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The Ace Attorney franchise is based around the adventure video games published by Capcom. In said games, the player takes on the role of an attorney who must uncover the truth behind crimes using evidence, cross-examination, and investigation. The series has also spawned film, musical, anime, and manga adaptations, as well as crossovers with other franchises.
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|Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney||Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All||Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations|
|Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney||Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies||Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice|
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|Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth||Gyakuten Kenji 2||Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney||Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken||Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Kakugo|
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About Ace Attorney
Ace Attorney is a franchise centered around a series of visual novel / adventure hybrid video games developed and published by Capcom. It began as a trilogy of comedic legal thrillers known as Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判, lit. "Turnabout Trial") created by Shu Takumi and released for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance handheld in Japan between 2001 and 2004. The trilogy was later ported to the Nintendo DS between 2005 and 2007 and released internationally. These games follow the exploits of a passionate rookie defense attorney named Phoenix Wright (Ryūichi Naruhodō in Japan) who fights for his clients in a courtroom setting loosely resembling that of the Japanese legal system, using investigative skills, cross-examinations and evidence. Subsequent games have branched off and altered the formula of the original trilogy, as well as starring different protagonists. Among these, two detective games collectively known as Ace Attorney Investigations (逆転検事 Gyakuten Kenji, lit. "Turnabout Prosecutor") place the player in the role of Phoenix Wright's rival, a genius prosecutor named Miles Edgeworth, as he investigates crime scenes using evidence collection, logic and arguments. Also in progress is a series taking place in Meiji-era Japan and Victorian London, called Dai Gyakuten Saiban (大逆転裁判, lit. "Great Turnabout Trial"), starring Ryūnosuke Naruhodō and a version of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. As well, the original trilogy has been ported to Microsoft Windows, WiiWare, iOS and the Nintendo 3DS, and the original Gyakuten Saiban formula has continued with Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes as new recruits seven years after Phoenix Wright's original adventures.
Speech bubbles, also known as speech balloons, dialogue balloons, or word balloons, are a graphic convention used to represent the speech or thoughts of characters in graphical fictional works, most commonly in comic books, comic strips, and cartoons. The Ace Attorney series predominantly uses labeled text boxes on the top or bottom of a screen to convey speech and thoughts, but also uses spiky "scream balloons" to convey certain exclamations. These scream balloons use stylized red letters for over-the-top emphasis, albeit not in all capital letters. These speech bubbles are an iconic element of the series, especially the "Objection!" bubble, which is used whenever a major character is about to counter an argument or a witness's testimony.
"Objection!" is one of the three original bubbles alongside "Hold it!" and "Take that!". In the original trilogy on the Game Boy Advance, these bubbles are much smaller and appear on the left or right side of the screen depending on the speaker. In subsequent releases and titles, they take up an entire screen. More bubbles have been made over time, beginning with "Gotcha!" in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, though they tend to be derivatives of the original three in usage, applied to specific characters or gameplay mechanics. In particular, "Take that!" is used when evidence from the court record or organizer is used to answer a question at hand. Consequently, although "Objection!" is the most famous bubble, "Take that!" tends to be the one most associated with climactic moments in the games, due to the flow of the narratives.
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