Phantasy Star is coming to the Nintendo Wii — but in a much more predictable, benign way than you think: via the Wii Virtual Console.
Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom, originally on the Sega Genesis, will hit the Wii Virtual Console today alongside River City Ransom, which originally appeared on the NES.
Both games will be available at 9am PST from the Wii Shop Channel.
Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom (800 Wii Points) features Rhys, the crown prince of the Orakian kingdom of Landen, who is engaged to be married to Maia, a woman from a rival kingdom. But Maia is kidnapped on their wedding day, setting players on a quest filled with twists and turns that will reintroduce them to people and places from previous Phantasy Star games. This game spans several generations of characters, and players’ choices will dramatically impact the way the story unfolds.
River City Ransom (500 Wii Points) is classic NES-era kitchs. The 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. Players can play as Alex and take on the challenge alone, or battle with two players simultaneously as Alex and Ryan. Players will kick and punch their way through gang members, evil bosses and other goons and can use a variety of weapons including a chain whip, brass knuckles and a tire.