Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All, released in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban 2 (逆転裁判 2 Gyakuten Saiban Tsū?, lit. "Turnabout Trial 2"), is a visual novel adventure video game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo DS video game console. It is the first sequel to 2005's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. It was released in Japan on October 26, 2006 and in North America on January 16, 2007.[2] The game was also released in Europe on March 16, 2007 and in Australia on September 6, 2007. The Japanese release features a Japanese/English language toggle at the main menu.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All is an updated port of the Game Boy Advance game Gyakuten Saiban 2. Like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, it features touch screen, microphone, and dual screen support, but does not have any new cases.

A PC version under the title Gyakuten Saiban 2 PC was released by the Japanese company SourceNext in March 31, 2006. Similar to the PC port of the first game, this is an emulation of the original Game Boy Advance version to be played on Windows based PCs, rather than an enhanced remake like the one that was released afterwards for the Nintendo DS. Again, it was only released in Japan.

A Wii port of the game was released in Japan on January 26, 2010, via the WiiWare system, according to the November 2009 issue of Famitsu.[1] It saw a release in North America on February 15, 2010 and in the PAL region on February 19, 2010.[3]


Justice For All plays similarly to the first Ace Attorney game as a virtual novel game. While the game has been adapted from the GBA version to use the DS touch screen, none of the special investigation techniques introduced in the "Rise from the Ashes" case from the first game reappear.

A small but significant change is that a player can now present the profiles of people involved with the case, in addition to the evidence in the Court Record. The player can present them either during the court room or investigative phases. For example, the player can present a profile to ask a person about that person.

Justice for All features a new gameplay concept called Psyche-Lock. Phoenix Wright has to unlock several locks that have been placed over a witness' heart in order to reveal the truth. The Psyche-Lock occurs only during the Investigation phase, and is observed when trying to following a line of questioning with a person involved in the case. When it is revealed that the person has one or more Psyche-Locks, the player can then initiate breaking of those locks. Typically, the player will be asked to point out evidence or a location to complete a question being asked; if the correct evidence is used, it is likely one Psyche-Lock will be broken or may lead to an additional question. If the incorrect choice is made, the player takes health damage (described below). However, unlike courtroom questioning, the player can cancel the breaking attempt if he feels he doesn't have the right piece of evidence without any penalty; all of the locks will reappear the next time the breaking attempt is made, though these will break in exactly the same manner as previously discovered. Also, a certain amount of health is restored on successfully unlocking all the Psyche-Locks of a person. Breaking all the Psyche-Locks of a person will allow the player to question that person further on more details.

In the first game, the player had five marks of health; if he or she made a mistake during the courtroom proceedings, the judge took one off, and losing all five resulted in a guilty verdict for the client. Justice for All changes these marks into a life bar; when the bar is completely depleted, the game ends and the player's client receives a guilty verdict. The amount of health lost will vary depending on the magnitude of the error; a mistake in one area may result in the loss of the whole life bar.



The setting for the game takes place roughly one year after the events of the first game (based on the ages of the returning characters), and again in Los Angeles, California in the English localization.[4] The player controls the protagonist of its predecessor, Phoenix Wright, as he defends clients in four court trials. Primary characters from the predecessor that appear in this title include Maya Fey, Miles Edgeworth, Mia Fey, and Dick Gumshoe. Two new primary characters include Pearl Fey and Franziska von Karma. Characters from the first title have supporting roles in this title, including Lotta Hart, Will Powers, and Wendy Oldbag.


The first trial of the game involves Phoenix gaining amnesia after being hit on the head by one of the witnesses. He also had to defend Maggey Byrde, a policewoman who has been accused of murdering her lover, another police officer.

In the second trial, Phoenix goes with a man named Dr. Turner Grey looking to request a spirit channeling from Maya Fey, Phoenix's friend, former assistant, and spiritual medium, at the Kurain Village. However, the doctor is murdered during the spirit channeling, and Maya is arrested on suspicion of murder. While defending her, Phoenix learns that the prosecutor for this case is Franziska Von Karma, Manfred Von Karma's daughter who has never lost a case since she was 13 years old, is a prodigy, and has come to America to defeat Phoenix in court.

