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A Lawyer Game for Mobile Phones

Call me naive, but I have somehow managed to miss the phenomenon known as Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney. Mr. Wright is not a real attorney, but a virtual one, who lives within a game designed for the Nintendo DS. He is, says his developer Capcom, "a defense lawyer with a keen sense for discerning fact from truth." Writer Redmond Carolipio awards him even higher praise, saying he "has achieved cult classic status in the gamer community." Heck, he even has not one, but two MySpace blogs, although it appears he has little free time to maintain them.

Wright made his debut in October 2005, but recently has garnered much Internet buzz for three impending releases. First is the anticipated early 2007 release of the second Phoenix Wright game. In this one, an announcement says, players take on the role of Wright, "who must prove his client's innocence against the toughtest of odds and most ruthless of adversaries."

"Players must exercise their legal prowess as they collect evidence, examine witnesses, analyze testimonies and seek the truth to ensure that justice prevails."

The aforementioned Carolipio writes that the game "infuses manga-style wackiness into the buttoned-down world of criminal defense, turning every cross examination into a battle of good versus evil."

Then there is the forthcoming release any day now of two music CDs with music from the game rearranged in orchestral form. The first reportedly will go on sale here Sept. 30, but if you are not able to read Japanese, ordering it could prove a challenge.

And now the really big news, revealed Monday and reported by CNET You will soon be able to assume Attorney Wright's persona using your mobile phone. Verizon Wireless and Cingular are expected to offer the game by the end of the year, with Sprint and T-Mobile to get in on the action early in 2007.

Think of it -- with Phoenix Wright on your mobile phone, you will be able to pretend to fight for justice even as you slog through the more mundane work of real-life law practice.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 13, 2006 at 04:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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