Nintendo Wii VC Monday: BARF! Edition
...And we mean that in the best way possible.
By Andrew Joy 04/21/2008 07:30:10 PST

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If you’re still here, even after a title like that, you either knew what was coming or you’re some sort of masochist.  Either way, you’re my kind of people, and that makes you deserving of today’s good news.

Hopefully signaling an end to the veritable slump on the Virtual Console these past months, today’s update brings two classics to the Nintendo Wii: River City Ransom and Phantasy Star III!  Fans of beat-‘em-ups will no doubt recognize that first one as being arguably one of the greatest such titles.  Holding an almost cult status now, River City Ransom (NES) became renowned for its unmistakable humor (of which, there are at least two examples in this story alone) and somewhat untraditional mechanics.  And, speaking of unique gameplay, Phantasy Star III (SEGA Genesis) is a game that is often shunned by fans of the series for its experimental deviations, but still managed to find a following all its own.  Official descriptions for each title can be found below:

River City Ransom™ (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older-Mild Suggestive Themes and Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points): River City Ransom takes place in River City, where our heroes, Alex and Ryan, find a letter on Ryan's locker from a guy named Slick. The letter says that Ryan's girlfriend, Cyndi, has been kidnapped, and Slick has taken River City hostage with the help of countless gangs and evil bosses. It's up to our heroes to save poor Cyndi and free River City from the clutches of Slick and his underlings. You can play as Alex and take on the challenge alone or battle with two players simultaneously as Alex and Ryan. Kick and punch to fight your way through gang members, evil bosses and other goons, or use a variety of weapons including a chain whip, brass knuckles and a tire, to name a few. Raise your stats by eating right, and gain new techniques by reading books. With your fighting prowess and never-ending spirit, the bad guys won't know what hit them.

Phantasy Star™ III Generations of Doom (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): As Rhys, the crown prince of the Orakian kingdom of Landen, you are engaged to be married to Maia, a woman from a rival kingdom. But Maia is kidnapped on your wedding day, setting you on a quest filled with twists and turns that will reintroduce you to people and places from previous Phantasy Star games. This epic spans several generations of characters, and your choices will dramatically impact the way the story unfolds, which makes it a great game to play all the way through more than once. In Phantasy Star III, things aren't always what they seem-check it out and watch the mysteries unfold.

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