It’s Victorian! There’s Sherlock Holmes! We get to meet Phoenix Wright’s ancestor! And we can’t have it.
Arguably one of the biggest fan let-downs of recent years is The Great Ace Attorney. Rather, it’s the fact that the games look absolutely amazing, but there’s little chance of them coming West. Fortunately, we can at least look at the trailers!
Who Is The Great Ace Attorney?
Known in Japan as Dai Gyakuten Saiban, the game puts the player in the role of college student Ryuunosuke Naruhodo. Much like his eventual descendant, he finds himself in hot legal water, and ends up defending himself with the help of a law student friend. On a trip to England, his antics catch the attention of Sherlock Holmes and Watson — Iris Watson, in this case — and Naruhodo and Holmes end up working together.
Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi started the prequels as a way to explore his favorite classic mysteries, using some as the basis for cases. Sherlock Holmes classics are represented, of course. But so are works by Japanese author Natsume Soseki, another of Takumi’s favorites. He wanted a way to introduce his fans to the works that inspired his works.
Unfortunately, this might be part of what’s leading to trouble in localization. While the characters of the Sherlock Holmes canon are public domain, there are some copyright hangups hidden here and there. Hopefully they can be resolved someday. For now, we can just hope we’ll be lucky someday.
We can also take a look at the newest trailer for the sequel, coming out in Japan next month. Once again, Ryuunosuke is on the case with Holmes, Watson, and his assistant Susato. But, in modern Ace Attorney style, Susato is taking on a much more active role — as “Ryuutarou,” Ryuunosuke’s cousin. What happens when she takes the stand? We get a tiny glimpse in the trailer!
What do you think? Are you wishing for a Western release as hard as we are? Keep your fingers crossed — we may be lucky before long…
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