(MD / Mega Drive)

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (MD / Mega Drive)

Game Profile

The once quiet town of Xenobia is under attack by fierce, gruesome monsters and no one can stop them! As the heroic Leo, it is up to you to save Xenobia and the world from danger!

Navigate your way through several rounds in a race against time to rach your goal! Battle foes with your sword and jumping abilities! Look out for power-ups that will incrase your healh and add to the amount of time you have left to complete each mission. Play alone or with a friend, who will take on the role of Priscilla.

Do you have what it takes to save Xenobia and the world?

Game Review


USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

The once quiet town of Xenobia is under attack by fierce, gruesome monsters and no one can stop them!

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair might seem incredibly familiar to Virtual Console addicts because the game has technically already been released on Nintendo’s download service – in the guise of Monster Lair on the TG-16!The complexities of the deal...

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User Comments (25)



HeikeKagero said:

Isn't this the same as the Turbo CD version?

Why pay 900 points for an inferior version?



Drake said:

Monster World IV has been available in Japan for about a year



CrazyOtto said:

Worst port ever, I'm glad this wasn't released in the US on cartridge, and I hope it doesn't get released on the US VC.



Skrubber said:

Hey, this is NOT "virtually identical". In the Mega Drive version there is fewer levels and the options to choose difficulty level, amount of lives and amount of continues, which in my opinion makes this a better game. It also has a bit diffrent graphics.

Compared to other games in its price tag i can't really say its worth its price. However, if you are a big Wonder Boy fan, as me, you should definitely give this a shot. It's especially fun in co-oop.



CanisWolfred said:

Looks pretty good, and I'll probably go with this version just because it takes up less space.



KeeperBvK said:

@ Clinker: What are you talking about? I used to have the Japanese version as a kid and I sure liked it. There's nothing outstandingly bad about this game.



buzz_clik said:

Not good, not terrible. This game is decidedly meh. The only faint praise I can muster is that when I first got the cart (lumped in as part of an ebay lot, unsurprisingly), my lass enjoyed playing it with me co-op.



Corbs said:

Decent shooter with a nice Wonderboy theme to go along with it. I have the PC Engine CD version and I still do play it from time to time. I also have Clu Clu Land for my NES but it rarely sees the light of day anymore.

I'd love to see them officially translate Monster World IV for the VC, but that's not likely to happen.



MrLopez said:

I don't get it how can sega just remake an entire game with some other characters??? Isn't that like stealing??



Adamant said:

No more stealing than how, say Sega again, can release a port/remake of Mercs, a Capcom arcade game. They obviously got the license.

It's a bit complicated in this case, actually. See, the Wonder Boy series is developed by Westone, but Sega owns the license to the Wonder Boy name. The original arcade version of this game, bearing the same name, was thus published by Sega. Since Westone owns the game, but Sega owns the license, Westone could make Hudson port the game to the Turbografx, but they were required to drop the license, and redesign the characters.
Later, as you see here, Sega made their own port for the Mega Drive, and since they own the Wonder Boy license, it could be retained for that port.

But yeah, all the Wonder Boy games were originally released with the Wonder Boy license, which had to be changed when Hudson ported them to non-Sega consoles.




This is not a port! it was made for two systems and later released for the genesis cd,and honestly i like the turbo better but there are fans of both consoles as like today...so dont judge what version is better,i like diff things about each one,like the music is great in the turbo version but the play control is way better in the sega version.



odd69 said:

i love the wonderboy series. wonderboy 6: monster world 4, is the best. i didnt like this one at all though.



astarisborn94 said:

So they decided to release this pile of **** on my birthday (April 20)? NOA! WHY DID YOU RUIN MY BIRTHDAY? Get the AVGN to review this game immediately!

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