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Defender of Law raises slight objections

It's a testament to just how good the Ace Attorney series is when we're considering playing something that looks -- well, meh, to put it bluntly -- in the hopes that we'll be able to experience something even somewhat similar. Yet, without the charm of characters like Phoenix Wright, not to mention a much cheesier-looking objection screen, is there really a point?

In case you're wondering what we're rambling on about, Portuguese developer GAMEINVEST is releasing an attorney adventure game this summer titled Defenders of Law, Inc: Crime in Willburg. Like the Ace Attorney games, you'll be finding clues and gathering evidence to help you solve a murder mystery, just to prove your client innocent.

What intrigues us is that there will be 25 different scenarios, and you can choose from five different attorneys to play as, too. If this game does turn out to be good, at least it will be a lot of good. On the other hand, if it turns out to be bad ... well, we're sure you get the gist.

Gallery: Defenders of Law, Inc: Crime in Willburg (PC Screens)

WRUP: Welcome the nub edition

With this week's big release being Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, you can bet we're dying to sink our teeth into the game. Not only are we looking to see how the newbie attorney handles himself, but also how Capcom handled developing the latest iteration in the series specifically for the DS, instead of the GBA-to-DS porting that went on with previous installments. Of course, it's not that the porting was a bad thing; the Ace Attorney games are some of our most favorite of all time.

So will you be tackling some of Apollo's cases this weekend? We know we will.

Gallery: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

Apollo Justice hands-on round-up

Folks at IGN and GameSpot got their hands on Apollo Justice this week, which means there are some interesting sets of hands-on impressions floating around ... and also means the potential for spoilers is increasing with every moment as we approach the release of the fourth game in the franchise. We'll be very general here, and if you just can't wait for every possible tidbit, head on over and read at your own risk.

Both outlets report that the new installment starts out in similar fashion to the others; that is, the first case is something of a tutorial that helps players find their way around the courtroom process and get to know their main character. Further, this game seems to live up to all the wackiness, fun, and wit of the previous games in the series ... something many may have worried about due to the new cast. Never fear, dedicated fans. It looks like Apollo Justice is set to be just as guilty a pleasure as his predecessor.

Gallery: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

Read - Hands-on with IGN
Read - Hands-on with GameSpot

The first OBJECTION! is free

In anticipation of the English-language release of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Capcom has released an officially translated version of their Gyakuten Saiban 4 demo, which covers the beginning of the game, through the first cross-examination.

If you're trying to maintain a spoiler-free life before the release of the DS cartridge, steer clear, because this is a segment of the actual game, even if it is presented as a "mock trial." However, if you don't consider the first few minutes of the first case spoiler material, and if you want to see Winston Payne's new suit (which we think is even better than the haircut), you could find worse ways to blow a few minutes on the Internet than by playing some Apollo Justice.

GameStop lists Apollo Justice for a February release

A listing for Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice has surfaced at GameStop's online site, claiming the game would grace retail shelves on the 19th of February. Although the listing is hardly confirmed, we're crossing our fingers that this is the true release date.

We might have initially thought the game was coming too soon following Trials & Tribulations, but that isn't the case any longer. We want this game. And we want it now. Also, we wonder about possible pre-order gifts, although we won't be pre-ordering through Capcom directly, we assure you.

[Via Court Records; thanks, MaHe!]

Can Capcom's Ace Attorney contest has winnarz?

Capcom has announced the winners of their Ace Attorney LOLcat contest, and released all of the entries into the LOLcat's natural habitat, the Internet. There, they can roam free and pop up randomly as responses on message boards. There's a big old Flickr gallery of Ace Attorney art combined with popular Internet parlance to browse through. Lulz and objections abound.

The winning image, from Kimberly Powell, is actually quite funny. Funny enough to earn a copy of Phoenix Wright 3 and some stuff signed by Minae Matsukawa. Any of you responsible for one of these entries? Confess to the crime of creativity!

[Via Capcom Blog]

We misjudged Apollo Justice

Yesterday, we said that Capcom was releasing Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney too quickly after Trials and Tribulations and the closely related Harvey Birdman game. But then we saw these English screenshots and our emotions took over. Get here as soon as you can, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney!

We just can't wait to play the thing and learn about all the over-the-top quirks of the new cast. Who cares if, once we're basically caught up with the Japanese release schedule, we'll have to wait like two years for the next game? We prefer our gratification instant.

Gallery: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

Ace Attorney 4 coming criminally early

According to a Capcom press release, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney will be released in the U.S. in early 2008. This fourth entry in the Ace Attorney series features a new protagonist, new characters, and more touch-screen integration than the previous three, since it's the first one to be made from the ground up with the DS in mind. But, of course, if you've read DS Fanboy for any number of seconds, you have no doubt absorbed all kinds of information about the Ace Attorney series.

The timing seems a little strange. The previous three Ace Attorneys were released in the fall, about one year apart. Why would they move it up to whatever unspecified period they're referring to as "early 2008?" With Harvey Birdman on the Wii out in January, that's a lot of rapid-fire lawyer-game releases. We guess they just couldn't HOLD IT any longer oh man, we're sorry.

Final Fantasy IV gently mocked by Ace Attorney

The Ace Attorney games have always sported first-class localized dialogue, managing to be witty and original in whatever language they choose. What's more, some of the references are delightful -- check out this oh-so-subtle nod* to Final Fantasy IV's dodgy Engrish translation, as it appears in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations. Blink and you'd miss it.

If you're currently staring at your screen, slack-jawed and with a look of utter befuddlement, then head here for an explanation, so that you can feel as geeky superior as we do for getting it.

* Our apologies for the rather blurry pic, but it gets the point across.

Gyakuten Saiban 4 is huge

Capcom announced today that Gyakuten Saiban 4 passed the half-million mark in shipped copies today, a new record for the series. It's no surprise that being on the DS boosted sales; it's likely to boost sales of anything. But let's not diminish the accomplishment. Gyakuten Saiban 4 is a hit!

This milestone has contributed strongly to another milestone: as of today, the Gyakuten Saiban (Phoenix Wright) series has shipped 2 million copies in Japan alone. That's pretty great for any series, much less a text adventure series! If there were any objections within Capcom about spending the money to localize GS4, they've probably been shot down by now.

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