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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

Also known as: Gyakuten Saiban 5 (JP)
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Released internationally: October 24, 2013
Released in JP: July 25, 2013

DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

BugsIcon.png This game has a bugs page

To do:
  • Regional differences and some more unused graphics.
  • Lots more unused text, as with any Ace Attorney game.
  • The Mood Matrix text file has a batch script and other stuff inside of it for... some reason.
  • Unused animation

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is a continuation of the Phoenix Wright series of visual novel games, now in three dimensions.


Read about notable bugs and errors in this game.
Developer Messages

Development Leftovers


In the root of the game is a file called memory.ini. It contains build data from the game. The contents of memory.ini can be found here.

Unused Text

In the gmd file evidence_caption_eng found in romfs/archive/msg_cmn_eng.arc there are several unused pieces of evidence text originally seen in the investigation demo gameplay. They are some of the last entries in the file and are prefixed with item0.

Name Description
Party Invitation An invitation to a party that is to take place in Nine-Tails Vale.
Mr. Wright's Cell Phone The phone that delivered Mr. Wright's final message to me.
Mr. Wright's Last Will Apollo, I leave the rest to you. Take good care of everyone, okay?
Mr. Wright's Badge This is definitely Mr. Wright's Attorney's Badge. But what was it doing behind the open hallway door?
(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Graphics


A placeholder icon for Apollo Justice, with "temporary" stamped on the top-left corner. In the final game, the jacket he's wearing is dark blue with a white collar.


A large render of a Nintendo 3DS console. There's a bit of transparency on the 3D slider.


An image of the Forbidden Chamber, with two outlines overlaid. The blue outline roughly fits 1024×724px, and the orange outline roughly fits 825×500px.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Hidden Graphics


Part of the texture used for Phoenix's in-court "document holding" pose is hidden due to the camera angle.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences

Fulbright's Badge

Japan North America
Ace-Attorney-Dual-Destinies-Fulbright-Badge-JP.png Ace-Attorney-Dual-Destinies-Fulbright-Badge-NA.png

Bobby Fulbright's badge texture was changed for the game's localization. This change accidentally lead to his cuffs using the wrong part of the texture since the UV mapping on them was not adjusted to account for this change. This was fixed in the mobile port.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Quiz DLC

A three part quiz DLC was not localized for regions outside of Japan. This is because the quizzes require an in-depth knowledge of Japanese culture. There are various UI graphics leftover from the quiz DLC in the North American release. The Nostalgic Sweater costume reward for completing the quiz DLC was given as a reward for completing the extra case DLC instead.

Music Difference

In the Japanese version of The Monstrous Turnabout, when the Mood Matrix overloads for the first time when using it on Jinxie Tenma, the normal Mood Matrix theme plays. In the English version, it is changed to the theme that plays every other time the Mood Matrix overloads.

(Source: Ace Attorney Wiki)

Aristotle Means's Spear Error

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Get comparison screenshots of this.

In the Japanese version, Aristotle Means does not have his globe "spear" when he is first met before the mock trial in case 3; however, he does have it in the English localization. This creates a plot hole when it is revealed that the spear played a role in the murder and that he should not have had it at that point. The iOS and Android releases corrected this error.