Something strange is going on in Labyrinth City. The townspeople live in fear of witches and magic, and celebrate the "Story Teller", an enigmatic figure whose writings become reality.In a courtroom deep within the city, a young girl stands trial for witchcraft. The prosecutor, a dapper gentleman with a top hat, accuses her of being the witch that has brought havoc to the city.Across the room, the defense attorney smirks and taps a sheet of paper, then stands."OBJECTION!Professor, there is a huge contradiction in your argument!"So goes the story of Professor Layton VS. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a Nintendo 3DS title by Capcom and Level-5. A Crossover between the jaw-droppingly popular Professor Layton puzzle games and the extremely well-written Ace Attorney courtroom adventure series, VS seeks to combine the two playstyles, warning that "this time, the puzzles are filled with contradictions".Check out the official site for more details — but only if you can read Japanese. There's no English translation site available at present. It was released in Japan on November 29th 2012, and it's going to be released in the US and Europe sometime in 2014.
Ascended Fridge Horror: In the third Ace Attorney game, that fact that one of the game's culprits was executed is a plot point. It's never stated whether any of the other killers you've helped convict were given the death penalty, but seeing as most of them don't appear afterwards, it's certainly likely, though it's never addressed. This game, however, doesn't sidestep the issue: it's made clear right from the start just what punishment awaits those found guilty of witchcraft, and it's not a pleasant one. And you get to see it happen to the true killer of the second case.
Intercontinuity Crossover: Including the addition, it seems, of a third world for the characters of the first two to jump into.
Cruel and Unusual Death: What's promised for anyone convicted of witchcraft. Should someone be convicted of witchcraft, that person will be sealed in a cage complete with a mask fitting over the cage's "mouth", and the cage will be lowered into a pit of flames. A side character named Madalla (who turns out to be the second case's culprit) is lowered into the flames, and then Maya Fey of all people ends up lowered into the flames when trying to save Mahoney from that fate. Both Madalla and Maya show up alive anyway later on.
Dream Team: C'mon, it's Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright.
Easy Amnesia: Apparently Wright and Maya not only lost their memories, but have lost it for five years.
Though truly it was only lost for a few days, the villagers have been given heapings of Fake Memories and think they were long term residents.
Heroic Sacrifice: A very complicated example in case 3. First, a young blue-haired girl ends up in tears as she confesses to being behind the third case...but then Maya and Mahoney intervene and then both, individually, try to offer themselves in the blue-haired girl's place. Maya was originally arrested as the culprit, but the guards try to free Maya and put Mahoney in Maya's place. But Maya then tries to save Mahoney from execution, and the whole thing results in a colossal screw-up that ultimately ends with Mahoney and the blue-haired girl safe, but Maya is (mistakenly, as it turns out later) thought to have been executed.
Huddle Power: Formed by a mob of villagers who stand as witnesses in the trial.
Friendly Enemy: Despite this they are seen traveling together and seem to be on good, if somewhat uneasy terms.
Make the Dog Testify: Case three features Phoenix cross-examining a parrot, again. Case four has Kurone jump up onto the stand and take up a witness slot, and though she never actually testifies, Phoenix questioning her results in Mahoney mentioning a crucial detail.
Motionless Chin: Layton originating characters have this, despite original and Ace Attorney characters not.
Actually, Layton does prosecute Mahoney...in the very last trial (not the first, as the trailer would have us believe), and him showing up to do so is a shocking enough twist that Layton walking into the courtroom and confronting Phoenix gets its very own animated cutscene.
Original Generation: In addition to being set in an entirely new world, the game introduces a new braided, blonde girl (Mahoney) to be the focal point of the game. There is also a new prosecutor who dresses like a knight, named (something along the lines of) Jeeken Barnrod.
Phrase Catcher: A lot of people pick up on Layton's "that's what a gentleman does" and start using it themselves with their profession of choice in place of 'gentleman'.
Villainous Breakdown: As it turns out, these return from the AA series, at least during "trial" segments. However, unusually for the AA series, the breakdowns are sometimes filmed from different camera angles, not just facing the witness from the player's perspective. For example, during the first breakdown the camera starts facing the witness, but when the witness falls to the floor after the breakdown is over the camera cuts to an overhead view. The second culprit's breakdown, meanwhile, is filmed from a "close up" angle. They're also fully voiced too.
What Could Have Been: The first trailer featured Luke in his prequel trilogy outfit because the team was still deciding if they should include Emmy. Ultimately, they decided not to and shifted the game's timeline forward a bit.
Witch Hunt: For the most part, this is what the game centers around.