Between memes and engaging police investigations, Phoenix Wright is an integral part of the video game landscape. And yet, the series is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year!
If, for many, Phoenix Wright was born in March 2006, for its arrival on Nintendo DS in Europe, the series is in fact much older than that. In fact, Phoenix Wright turns 20 this week, because the very first episode of the series, simply named Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, was released for the very first time on Gameboy Advance on October 12, 2001 in Japan! However, we had to wait almost 5 years before seeing the famous lawyer arrive by us. And yet, it had potential from the start: experience will have shown us that the series had its place in the West, especially in recent years where it has enjoyed unprecedented popularity.
In Phoenix Wright, the player plays a rookie lawyer of the same name, whose goal is to prove the innocence of his clients through various evidence and cross-examinations taking place in court. It is with this very first game that the overall structure of the series is created: we start by investigating the facts with the help of a sidekick (in this case, it is Maya Fey, younger sister of the mentor of Phoenix Wright, Mia Fey), then to go to court to elucidate the facts of the murder. A very original formula which is based mainly on the reading of dialogues: few thought that this way of bringing the narration would meet a great success, and yet.
Quickly, the game enjoyed great success in Japan, before finally being exported a few years later thanks to a revisited DS version (including the addition of a fifth case). Then, thanks to the success of the game’s sequels, which are now numerous, we were treated to a whole bunch of ports: first on mobiles (the tactile gameplay of the latter lending itself perfectly to it), then on little by little. almost all platforms thanks to a compilation of the first three games released 2 years ago. Today, Phoenix Wright is a very important character in pop culture, responsible for a whole bunch of memes (who has never seen that famous “OBJECTION” sign?). The latest installment in the series, a spin-off called The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, was released just this year in Europe, and was a huge success. In short, the series has not said its last word, more than 20 years later.