Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations is the third entry in Capcom's courtroom adventure series. Uncover the shocking past of Phoenix Wright and Mia Fey in this final courtroom showdown.


A young Phoenix Wright.
A young Phoenix Wright.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations (known as Gyakuten Saiaban 3 in Japan) is the third game in the Ace Attorney series. Players take on the role of Phoenix Wright, a defense attorney known for taking on seemingly impossible cases. While the game focuses on a few specific cases, the overarching story of the Phoenix Wright franchise spans the length of the series, involving obscure characters from large families and intricate webs of lies, plots, and murder. The nature of the series remains generally lighthearted, something that's reinforced by its playful, anime-inspired visual style, but the nature of the crimes committed can be cold and downright disturbing. While the game's legal acumen is highly dubious, its aim seems to be more about producing comedic or stereotypically dramatic courtroom moments. Ace Attorney 3 makes light use of the DS touch screen, allowing the player to examine crime scenes and inspect evidence and character profiles. The top screen is used more for storytelling purposes, displaying various dialogue and conversations between characters. During these sequences the lower screen becomes a selection menu, displaying a series of questions to ask witnesses and further your investigation in search of evidence to use in defense of your client in each chapter.


Phoenix Wright

Original Japanese Name: Naruhodō Ryūichi (成歩堂 龍一)
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Phoenix Wright is back as he tackles the biggest mysteries he's yet faced!
As a young man Phoenix was inspired by a strong defense attorney who would become his mentor, Mia Fey. Though she saved Phoenix from a murder sentence, the outcome would haunt him. In Trials and Tribulation, the ghosts of Phoenix's past will be exposed and exorcised in the court.


Original Japanese Name: Godō (ゴドー)
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Little is known about the mysterious masked prosecutor called simply Godot, other than that he loves coffee and seems to have it in for Phoenix for some sin of the past. What could his connection to Phoenix be that would create such a vendetta?
You'd think a man with white hair and a glowing red mask would be hard to forget.

Mia Fey

Original Japanese Name: Ayasato Chihiro (綾里 千尋)
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Though dead, Mia Fey yet has a part to play. One of her biggest mysteries, an unsolved case, will come back to haunt Phoenix, and the player will assume control of Mia in flashback sequences. How much does her past have to do with Phoenix's problems now?
Not only would her first case cause the loss of a man she loved, but would put her entire family at risk.

Maya Fey

Original Japanese Name: Ayasato Mayoi (綾里 真宵)
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Maya Fey once again fills the role of Phoenix's trusty sidekick, and her psychic powers prove invaluable once again.

Pearl Fey

Original Japanese Name: Ayasato Harumi (綾里 春美)
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Mia and Maya's niece is once again present as her family ties involve her yet again.

Miles Edgeworth

Original Japanese Name: Mitsurugi Reiji (御剣 怜侍)
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Miles Edgeworth in this game when Wright is incapable of fulfilling his duties as a defense attorney, and for the first time the player gets the chance of playing the no nonsense prosecutor from a side of the courtroom he never thought he would ever see.
He seems to be much more friendly with the titular character than in the early days of the series.

Franziska Von Karma

Original Japanese Name: Karuma Mei (狩魔 冥)
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Franziska Von Karma is back to the court, but this time she isn't eyeballing Phoenix or lining him up for her whip. The attorney she's taking a crack at this time is Miles Edgeworth, and she's bound to prove who's better.
She seems to be more involved in investigation than anything else, gathering information for the prosecution while continuing to abuse Gumshoe.

Winston Payne

Original Japanese Name: Auchi Takefumi (亜内 武文)
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The meek trial lawyer Winston Payne was once known as the "Rookie Killer." It was the fault a young rookie lawyer that caused his personality to recede along with his hair, but it wasn't Phoenix.

The Judge

Original Japanese Name: Saibanchō (裁判長)
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Here comes The Judge. He's back again to adjudicate between the prosecution and the defense, but he's mostly along for the ride, as usual. The latest prosecutor Godot seems more in control of this court, but it's still put to the judge to give the final verdict.

