Calling all Ace Artists! Now that we’ve all had a few weeks to digest Dual Destinies, Court Records woud like to invite you all to keep the spirit going with our second-ever Sprite Cup! For those of you unfamiliar with the Sprite Cup, you can see the the entries to our ‘08-‘09 contest here. So onto the big questions!
What the heck’s a Sprite Cup?
Ace Attorney might have made the leap into the world of 3D with its latest entries, but spriting and editing has long been a staple of AA fanworks. The Sprite Cup is an open contest to invite people to show off their AA-style spriting skills and win some nice swag in the process!
Okay, sounds good. What am I supposed to enter?
Big, beautiful, Ace Attorney-style sprites! They can be defense, prosecution, judge, witness, AAI-style… whatever goes. It can be just a single pose, a whole sheet, animations - whatever works best for you. Feel free to give your character a name or bio as well for flavor, but judging will be carried out on the sprite, not its backstory.
Are there any limits?
Submissions should be a full sprite (so not an AAI mini-sprite or a profile picture, though you can of course include those as bonuses). Very minor edits of existing characters like plain recolors or simple changes won’t be considered. (See this image for some examples.) Feel free to use official sprites for parts, though - it’s the spriting way!
Also, please enter a newly created sprite for the contest, not a previous work.
Does the sprite have to be of an original character?
Nope! Feel free to come up with new outfits or roles for existing characters, or in the case of Dual Destinies characters, give them that 2D shakedown they never had.
What should a good entry have?
Three things: Creativity, Composition, and Style. Is the character’s design interesting (or, in the case of the DD characters, is there a noticeable difference between the 2D sprite and the existing model?) Does the sprite look good (crisp lines, accurate anatomy)? And maybe most important of all, does the sprite fit the AA style? (Could you picture it in-game, and in the case of OCs, does the character look like someone who could be in the AA universe?)
How will entries be judged?
After a first round of closed judging by… well, the judges (myself, Percei, Ping’, and DeMatador), the finalists will be posted for public voting. To help keep voting objective, finalists will be posted without their creators’ names (though of course we can’t stop you from promoting your entry on your own blog or in forum sigs or what have you.)
Enough with the rules, what’re the prizes?
I’m glad you asked! Because this contest is celebrating Dual Destinies, we’re handing out prizes from the Japan-only Limited Edition:
First place will receive the GS5 Phoenix statue! These aren’t available anywhere outside of the LE, as far as I know, so it’s quite the collector’s item.
Second place will receive the GS5 3DS carrying case!
Third place will receive the set of GS5 stickers!
Can I still enter if I’m outside of the U.S.?
Absolutely. Shipping your prize will take a bit longer, of course, but it’ll get there somehow!
How should I enter?
E-mail your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org (no, that’s not a typo - no ‘s’ on the end of courtrecord) with the phrase “Sprite Cup Entry” somewhere in the subject line.
How long do I have to enter?
We’ll be accepting entries until December 31st, 2013 (note: this date pulled out of a hat and subject to extension in event of community pushback). Judge-only judging will take place in the week after, and public voting on the finalists will open once that’s done. After the winners are announced, we’ll make all the entries with their creators’ names available for public viewing on our site.
What happened to the OC contest?
Well, there’s another Ace Attorney game on the horizon, guest starring a certain gentleman professor. Check back in a few months and you might just find a more magical contest waiting…
Anyway, that’s the long and the short of it, folks. Go on and show Capcom that, even if they do make jaw-droppingly beautiful 3D models, 2D will always live on in the heart of Ace Attorney!