Here's some news Capcom doesn't want to hear. It had denied fans a physical copy of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies believing that sales would not justify it, and now the game is set to sell even less after being slapped with an ESRB rating of M.
Capcom confirmed the rating with Joystiq, stating that "Due to the nature of the various crimes and storylines in this latest title in the series, ESRB deemed the title an M."
Murder has always been the main focus of the Phoenix Wright games, which all have been very dark now that I think about it, but the cutesy art style and bright characters have kept the games a steady T rating.
What could possibly be more disturbing than murder? What could cause the ESRB to change its tune? The new animation style provides only a slightly more realistic view of the game, and the headlining case used to advertise the game has been about a mad bomber terrorist who blows up the court building.
These are the only things which come to mind, but any other darker side to this game's generally light-hearted view on the ultimate crime of passion will only be seen with time. If anything, the M has only made me more curious.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies needs a shorter title and will be released on the Nintendo 3DS as a digital download this fall.