This walkthrough is for those that bought GS4 and want to play through it, but have a limited understanding of Japanese. It's a combination of the case descriptions I already made, and an FAQ on Gamefaqs (by Rokkuman, rtsmarty, Bolt Storm, and jamar). It's not a straight translation, and there's no way to really go about the explanation without giving you the answers, so it won't feel like playing a real PW game, I'm afraid.
If you're looking for instructions on basic gameplay, check the Gamefaqs link posted above. This is just an extension of that FAQ with some extra translation notes to help those without Japanese knowledge understand the choices they're making.
The game opens with an image of someone painting in a dark room. A candle is
blown out, and the screen goes black.
The scene then shifts to two men playing poker in a basement. Both men show their hands - two full houses. One man grabs a glass bottle and bashes the other over the head. A phone call is made.
-You start with your lawyer's badge, a photo of the crime scene, and Kagerou's autopsy report in the court record. He was killed by a single blow to the head.
It's Odoroki's first day heading a case. Though his mentor (famous Defense
Attorney Kirihito Garyuu) is surprised that Odoroki is taking on a murder case
so soon, Odoroki assures him that he'll be fine. In fact, he was up at 5am
practicing his objection! Which is all well and good, but Kirihito wants to be
sure that Odoroki is ready, as their client is a close friend of his. They even
shared dinner the night of the incident.
The pair meet with their client, who is none other than former defense attorney Phoenix Wright. Odoroki asks why Phoenix didn't just have Kirihito defend him, being a much more accomplished lawyer than Odoroki himself, but Phoenix only tells him "you'll understand eventually." Confused but still determined, Odoroki heads into court.
For his first trial, Odoroki is up against the Rookie Crusher himself, Winston Payne (sporting a fabulous new hairdo). Both he and the judge remark on Phoenix's fall from grace, which Phoenix kindly asks them not to bring up again. Payne outlines the case. The victim, Kagerou Urafushi, was killed when he was hit in the forehead with a grape juice bottle. He and the defendant were in the basement of the Russian restaurant Borscht at the time, playing a game of poker. Though the Judge is momentarily stunned to hear they were gambling (which would be illegal) Kirihito assures him that it was a simple game with no money being used. "Only the blue cards know the outcome of the match" he says.
-The murder weapon, a grape juice bottle, is added to
the court record. It bears Phoenix's fingerprints. Make sure to
investigate it - it's empty.
Phoenix testifies a bit more about the game. Though he's employed as a piano player, he doesn't actually play very often. His real job is playing poker in the basement. They use two decks, red and blue, to prevent cheating. Since he hasn't lost a single game in 7 years he has quite a reputation, and people come from all over to challenge him. The basement is the perfect setting, as it used to be meeting place for criminals.
-Garyuu will ask if Odoroki needs an explanation on how
to conduct a cross examination. Pick either option, and then press all of
Once you've pressed everything, the Judge asks Phoenix about the murder, but rather than responding he turns to the defense. Since his testimony was concerning the game, not the murder, shouldn't the defense be objecting to that? Odoroki falters, but Kirihito steps in, and asks Phoenix to answer. "If you say so," Phoenix agrees. He amends his testimony to say that he refuses to talk about the crime, except that he did not touch the murder weapon.
-Present the murder weapon at the last statement.
Odoroki presents the murder weapon. He hesitates to say why it's a contradiction, but Payne is all over it: the murder weapon clearly has Phoenix's fingerprints. Odoroki gives a mighty objection (putting his practice to use so well the Judge scolds him for shouting). There's nothing strange about an employee's fingerprints being on a bottle they serve there. But Payne steps in again. The fingerprints are upside down - as they might be if he had used the bottle to hit someone. Odoroki starts to panic, but Kirihito assures him everything's fine. "All that matters is the truth. There must be a reason behind it." He goes on to inform the court that it was Phoenix himself who called the incident in to the police that night. Since they were playing poker in the basement, Phoenix had to leave the scene and head upstairs to get a signal. There's a record of it on his cell phone, which is taken into evidence.
-Phoenix's cell phone is entered into the court record.
