Phantasy Star IV Comes Home For The Holidays

By Spencer . December 22, 2008 . 5:45am

phsivSince WiiWare made its debut Nintendo has been slowing down with their Virtual Console releases. They still have some gems to release like Phantasy Star IV which is this week’s lonely Virtual Console game. Explore the galaxy with Chaz in a time before Phantasy Star was synonymous with multi-player online RPG for 800 Wii Points ($8).


And in preparation for this week’s holiday homecomings Nintendo has a selection of two casual WiiWare games. Shin’en, the company that made the Nanostray games, brings us Fun! Fun! Minigolf which is motion controlled minigolf with 27 holes for 900 Wii Points. RealArcade didn’t do a bad job with Boingz so Tiki Towers and its jungle bridge building might be decent. In Tiki Towers players string together bamboo poles, vines, and coconuts to create towers while jungle animals try to destroy them. Tiki Towers costs 500 Wii Points ($5).


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  • lostinblue

    oh, Sega, when will you do a new, numbered Phantasy Star? (not online!)


  • arollo

    You should be able to find The Sega Genesis Collection for PS2 used for 10$, and then you’d get a bunch of Phantasy Star, along with a bunch of other great stuff.

  • jarrod


    Yeah, and you can then enjoy PSIV in gloriously fuzzy and buggy Backbone emulation. If you want PSIV on PS2, the best bet is importing M2’s stunning Sega Ages collection (which even has the english versions). $8 for the game via WiiWare, perfectly emulated and respectfully retaining it’s original resolution, is hardly a bad deal either imo.

    When it comes to Sega reissues just remember: Backbone no, M2 yes.

  • Nick Doerr

    Still one of the best games of all time. Everyone deserves to play this game.

  • Yoneda

    Definitely go for the Sega Ages Phantasy Star Collection! The Sega Genesis Collection is obviously lacking the first game and, more importantly, the extra options allowing you to adjust walking speed and difficulty for the later three entries. You’d also miss the Japanese versions, the text adventures and lots of artwork from American and Japanese releases. The option to play the first game with FM sound (sadly limited to the Japanese version, just like back in the days) is worth a try, too.

    Honestly, it’s a mystery to me why anyone with a PS2 would buy the VC-Version. Does it at least support progressive display like the PS2 versions do?

  • librarian

    /me is still waiting for Phantasy Star V *sniff*

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