Phoenix Wright creator wanted to conclude his story after three games

Phoenix Wright has made his return to the courtroom, but series creator Shu Takumi reveals that his story was originally meant to be told within the original trilogy and go no further.

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Phoenix Wright recently made his triumphant return to the courtroom in last year's Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies and will cross paths with Professor Layton later this year. So it's intriguing to hear that Ace Attorney series creator Shu Takumi never intended for Phoenix Wright's story to last beyond the original trilogy.

"I felt that Phoenix's story had been told, and that the series should not continue," Takumi said in an interview with ONM UK. "Knowing when to end a story is very important and I wanted to avoid dragging it out and having it become a shadow of its former self."

When it came time for another Ace Attorney game, Takumi settled on a starring role for Apollo Justice, before Capcom was ultimately able to convince him to return Phoenix Wright to the bench. Fortunately for series fans, Takumi has rediscovered his love for the character and will bring back Phoenix Wright for an all-new entry to the franchise in the future.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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    March 13, 2014 6:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Phoenix Wright creator wanted to conclude his story after three games.

    Phoenix Wright has made his return to the courtroom, but series creator Shu Takumi reveals that his story was originally meant to be told within the original trilogy and go no further.

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      March 14, 2014 5:04 AM

      The Apollo Justice character is pretty good, but not as good Phoenix Wright. I really didn't like what the story did with Wright in the Apollo Justice game and turning him into a bum; having him in court is much more entertaining.

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      March 14, 2014 6:30 AM

      Can we also get a digital release of Miles Edgeworth 2? No? Too expensive to translate for the three people who want it? ...okay.