Kirihito then presumes the reason Payne is so certain Phoenix was at the scene at the time of the murder is that he has a witness. Payne confirms, and calls to the stand Masaka Sakai - a timid blonde woman in thick clothing. As a waitress at the restaurant her prime duty is serving customers Borscht, their signature dish, but she also provides other services, such as taking pictures. In fact, she has one of Phoenix and the victim together.
-Picture of Phoenix and Kagerou talking is added to the court record.
Masaka explains that the room
the incident took place in is called "Narazumo's Room", as the infamous Narazumo
Gang was caught there years ago. She was there the night of Kagerou's murder.
Since she was the only one there other than Phoenix, Odoroki suspects her
Masaka begins her testimony. She dealt the cards to the two men, who were both wearing hats because of the cold. Kagerou was fingering a locket he had on at the time. But something awful happened after the last hand: Phoenix lost, and jumped up to try and strangle Kagerou.
Odoroki objects automatically, saying there's no way that Phoenix could have lost. He's been undefeated for 7 years, after all (Kirihito: "Don't you have a more serious objection to offer?"). As proof of the match's outcome Payne presents a photograph of the table at the time the scene was discovered. By Phoenix's hand are four small chips and one big one. On Kagerou's side are two small chips and nine big ones. Phoenix was clearly losing.
-Picture of the poker table at the time the police arrived is added to the court record.
-Present the autopsy report at Masaka's last statement
that Kagerou was strangled.
Odoroki points out that Kagerou was killed by a blow to the head, not strangulation. Payne offers up another photo of the crime scene that was taken with Kagerou's hat removed, showing a path of blood across the victim's bald head. The autopsy report was true: he was struck in the forehead. Odoroki smirks over having found a flaw in Masaka's testimony, but Kirihito is quick to correct him (Kirihito: "You can pose if you like, but how about you think a little harder about this...?"). There's still something off in her testimony.
-Second crime scene photo is added to the court record (black and white).
-Present the new photo at
Masaka's 3rd statement - that Kagerou was fingering his locket.
Kagerou is not shown wearing a locket. It must have fallen off when Kagerou was strangled, just like Masaka said. The Judge asks Phoenix about it, and notices for the first time that he, too, is wearing a locket. Phoenix admits sure, it's a locket. It has a picture of his daughter inside. Though the court is startled to hear that Phoenix even has a daughter, Payne confirms that the police checked the photo when Phoenix was arrested. Though it seems a coincidence that both men had one, court moves on.
Masaka testifies next about the poker game itself. She explains each of them started out with 3500 points in chips, made of two types (big and small). When Phoenix lost, he freaked out and grabbed the bottle.
-Press the second statement about the Chips. Pick the first option, and then the first of the next options, to get Masaka to add new testimony: some chips are 1,000 and some are 100.
Kirihito points out to Odoroki that something seems off about the number of chips.
-Present the photograph of the table top at the newly added third statement, and pick the last option when given it.
calculation of the chips doesn't match up. In order for them to add up to 7000,
the smaller chips must be the ones worth 1,000.
"Well done. It's almost as if you spotted that yourself," Kirihito teases.
More importantly, if that's the case, another look at the scene shows that Phoenix was winning after all. And if Phoenix was winning, he has no motive for having killed Kagerou. There's no reason Masaka wouldn't have known that.
But Masaka interrupts, and blurts out that there was cheating in the last hand. Both men had a full house, but since there were five aces played (there should only be four in a deck) it become obvious that someone cheated. That's why Phoenix attacked Kagerou.
-Press the third statement about the hand, which prompts Masaka to add a statement about the five aces.
-Present the tabletop photo again.
After receiving an explanation from Kirihito on what a full house is, Odoroki presents the table photograph again. The Judge asks him to point out the contradiction in the photo.
-Point to the cards in the upper right, Kagerou's hand.
Only four aces are visible after all. Since Masaka seems so positive that there were five aces, Kirihito requests that they be able to inspect the cards themselves. The judge asks which cards you want to inspect.
-Pick option one, Kagerou's cards.
