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Monday, December 2, 2013

How To Get a Physical, Boxed Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Appreciate Capcom and other companies.

What follows is a complex, multi-step process that I myself don't find necessary to follow because I'm content with my digital download of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies. And yeah, review coming soon. I'm done with the DLC now. As the header suggests, take a lesson in supply chain management and disintermediation. This article is for those Ace Attorney fans who refuse to get Dual Destinies because it's not a physical, boxed product. They're ignoring all the good reasons for why it isn't one, but I'm here to INFORM!

Obtain the game box. You can do this for $1 by ordering a standard 3DS game case from Nintendo's online store.

Look how recycled it is!
Print out the cover art. Make your colour printer bleed ink (and money) in the process. To cover your game case in a standard way, print out the below exactly that size. Don't ask me about the backside. You don't buy physical games for that side, do you? Turns out someone on Court-Records did this already. Note their backside is taken from DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions, so I don't recommend using it. I had to edit the front side that the guy used to make it LIFESIZE. And get the ESRB M in there.

I made this myself. Print this out.

Obtain the cartridge. So...The 3DS has this fancy new system of how cartridges work. They look like this.

This is not an endorsement.
You can get one of these things, called "SD Cards", basically anywhere electronics are sold. Pretty convenient, right? The 3DS just has this weird kind of inconvenient slot for them, but they can hold multiple games at the same time. ...Legally! So how do you get Dual Destinies in one of these?

Pay for it. It's $30.

Year of Luigi, so buy his card.
Note the "No value until activated at register", Ace Attorney fans. Yes, just like with any retail game, you must buy it at the register for it to have value to you. So buy one of these available at several retail locations (perhaps the same place you got your SD card). Oh, if you want to buy the DLC too, you should probably buy this card along with Luigi's.

Apparently only available at participating Targets, BUT IT'S BOWSER, BABY.
Get Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies onto your SD card (put the SD card in the slot). How do you do this? Well, some game retailers offer this service where you can skip the long lines at the counter. You turn your 3DS on and click the orange icon that looks like a shopping bag. Once that loads, you tap on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies in this "Nintendo eShop", and purchase it. Add the funds from the cards you bought in Step 4. Think of the 3DS game-buying process like a trading card game. You got your eShop cards and your SD cards. You gotta play your cards right to win. It's extra fun.

So you now have Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies on your SD card. Now turn your 3DS off and come home. Once you're home, take your SD card out of your 3DS and put it in the game case from Step 1 and 2. It might not fit perfectly, but if you close the case, it won't fall out or anything. Blame the green movement promoting shoddy casing. Regardless, you now have a physical, boxed copy of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies. Whenever you'd like to play it, take the game out of the case and put it in that weird slot and you're all set to go.

It's in a box. It's physical. You can touch it. And touching is good.

Ludwig is enjoying his 3DS, of course. To repeat, his 3DS friend code is 3351-5164-3598. You'll find that Dual Destinies is listed as his favourite game there.


  1. And then the 3DS breaks or gets stolen, and the game on the SD card doesn't work on your new 3DS, because it was just a download game after all, tied to your console, and it was never a boxed game that you could lend out or sell or even play on your own other 3DS's. This article tries to be smart but misses the point completely.

    1. I... I think you missed the point completely, too.

    2. But while you're here, Nintendo broke those eShop card images. ...Gotta fix that.

    3. ...I guess Nintendo stopped selling the 3DS game case.



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