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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ace Attorney Isn't an RPG, but You Can Buy It at 50–70% off for CAPCOM Publisher Sale 2019!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Cannibalisation isn't a problem at all, apparently. Neither is advertising an accurate genre.

Are you perhaps concerned about CAPCOM's pricing tactics for their Nintendo platform presence? Do you think prices are too high for ports? Well, I'm concerned about their pricing tactics because at times, they're too low and don't make any sense. I'm citing the CAPCOM Publisher Sale happening from today to next week.

Capcom Publisher Sale Nintendo Switch News May 2019
Save up to 50% on select games during the Capcom Publisher Sale!
(It's over 50% for titles on the 3DS and Wii U.)

As it applies to the Ace Attorney series, the discounts are the same set from the October 2018 Ace Attorney Franchise Sale, which is where the discounts have been over the past year in general. 70% off Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies ($9 from $30), 60% off Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice ($12 from $30), 50% off Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney ($10 from $20) and 60% off Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy for Nintendo 3DS ($12 from $30). It's this last one I want to freak out about.

CAPCOM Publisher Sale May 2019 Nintendo Switch 3DS Wii U discounts deals Mega Man Ace Attorney
These Ace Attorney games, Ōkami HD, Mega Man titles, and many more are on sale!
Hey, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is at a huge 50% ($30) off!

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy just released on Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 only five weeks ago for $30. It's still full price on those consoles despite the CAPCOM Publisher Sale. Simultaneously, the same collection of the three games in the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations) is 60% off on the Nintendo 3DS for a week.

Does CAPCOM think that owners of those home consoles don't have a 3DS? Or does CAPCOM think that the HD shininess on the console compilation will stave off people preferring to play the games on the 3DS for 60% cheaper? I can tell you that the 3DS versions are incredible, so...

Let's suppose that people—perhaps even you reading this—are interested in buying the discounted Ace Attorney games and head over to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. They'll see this:

Nintendo eShop Ace Attorney role playing games 3DS
Why does the Nintendo eShop have Phoenix Wright as the banner for role playing games?

The idea that the Ace Attorney franchise is a series of role playing games is OBJECTIONABLE! I mocked Microsoft's continued listing of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy as a role playing game back in February, and now Nintendo seems to be doing it too. It's even worse than people's claims that The Legend of Zelda games are RPGs.

If you look at the individual Ace Attorney games’ pages, none of them are classified as role playing games. I have no idea how they not only got included in the eShop special category, but are the banner image for it!

Here's what the Ace Attorney series is. It's a retelling of the now-disbarred Californian defence attorney Phoenix Wright's courtroom trials and investigations (and sometimes the trials of his associates), as he seeks to clear the names of his wrongly-accused clients. These often involve situations ranging from absurd to heart-wrenching, with plenty of people's lives affected, including Phoenix's.

You do play the “role” of Phoenix Wright, yes, and the games are linearly designed so if you have other thoughts in mind or ways you want to approach the case, the games won't recognise it. (In that respect, it's not a “lawyer simulator.”). As I said, it's a retelling of what Phoenix Wright has done.

The Ace Attorney games are extremely well-done, however, with excellent dialogue and top-notch music. The gameplay is driven by point-and-click investigations, menus, and that excellently-written dialogue. Phoenix has managed to surround himself with gripping storylines and lovable characters.

But it's not a role playing game. There's no stats, no levels, no experience points, no traditional combat, no quests, or player-determined character development. As I said, it's linearly designed and you're just following with the story in the role of a defence attorney. The gameplay is cerebral, and satisfaction comes from being able to think the mysteries through.

It's a series of visual novels.

And a really good one.

And if you're unsure, the 3DS eShop has several demos you can try out for free.

But if you don't have a 3DS and you can't take advantage of the sale, feel free to buy Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy at full price ($30) on any modern day console or computer. It's definitely worth it, and Phoenix Wright himself needs the royalties with the way his life is going. 

KoopaTV has been tracking these Ace Attorney sales for a long time, and usually these articles don't try to be as educational as this one has. The author figured it was time for a change of pace so they come across as less filler-y. Regardless, you shouldn't have trouble affording these on-sale Ace Attorney games (or any other CAPCOM games on sale if you want), especially when KoopaTV itself gives you free money. By the way, there's also an Ubisoft publisher sale, but they don't deserve their own article.

The last CAPCOM Publisher Sale was March 2018.
The last time Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy was on sale was January 2019.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy 3DS is on sale a month later, as is the Switch version.

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