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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations, released in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban 3 (逆転裁判3?, lit. "Turnabout Trial 3"), is an adventure/visual novel video game developed by Capcom. It was originally released for the Game Boy Advance and was later ported to the PC. It received an enhanced port for the Nintendo DS. A port to the Wii via WiiWare was recently announced, with Japan seeing the title released on February 23, 2010[6], while North America will see it on May 10, 2010[7] and the PAL region on May 21, 2010. Trials and Tribulations stars Phoenix Wright, who must defend his clients in court.

Trials and Tribulations is the third game in the series, and was preceded by Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Justice for All. Currently, it is the final game to star Phoenix Wright as a main character. It is followed by Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney which stars Apollo Justice; Phoenix serves as secondary character in Apollo Justice. Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth starring Miles Edgeworth was released on the Nintendo DS in February 2010. It takes place around the events of Trials and Tribulations.


Template:Seealso The gameplay of Trials and Tribulations can be separated into two types of situations: Investigation Mode and Courtroom Mode. Both are presented in the style of a visual novel and therefore, both the gameplay and storyline are heavily linear, though there are often interactive interludes to the dialogue.[8] Like its predecessors, Trials and Tribulations was originally developed for the Game Boy Advance. The DS port does not utilize many of the DS's features.

The player is given a health bar. If the player presents the incorrect evidence during trial or during a "psyche lock," health is lost. If the health bar reaches zero, the player loses. The health bar can be replenished by successfully breaking a "psyche lock."[9] "Psyche-locks", returning from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All, act as barriers to information and require accumulated evidence to break.[10] Phoenix is given a "Magatama" which can detect lies and view "psyche-locks."[9]

During the Investigation phase of each case, the player explores the game world by either using the stylus or the D-pad to select the actions they wish to engage in: Examine, Move, Talk, or Present. The player converses with non-player characters by selecting dialogue and can move around the game world by selecting the locations they wish to travel to. Information gained during Investigation Mode can be used during the Trial phase of the game and items picked up, either through examining or talking, can be used as evidence. The player, however, cannot progress without completing certain actions.[11]

The Trial portion of the game is similar to that of previous Ace Attorney games and consists of listening to and cross-examining witness testimonies. The player is given the option to either Press or Present evidence in response to statements made by witnesses. The player can either select their choice or yell into the microphone.[12] Pressing will force the witness to expand on a previous testimony and may unlock new segments of the testimony, while Present is used to present information—either in the form of evidence or profiles—that contradicts the witness's testimony.[13]




Trials and Tribulations, like other games in the Ace Attorney series, consists of several cases and trials, called Turnabouts. In five separate Turnabouts, the player must defend the clients against the charge of murder. The player controls Mia Fey in the first and fourth cases, Phoenix Wright in the second, third, and fifth cases, and Miles Edgeworth in the fifth case.[14]


The first case, Turnabout Memories (思い出の逆転 Omoide no Gyakuten?), is set in the past where Phoenix, a university student, is accused of murdering a fellow student, Dougie Swallows. In her second case as a defense attorney, Mia Fey uncovers Dahlia Hawthorne as the murderer. Dahlia attempted to use Phoenix to cover up a previous murder by giving him a piece of crucial evidence. However, when she tried to retrieve it from him, he refused and held on to it devotedly, causing her to plan to murder Phoenix. She ended up killing Mr. Swallows in an effort to obtain a murder weapon and was caught. She is eventually executed for this offense.

In the second case, The Stolen Turnabout (盗まれた逆転 Nusumareta Gyakuten?), Phoenix defends a man named Ron DeLite first from the charge of robbery and then from the charge of murder. Ron is initially charged as being Mask☆DeMasque, a master thief. However, Phoenix proves, incorrectly, that detective Luke Atmey is Mask☆DeMasque, acquitting Ron but implicating him on the murder of a CEO. However, Phoenix proves that Atmey committed the murder and then falsified evidence to create an alibi and avoid the murder charge by double jeopardy. It is in this case that Phoenix first meets Godot, real name Diego, who shows a hatred towards Phoenix for not being able to protect Mia.

