Is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Coming to the Wii?

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Is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Coming to the Wii?

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An interesting listing on the website for the USK (Germany's equivalent of the ESRB) may be pointing fingers at an upcoming port of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for the Wii.

Last week, some sharp-eyed readers over at GamerBytes caught a listing on the official website for Germany's Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK), the country's ratings board (effectively, the equivalent to the ESRB here in the States). The listing in question is in German, of course, but you don't need to sprechen sie Deutsch to get the important information here. In fact, we've helpfully bolded it for you below:

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Publisher: CEG Interactive Entertainment GmbH
Altersfreigabe: Freigegeben ohne Altersbeschränkung gemäß § 14 JuSchG
Prüfdatum: 29.10.2009
USK Nr.: 26417/09
Sprache: multilingual
System: Nintendo Wii
Genre: klassisches Adventure
Untergenre:

This listing seems to indicate that Capcom's table-slamming, finger-pointing courtroom adventure game - previously only available for the DS (well, unless you're Japanese and have the original GBA games) - will be making a console debut on the Wii, either as a port or (more likely) simply through WiiWare. The USK site already has listings for all of the Ace Attorney titles on DS, so it's unlikely that this is simply a matter of a snafu during the data-entry process or something along those lines.

While it may seem odd to have this game's existence leaked by the German ratings board of all things, it wouldn't be the first time such a thing has happened: The USK inadvertently confirmed the existence of Guitar Hero: Van Halen back in April.

Speaking personally, the first three Phoenix Wright titles are some of my favorite games in recent memory. Imagine, if you will, a courtroom drama a la Law & Order transformed into a crazy over-the-top anime where parrots and radios and ventriloquist dummies are called to the stand, and where at least one prosecutor has an unfortunate tendency to whip her opponents. Then transform that anime into a video game, and you'd start to have something approaching the awesomeness of the Phoenix Wright games (though Apollo Justice was a bit of a letdown).

The writing was great, the characters were likable and funny, the cases were a blast to figure out (and I don't care what anyone says, the final case to Justice For All blows all of the others out of the water), and the soundtrack features some of the best videogame tunes we've heard in years. If the games are coming to the Wii (and one hopes that they will support Wii Remote deskslam/finger-pointing) then hopefully more people will get to play them and realize how awesome they are.

No objections here, Your Honor!

And now, because I could, this news post summed up using the Objection! generator: One Two Three Four Five

(Via Court-Records)

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Pinch me. I'm dreaming of actually buying a Wii. This is good.

Though I haven't played any of the games, how can this possible benefit from moving it from a handheld to a console? Can the Wii really bring anything new to the franchise?

SirBryghtside:
Sounds cool - I've actually never heard of the series, can someone help me out?

There's a review by IcemanFreeze in the User Reviews forum. He pretty much sums it up. Incidentally, he also uses that last site mentioned in a little ad about the other games in the series. While the last two don't quite pertain to the first three games (except for some characters(at least, not yet)), they are also entertaining (not sure about one of the games, as it hasn't come out yet).

SirBryghtside:
Sounds cool - I've actually never heard of the series, can someone help me out?

TAKE THAT!

Fantastic adventure games, with memorable characters, and and impressive overarching plot, too.

Quadtrix:
Though I haven't played any of the games, how can this possible benefit from moving it from a handheld to a console? Can the Wii really bring anything new to the franchise?

Yes. FULL VOICE ACTING!

This, and

are the greatest things ever, without exception.

Nimbus:
This, and

are the greatest things ever, without exception.

It's [*youtube=ID], not [*youtube]ID, unless they changed something...

....I want this game.
NO OBJECTION!

Permission to treat the ATTORNEY as hostile?

Still, I don't really need the series on Wii. I find it really good as it is on my DS. Besides, selling an adventure game (thinking game, more like this) on a family-friendly console?

...Also, why no love for Edgeworth?

CantFaketheFunk:
It's [*youtube=ID], not [*youtube]ID, unless they changed something...

Thanks for that.

I don't like the direction the series is going in with this "Apollo Justice"...

But porting to the Wii...that can't be too difficult...the game wasn't exactly graphic intensive...

I would so buy this game again on Wii.

And I loved the objection summary of the forst post.

Abedeus:
Permission to treat the ATTORNEY as hostile?

Still, I don't really need the series on Wii. I find it really good as it is on my DS. Besides, selling an adventure game (thinking game, more like this) on a family-friendly console?

...Also, why no love for Edgeworth?

Are you kidding? This is exactly what the Wii needs. I still haven't got one due to the lack of quality SINGLE PLAYER games.

Abedeus:
Permission to treat the ATTORNEY as hostile?

Still, I don't really need the series on Wii. I find it really good as it is on my DS. Besides, selling an adventure game (thinking game, more like this) on a family-friendly console?

...Also, why no love for Edgeworth?

I love Edgeworth. He's so emo and pink and frilly and yet somehow still awesome.

Onyx Oblivion:

Abedeus:
Permission to treat the ATTORNEY as hostile?

Still, I don't really need the series on Wii. I find it really good as it is on my DS. Besides, selling an adventure game (thinking game, more like this) on a family-friendly console?

...Also, why no love for Edgeworth?

Are you kidding? This is exactly what the Wii needs. I still haven't got one due to the lack of quality SINGLE PLAYER games.

I'm not sayin PW isn't amazing but would you actually buy a Wii for that? I mean it may just be a port of the DS/GBA game, in which case would it still sway you into buying a console for it?

