SNES role-playing classic Secret of Mana adorns the US Virtual Console this week. We don't usually bother to write about what's up there, but this a special occasion.

Secret of Mana, a Square JRPG from before the Enix merger, adopts a real-time combat system and top-down view, a bit like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Better still, the game boasts local co-operative play for up to three people.

There's a radial menu system present for spells and swapping weapons, which can be upgraded at blacksmiths, and you even get a dragon to fly around the world map later in the game. It's brilliant. The music's great too. And it's only 800 Wii Points (approx GBP 6 / EUR 8).

The US is also treated to World of Goo this week, the WiiWare version of the PC game we slapped 9/10 on rather recently. World of Goo costs rather more at 1500 Wii Points (approx GBP 11 / EUR 15).

Fingers crossed that these appear here on Friday, then.

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