-Kagerou's five cards are added to the court record. Examine them.
inspecting Kagerou's cards, they find that four have red backs, but one has
blue. When Odoroki shows the card Masaka slips up, and mutters "I thought I put it in
Mr. Wright's hand..." Kirihito pounces on the mistake and suggests that Masaka
dealt the cheating hand on purpose. She's probably even a professional.
Odoroki runs with it, and accuses Masaka of being the murderer. She passes out. Seeing that more investigation is needed before he can pronounce a verdict, the Judge starts to call for court to be adjourned. But before he can, a familiar "objection" fills the court, and Phoenix returns to the witness stand. Payne is baffled, but the Judge reminds him that things are always a little crazy when Phoenix is in the courtroom.
Phoenix talks about the cards, reminding them that Borscht uses red and blue cards. The final hand of his match with Kagerou was played with the red cards, which would make the one blue card the one that was switched in. He asks Odoroki when he thinks the card was switched.
-Three options are given: Before, During, or After the murder took place. Select option three.
After some thought, Odoroki says it was after the murder took place. Because the card backs are two different colors there's no way it could be switched during the game itself without someone noticing. But what purpose would that serve, to cheat after the match was over? And who did it?
-Three options are give: Phoenix, Masaka, or Someone Else. Select option three.
Kagerou was already dead, and it wouldn't make sense if Phoenix
or Masaka did, as they would have known to put a red card into the hand, not a
blue one. So it had to have been someone else - someone not yet mentioned in the
Court is adjourned for twenty minutes. In the lobby, Kirihito scolds Phoenix for his outburst (Kirihito: "Leave the defense to me. Otherwise...I can't guarantee the outcome"). While he leaves to consult with the Judge, Phoenix shows Odoroki the locket with his daughter's picture inside (it looks like a young version of Minuki). He also explains to Odoroki that winning in court is a lot like winning at poker: it's all about reading your opponent and knowing what they're thinking. For example, the witness, Masaka, always rubbed her neck during a certain part of her testimony. Odoroki didn't notice. But Phoenix insists that Odoroki should be able to see these "tells" and use them to his advantage.
Lastly, Phoenix confesses that he still hasn't told the court the truth. He has his reasons, and he needs Odoroki's "ability" to make it through. They head back to court.
Masaka is called back to the stand, and reveals her true identity as "Cheating Sakai", a professional card dealer. She says that Kagerou was a professional poker player who hired her to help him ruin Phoenix's win record. The plan was to plant a card on him, and have Masaka deal him an extra ace during the course of the game. When Phoenix played it he would be accused of cheating, and they would "discover" the planted card. But when the plan went down that night, they couldn't find the planted card. She still insists it was Phoenix that hit Kagerou with the bottle.
-Press statement four and pick the top option, about
the card that wasn't found.
If they didn't find the planted card, what reason did Phoenix have to kill Kagerou anyway? As Masaka hesitates (rubbing her neck, as Phoenix had mentioned) Odoroki gets a strange feeling. His sight focuses automatically on Masaka's hand (just press "Soko da!" when the system pauses), and he asks her if she realizes she's doing it. Kirihito is confused (he didn't notice, either) but Odoroki continues, saying that whenever Masaka "remembers" something about that night, she reaches for her neck.
-Present the grape juice bottle.
He presents the grape juice bottle as the thing she's always talking about when she does it. It's almost as if SHE were the one hit by the bottle. Payne and Kirihito both remark they've never seen a cross examination quite like this. Masaka adds a bit to her testimony, insisting she didn't take her eyes off Phoenix from the time he hit Kagerou until the police came.
-Press the new statement and pick option 1.
-Present Phoenix's cell phone.
Phoenix used his phone to call the police right after the
incident. He had to go upstairs to do so.
Masaka falters, and admits that Kagerou hit her with the bottle for failing him (since they couldn't set Phoenix up as having cheated). She claims she was unconscious until the police arrived, and by then Kagerou was already dead. When the Judge asks Kirihito what he thinks of all this, Kirihito is quiet a moment, and then declares that the witness is simply lying. She was the only other person in the room with Phoenix and Kagerou. She could have murdered Kagerou to keep HIM from ruining HER reputation as a professional con.
