US VC Releases - 18th February - Ninja Gaiden III

There’s a bit of a surprise this week for North American Virtual Console fans - seemingly out of nowhere comes Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden III.

We’ve already had the first two Ninja Gaiden NES titles and this release completes the trilogy, but sadly it also turns out to be the weakest of the three in terms of gameplay. This game is so frustrating it should really come with a health warning – or at least a voucher for a replacement Wiimote, because it’s almost inevitable that you will smash your controller into a thousand pieces if you decide to give this game the time of day.

The other pick is the excellent Phantasy Star II for the Genesis/Megadrive. A fine example of a traditional JRPG, this sci-fi epic packs in around 40 hours of gameplay and therefore represents an ideal purchase if you have nothing better to do with your life than sit around in your underwear all day long.

So there you have it – two games instead of the usual one. Hurrah!

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom - NES - 500 Wii Points

Phantasy Star II - Mega Drive / Genesis - 800 Wii Points

PLEASE NOTE: These games will not be available to download from the North American Wii Shop Channel until 9 a.m. Pacific time on Monday 18th Feb

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