Try out Chapter 1 now, for free, in the browser demo above (or download the desktop demo)...

... then come back later and buy the full, 10-hour experience!

In the full version...

Step into court as Nina Aquila, rookie defense attorney in this thrilling VN/adventure game hybrid, and fight for justice in a world where all anime genres exist at once!

  • Experience an exciting mystery story told over ~10 hours
  • Discover a unique hybrid of Visual Novel & 2D adventure game that celebrates & parodies multiple anime genres
  • Investigate crime scenes & interrogate witnesses from a top-down perspective
  • Defend your client in court with evidence & cross-examination
  • Play minigames as varied as turn-based battling and downhill drift racing

Now collected together into NINA AQUILA: LEGAL EAGLE, SEASON ONE, investigate & defend your clients through three different cases, themed around cosplay, card games & illegal mountain street racing!

(Chapter 1 is present in the demo)

When Nina Aquila, freshly qualified defense attorney, takes part in her last supervised trial, she sets events in motion that will cause her career to become a casualty of a secret war. A great game is being played for the heart of Fledge City by the ruthless and powerful, one that Nina will have to uncover one case at a time.

Step into court and defend a young woman cosplaying as a fire mage, who stands accused of arson! In this trial, Anya will show you the ropes of how NALE works, while setting events in motion that will change Nina's life forever.

Several weeks after Chapter I, Nina's life is in turmoil after a costly defeat in court. Her confidence shattered, Nina holes up in her office until a visitor comes to the door - one who believes that only she can help him. A murder has been committed at the High Flyers Casino. The victim? A celebrity player of a trading card game, "Dragon Fantasy Arena", on the eve of the national tournament!

Who would commit murder over a children's card game? And why?

Surrounded by hot-blooded heroes and dastardly cosplaying villains, Nina will need all her cunning if she's to make the best of a bad draw... Or her client's going to be sent to the graveyard!

Following on from Chapter II, Nina and Dylan have been looking into the events surrounding a key trial and arrest, but the volume of evidence is huge, and weeks have already passed without any leads. Still, Aquila Defense & Law is a business, and when a person calling himself "The Jack of Diamonds" comes to the door in the middle of the night, Nina and Dylan are forced to take up his case.

Something is wrong up in the mountains. Shockwaves are ringing through the world of Fledge City's illegal street racing scene: Clara Mass, longtime racer and "The Ace of Spades" has been murdered during a race, and several other racers stand accused of the crime!

The fragile truce between the street racing groups is being stretched to breaking point, and police involvement threatens to end mountain road racing once and for all! Now, Nina and Dylan must journey north of the streets of Fledge City to the snow-covered passes of The Rostro Spire, the tallest mountain in the region, to search for answers amid the high-octane sub-culture of Touge Janken Racing...

... but some truths can only be found in the heart of the drift!

  • Hybrid VN/Graphic Adventure gameplay with ~10 hours of story-driven content
  • Pacing, presentation & tone that celebrates and satirises different anime genres
  • Defend your client in court by cross-examining witnesses
  • Investigate crime scenes and search for clues
  • Explore Fledge City's Mode7-style overworld
  • Take part in "Dragon Fantasy Area", a trading-card themed battle system unique to the world of NALE
  • Engage in "Touge Janken Racing", a turn-based downhill driving minigame inspired by street racing manga & anime
  • Accessibility features, including options to reduce effects for photosensitive users, and an "always-win" option for minigames to facilitate casual play

NINA AQUILA: LEGAL EAGLE, SEASON ONE is the definitive Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle experience, including...

  • The original three chapters of NALE presented as one package for the first time
  • New illustrated character busts for Nina, Dylan, Chad, Anya & Judge Tawny bring greater emotional weight to scenes
  • Unlockable special features, including an art gallery & music test
  • An unlockable exploration mode, where you can tour the locations of Chapters 1-3
  • Revised video sequences that take advantage of new art
  • New audio elements including improved sound FX
  • Countless small improvements too numerous to list

Now, step into court as Nina Aquila, and defend your clients in a world where all anime genres exist at once!

Content Warnings

The full game of NINA AQUILA: LEGAL EAGLE, SEASON ONE contains some content that may not be considered appropriate for all ages, and in some cases may not be safe for work.

The game involves murder investigations, and although there is no graphic violence or gore, we would like to forewarn audiences who are particularly averse to themes of arson, murder and death by car-related incident that they may find its themes troubling.

There is some mild nudity, typically framed in a humorous/cute manner. Several images exist of a character in poses & outfits that some audiences may find sexy/provocative.

Further Info

Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle is a series of indie "anime courtroom drama adventure" games, made by solo developer Ethan Fox for Tanuki-sama Studios.


NALE was originally released on itchio as a webgame in late 2018, to initial success. Two additional episodic downloadable chapters were developed over the following years, bringing the total number of chapters to 3. These Chapters II and III were presented here on itch as stand-alone games.

The game's first chapter would later win a cash prize in the "Best of November 2020" category on Newgrounds.

Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle, Season One takes the three existing chapters and rolls them into one game, adding many enhancements, such as improved visuals, art & animation, improved sound & voice samples and countless more.

This Season One release effectively replaces the older games and can be considered the definitive version of Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle Chapters I-III. Additionally, this Season One release on itchio is effectively the same game as the Steam release (minus achievements).

System Requirements

  • OS: WindowsR 7/8/8.1/10 (32bit/64bit) or recent Linux distro
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or better
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 4.1 capable GPU
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 1 GB available space


Buy Now$8.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $8.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle, Season One (Full Game, Linux Version) 869 MB
Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle, Season One (Full Game, Windows Version) 813 MB 70 MB

Download demo

Linux Demo 737 MB
Windows Demo 681 MB

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