If you’re a fan of Capcom’s Ace Attorney series, congratulations, you’ve got excellent taste. But depending on how much you love the objection-filled gameplay of this courtroom drama franchise, you may or may not be familiar with The Great Ace Attorney games. These are spin-offs of the mainline series that take place at the end of the 19th century instead of the modern day. The litigious gameplay is very similar to the core games you may be used to, but with added investigation mechanics like Joint Reasoning, modern visuals and old-timey dialogue and sound effects.
If you’re curious about this ancestral spin-off or are just looking for more Ace Attorney games to play, we have great news. The two 3DS Great Ace Attorney games from 2015 and 2017 (never released in the West) are being bundled up by Capcom to create The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, a souped-up package which is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Windows on July 27, 2021.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Characters
The Ace Attorney series is known for its iconic characters, but if you’re unfamiliar with the spin-off series, you might want to get acquainted with its heroes before you bite the bullet and pick up The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. Here’s the lowdown on who to expect, and you can check out the official characters page for more information and visuals.
The protagonist of The Great Ace Attorney games is Ryunosuke Naruhodo, who, if you can’t tell already by the cheek bones, is an ancestor of the great Phoenix Wright. A university student in Japan, Naruhodo travels to Great Britain after clearing himself of a crime he didn’t commit, which is where the attorney meets…
Are you sitting down? The subheading is not wrong, there really is a character in The Great Ace Attorney called Herlock Sholmes. The detective is obviously based on the legendary Arthur Conan Doyle detective, and can often get lost in his own mind palace. With a killer steampunk outfit and remarkable reasoning skills, Sholmes works alongside Naruhodo and his team to crack the trickiest cases.
Kazumi Asogi is Naruhodo’s best friend and a fellow law student with a lot of talent. He follows Naruhodo to the UK as part of an exchange program, and helps the protagonist on his journey.
Susato Mikotoba is the judicial assistant to Ryunosuke Naruhodo, who helps the protagonist win cases with her sharp legal skills. She’s also a huge fan of Western detective novels, which always helps!
Barok van Zieks
Described as the Grim Reaper of the Old Bailey (The Old Bailey being one of London’s oldest courts), Barok van Zieks is a prosecutor in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles with a startling reputation: everyone he casts judgment upon seems to perish…
Iris Wilson is a young girl who already has a degree and a writing career. She lodges with the inimitable Herlock Sholmes and writes about his adventures, while also assisting Ryunosuke Naruhodo with his cases.