Capcom just loves re-releasing their old games: whether it’s through HD “remasters,” retro compilations, or simple ports, no other company, not even Nintendo or Square-Enix, loves re-selling their old gamess as much as Capcom. And hey, why not? When you’ve got a catalog of retro classics as extensive as they do, you might as well take advantage of it. But while Street Fighter and Resident Evil have already seen their fair share of re-releases, Capcom’s niche franchises rarely receive as much as attention. Thankfully, that might change soon, as a Capcom exec hinted that we might see an Ace Attorney compilation sometime soon.
When asked by a fan about the possibility of re-releasing the original GBA/DS Ace Attorney games as a compilation for 3DS, Capcom Senior VP Christian Svensson said “I have proposed this many times over the past two years… no news yet though. Hang in there.”
This wouldn’t be the first time that Capcom has re-released the Ace Attorney games: the DS versions of the first three games that most Americans are familiar with were in fact ports of older, Japan-only GBA titles, and Capcom later ported those same games over to the Wii as episodic downloadable games. Capcom is still planning to re-release the games again for iOS, but this time with higher-resolution art. It’s apparently pretty easy to port from 3DS to iOS and back again, so porting the upcoming iOS version to 3DS seems like it’d be an easy cash-in for Capcom.
Like Svensson said, nothing is confirmed to be in development yet, but considering Capcom’s habit of porting every single one of their games to every system possible, I wouldn’t bet against seeing an Ace Attorney Compilation on 3DS at some point, especially if the upcoming Ace Attorney 5 manages to meet sales expectations.