Now's The Perfect Time For A Phoenix Wright Comeback

Last week, Capcom announced that everyone's favourite blue-suited defence attorney, Phoenix Wright, would be returning as the protagonist of Ace Attorney 5. While it may not seem like that long since he last starred in an Ace Attorney game, it has actually been eight long years (five in the West). And his return is the best possible thing that could happen to the series.

By the time Phoenix bowed out of the spotlight in 2004, he had already been the player character in 12 of the series' 14 cases (over the course of three games). Frankly, his story was winding down and there was nothing more to glean from him involving his past, personality, or his relationships with the series' other main characters. Thus the only thing to do was move on to a completely new set of characters. And so the fourth game in the series came along with the new lead character Apollo Justice.

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney was set seven years after Trials and Tribulations and featured a largely new cast. (Un)Fortunately, one of the few returning characters was Phoenix himself — and he was in no way the same as we left him. Dressing more like a hobo than

anything else, Phoenix was portrayed as a disbarred, single-father, card shark. So even though the series had a chance to explore the life and motivations of an entirely new character, the driving dilemma of the game wasn't centered around Apollo, his past, or his interactions with other characters; The dilemma was "what happened to Phoenix." So, in reality, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney was as much a Phoenix Wright game as the previous three. And while this practically made Apollo a non-character in the whole scheme of things, it also had the effect of making Phoenix once again a character with a ton of room for development.

With the conclusion of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Phoenix found his name cleared and so with his return to law, the stage is set for Ace Attorney 5. And thanks to the Apollo Justice time jump, questions abound. What happened to Maya and Peral? Where are Miles Edgeworth, Fanziska Von Karma, and the others from the prosecutor's side? How will Phoenix react being in a court after eight years on the sidelines? Will Phoenix's years as a parent have any impact on the way he handles himself as an attorney? And speaking of Trucy, what happened to Apollo and her after their tale reached its end?

Unlike back in 2004, it seems that there is much new to learn about Phoenix and he has many mysteries yet to solve. I, for one, am excited to join him in solving them.


    It was implied in the Japanese version of Apollo Justice that Nick regularly visited the noodle cart with Maya. This was lost in translation as they changed Mayas love for noodles to burgers.

    I have had my monitor set up on its end playing a Jumbo DS of sorts burning through the entire series in a round about way again. Have AA1 and Edgeworth Investigations complete, about half way through AJ and have done the starting cases on JFA and T&T. Sure it isn't quite the same as the first playthrough was, much like watching Sixth Sense a second time or practically any media with a story defining twist near the end, but having a reunion of sorts with the colourful cast of characters that are peppered throughout the series is still worth it.

    Now the main thing they need to get right for 5 is the musical score

      And being able to skip text ON THE FIRST PLAYTHROUGH! Some of us can read!

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