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EU VC Update: Secret of Mana and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Master System)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Today's update was already revealed a few days ago - No additional games have been added to the two games that were announced, but does it really matter when one of them is Secret of Mana?

Secret of Mana is probably Square's most well-known SNES game aside from the Final Fantasies and Chrono Trigger. Unlike those two, it's an action RPG - There's no turn based battles, meaning you can attack and dodge at will. It's a long game, with tons to see and do - If you haven't played it before you're really missing out! Another unique thing about the game is the fact that you can okay with up to three people - Very strange for an RPG.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Master System is not at all like the Mega Drive version - It has completely different levels, a new plot, new music and more. It's not as good as its big brother, but it's still quite a decent game.

And there we have it, the last Wii Shop update for Europe this year! Sadly there's still no Mario Golf for the N64, but maybe it'll show up in two weeks?

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Shiryu said:

Merry Xmas, everyone. Ill go spend the rest of mine leveling up my mana hero! v _



Andyman64 said:

Can stop complaining now, I guess...wait a minute when does Earthbound come out?



Kawaiipikachu said:

Well i most probably ignore Sonic 2 as i didn't like the Master System version of Sonic 1 much just that im wondering wether Tails is just as cute there as he is in the Megadrive version .



Princescyther said:

I still have an original copy of SOM on the SNES so this wasnt tht exciting for me but for those who dont already own it and say BUY BUY BUY!



Andyman64 said:

@big a2. not in pal anyways.
I lent my real copy to a friend many years ago and never got it back, so this is a welcome replay for me.
Hey, does anyone else think the suits or armour (on the stands) look like little's like an optical puzzle, depends how you look at it...maybe I'm just Australian!



Virus said:

Huge surprise for you guys, right? Heh, well, I can at least say Secret of Mana is a good gift. I'm not that far in it, but I'm definitely not regreting my purchase.



Terra said:

No surprises then. Still, like was said, Secret of Mana is still a brilliant game. Sonic 2 i have no interest in, already owing that version (and the main version) through compilations and Adventure DX.

Merry Christmas to everyone. I'm curious, as we are all seemingly major gamers as to what games people received, just out of interest. Me, my brother and sister got

A: Dragon Quest Swords (Mine)
B: NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (My Brother's)
C: Soulcalibur IV (Brother's)
D: High School Musical 3 Sing-Along (Definitely my Sister's. Oh well, i can use the microphone on the computer)

I was planning to get some Wii Points to go with Samba De Amigo out of some money i was gifted, half for 2 sets of tracks and the other half for something on here. Maybe i should go for Niki, or an Art Style game or just leave some hanging to get SOM. It's going to be a busy time for gamers in my house. Even after all that, my Brother's buying Sonic Unleashed and the Sonic Advance trilogy.



AngelBlack187 said:

most recent games i got are world of goo, tetris party, mario strikers (but suck at it so returning tmz) (really have been trying) oh animal crossing city folk and love it
.....not gonna mention the ps3/360 ones though thats all shoot shoot shoot stuff



Tragickingdom said:

Merry christmas you guys, glad you guys finally got SOM. I just wish that bubsy bobcat would come out. Loved that game "what could possibly go wrong?"



YChung said:

should I buy Secret of Mana? No doubt everyone will say yes. Is there anyone who don't think it's all that? I remember I tried it a while back but didn't give it much time, but I wasn't really impressed with it.



CanisWolfred said:


I wasn't all that impressed with it. I didn't really get into the story, and I found the battle system to be fairly cumbersome. I still had some fun, and I still go back to it every once in a while, but still, I lose interest in it rather quickly.



Nathan said:

Good, that (SoM) will most probably be the last game worth purchasing on the VC for at least a couple of months I suspect...



Clayfrd said:

Sad face... I want a US VC update. Oh well, I got a 360 and Banjo-Kazooie, so that almost counts!



Kaeobais said:

Good christmas this year! Got's me Super Paper Mario, 115 dollars, Wii Points card (already bought Super Metroid, planning on buying Gunstar Heroes), 11 DVDs, another wiimote and lots more! I FU**ING LOVE CHRSITMAS!!!!!!!! ahem, sorry.

