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PLATFORM:
Wii Shop Channel
PUBLISHER:
Sega
DEVELOPER:
Sega
GENRE: RPG
PLAYERS:   1
RELEASE DATE:
April 21, 2008
ESRB RATING:
Everyone
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River City Ransom
 Written by John Scalzo  on April 21, 2008

News: Beat those punks.



It's Monday, so that means Nintendo has added another batch of titles to the Wii Virtual Console. Today's pair of games includes River City Ransom, a beat 'em up RPG from the NES days that still has a cult following today and Phantasy Star III, one of the defining RPGs for the Genesis.

If either of these titles are new to you, here's a breakdown from Nintendo.

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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