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Unused content in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Trials and Tribulations

Written by: Dant Created: June 29, 2019 Updated: June 29, 2019

In this series of articles I will try to list and describe all unused and cut content from GBA, NDS, 3DS and SW/PS4/XOne versions of the first Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney trilogy.

Here we will look into Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Trials and Tribulations. This article is not finished yet since I still continue translating the third game, but I will gradually updated it over time.

Generally, most unused content mentioned here could be found in GBA, NDS and 3DS versions. There are exceptions thought, for instance, the GBA version does not feature unused English dialogs since it was released in Japan only.

This article contains spoilers.

Unused Evidence

In the Japanese version of Ace Attorney for Nintendo DS/3DS each item in the Court Record is comprised of two icons and two separate boxes (images) that contain caption/age and description data respectively.

Big icon
Small icon
Japanese caption/age box
Japanese description box

In the English version icons and captions are stored in the same way, but due to the fact that English text requires more space, descriptions got completely new boxes, while the original description boxes where repurposed to contain the age data and additional info not found in the Japanese version.

English caption box
English age box
English description box

Items that only appear on the upper screen have the smaller versions of their icons too (smaller icons are only used to represent evidence in the Court Record), but they were never meant to be used actually: the developers just batch converted all big icons into the smaller ones and never bothered to remove them afterwards.

Case 1 — Clock Face

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Clock Face
時計の文字盤

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary: The watch from the victim's photo.

Case 2 — Misty Fey

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Misty Fey
綾里舞子

Big/Small Icon (both not used?):

Commentary: Its caption can only be found in the DS version.

Case 2 — Cell Phone

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Cell Phone
携帯電話

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary: Its caption can only be found in the DS version.

Case 2 — Tear of Emanon

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Tear of Emanon
エマノンの涙

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary: Its caption can only be found in the DS version.

Case 2 — Atmey's Bag

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Atmey's Bag
哀牙のカバン

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary: Its caption can only be found in the DS version.

Case 2 — Atmey's Jemstone

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Atmey's Jemstone (sic)
哀牙の宝石

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary: Its caption can only be found in the DS version.

Case 2 — Unbent Shichishito

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Unbent Shichishito
真っ直ぐの匕支刀

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary:

Case 3 — Vase

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Vase
花瓶

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary:

Case 3 — Programmer

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Programmer
プログラマー

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary:

Case 3 — Aromatherapy Bottle

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Aromatherapy Bottle
アロマテラピーの小ビン

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary:

Case 5 — Bloody Letters

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Dummy
血文字

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary: Its caption can only be found in the DS version.

Case 5 — Trick Lock

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Dummy
からくり錠

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary: Its caption can only be found in the DS version.

Case 5 — Metal Detector

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Dummy
金属探知機

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary: Its caption can only be found in the DS version.

Case 5 — Opened Talisman

Caption, ENG/JAP:
開いた護符

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary: Its caption can only be found in the DS version.

Case 5 — Old Photo

Caption, ENG/JAP:
古い写真

Big/Small Icon (both not used?):

Commentary: The old photo from the talisman. The smaller icon looks the same as the big one.

Case 5 — Iris in Hood

Caption, ENG/JAP:
あやめ 頭巾つき

Big/Small Icon (used/not used):

Commentary: Its caption can only be found in the DS version.

Manfred von Karma

Caption, ENG/JAP:
Manfred von Karma
狩魔 豪

Big/Small Icon (both not used?):

Commentary: Its caption can only be found in the DS version.

Folding Screen Icon

Commentary: The Folding Screen icon from the second game. Could only be found in the GBA version.

Dummy Icon

?音夫の借用書

Commentary: The big and small dummy icon that contain description of its content.

Dummy Agebox

Dummy
ダミー

Commentary: Dummy agebox from unused evidence items.

Unused Choices

Starting from image #154 ("I have no idea") and until the last image, there are 53 unused choices graphics from Case 3 and 4 of the second game. They go in the same order and contain the same text, so there is no reason to post them here.

This fact also shows that the third game was ported over the second one (which in turn was ported over the first one).

Unused Graphics (DS)

Unlock all Episodes Promt

The GBA version of Gyakuten Saiban 3 has been detected in the cartridge slot.
Would you like to open all episodes before starting the game?

The Japanese version allows to unlock all cases if the GBA version of Gyakuten Saiban 3 is present in the GBA cartridge slot. Since the DS version is the first release of the game outside Japan, this feature was removed but the corresponding images were not.

Unused Music

Because the third game was ported directly over the second one, which in turn was ported over the first one, it contains several unused music from Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney:

  • Pursuit ~ Cornered 2001 (do not confuse with Reminiscence ~ Cornered 2004 that plays in the final)
  • Pursuit ~ Cornered (Variation) 2001 (same goes for this track)
  • Reminiscence ~ Case DL-6

Trivia

Here I will describe some small but interesting tidbits that do not belong elsewhere.

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Since the game was ported over the second one, which in turn was ported over the first one, it also contains all its garbage graphics, like the Japanese GBA Bubbles, GBA UI Buttons, Language Buttons an so on.