Fans of witty, courtroom-based gameplay have something to look forward to on the App Store soon. During a Japanese press event over the weekend that saw the announcement of Ace Attorney 5, Capcom also went on to announce that the first 3 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games would be getting an HD makeover and are coming to iOS as Ace Attorney 123HD, according to Andriasang.

The original Phoenix Wright [$4.99] from the Game Boy Advance was ported to the Nintendo DS in 2005, and then ported again to iOS back in May of 2010. It was a a fairly straight port of the DS version, so no added bells and whistles, but remained a strong game simply because the source material was so good. Owners of this original iOS version will be able to update their games to the new HD versions when they go live. Newcomers will be able to download the first two chapters of Ace Attorney 123HD for free, with additional episodes available as in-app purchases.

The screens above show just how lovely the redrawn artwork looks compared to the game that's currently on the App Store. You can see even more lovely screens via the original story link below. Ace Attorney 123HD is said to be coming "shortly" and we'll let you know just as soon as there are any new details regarding pricing, available chapters, iPad support, or a firm date of release.

[Via Andriasang]

  • Bryan Rollins

    awesome. i never finished the 3rd one

    • Anonymous

      3rd one is really good

  • Pedro Barbosa


  • John

    I never actually got a chance to play this series. I've heard a lot of good things about it. But the kids took my ds from me and haven't given it back since, haha.

  • kKNd


    • Anonymous

      wait, so you're objecting to this? Oh wait... I get it.... yeah. Uhh... HOLD IT!

  • Michael Liu

    YES! I might as well give Capcom my wallet right now. 

  • Ernest Doku

    Any word on a translation of Ghost Trick?

  • Will Buckingham

    I would have hoped they would have redrawn the characters instead of tracing them with rather ugly bold lines, but I'll be buying it either way in the hopes of pushing Capcom into releasing Ace Attorney Investigations 2.  That's assuming this actually is going to be localized.  AAI2 didn't get localized last year, Ghost Trick's iOS version never got localized, and I'm pretty sure there were iOS versions of the second and third game that didn't get localized either.  It's been a bad year to be an Ace Attorney fan, and I'm praying Capcom makes things right this time around.

  • Isaac

    This is the best news I've heard all day!

  • Anonymous

    Please, PLEASE, translate this in english. I started to lose hope in capcom's localization team after they refused to localize Investigations 2...

    • Anonymous

      All 3 have been released in English for Nintendo DS.
      Let's hope for iOS version of this trilogy package in English

  • Charles Albert

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!! *sounds of fireworks and my highly excited jumps*

  • BVaz

    +1 in hoping this gets localized to English

  • Electrolite82

    Any word on this game?!

  • Alley Rock

    Still no news yet?

  • GorXer

    I want this game so badly, c'mon capcom