Capcom has made a lot of stupid decisions over the last year that have caused gamers a fair amount of distress; whether it was their decision to do a $40 re-release of Marvel vs Capcom 3 a scant 6 months after the original version came out, or their cancellation of the long awaited Mega Man Legends 3, Capcom did a lot in 2011 to sully their reputation with hardcore gamers. Thankfully, they seem to be trying to fix things in 2012: last week they finally showed off the amazing looking Resident Evil 6, and today, they pulled a very Phoenix Wright-ish “Turn-about” by announcing Gyakuten Saiban 5, the newest entry in the Phoenix Wright/Ace Attorney series.
As to be expected from one of Phoenix Wright’s cases, Capcom didn’t reveal many details regarding the new game today, as they merely showed off a logo and announced that the game was coming soon. They didn’t say anything about what platform(s) the game would appear on, what characters would be appearing, or even when we could expect to hear more about the game.
Capcom also announced that they’d be porting the original 3 Ace Attorney games over to the iPhone with new, redrawn graphics. Considering the DS versions of these games are out of print and fetch a healthy price on the used market, the new iOS versions of the games seem like a more affordable way for new fans to get into this very underrated series.
It’s worth nothing that Capcom didn’t bother to localize the last Ace Attorney game (the second Miles Edgeworth game) into English, so there’s a chance that Ace Attorney 5 might not make the trip out of Japan. It might be in gamers best interest to start an Operation Rainfall style campaign to get Capcom to localize these games now. It’s worth noting though that while the chances of Ace Attorney 5 making its way to Western shores is iffy at best, I think it’s safe to assume that Capcom will bring over the iOS versions of the original 3 games, considering they’ve already been localized and Capcom seems eager to break into the iOS market.
I wouldn’t call Phoenix Wright underrated, it sold extremely well and has attained meme status with some of its more notable traits. Hoping the iOS versions also remix the music, as they didn’t do anything to improve them on the GBA originals, which is why Edgeworth’s game is such a massive stepup in audio quality due to not being a port. That was honestly the weakest part of the game, and it sounds absolutely awesome in full orchestra.