Phoenix suddenly takes the stand with a chuckle. He's disappointed with Kirihito for being so careless - there's still the possibility of there having been a third person at the scene. Whoever switched Kagerou's card after the fact couldn't have been someone who knew about the two decks. He declares this is the reason he's stayed silent until now: he wanted to lure that third person to court, where he couldn't use any tricks of his own to escape. After all, there is one person in court now that proved he thought the cards used in the match were blue. He asks Odoroki if he's realized.
-Present Kirihito Garyuu's profile. (Remember
"Only the blue cards know the outcome"?)
Odoroki has, and presents Kirihito's profile. But he argues that of course Kirihito would know about the blue cards. Phoenix knows better. The original crime scene photo was only in black and white, and Kirihito's remark about the blue cards was said long before the color photo of the tabletop was shown. Kirihito himself is silent for a moment, and asks if Phoenix is actually serious. He assures him that he is.
Payne is still baffled, and says that Kirihito and Kagerou had never met, so there was no motive. But Phoenix points out maybe they HAD met. In fact, maybe they met at Borscht the night of the murder. Realizing that Phoenix is finally ready to tell the truth, Odoroki asks that he testify.
Kirihito objects, saying that his testimony isn't necessary, as anything that happened before the poker game is irrelevant. But the Judge reminds him that Odoroki is the defense attorney is in charge of the case, and the decision falls to him.
-You're given two options: hear the testimony, or not? Pick option 1.
Kirihito stares straight ahead:
Kirihito: "Odoroki. Are you betraying me?"
Odoroki: "It's not that. It's to find the truth!"
Phoenix finally testifies to what happened that night. He first had dinner with Kirihito, and five minutes after Kirihito left Kagerou showed up to challenge him to the game. It happened as Masaka testified, and after Masaka was knocked out he went upstairs to call the police. When he came back down Kagerou was dead, and bleeding from the forehead. Phoenix went back upstairs, but this time he called Kirihito, asking him to be his lawyer.
Kirihito comes to realize that this is what Phoenix wanted all along: to draw him out in the open. And here he had been doing his best to defend him. Phoenix assures that all he wants is for the truth to come out.
-Press statement 3 to make Phoenix revise it.
Phoenix changes his testimony to include the bait card - he found it in his pocket before the last hand, and slipped it into an empty grape juice bottle. However, when Odoroki shows off the bottle discovered at the scene, there's no card it in. Phoenix can't explain that, because he's sure he put the card in a bottle.
-Present crime scene photo at statement five (where
Phoenix claims to have seen the blood on Kagerou's head).
Odoroki then presents the crime scene photo. Phoenix says he saw the blood on Kagerou's forehead, but when the police arrived Kagerou was wearing his hat. Phoenix explains that easily, saying HE was the one that put the hat back on in the first place, but that's the only thing he touched on the scene.
-Present the grape juice bottle at statement 3
Phoenix still denies having touched the murder weapon. Kirihito,
maintaining excellent composure, calmly calls his client a liar.
Kirihito: "It's no wonder you had your lawyer badge taken away seven years ago."
Phoenix: "Harsh words, for your own client."
Kirihito: "I believe you were the one that attacked me first...?"
Odoroki interrupts, insisting that this is Phoenix's last chance to tell the truth. Phoenix replies that he is. He put the hat back on the victim for one reason, and it has to do with the conversation he had with Kirihito over the phone the night of the murder. Luckily, he even taped it, and plays it back for the court. In the conversation, Kirihito mentions Kagerou's "china-like head". Odoroki catches on, and asks how Kirihito would know about Kagerou being bald, if Kagerou had his hat on all night. Phoenix confirms his hunch, and goes on to say that it caught his attention as well. That's why he returned to the scene and replaced the hat.
The Judge decides they have no choice but to hear Kirihito himself testify, and calls another recess.
Odoroki returns to the lobby alone, as Kirihito and Phoenix are called to the Judge's chamber. While there he meets a young girl in a magician outfit. She asks for him to pick a card, any card, and he does. She then delivers the message, "The last battle is about to start. You'll need an ace up your sleeve." The card is the ace of spades, and on it is a single drop of blood. Before leaving, the girl asks Odoroki to "take good care of my dad."
