further into the iPhone gaming.

        Judging by the iPad sales figures, it sounds like a no brainer. They just have to make it a universal app, with included higher resolution 'illustrations'

  • LosBadylos

    OMG at least! I hope Capcom will release whole game without the need to be connected to the internet all the time. I also hope for all five cases, not some microtransaction sh*t :).
    Way to go, Capcom. I'm hoping for the rest of the games.

  • LosBadylos

    OMG at least! I hope Capcom will release whole game without the need to be connected to the internet all the time. I also hope for all five cases, not some microtransaction sh*t :).
    Way to go, Capcom. I'm hoping for the rest of the games.

  • Bosconian

    Excellent news.

    I just hope there's something new, since I played thru the first game on DS.

    Hopefully we'll see more PW games on this platform after this one sells well, and I think it will.

  • Bosconian

    Excellent news.

    I just hope there's something new, since I played thru the first game on DS.

    Hopefully we'll see more PW games on this platform after this one sells well, and I think it will.

  • Gert

    Instant buy (I'm a big, hungry, slimy sucker for dialog heavy adventure games on the iPhone)

  • Gert

    Instant buy (I'm a big, hungry, slimy sucker for dialog heavy adventure games on the iPhone)

  • wooseokjo

    omg!!! its coming out!!!

    anyways, does all "5 cases "

    mean that

    there will be the

    phoenix wright 1

    phoenix wright 2

    phoenix wright 3

    phoenix wright 4

    phoenix wright 1-extra remake (one that only includes in DS version)

    like that????

    that will be really fasinating because i was trying to buy a DS just to play phoenix wright 3 and 4!

    • wooseokjo

      oh and yeah i hope you dont need a microphone to play this game

    • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      I'm sure it means all the cases from the first DS game, with more to follow if it sells (which it will).

      • mike

        I bought this sameday and I've chipped away at the first 3 cases... Love love love this game, and it wouldn't work without the great artwork, cheesy humor, and top quality 'mysteries'.. the value for your dollars for a 5 dollar game is just incredible...

        And as much as I think iPad users would love to play this game, I can't help thinking it just would not be a great experience on the iPad. This is one of the the FUNNEST iPhone games I've ever played... and we have Nintendo to thank for their DS strategy.

  • wooseokjo

    omg!!! its coming out!!!

    anyways, does all "5 cases "

    mean that

    there will be the

    phoenix wright 1

    phoenix wright 2

    phoenix wright 3

    phoenix wright 4

    phoenix wright 1-extra remake (one that only includes in DS version)

    like that????

    that will be really fasinating because i was trying to buy a DS just to play phoenix wright 3 and 4!

    • wooseokjo

      oh and yeah i hope you dont need a microphone to play this game

    • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      I'm sure it means all the cases from the first DS game, with more to follow if it sells (which it will).

      • mike

        I bought this sameday and I've chipped away at the first 3 cases... Love love love this game, and it wouldn't work without the great artwork, cheesy humor, and top quality 'mysteries'.. the value for your dollars for a 5 dollar game is just incredible...

        And as much as I think iPad users would love to play this game, I can't help thinking it just would not be a great experience on the iPad. This is one of the the FUNNEST iPhone games I've ever played... and we have Nintendo to thank for their DS strategy.

  • amroc

    The Butz!

  • amroc

    The Butz!

  • Electrolite82

    Is this coming out in the UK or just North America?

  • Electrolite82

    Is this coming out in the UK or just North America?

  • Rosh

    Being a law student, I am really excited about this one:)

    • mike

      God help us

  • Rosh

    Being a law student, I am really excited about this one:)

    • mike

      God help us

  • Christo

    The DS versions of these games are excellent, and I think the iPhone will be a good platform for these.

    They've recently done super-lazy ports of these games to the Wii (actually showing the two DS screens in the middle of your TV), so don't hold your breath for any new features...

    That'll be OK here -- there's a lot of game in there if it really is the whole first DS game for $5. It takes hours of exploration and trials to get through it all, and the writing is quirky bun fun.

    Rosh: The "law" is extremely off in these games. It has a certain consistency internally, but what you can and can't do during a trial is really strange! Not a problem in the game, but don't depend on it for your Bar exam!

  • Christo

    The DS versions of these games are excellent, and I think the iPhone will be a good platform for these.

    They've recently done super-lazy ports of these games to the Wii (actually showing the two DS screens in the middle of your TV), so don't hold your breath for any new features...

