Ace Attorney (known as Gyakuten Saiban - which translates to "Turnabout Trial" - in Japan) is a videogame series created by Shu Takumi and published by Capcom. Originally released for the Gameboy Advance exclusively in Japan, the series was released overseas in 2005 when the trilogy was brought onto the Nintendo DS. The series has also seen releases on Microsoft Windows, WiiWare, iOS and Nintendo 3DS. Each main series game follows a defense attorney - with two spin-offs following a prosecutor - who have to investigate crime scenes and fight for the clients 'Not Guilty' sentence in the courtroom.
The first three games follow rookie attorney, Phoenix Wright, in his first three years. These three games have been re-released on every platform that the series has been released on. Series creator Shu Takumi later stated the series is a parody of the harsh Japanese law system, which the Ace Attorney system is based on. Defendants are always accused on being guilty until proven otherwise and the defense attorneys only have a total of three days to prove their client innocent. Three years after the last game, the fourth Ace Attorney game - Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney - was released for the Nintendo DS and starred a new attorney, Apollo Justice, following Phoenix Wright's recently being disbarred. In 2013 the fifth Ace Attorney game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Duel Destines was released for the Nintendo 3DS eShop and saw the return of Phoenix Wright, as well as including Apollo Justice and new attorney Athena Cykes. The spin-off games followed prosecutor Miles Edgeworth and took place in between Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations - the third game - and before Phoenix Wright was disbarred. Although the first game, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth was released on the Nintendo DS everywhere, the sequel was exclusive to Japan with Capcom saying they had no plans to localise it. Finally in 2012 in Japan and 2014 the rest of the world, the Ace Attorney series had a cross-over game with the Professor Layton series - the game being called Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney released for the Nintendo 3DS.
On April 23rd 2014, Shu Takumi announced that he was working on a new Ace Attorney, being titled Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken and features Phoenix Wright's ancestor who lived in Japan during the Meiji period. No word has been said on if it will be released overseas as of yet.
Phoenix Wright is a famous defense attorney that is known for bluffing his way through court cases, however he always manages to find the real killer in the end and has only ever lost one case in his long career. He has also been the defendant three times and each time he hires a different lawyer - one of which was himself. On April 19 2019, Phoenix Wright unknowingly used forged evidence in court which led to him being disbarred. For seven years Wright was a pianist who moonlighted as an undefeated poker player but secretly kept investigating the case that lost him his badge. After the case was finally resolved, Wright took the bar again and got his badge again.
He is a very easy going guy, which often leads to his hyperactive friends taking advantage of his good nature. Despite this good nature, Wright is very sarcastic and witty, but he usually keeps this to himself however this comes out when dealing with the many eccentric characters that the series has. He is also shown to be a good mentor to Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes, both whom work at this agency. In 2026, Phoenix became a father when he adopted Trucy Enigmar, who became Trucy Wright.
Miles Edgeworth is a Chief Prosecutor of the prosecutor's office in Los Angeles. During his first four years as prosecutor he had a 100% win record, which he owed due to his willingness to do anything to get a guilty verdict for the defendant. After his defeat to his childhood friend, Phoenix Wright, Edgeworth began to question his job and what it actually meant. After being charged with murder, which Phoenix proved he was not guilty of, Edgeworth seemingly committed suicide, only to return almost a year later. A left for almost a year yet again, but came back to Los Angeles when he heard that Wright was injured. Each time he would return he would have a different outlook on life and about what it meant to be an attorney. His goal in life is to seek the truth and use the law to help save people's lives.
Edgeworth is usually calm and level-headed but is often seen as a snob due to his col and ruthless nature. He has a lack of social skills and is very awkward when it comes to social situations. He cares very deeply for his friends and often does whatever he can for them, which is evident in the two times he returned were for Phoenix. He shares an odd relationship with his sister, Franziska von Karma, who views her brother as a genius and does what ever she can do beat him and prove she is better, though in the end Edgeworth does not care about win records he keeps motivating Franziska to do her best but to seek the truth rather than the win.