For the third case, Recipe for Turnabout (逆転のレシピ Gyakuten no Reshipi?), Maggey Byrde, from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All, is accused of murder again. Phoenix discovers that a loan shark, Don Tigre, was the murderer and recreated the murder to create false witnesses, as well as attempt to smear Phoenix's name and reputation.

In the fourth case, Turnabout Beginnings (始まりの逆転 Hajimari no Gyakuten?), portrays Mia's first case. She defends Terry Fawles for the death of Valerie Hawthorne, the stepsister of his girlfriend Dahlia. Dahlia coordinated a kidnapping with the pair but betrayed the two and framed Terry for the kidnapping. He escapes from jail and attempts to meet with Valerie, but Dahlia murders Valerie and frames Terry. Mia almost clears Terry and implicates Dahlia, but he consumes poison and dies before the case can end. Dahlia also poisons Diego (Mia's fellow attorney) because he almost discovered the truth.

The final case, Bridge to the Turnabout (華麗なる逆転 Kareinaru Gyakuten?, "Magnificent Turnabout"), wraps up the Dahlia story arc. Iris is accused of murdering Misty Fey, disguised as Elise Deauxnim and Pearl has disappeared around the time of the murder. Phoenix uncovers a plot to kill Maya Fey through the summoned spirit of Dahlia Hawthorne. To protect Maya Fey, Diego, as Godot, kills Misty, who was channeling Dahlia. Iris is charged with this murder, and since Phoenix becomes injured, he enlists the help of Miles Edgeworth and Franziska von Karma to initially defend Iris as he recovers. The trial eventually reveals that Iris is actually Dahlia, who was channeled by Maya into her body to prevent Dahlia from being channeled by anyone else while protecting herself. Dahlia is excised from Maya's body, and the real Iris is found safe, cleared of murder charges but responsible for other acts committed as an accomplice to Misty's murder. Iris then reveals that she had posed as Dahlia while Phoenix was dating her, in an attempt to retrieve the evidence and prevent Dahlia killing him to retrieve it. This re-affirms Phoenix's belief in his ex-girlfriend.[14]


In the weeks leading up to the North American release announcement, Capcom launched an official contest in which competitors were asked to convince Capcom to release the game to a North American audience by filling the speech bubbles of a provided comic.[15] Prizes included collectible figurines and lapel pins.[16] After the contest, Capcom revealed Trials and Tribulations as a North American release title at their "Capcom's Gamers Day" event.[17]

A DS edition of Gyakuten Saiban 3 was released in Japan on August 23, 2007; as with the previous Japanese DS releases, the game features both Japanese and English text.[18] Trials and Tribulations was released for the DS in the United States on October 23, 2007. It has been reported on Capcom's official message board that the Japanese release's English Translation has many typos. However, a Community Specialist with Capcom stated that " will be quite pleased with the localization effort for the US version, versus the version you imported".

The game was due to be released on 21 March 2008 in Europe — however, the game was not released, as the PEGI 12+ rating had not been confirmed. However, in an interview on the official UK Ace Attorney flash site, Ace Attorney producer Minae Matsukawa confirmed that the game is "in the middle of localising right now" and is "looking to announce a release date in the near future."[19] In the August issue of NGamer magazine, it was rumoured that a suicide scene in the game prevented it from coming over to the DS in Europe, although the facts are unclear. On June 24, 2008, Nintendo of Europe confirmed a European release date of October 3, 2008. This has resulted in the fourth game in the series, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, being released before it.


Template:Seealso Gyakuten Saiban 3 features music composed and arranged by Noriyuki Iwadare.


Eurogamer awarded the game an 8 out of 10.[12] Press Start Online were also positive, awarding the game a Silver Award.[20] The game was also rewarded an 8.25 from Game Informer issue 175.[21] IGN awarded the game a 7.7.[11]

Initial sales of the game in the United States exceeded Capcom's expectations, as total online orders through Capcom's store was more than double their pre-sale estimations.[22]

British gaming magazine GamesMaster rated the game at 89%, and called it the best Phoenix Wright adventure in the series.[23]


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