Frequently Asked Questions
To avoid constant repostingQ. Where is the Court Records main site?
A. Here: http://www.croik.com/PW
A. And also, here: http://www.court-records.netQ. Who runs this board?
A. Croik does. She also runs Court Records. Admins include Anders and Wooster. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the board, contact one of us.
Our current mods include Elly, Mii, Lana, Kenjimurasame, and DSL-69.Q. If someone on the forum never posts, can I have their user name?
A. No. The admins will never delete a member's account simply for being inactive.Q. How many Gyakuten Saiban games are there?
A. Currently Five.
-Gyakuten Saiban 1 (GBA - Japan)
-Gyakuten Saiban 2 (GBA - Japan)
-Gyakuten Saiban 3 (GBA - Japan)
-Gyakuten Saiban ~ Yomigaeru Gyakuten (NDS - Japan)
-Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (NDS - USA and Europe)
-Gyakuten Saiban 4 is currently in development in Japan.
-Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For All (aka PW2) is being developed and scheduled for release in early 2007.Q. Is there any difference between the two NDS games between Japan and America
A. No. PW:AA is a faithful translation of it's Japanese counterpart. The Japanese version, however, contains a dual language function that lets you play the game in Japanese or English. The English version played in the Japanese DS game is EXACTLY THE SAME as the version released in the US.Q. Is Capcom going to release GS2 and 3 outside Japan?
A. Yes, a DS version of GS2 is being released early next year. There's no official announcement on GS3 as of yet but considering how popular the games are becomming, there's no reason why they wouldn't bring out GS3, too.Q. How can I play the other games now if I don't know Japanese?
A. There are GBA roms for GS2 and 3 that can be played on an emulator. Comeback Court
is working on a fan translation patch for GS3 (if you can speak Japanese, join the translation effort!) and as of now the first case is finished. You can also pick up the detailed FAQs from gamefaqs to help you through the Japanese in the meantime.
Thanks to the efforts of Pazu, there is also a translation for GS2, case 1, posted on the Court Records site (in "Cases").Q. Can I unlock the Case 5 art?
A. No, there is no such thing. Beating case 5 on the NDS does not unlock anything.Q. How do I reset my PW:AA data, so I can re-unlock the cases?
A. Hold R+B at the game loading screen. Q. How much Japanese do I need to know to be able to play the Gyakuten Saiban games by myself?
A. A lot.
The Gyakuten Saiban games are very vocabulary-intensive. And the kanji, considering it's on a GBA screen, do not have furigana. You need to know words that aren't normally taught in classes like "murder suspect" and "instant death". Some are easier to learn in the context of the game than others. There are a lot of puns, there are several different dialects and speech patterns, and a lot of slang. No two characters talk the same way and several of them make up words entirely.
You need several YEARS of study in Japanese to be able to understand the games without an aid.
That being said, with the help of the walkthroughs on gamefaqs, someone who is able to read kana can probably make it through the game with 2 or 3 semesters worth.Q. In the second case, Redd calls the "chief prosecutor." Was he talking to Lana?
A. No. This is an error on the part of the American translators. I'm not well versed in the legal system but the man Redd talked to was the head of the Prosecution Office, probably higher ranking than Lana. In the Japanese they're referred to by two different titles.
Comment in this thread with any others you think ought to be added to the list.