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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations

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Phoenix Wright returns in the third game in the Ace Attorney series. However, Phoenix is not the only lawyer that you'll be guiding, as you dig through the evidence to find the truth to free your clients. Players will tackle five new cases as they encounter familiar faces and new ones in their search for justice.

Trials and Tribulations is an enhanced remake of Gyakuten Saiban 3, a GBA courtroom adventure game. Players encounter two different types of phases as they play through the game — one takes place in the courtroom, where players directly interrogate subjects and try to disprove their lies with the evidence they have; the other takes place on the field, where Phoenix talks to people and examines locations to search for clues that may help his client's case.

As in Justice For All, players will have to sometimes break open people's "Psyche Locks", which cover a person when they have something that they really don't want to reveal to Phoenix. Depending on the importance of the secret, more locks will cover the person, and can only be unlocked by presenting the correct evidence. And as in the previous DS versions of the game, players can use the stylus to select menus and evidence, as well as use the microphone to shout out "OBJECTION!" and "HOLD IT!" when they want to present evidence.


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations Wii The screen will pull back when the lower DS screen needs to be used.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations Wii Altered menu for Wii controls
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations Wii Playing as Mia Fey
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations Wii Your first trial is a flashback, defending young Phoenix Wright.

Alternate Titles

  • "逆転裁判3" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Gyakuten Saiban 3" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

Fragland.net Nintendo DS Nov 10, 2008 87 out of 100 87
NintendoWorldReport Wii May 31, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
FOK!games Nintendo DS Oct 23, 2008 84 out of 100 84
Kombo.com Nintendo DS Nov 15, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Adventure Island Nintendo DS Dec 05, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GBase - The Gamer's Base Nintendo DS Nov 12, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nintendo DS Sep 11, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GotNext Nintendo DS Jan 15, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamersHell.com Nintendo DS Jan 03, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Wii May 16, 2010 6 out of 10 60


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European release

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations' European release was delayed due to the PEGI 12+ not being confirmed. It wasn't released in Europe until October 3, 2008 instead of March 21, 2008.

It's worth noting that Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, the fourth game in the series, was therefore released before this one.


  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #5 Nintendo DS Game of the Year

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