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  • Summary: [WiiWare] Meet Phoenix Wright, the rookie defense lawyer new to the scene with the wildest cross-examination skills in town. Take on four intriguing cases to reveal dramatic, stunning and even comical court proceedings. Use the Wii Remote controller to investigate the crime scenes, question witnesses and present shocking evidence. [Nintendo] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. It's nothing new, but it's still a fun story for less than half the price of the DS version.
  2. Great value. [Mar 2010, p.75]
  3. 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.
  4. This edition of Phoenix Wright is a "basic port" of the DS version of the game. The game mechanics is excellent, not the presentation.
  5. An absolutely terrible version of an enduringly excellent game that has no business being on the Wii.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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 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. Expand
  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, then don't bother getting this. Otherwise, this is a must buy. Expand