Ace Attorney director, Shu Takumi wasn't expecting the Phoenix Wright games to be released in the West at all, he told ONM.
Speaking in a recent interview, Takumi said: "The Ace Attorney franchise is a materialised form of my ideals of the mystery genre. I am also a big fan of courtroom drama so I knew the first Ace Attorney would be a good game but... I wasn't expecting it to be this popular - I didn't even dream of a day Phoenix Wright went abroad!"
The first Phoenix Wright game was released on DS in 2006. It was a conversion of the GBA game Gyakuten Saiban, originally released in Japan in 2001.
Since then, there have been two more Phoenix Wright games, a spin off called Apollo Justice and Wright's old adversary Miles Edgeworth will be making his debut in Ace Attorney Investigations this Friday.
You can read ONM's Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth review here.