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Ace Attorney: Official Casebook - Manga (2006)

First published in Japan in 2006, and then localized by Del Ray for American publication in 2008, The Phoenix Wright Files and the Miles Edgeworth Files are two collections of short stories from a variety of manga artists. Each story is usually no longer than twenty pages and focuses on a variety of humorous situations, including two separate stories where Phoenix and pals adopt a cat. Strangely, only a few of these focus on any courtroom battles, instead fleshing out the main cast and their relationships with some of secondary characters like Edgeworth, Butz and Gumshoe. Since each chapter was drawn by a different artist, the art quality is wildly inconsistent, leaving it to feel like an official doujin anthology. Most of it borders on shoujo style though. There are also lots of brief 4-koma (four panel) comics with more wackiness. It would've been nice if the manga had been structured like the games and focused on crime solving - what few that are present are quite brief - but it's clear the authors have a passion for the series, and the localizers were smart enough to keep everything consistent with Capcom's translation. The English volumes are nice and thick too, since they combine two Japanese volumes each into a single book.

Volume 1 Cover


Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law - PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii (2008)

When Phoenix Wright was released in America, gamers were quick to point out the similarities between it and Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, the goofy show on Cartoon Network featuring all kinds of washed up Hanna Barbara characters. Of course, the similarities are only skin deep - both involves parodies of law, but the sense of humor is much, much different. Regardless, Capcom USA picked up on the similarities and commission High Voltage Studios to make a Harvey Birdman game, based on the template of Ace Attorney.

The game is basically structured the same - the investigation options are all pretty much the same, as are the courtroom sequences. But where Phoenix Wright contains a substantial amount of writing and dialogue, Harvey Birdman is much quicker. Investigation sequences are brief, testimonials are even briefer. The Ace Attorney games have always been linear, but they gave the impression that they were in a fully detailed world with interesting characters. Harvey Birdman, on the other hand, is significantly more shallow.

This is understandable though. Harvey Birdman relies on familiarity with the cartoon show (or at least classic cartoons) and stumbling over evidence would just slow down in the pace. In other words, the video game is only like a vaguely interactive episode of the TV show. There are only five episodes, and each are barely more than half an hour long, so it's a pretty brief experience. Considering it was produced after the TV series ended, it's a decent send-off. The production values are on par with the series (for all the good that does), and most of the voice actors have returned, with the exception of Stephen Colbert. It doesn't hold a candle to any of the Ace Attorney games, but it's decent in its own right. There are even some amusing cameos from various Street Fighter characters.

Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law

Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law


Tokyo Game Show Trailer

In order to hype the release of the DS remake, Capcom released a trailer at the Tokyo Game Show, featuring all of the characters talking about the new installment. What's more, they gave all of the characters full voiceovers. You can find it on Capcom's official page.

Gyakuten Saiban TGS Trailer


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