Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 60
    This port gets an F for effort, but that might not be enough for me to not recommend it -- the game is still good. But I'm definitely not going to praise Capcom for what little work the company did to bring it to console.
  2. I do hope to see Phoenix eventually make a worthwhile appearance on consoles, one that lives up to the great legacy the series has now built up for itself. This one, though, isn't a crowning achievement for Capcom, and throwing your money at the game will probably only serve to send the wrong message to the publisher.
  3. This WiiWare version of Phoenix Wright is basically a very lazy porting of the DS version, that stands on his legs just thanks to the quality of the gameplay.
  4. If you're on a budget, or just don't have access to a DS, then this is a fine way to sample its abundant charms, provided you don't expect anything special in the presentation department.
  5. 75
    We keep liking Phoenix Wright, but this version is not as technically advanced as we expected, and you have to decide if the pleasure of enjoying the story compensates that limitation.
  6. This edition of Phoenix Wright is a "basic port" of the DS version of the game. The game mechanics is excellent, not the presentation.
  7. As a low-resolution port of a last-gen game with barely any Wii Remote functionality tacked on, were this any other game we would be all too happy to drop the score further. But it barely escapes contempt of our court on the strength of its enjoyable storytelling which is, after all, some of the most entertaining dialogue available on any console.
  8. This new edition of Phoenix Wright is a lazy porting of the DS version of the game. The only new feature regards the use of the Wii remote in a couple of occasions, and it's a shame that Capcom didn't dare to do more than this. Anyway, the game is still good, and it's a perfect investment for those who never played Phoenix Wright before.
  9. 25
    The only reason to buy this game, is that it's 30 euro cheaper than the Nintendo DS version. And that's only when you are an Ace Attorney fan.
  10. An absolutely terrible version of an enduringly excellent game that has no business being on the Wii.
  11. Phoenix Wright's back with his first adventure, the original that we saw a few years ago in GameBoy Advance and later on Nintendo DS. It's exactly the same story without anything new on the gameplay system besides the use of the wiimote instead of the stylus in order to find clues and other stuff to solve the cases we must deal with. Buy it only if you haven't tried to other versions of it.
  12. It's nothing new, but it's still a fun story for less than half the price of the DS version.
  13. Nintendo Gamer
    Great value. [Mar 2010, p.75]
  14. Phoenix Wright is welcome on WiiWare. It's a fantastic game and should be played by anyone that doesn't have the DS version. Otherwise, prefer the DS version.

Awards & Rankings

#75 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
#79 Most Shared Wii Game of 2010
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Dec 23, 2013
    While the first title in the AA series isn't my favourite I do think that this is a fantastic start to a fantastic series. The main gameplayWhile the first title in the AA series isn't my favourite I do think that this is a fantastic start to a fantastic series. The main gameplay may be nothing special and the game is also super linear but what truly makes this title shine is it's great story and unique writing. The reason I say this game has unique writing is because unlike most crime stories (law & order, csi, etc...) which are super serious dramas, ace attorney is very light hearted, silly and has lots of humour. There's still the serious moments in ace attorney but these moments come only when it's feels necessary. Also because of the series silliness that means that the writers can make each case and game feel fresh unlike most crime shows which start feeling repetitive after a couple of episodes. Though the main part of the gameplay is your regular point and click affair the court trial parts are very unique. These parts of the game are neat because you have to think cleverly about each testimony and try to notice the holes in some of the statements and you even get to examine photos and other evidence which really makes you feel like an actually attorney. The graphics aren't amazing but the characters do have some goofy looking animations which adds to the games charm. The music is also pretty great, especially when your in court. Overall PW:AA is very well written and funny game. Full Review »
  2. MathewM
    Jan 19, 2010
    From what I played, It is a good port. It isn't upgraded at all, but that isn't much of a problem. If you have the game on the DS, From what I played, It is a good port. It isn't upgraded at all, but that isn't much of a problem. If you have the game on the DS, then don't bother getting this. Otherwise, this is a must buy. Full Review »