Quadtrix:
Though I haven't played any of the games, how can this possible benefit from moving it from a handheld to a console? Can the Wii really bring anything new to the franchise?

YES!!!

now you can point with your wii at where is phoenix going to point his finger next

ISNT THAT AWESOME!!!

CantFaketheFunk:

And now, because I could, this news post summed up using the Objection! generator: One Two Three Four Five

This was positively brilliant, Funk. Well played.

...This news is, like, days old. Don't make me post a picture of Slowpoke, Escapist.

That said, I don't know about this. The only real improvement I could see from doing something like this is voice-acting, which can also be a large unimprovement if poorly handled. That, and the Phoenix Wright games are better suited for a handheld system you can play anywhere, not on a major console with a large-screen TV. If it's an entirely brand-new set of cases, then I could start to see how it would make sense to make a console-version, but I think what's more likely is they'll just release the cases from the first case onto WiiWare, and if that's the case, then I'm not exactly enthusiastic over playing through the same cases again.

CantFaketheFunk:
I love Edgeworth. He's so emo and pink and frilly and yet somehow still awesome.

No objections here.

Man CAPCOM loves taking my money away lately. Day 1 buy.

CantFaketheFunk:
I love Edgeworth. He's so emo and pink and frilly and yet somehow still awesome.

I agree why is he so awesome. Mabye it is his Cravat that is the source of his powers.

GET OUT OF THE WAY
Must go to gamestop to buy a Wii...

PS. If you actually played the games, you'd know Edgeworth is actually pretty far from emo. In fact, there's one (paraphrased) moment that proves it, in my case at least.
Suicidal Witness: If you don't let me off the stand this instant, I'll kill myself!
Edgeworth: F**K YOU. You're gonna testify.

Katana314:
GET OUT OF THE WAY
Must go to gamestop to buy a Wii...

PS. If you actually played the games, you'd know Edgeworth is actually pretty far from emo. In fact, there's one (paraphrased) moment that proves it, in my case at least.
Suicidal Witness: If you don't let me off the stand this instant, I'll kill myself!
Edgeworth: F**K YOU. You're gonna testify.

No, no, I think Edgey is pretty emo in the first game.

And that's a bit of a simplification of the scenario :P But that witness was one of the reasons why Farewell My Turnabout is the best case in the series.

Nimbus:
This, and

are the greatest things ever, without exception.

...please tell me that's official and not fanmade.

The first song is from the orchestral soundtrack, so I need to ask.

Please?

Woo hoo! I finally can full convince myself to buy a wii

Awesome, I'll be buying it when it comes out, it'll be interesting to see how they change it for the Wii..

I got into the Phoenix Wright series on recommendation from a friend, now on the third game final case. I was not disappointed by his recommendation!

simply_simple:

Onyx Oblivion:

Abedeus:
Permission to treat the ATTORNEY as hostile?

Still, I don't really need the series on Wii. I find it really good as it is on my DS. Besides, selling an adventure game (thinking game, more like this) on a family-friendly console?

...Also, why no love for Edgeworth?

Are you kidding? This is exactly what the Wii needs. I still haven't got one due to the lack of quality SINGLE PLAYER games.

I'm not sayin PW isn't amazing but would you actually buy a Wii for that? I mean it may just be a port of the DS/GBA game, in which case would it still sway you into buying a console for it?

Well, I played the AA games 2 times each in a one year period. So, yes. In my case.

I dunno, unless they really add to it, I can't see there being much reason to get it. I mean, I already know all the storylines almost off by heart. Then again, I already have a Wii...

CantFaketheFunk:

I love Edgeworth. He's so emo and pink and frilly and yet somehow still awesome.

Ahaha, I'm so gonna remember that and copy it one day. It's so true! Everyone loves Edgeworth, it's almost impossible not to, but I can never pin point why.

I recall the dev team saying they had no plans on a Wii game. I hope I'm wrong though.

Graustein:

Nimbus:
This, and

are the greatest things ever, without exception.

...please tell me that's official and not fanmade.

The first song is from the orchestral soundtrack, so I need to ask.

Please?

It's a fanmade game. Still in development. Linky.

That doesn't stop it being the most awesome thing ever though, right? Apparently they're almost finished making the first case and will soon release a demo.

OMG OMG! If this is true I'm so going to buy those games!

Gigaguy64:
....I want this game.
NO OBJECTION!

Beat me to it.

stinkychops:

Gigaguy64:
....I want this game.
NO OBJECTION!

Beat me to it.

its what us ninjas do.:)

...yes. Win.

Funk, this article is full of win. And not because you also used the Objection! generator.

And yeah, the finale in Justice for All was a good case. I still prefer the Godot arc in the third game, though.

CantFaketheFunk:

Abedeus:
Permission to treat the ATTORNEY as hostile?

Still, I don't really need the series on Wii. I find it really good as it is on my DS. Besides, selling an adventure game (thinking game, more like this) on a family-friendly console?

...Also, why no love for Edgeworth?

I love Edgeworth. He's so emo and pink and frilly and yet somehow still awesome.

He's emo? What about all the fist to table actions whenever Phoenix beats him? Or the Jerkass-Smile he gives him so often, while waggling his finger.

I've actually just bought it on the DS, like a couple of weeks ago, but I've been looking for the Objection generator for ages... just so I could remake this after losing the link the last time I did it.

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