Detective Gumshoe

Original Japanese Name: Itonokogiri Keisuke (糸鋸 圭介)
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Dick Gumshoe, now seemingly friendly with Phoenix, once again does his best not to have his salary reduced to nothing as he investigates the crimes.

Larry Butz

Original Japanese Name: Yahari Masashi (矢張 政志)
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The ever annoying Larry Butz continues to be a bit of a pain in Phoenix's side, though as usual he proves helpful in the end. Larry is taking on a variety of jobs this time from security worker to artist. As always, a woman is involved, and Larry has to testify to the court.

Dahlia Hawthorne

Original Japanese Name: Miyanagi Chinami (美柳 ちなみ)
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Dahlia is the subject of Mia Fey's first case, and an acquaintance of Phoenix. She seems like an innocent girl, but there is something more to this one...

Wendy Oldbag

Original Japanese Name: Ōba Kaoru (大場 カオル)
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Just when you thought you were free, Wendy Oldbag is back to harass Phoenix Wright in his investigation, and she still has her eyes out of poor Miles Edgeworth.


This game, as did the original Phoenix Wright and Phoenix Wright: Justice for All, centers around the exploits of Phoenix Wright and the Fey clan. This time, three of the five cases are linked with an overarching story that covers most of the questions left by the previous games. That includes a look back at Phoenix's younger days (he wasn't always so cool) and the case that led to the disappearance of Mia and Maya's mother, Misty Fey. Also, the plan alluded to by Pearl's mother Morgan in the previous game is set into motion, culminating in a great tragedy for all involved.


The music of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations originally appeared in the form of a one disc compilation. However later printings include a second bonus disc. Gyakuten Saiban 3 OST was composed by Noriyuki Iwadare, Masakazu Sugimori, and Akemi Kimura. It was released on March 31st 2004 in Japan.

Track Listing

Disc One

(Gyakuten Saiban 3 OST)

Cover Artwork
Cover Artwork

  1. Gyakuten Saiban 3 - Prologue
  2. Courtroom Lounge ~ Neverending Overture
  3. Gyakuten Saiban 3 - Trial
  4. Examination ~ Moderate 2004
  5. Ryuuichi Naruhodou ~ Objection! 2004
  6. Examination ~ Allegro 2004
  7. Investigation ~ Cross-Examination
  8. Announce the Truth 2004
  9. Investigation ~ Cross-Examination / Variation
  10. Distant Traces of Beauty
  11. Godo - The Fragrance of Dark Coffee
  12. Jingle - Can't Turn Back to Everyday Life
  13. Search ~ Opening 2004
  14. 'Stolen Reversal'
  15. Takabishiya Department Store
  16. Police Cell ~ Elegy of the Captured
  17. Mysterious Masked Person ~ Please Listen!
  18. I Just Want Your Love
  19. Yahari Masashi ~ In the Shadows of the Government
  20. 'Reversal Recipe'
  21. Beauty Hermitage
  22. The Igarashi Officers - Inspection War Song
  23. Warehouse Tiger
  24. Reminiscence- I Begrudge You
  25. The First Reversal
  26. Reminiscence - Hazy Scenery from the Bridge
  27. Hazakurain
  28. Terujotko Ellis ~ Simple Melody
  29. Search ~ Middle Stage 2004
  30. Reminiscence - The Bitter Taste of Truth
  31. Pursuit ~ Cornered 2004
  32. Winning! - The Victory Does Not End
  33. Gyakuten Saiban 3 - End
  34. Arrival Melody / Godo

Total Time: 68:03

Disc 2 (Gyakuten Saiban Reversal Bonus Disc)

  1. SE - System Version
    Bonus Disc Cover
    Bonus Disc Cover
  2. SE - Courtroom Version
  3. SE - Psychological Descriptions Version
  4. SE - Character Version
  5. SE - Animal Version
  6. SE - Mechanical Version
  7. Mayoi Ryouri ~ Gyakuten Sisters' Theme (Arrange Version)
  8. Psycho Lock (Arrange Version)
  9. Gyakuten Saiban ~ 2003 Promotion Image Sound Tracks
  10. Gyakuten Saiban 3 ~ Special Blend Mix

Total Time: 15:05