Year: 2016

Screencap from Ace Attorney: Justice for All (Capcom, Nintendo DS, 2006) / image retrieved from

Death and the Family in Ace Attorney

Ace Attorney, a franchise revolving around murder mysteries and courtroom antics, may be best known for its name puns (“Oh really, Ms. Orly?”), shout-outs (“It’s only a flesh wound, Mr. Wright!”), and absurd gambits for catching murderers (“I would like to cross-examine the witness’s pet parrot!”). Yet the series still manages to deliver poignant commentary…