    That'll be OK here -- there's a lot of game in there if it really is the whole first DS game for $5. It takes hours of exploration and trials to get through it all, and the writing is quirky bun fun.

    Rosh: The "law" is extremely off in these games. It has a certain consistency internally, but what you can and can't do during a trial is really strange! Not a problem in the game, but don't depend on it for your Bar exam!

  • The Theory

    At $5 that'll be an instant buy for me. Never finished the game before I had to sell my DS, so this'll fill a definite hole.

  • The Theory

    At $5 that'll be an instant buy for me. Never finished the game before I had to sell my DS, so this'll fill a definite hole.

  • TheSporkWithin

    Yeah, I will repurchase every single game in this series if they continue releasing them. God I love these games so much.

  • TheSporkWithin

    Yeah, I will repurchase every single game in this series if they continue releasing them. God I love these games so much.

  • http://www.meadiciona.com/charles_anjos Charles

    Two Words: #EPIC #WIN

  • http://www.meadiciona.com/charles_anjos Charles

    Two Words: #EPIC #WIN

  • http://www.generationstarwars.com John Hood

    Sold my DSi! So, great to see another successful franchise on my favourite portable gaming platform! :)

  • http://www.generationstarwars.com John Hood

    Sold my DSi! So, great to see another successful franchise on my favourite portable gaming platform! :)

  • Wasted

    Any word on an iPad version? That would be a great fit!

    • Michael

      Oh no. Don't mention that. All you'd get would be upscaled graphics that would look like crap on a iPad. Capcom is too lazy to update their graphics, as with the Wii port.

  • Wasted

    Any word on an iPad version? That would be a great fit!

    • Michael

      Oh no. Don't mention that. All you'd get would be upscaled graphics that would look like crap on a iPad. Capcom is too lazy to update their graphics, as with the Wii port.

  • eri

    It really sounds great having PW on iPhone... But I'm still waiting for Taiko no Tatsujin from Namco...

  • eri

    It really sounds great having PW on iPhone... But I'm still waiting for Taiko no Tatsujin from Namco...

  • TYRiAX

    Finally! I've been hanging for this game since they announced it in Dec. I've got the courtroom theme music looping in my head now :)

    • mike

      LOL!!! awesome

  • TYRiAX

    Finally! I've been hanging for this game since they announced it in Dec. I've got the courtroom theme music looping in my head now :)

    • mike

      LOL!!! awesome

  • ArcadeStick

    I've played through this game like 4 times on my DS and the thought of having it with me all the time on my iPhone is an awesome one. I'm buying day one. I'd love to see a resed up iPad version as well.

  • ArcadeStick

    I've played through this game like 4 times on my DS and the thought of having it with me all the time on my iPhone is an awesome one. I'm buying day one. I'd love to see a resed up iPad version as well.

  • HawkEye

    This, like Monkey Island, is one of those game series where they would need to do something monumentally stupid to keep me from forking over money to them. Since trying the first game on DS on a whim, they've had me as a buyer day one for every new game. Bring on all four Ace Attorney games and even the new Investigations game; I'll buy them again in a heartbeat to have them on my phone.

  • HawkEye

    This, like Monkey Island, is one of those game series where they would need to do something monumentally stupid to keep me from forking over money to them. Since trying the first game on DS on a whim, they've had me as a buyer day one for every new game. Bring on all four Ace Attorney games and even the new Investigations game; I'll buy them again in a heartbeat to have them on my phone.

  • spacecowgoesmoo

    *Places a stepladder and walks away*

    • http://Steampowered.net Radd

      Huh, somebody left a ladder sitting here.

  • spacecowgoesmoo

    *Places a stepladder and walks away*

    • http://Steampowered.net Radd

      Huh, somebody left a ladder sitting here.

  • Zastro

    Such a no brainer to port these to the iPhone, it's surprising it's taken Capcom as long as it has. Needless to say for anyone who hasn't already played these games on the DS, they're great visual novels with some simple puzzle solving gameplay in there. Full of character too.

  • Zastro

    Such a no brainer to port these to the iPhone, it's surprising it's taken Capcom as long as it has. Needless to say for anyone who hasn't already played these games on the DS, they're great visual novels with some simple puzzle solving gameplay in there. Full of character too.

  • mike

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh this game rules!!!!!

  • mike

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh this game rules!!!!!