Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

2005 visual novel adventure video game by Capcom

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a visual novel/adventure game developed and published by Capcom. The game was originally a Japan-only Game Boy Advance title called Gyakuten Saiban. However, the Nintendo DS remake Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten was translated and released in 2005 outside of Japan. The DS remake features a bonus case called Rise From The Ashes which was not in the original GBA version.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Director(s)Shu Takumi
Producer(s)Atsushi Inaba
Minae Matsukawa (DS)
Artist(s)Kumiko Suekane
Tatsuro Iwamoto
Writer(s)Shu Takumi
Composer(s)Masakazu Sugimori
Naoto Tanaka (DS)
SeriesAce Attorney
Platform(s)Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows, Wii, iOS, Android, Nintendo 3DS
October 12, 2001
  • Game Boy Advance
    • JP: October 12, 2001
    Nintendo DS
    • JP: September 15, 2005
    • NA: October 12, 2005
    • EU: March 16, 2006
    Microsoft Windows
    • JP: December 23, 2005
    Episodes 1-4
    • JP: December 15, 2009
    • NA: January 11, 2010
    • PAL: January 15, 2010
    Episode 5
    • JP: March 16, 2010
    • NA: May 24, 2010
    • PAL: May 2010
    • JP: December 21, 2009
    • NA: May 24, 2010
    Trilogy HD
    • JP: February 7, 2012
    Nintendo 3DS
    • JP: April 17, 2014
    • NA: December 9, 2014
    • EU: December 11, 2014


Phoenix WrightEdit

Phoenix Wright is the main protagonist of the game. He is a defense attorney who must prove that his falsely-accused clients are not guilty.

Mia FeyEdit

Mia Fey is Phoenix's boss and mentor. She is killed in the second case. However, her spirit can be channelled by Maya and sometimes she reappears to give Phoenix help or advice.

Maya FeyEdit

Maya is Mia's little sister. She is Phoenix's assistant. She is also a spirit medium and can sometimes channel Mia's spirit.

Miles EdgeworthEdit

Miles Edgeworth is a prosecutor, and Phoenix Wright's rival. He is the prosecutor in every case in the game except for The First Turnabout and Turnabout Goodbyes.

Larry ButzEdit

Larry Butz is Phoenix's client in the first case of the game, where he is accused of murder. He is also a witness in the fourth case.

Winston PayneEdit

Winston Payne is the prosecutor of the first case. He has appeared in every Ace Attorney game except Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies. He is normally the prosecutor of the Tutorial cases of each game.

Dick GumshoeEdit

Dick Gumshoe is a detective who is usually in charge of investigating the cases that Phoenix takes on.

Manfred von KarmaEdit

Manfred von Karma is the prosecutor in case 4 of the game, and is Edgeworth's mentor.


The game features 5 cases.

The First TurnaboutEdit

Phoenix defends Larry Butz, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend.

Turnabout SistersEdit

Phoenix's mentor, Mia Fey, is killed. Phoenix defends her sister, Maya Fey, who is accused of murdering her.

Turnabout SamuraiEdit

Will Powers, an actor who potrays the Steel Samurai, is accused of murdering Jack Hammer. Phoenix defends him in court.

Turnabout GoodbyesEdit

A man is killed on a boat at Gourd Lake, and Miles Edgeworth is accused of the murder. Phoenix defends him.

Rise from the AshesEdit

Lana Skye is accused of the murder of Bruce Goodman. Her sister, Ema Skye, convinces Phoenix Wright to take her case.

Game SystemEdit

The game is split into 2 segments, Investigation segments and Trial segments.


During Investigation sections Phoenix visits the crime scene, looks for evidence that might be useful in the trial, and talks to witnesses.


Phoenix has to defend his client, and Cross Examine witness testimonies.