Are you having a turbulent spring full of baseless accusations and mockeries of justice conducted in kangaroo courts? Hang in there! Phoenix Wright is on his way. Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice comes to Western Nintendo 3DS systems in September.
We got our first good look at Spirit of Justice in March, when Capcom debuted the game during a livestream. Yesterday, Capcom released the first English trailer for Spirit of Justice, along with a Western release date.
Though Spirit of Justice's premiere English trailer lacks an appearance by Nick's faithful sidekick, Maya Fey (who's confirmed to be in the game, and shows up in the Japanese trailer), we're still given a good look at what Phoenix is going up against. The game takes place in the Kingdom of Khura'in, a misty and mystic place that's home to a large number of spirit mediums and priestesses. In fact, at the start of the game's events, Maya has parked herself in Khura'in to train as a medium.
Khura'in's courts are lawyerless. Instead, priestesses like series newcomer Rayfa Padma Khura'in convict criminals by reading the victims' memories and identifying the perp.
Shockingly, these "séance courts" are imperfect. When Spirit of Justice begins, a boy claims he's being wrongly accused of murder even though the victim's last memory suggests otherwise. Epic justice nerd Phoenix Wright demands to represent the boy, even though he's just passing through Khura'in. The cheerfully-named Court of Resignation is scornful of the "foolish foreign lawyer," but they accept.
But Phoenix's struggle isn't the only thing afoot in Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Apollo Justice and his co-counsel, Athena, are holding the bag back in Japan, and it seems they're up against an intimidating, if shadowy, problem that threatens their practice.
In fact, things are looking a bit more serious overall in Spirit of Justice. Rayfa Padma Khura'in's dialogue is strictly no-nonsense. Neither does she exude the air of an antagonist who has any moral give, e.g. Phoenix Wright's historic "frenemy," Miles Edgeworth.
That's not to say Spirit of Justice offers no room for fun. If you look carefully at the new trailer, you'll spot a glimpse of Payne, the perpetual tutorial training dummy whose fecund ancestors seemingly spread across all corners of the globe.
Whatever mood Spirit of Justice casts, it's going to be nice to have the game around during the holiday season. Nintendo won't have much to offer this year, but it's good to know the Nintendo 3DS can count on Phoenix Wright again (and Pokémon Sun and Moon, of course).