During the third case, a very popular magician of the Berry Big Circus who can "fly through the air" named Maxmillion Galactica is charged with the ringmaster's murder. During the story, Phoenix encounters some unusual witnesses, such as a clown who can't make anyone laugh (except Maya), a ventriloquist whose puppet bosses him around, and the daughter of the ringmaster, who seems to live in her own little world. Despite all this, Phoenix defends Max, going up against, for a second time, Franziska Von Karma.

In the fourth trial, Maya is kidnapped after a huge TV star, Matt Engarde, is suspected of murdering his media rival, Juan Corrida, and the kidnapper says that he will let Maya go if Phoenix can get a complete acquittal for Engarde. Phoenix agrees and embarks on the most difficult trial yet.


Game Boy Advance version

Justice for All was originally released for the Game Boy Advance as Gyakuten Saiban 2. It was released on October 22, 2002 in Japan only. It uses the same engine as its predecessor, Gyakuten Saiban there is a fan trans;ated version on with the original and names.(known in English as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney).

Nintendo DS version

Gyakuten Saiban 2 was remade for the Nintendo DS as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All using the same engine as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. It was released on October 26, 2006 in Japan. It was later released in other countries, including North America on January 16, 2007, Europe on March 16, 2007, and Australia on September 6, 2007. The localization in this release remains almost unchanged from the previous release, which contains some errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and word usage. These have generated complaints in some reviews.[5] The English translation of the game includes many references to TV shows, movies, other video games, and pop culture references, placed in the dialog by the localization team.[4]


Template:Seealso The music was composed by Naoto Tanaka, under the pseudonym Akemi Kimura.[6]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 78% (57 reviews)[7]
Metacritic 76% (51 reviews)[8]
MobyGames 78/100[9]
Review scores
Publication Score B+[10]
Adventure Gamers Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg[11]
Allgame Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg[12]
Eurogamer 8/10[13]
Famitsu 35/40 (GBA)[14]
Game Informer 8/10[15]
GamePro Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg[16]
Game Revolution A[17]
GameSpot 7.7/10[18]
GameSpy Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg[19]
GamesRadar 8/10[20]
GameTrailers 7.9/10[21]
GameZone 8.0/10[22]
IGN 7.8/10[23]
Official Nintendo Magazine 72%[24]

Although Justice for All received generally favorable reviews, it ends up being the least acclaimed of the series' titles. It was criticized mostly for lacking certain DS exclusive features available in the first installment in the series (if only during the final case).


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  4. 4.0 4.1 On the Wright Track: The Writers of Phoenix Wright's Sequel Discuss Their New Case.
  5. N-sider review.
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  10. Bettenhausen, Shane (2007-01-18). "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All Review". 1UP. Retrieved on 2009-02-17.
  11. Wild, Kim (2007-03-12). Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All review. Adventure Gamers. Retrieved on 5 February 2010
  12. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All Overview. Allgame. Retrieved on 2009-02-17
  13. Walker, John (2006-11-08). "Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved on 2009-02-17.
  14. Gyakuten Saiban - Famitsu Scores Archive. Retrieved on 2009-02-17
  15. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All. Game Informer (January 2007). Retrieved on 2009-02-17
  16. Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All. GamePro (January 16, 2007). Retrieved on 2009-02-17
  17. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All video game review for the DS. Game Revolution. Retrieved on 2009-02-17
  18. Thomas, Aaron (2007-01-16). "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All for DS Review". GameSpot. Retrieved on 2009-02-17.
  19. GameSpy: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -- Justice for All Review. GameSpy. Retrieved on 2009-02-17
  20. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All Review. GamesRadar. Retrieved on 2009-02-17
  21. Phoenix Wright 2 - Review. GameTrailers (January 24, 2007). Retrieved on 2009-02-17
  22. Sandoval, Angelina (2007-01-22). "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All Review". GameZone. Retrieved on 2009-02-17.
  23. Harris, Craig (2007-01-17). "Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All Review". IGN. Retrieved on 2009-02-17.
  24. Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All. Official Nintendo Magazine (January 8, 2008). Retrieved on 2009-02-17

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