-Bloody ace is added to the court record.
Back in court, Kirihito takes the stand and agrees to "play along." Suddenly, Phoenix jumps behind the defense desk with Odoroki. He calls it a "turnabout of positions." He reminds the court that there's only one point that evening in which Kagerou wasn't wearing his hat, and that was the moment of the murder. Only the killer should know that.
Kirihito chuckles, and confesses that he hasn't been telling the truth until now. He was holding back for Phoenix's sake, but now that he's been put on the stand himself there's no reason to hide the truth any longer. He testifies that he returned to the restaurant after leaving the first time, having sensed something off about Kagerou. When he peeked into Narazumo's Room through the tiny spy window he saw Masaka unconscious, and Phoenix standing with the bottle next to Kagerou's dead body. Just as he left, Phoenix called him.
If you press the first four statements, Kirihito says he didn't just go to the door because he didn't want Phoenix to be mad at him for interrupting the game, were his concern misplaced. He didn't tell the police this earlier because he didn't see the murder itself, and also because he wanted to protect Phoenix as his friend. He didn't see any supposed "third party" that Phoenix has been testifying to, and if fact challenges the idea that there was one. The only proof of such a person is the switched blue card. Why would a killer go to the trouble to do that anyway?
-Press statement five about the "motive" for switching the card. Pick the first option.
-Present bloody ace
Odoroki presents the ace that the mystery girl gave him. The Judge is startled
to find the blood on it, and asks if this could be the Ace that the killer
supposedly took from the scene. Kirihito's composure finally falters a little as
he demands to know how Odoroki got his hands on such evidence. Phoenix explains
that he picked it up from the scene, and handed it off to his daughter for safe
keeping. Kirihito objects and declares the evidence to be fraudulent. But
Phoenix says the only one who could prove it was fake is the killer himself,
which shuts Kirihito up pretty fast.
Phoenix goes on to explain that the blood on the card is its most important feature. As is apparent on the second of the crime scene photos, blood dripped down the back of Kagerou's head, where it must have dropped onto the ace. Kirihito continues to insist that the evidence is fake, and the blood can have nothing to do with why it was slipped out of Kagerou's hand.
Phoenix objects with a dramatic point, claiming that simple logic can explain it. He turns the focus back to Odoroki, asking if he's figured out what it is about the ace that makes it contradict with the current testimony.
-On the diagram, point to the blue dot at the top of the table, the victim.
Odoroki points out that the blood on Kagerou's head was going back, but since he was facing the table the cards were on, the blood would have dripped onto the floor, not onto any card. Phoenix informs them that the chairs swivel, which would explain the contradiction.
-In the 3D crime scene, touch Kagerou's chair to make it swivel.
Kagerou was facing AWAY from the table when he was struck. But since Phoenix found the body facing the table, the killer must have turned him back around. What else is wrong?
-On the diagram, point out the red dot on the bottom,
Next, Odoroki points out the contradiction with their assumption of where the killer would have been. If the killer was on the other side of the table, he couldn't have struck Kagerou in the forehead (as he was facing the wall). So where was the killer?
-On the diagram, point to the cabinet just above the victim.
The only place the killer could have stood is where the cabinet is. And
the only way to explain that is if the cabinet wasn't there. Phoenix asks the
Judge to contact the police and have them investigate the cabinet right away. He
also hands off a note to the bailiff asking for them to check one other thing as
Meanwhile, they view the overview of the crime scene. The only place for the cabinet to move is toward the corner of the room, making a space for someone to stand.
-In the 3D crime scene, touch the cabinet to make it move.
But that raises a new contradiction on the map:
-On the diagram, select the light blue dot on the left, the witness.
With the cabinet moved
into the corner, the small spy window would have been blocked, meaning that Kirihito could not have witnessed the scene where he said he did.
The bailiff reports back, saying that the police investigated the basement, and discovered a secret passage behind the cabinet! The room used to be used for secret criminal activity, after all.
