VC releases for the week of 4/21/08

Thank you Nintendo! Thank you for making this the best weekend ever. Not only did I get to go hands on with all sorts of awesome games this weekend at the NYCC but, what do I have to come home to? River City mother f-ing* Ransom (NES, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older-Mild Suggestive Themes and Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points). Plus the second game, Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points), ain’t too bad either. It’s a good day for classic gaming, I tell you, a good day indeed.

If you’ve never played River City Ransom then you are a sinner and God will dole out his punishment later so my advice is that you download it now. Not only is the game one of the best beat em’ ups ever (this is not a superlative, but a fact) it also features some surprisingly deep RPG elements that make it an absolute must play for anyone trying to avoid eternal damnation in hell for not playing games they really should. Not only will you avoid burning alive for all eternity but you’ll also get to enjoy the roots of a long dead gaming art style which will finally be revived in Super Dodgeball DS when that is released later this year. Know your roots!

Phantasy Star III is another Phantasy Star game and as such is deep and long but probably the weakest of the series. These games kind of bleed together in my head but I believe Phantasy Star III stood out to me because of the whole generational plot line and the fact that you chose who you wanted to marry at some point. Which, looking back at it, is a pretty interesting plot device since most RPG heroes are loners who barely even get to kiss the girl by the end of the game, let alone marry her. Plus, whomever you married affected the rest of the game’s plot which is really interesting since neither spouse was particularly the wrong choice. It’s been a while though so this could also be an entirely different game…maybe I should go to Wikipedia.

I was right. I am also right about these games going live at 9 p.m. Pacific time.

*mother f-ing not part of official title