I’m going through something of a Phoenix Wright phase at the moment. I loved this quirky little game when I first played it on the Nintendo DS, and couldn’t wait to play the sequel. Only problem is that Capcom aren’t releasing it over here until next March for some reason, even though it’s out in Japan, and it’s already got a full English translation!

So anyway, I ordered the Japanese version a few weeks ago. I’ve already finished it, and I want more! There’s already one more game in the series I’ve yet to play, and a fourth in the works, even though Europe at this point only has one.

There’s a point to all this rambling – I came across something really cool while searching for info on the third game, and had to share it : It turns out the first three Phoenix Wright games were originally GBA titles in Japan, and the new NDS versions are remakes.

Well, someone has gone to the effort of making an unofficial translation to the third game in the GBA series! You can find out all the details here: Gyakuten Saiban 3 Fan Translation Project. They’ve translated the entire first case. And because it’s a prequel to the first two games, there are no spoilers, so it’s a great introduction to the series. If you’re reading this, go check it out.

You may also need to find the GBA Rom. I’m not going to host it or anything, but it’s not hard to find. Try an emulation site like EMUParadise.org and search for the Japanese ROM.

Right now I have to take a short break from making games, unfortunately. I’ve got a performance review at work next week, and while normally I’m totally opposed to taking my job home with me, how I do at this interview will affect my pay for next year. So for this weekend and the rest of next week, I’ll be swatting up on procedures and technical documents. It’s boring as hell, but I guess it’s just one more week…

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