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Thursday, October 4, 2018

October 2018 Ace Attorney Franchise Sale — Timely and Topical

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Exclusively on Nintendo eShop for less than a week.

We clearly have Ace Attorney on our mind at KoopaTV, with three Ace Attorney articles published just last month alone. (All of them are hyperlinked throughout this article.) And later this month (later this WEEK, on October 6), the second season of the Ace Attorney anime is showing in Japan. It's being “simuldubbed” by Funimation as of October 30, which doesn't sound very... simultaneous with October 6.

Ace Attorney Season 2 Simuldub October 30 Funimation
Funimation doesn't know what words mean, but, whatever, it's still getting it in English sooner than it otherwise would be.
(Something is weird about Maya and Phoenix's fingers.)

Meanwhile, CAPCOM is setting the Ace Attorney games at big discounts in the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS. But in North America. It's NOT on sale in Japan. Some Harvest Moon or Story of Seasons games are, but not Ace Attorney.

Ace Attorney Franchise Sale October 2018 Nintendo eShop Phoenix Wright Apollo Justice Trilogy Dual Destinies Spirit of Justice discount
Ace Attorney Franchise Sale from October 4 to October 10.
“Defend the innocent with courtroom hero Phoenix Wright! Ace Attorney titles up to 70% off for a limited time.”

Let's try and figure out why CAPCOM would have the Ace Attorney games on sale in North America but not Japan right now. And, of course, compare how deep the discounts are!

Since the special, just-for-Ace Attorney sale isn't to coincide with the anime (since it's NOT in Japan, but only in Japan will the anime show during this time period), then there is only one possibility. A possibility that's already in the KoopaTV record.


Just last week, KoopaTV wrote an article about the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and we compared it with Ace Attorney in a number of ways.

Guess what is still going on and may go on until the end of the sale? The fate of Brett Kavanaugh's future. Will he become the next Justice of the Supreme Court? Or will he fail and have his reputation ruined for the rest of his life? Not to mention his wife and kids. As noted in the article, Ace Attorney fans should side with Brett Kavanaugh, and more people should both be Ace Attorney fans and side with Brett Kavanaugh. CAPCOM must agree, hence the sale.

Certainly, it wasn't for any business objective on CAPCOM's part. They just announced Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Surely, they'd rather have people buy those games at full price, rather than at $11.99? Putting the game on sale for 3DS now probably means less full-price sales on those consoles later.

Just how much are the sales? Well, as I mentioned, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is on sale at $11.99, which is 60% off. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is also 60% off at $11.99. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is 70% off at $8.99. Lastly, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is 50% off, selling for $9.99. These are exactly the same discount figures as the CAPCOM Summer Sale from the end of July 2018. No new records here.

Still, the fact that it's on sale right now means that Witch Princess, who hasn't yet purchased Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies or Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, will go do so. (Don't ask me where her thoughts on Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney are.)

You should follow her lead, but for all of the Ace Attorney games you haven't bought.

Go on. You have until noon on October 10.

...And so do the United States Senators, to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. Remember, no evidence and no witnesses means no case. Miles Edgeworth said that, not me. Play Ace Attorney and you'll understand.

There's never been a better time (besides this summer, which was an equally good time) to get into the entire Ace Attorney series, available on the Nintendo 3DS! Once you become familiar with Ace Attorney, your appreciation for everything else on KoopaTV will go up considerably. That might not sound possible, but it's true!

Skip to October 30. The anime is out in English (for the first episode), and Rawk spoilers the whole Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations with his experience.
The CAPCOM Winter Sale 2018 has the exact same discounts as this franchise sale, but with a whole game missing.
There's another Ace Attorney Franchise Sale with the same discounts... as of March 2020.


  1. With all of these Ace Attorney articles and references lately, I am convinced that I should go back to where I left off in Dual Destinies. Once the Switch released, I have essentially placed my 3DS backlog on hiatus. I really need to finish and get caught up in the series so I will be prepared for when the next one comes out.

    1. We're gonna keep going with more Ace Attorney articles regardless.

      But yes, please do catch up.


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