The rather good River City Ransom!

What better way to herald in the series of weekly NES beat ‘em ups than to begin with the mighty River City Ransom? Our North American readers were green with envy when Europe got this in their Wii Shop (entitled Street Gangs) a whole 2 months ago. Finally universal balance is restored and now everyone can enjoy this excellent super-deformed beat ‘em up. It is quite unique because of the RPG elements in the gameplay. At just 500 Wii points this comes highly recommended.

Phantasy Star III is the other game up for grabs this week. Unfortunately for those of you who liked the second game, it's not quite as good. The game just feels rather bland compared to its famous predecessor, which disappointed fans many years ago and no doubt will do so again this time. If you're a die-hard Phantasy Star fan you might find the game worth picking up, otherwise you'll most likely find it to be rather mediocre.

Note: These games will not be available in the North American Wii Shop Channel until 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mon 21st April.