There’s a good chance, even if you grew up like I did on the NES and Sega platforms, that you’ve never heard of Wonder Boy or Monster World. This was a huge series of games developed by Westone in Japan, and the Japanese gaming world got a ton of entries in the franchise. We had a few, and the most popular among them was likely the odd Adventure Island offshoot that we saw on the NES.
One game that stands in cult classic status is Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap. This game hit the Sega Genesis in 1989, the TurboGrafx-16 in 1991, the Game Gear in 1992, the Wii Virtual Console in 2007 and even mobile devices in 2009 and again in 2011. Those later, mobile ones were Japanese only releases, though.
This game in particular is often compared to the likes of Zelda, Castlevania and Metroid. It’s regarded as one of the best Sega titles ever made. That’s right, and there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it.
Well, indie developer Lizardcube and publisher Dot Emu have gotten together with original series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa (working in a consultation role) to remake this entry in the Wonder Boy line. They’re dropping the numerical from the title, and they’re simply calling it Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. It’s being made for PC and consoles, though they haven’t clarified which, and you can check out its screenshots, art and trailer in this post.
This could be awesome, friends. We’ll keep an eye on it for sure.