Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy brings some 3DS classics back to their rightful home

January 22, 2024
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The day the 3DS and WiiU eShop closed was a bitter one for me. For ages I’d been hovering over the trigger for Ace Attorney 5 and 6 (or Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, to give them their full titles), hoping they’d go on a decent sale, only to miss them altogether when the eShop closed.

I had previously played Ace Attorney 4 (Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney), which was released in Europe in 2008 on the DS, but I missed out on the other two in the trilogy. Both were released on 3DS, in 2013 and 2016 respectively, but I didn’t get a 3DS until it was too late. By that time, it wasn’t easy to buy a physical copy of Dual Destinies easily, and Spirit of Justice was only available digitally outside of Japan. The two have been made available on mobile at different times over the years, but with the closure of the eShop, there went my dreams of being able to legally own and play the rest of the Ace Attorney series in their rightful homes on console.

Enter Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy, another collection from Capcom which bundles together Ace Attorney 4, 5, and 6. I’ve been looking forward to it since its announcement, and now that I’ve been able to play it I can say my excitement was well-placed. I’m thrilled to see the lesser celebrated games in a series I love getting the treatment they deserve – resurrected, revamped, and ram-packed with bonus goodies. It’s a golden standard for what I think a remaster should be and everything a fan could hope for.

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