Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Hits Smartphones this Winter

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Hits Smartphones this Winter

The dark horse of Capcom's lawyer sim series will see a rerelease after nine long years.

If you loved the recent Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice—like I did—and are looking to catch up with the rest of the Phoenix Wright back catalog, Capcom has some good news for you: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, otherwise known as Ace Attorney 4, will be heading to both iOS and Android platforms this winter.

Apollo Justice's original 2007 trailer.

If you never played the original 2008 DS release of Apollo Justice, this Ace Attorney installment originally set out to reboot the series with a new protagonist (even if Capcom insisted on the presence of Phoenix Wright so as not to scare away fans of the series). While Phoenix's story had already been told with the preceding three games, the Ace Attorney faithful didn't exactly warm up to Apollo Justice, and the future promised by the end of his titular game never game to pass. After Apollo Justice, the Ace Attorney brand spun its wheels a bit with Miles Edgeworth spinoffs and a crossover with Professor Layton before finally putting the main series back on track with 2013's Dual Destinies.

Even if Apollo Justice isn't remembered fondly for how it moved on from the lovable Phoenix Wright—even though he acts as a major character within the game—it'll be interesting to see how a modern audience will respond to Apollo himself now that he's had a chance to shine outside of his debut game. (And heck, the recent Spirit of Justice is essentially a game entirely about Apollo Justice and his family.)

Though it's a bit of a bummer we're not seeing an enhanced 3DS port—like the great Ace Attorney Trilogy—with any luck, like the first three games, this port of Apollo Justice will eventually make it to this platform with its new quality of life features intact. I don't know about you, but after being able to read text as fast as I want to with the past few games, I'm not sure I could go back to watching it slowly beep and boop across the screen.

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