Anyways, it's an alright update ... Christmas rules ....



Twilight_Crow said:

It's great that EU finally got SoM.
Well, this Christmas I only got Sonic Unleashed and 1000 wiipoints, which I'm planning to save for next monday.crosses fingers willing to give Nintendo one last chance for a Christmas update



Bass_X0 said:

I have to wait just a little while longer until I am able to download it. *sighs*



Bass_X0 said:

Okay got it now and just got to the first boss. Kinda tired though so I am not playing it for long right now. Just knowing I have it is fine. I'll be playing it a lot.



The_Fox said:

Just noticed Smash Bros is hitting Japan in January. Wonder how long before it comes to America or Europe, then?



Starwolf_UK said:

Just noticed Smash Bros is hitting Japan in January. Wonder how long before it comes to America or Europe, then?
You can cross off Europe seeing as we don't have the last N64 game, Mario Golf (seriously, whats taking so long, surley they have not forgotten).



Manicfatty said:

I'm happy for you guys (and gals)! Merry XMAS (happy boxing day, etc, etc)! Not a creature was stirring, well... maybe their thumbs! Have fun!



i8cookie said:

yessssssssssssss, feckin love SoM, dl now... never properly finished it originally, so now's my chance!

@Marcel Van Duyn - did you write this article with a number keypad? I noticed you typed 'okay' (6529) instead of 'play' (7529)...



slangman said:

OMG OMG OMG. Secret Of Mana. But why did it take this long to arrive here? Ah well i downloaded anyway and i love it.



Manicfatty said:

@ slangman - in the eyes of Nintendo, ours is not to question why... ours is but to shop and buy!*

*with thanks to Tennyson!



AngelBlack187 said:

question ? should i keep mario strikers charged ( finding the game difficult) or change it for wario land shake it ? please help



Bass_X0 said:

I'd change it. I haven't played Strikers Charged but I don't particularly want to. Wario is fun but it does get kinda difficult in the later levels and the secret levels.



AngelBlack187 said:

hey cheers. i think strikers charged is a good game , but i think its me personally that doesnt seem to get on with it. yer ill hunt down wario tmz. from what ive seen and heard it all looks good stuff. cheers...mana difficult 2 i reckon.



Manicfatty said:

@ AngelBlack187 - Strikers is alright, but it's better as a party game as the 'AI' (such that it is) is obnoxious and makes the single-player affair a bit more tedious than needed. I say shake that fat Wario @zz. That's a game I can really get... BEHIND! HHAHAHAAHAAHAHAHAHAhahaha...ha...heh... you see what I did there... with the...cause his butt is... oooooboooooy. Oh well. Just make the trade!



TBoneTony said:


Secret of Mana,

one of the games I have been wanting so much.

Now all I need is Chrono Trigger, but I may as well get a Nintendo DS and wait till February for it to come out to my country.



Chunky_Droid said:

Well, one more VC game for America, AGAIN. Checks Nintendo Press site.... well at least it's Zoda's Revenge!



shadows262 said:

Charged isnt really difficult.
But if i would have to choose between Charged and Wario Land Shake It I`d go with Wario Land!
At first its really easy but once you get farther into it, it has its moments. Especially when you try to get everything in every level.
Animal Crossing City Folk and Call of Duty WaW are still out there along with Sonic Unleashed.



Kaeobais said:

@Angelblack187: If you found Strikers difficult, you're not gonna want Secret of Mana, if you don't Mana Overload (hit repeatedly with maagic until you accumilate 999 dmg and repeat.) it is an incredibly difficult RPG. But no doubt one of the best RPGs in the world.



AngelBlack187 said:

hey, im actually sticking with strikers charged now. got the hang of it now ( but not that great at it ). will track down wario land in the sales if i can. mana is a tough one but enjoying it alot. got awesome music. thanks all and happy new year.....animal crossing city folks the one thats taking up all my time though



Betagam7 said:

I got Mario Strikers Charged free by hastling BT for a broadband offer I didn't technically qualify for, hahaha, persistance pays off.



Mixer152 said:

damn I need to buy some Wii points, theres alot of good games finally coming out that I've wanted!

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