The only place where Kirihito could
have seen the scene is from within the room itself. He had to have stepped into
Odoroki outlines the events of the evening. Kagerou and Masaka tried to cheat, and failed. Kagerou knocked Masaka out with the bottle. Phoenix left to call the police, and while he was upstairs the secret passage opened up. When Kagerou turned around to see, he was struck in the forehead, falling back in his chair. A drop of blood fell from his head to the ace on the table. Then the killer removed the ace from the table, knowing the blood drop would give him away. He never stepped completely into the room, which is why he was unaware of the red cards.
The Judge is convinced, and starts to say that Phoenix must be innocent. But Kirihito objects, smiling, amazed that he's fallen for the tricks of an infamous, underhanded lawyer like Phoenix Wright. He presents the wine bottle to remind everyone of the upside-down fingerprints. But Odoroki can explain.
-Present the photo Masaka presented of Phoenix and Kagerou.
There's a whole crate of bottles under the piano bench where Phoenix is sitting.
If Phoenix reached down from his seat to pull up one of them, his fingerprints
would fall on the neck in an unnatural way. Since Phoenix was drinking the grape
juice at dinner earlier, the killer could have swapped the murder weapon with
any of those bottles.
Kirihito just shakes his head. He challenges Odoroki to present proof that he did such a thing. Phoenix interrupts again to ask the Judge if the police carried out the second search he passed off to the bailiff: "check the bottles under the piano." In fact, the police brought one back. Phoenix asks Odoroki to check it out. Odoroki hesitates: there's no way Kirihito would be careless enough to leave his fingerprints on the bottle, if it is the real murder weapon. But Phoenix glares at him suddenly, and demands, "Just do it."
-Inspect the bottle.
Odoroki does so, and discovers in the bottle the five of hearts - the "bait
card" that Phoenix had tucked away earlier. It proves the bottle was switched.
And the only one who could have done that was someone who not only was at the
restaurant (and didn't know about the blue cards), but also someone who knew
that Phoenix's fingerprints would be on that bottle. Someone like Kirihito, who
ate dinner with Phoenix and witnessed him drinking from those bottles that very
Kirihito breaks down, pounding the witness stand: "Is this your revenge, Phoenix Wright? For the case 7 years ago that made you lose your badge?"
Kirihito leaves the stand, and confesses everything. The Judge reflects on the case, realizing that Kagerou Urafushi and the reason he was murdered remains a mystery. All Phoenix is willing to say is that Kirihito is an important person to him, as a friend as and as a lawyer. In order to combat him he needed two things: a setting that couldn't be tampered with (court) and a person who couldn't be tampered with (Odoroki). He looks forward to seeing what Odoroki can do as a lawyer from now on.
The Judge declares Phoenix Wright Not Guilty.
Back in the lobby, Phoenix thanks Odoroki. He couldn't have done it without Odoroki, as there's a "sense" he has that Phoenix doesn't. Odoroki tries to ask him about that, but Phoenix says he has to find the answer himself, in regards to Kirihito as well. The clue to the case is the locket. Phoenix admits that Odoroki was right about the locket - he did steal it from Kagerou. But the girl in the picture really is his daughter, and that's why no one questioned that it wasn't actually his.
Phoenix invites Odoroki to come to his office, now that Garyuu & Co. will be no more. Odoroki is momentarily confused, as he knows that Phoenix had his license stripped from him in some incident 7 years ago. There shouldn't be a Wright & Co. Law Office anymore. Phoenix admits he is no longer practicing. In fact, he asks if Odoroki noticed the "fake" evidence shown in that day's trial: the bloody ace. There's no way that ace would have been at the scene, as Kirihito would have taken it to cover his tracks. That's why Kirihito was so adamant about it being false. It WAS a fake.
Odoroki is horrified, and punches Phoenix in the face. But Phoenix is only quiet for a moment, and then gives Odoroki his business card, telling him to come by the office if he changes his mind. "That punch...if it were me, I would have shouted 'take that!' along with it," he adds. "Today was fun."
Phoenix leaves, and thus ends Housuke Odoroki's first case.
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