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Feb 252015

Ace-Attorney-logoThrough the power of Google Analytics and other useful website tools, I’ve discovered that a lot of people come here looking for an Ace Attorney timeline. I can only assume they leave in disappointment, since my guide to the Ace Attorney gameplay order just lists each game in chronological order, rather than the cases.

Since so many people come here looking for a Phoenix Wright timeline, though, it’s in all of our interests for me to create one!

Now, the Ace Attorney wiki has a complete timeline that contains births, deaths, and all sorts of other information. Mine will be more basic: I’m just going to give you the timeline of cases and most important events. I’ll try to avoid spoilers.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the style commonly used to number cases, I’ll give the game number and then the case number, such as 1-1 to represent the first case of the first game.

1 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
2 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All
3 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations
I – Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
4 – Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
5 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

Keep in mind that I’m not including Ace Attorney Investigations 2 in this timeline. If it’s ever localized, I’ll add it, as well as any others that come out, such as Dai Gyakuten Saiban.

Ace Attorney Case Timeline

Class Trial (2001)
The DL-6 Incident (December 28, 2001)
The KG-8 Incident (2009)
Case I-4: Turnabout Reminiscence (September 10, 2012)
Case 3-4: Turnabout Beginnings (February 16, 2013)
Case 3-1: Turnabout Memories (April 11, 2014)
The SL-9 Incident/Joe Darke Killings begin (September 2014)
The SL-9 Incident/Joe Darke Killings end (February 19, 2015)
Case 1-1: The First Turnabout (August 3, 2016)
Case 1-2: Turnabout Sisters (September 5-9, 2016)
Case 1-3: Turnabout Samurai (October 16-20, 2016)
Case 1-4: Turnabout Goodbyes (December 25-28, 2016)
Case 1-5: Rise from the Ashes (February 22-25, 2017)
Case 2-2: Reunion, and Turnabout (June 16, 19-22, 2017)
Case 2-1: The Lost Turnabout (September 8, 2017)
Case 2-3: Turnabout Big Top (December 28-30, 2017)
Case 2-4: Farewell, My Turnabout (March 20-23, 2018)
Case 3-2: The Stolen Turnabout (October 11-13, 2018)
Case 3-3: Recipe for Turnabout (December 3-4, 2018)
Case 3-5: Bridge to the Turnabout (February 7-10, 2019)
All the events of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, though they may be non-canon. (Dates are unclear, but must occur before April 19)
Case I-2: Turnabout Airlines (March 12, 2019)
Case I-3: The Kidnapped Turnabout (March 13, 2019)
Case I-1: Turnabout Visitor (March 14, 2019)
Case I-5: Turnabout Ablaze (March 14-15, 2019)
Case 4-4: Turnabout Succession past (April 19 and May 13, 2019)
The UR-1 Incident (October 7, 2020)
Case 4-1: Turnabout Trump (April 20, 2026)
Case 4-2: Turnabout Corner (June 15-17, 2026)
Case 4-3: Turnabout Serenade (July 7-10, 2016)
Case 4-4: Turnabout Succession present (October 7-9, 2026)
Case 5-2: The Monstrous Turnabout (April 17-19, 2027)
Case 5-6: Turnabout Reclaimed (July 20-22, 2027)
Case 5-3: Turnabout Academy (October 24-26, 2027)
Case 5-4: The Cosmic Turnabout first part (December 16, 2027)
Case 5-1: Turnabout Countdown (December 17-18, 2027)
Case 5-4: The Cosmic Turnabout second part (December 19-20, 2027)
Case 5-5: Turnabout for Tomorrow (December 20, 2027)

There you have it a basic timeline of the currently-localized Ace Attorney cases. Did I leave out anything critical? Make any mistakes? Let me know in the comments below, and I hope this helps!

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  5 Responses to “Basic Ace Attorney Timeline”

  1. “The SL-9 Incident/Joe Dark Killings end (February 19, 2015)”

    Darke has an ‘e’.

    …We should know, since this literally happened less than a week ago.

    (And I would know especially since KoopaTV reported on it!)

  2. Thanks for sharing! I haven’t really tried the game myself but I’m interested in it.

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