Even after all these years, SEGA's still committed to supporting the Virtual Console, and its European arm has just announced two new titles coming to the service.
Alongside the already-revealed Monster World IV for Genesis/Mega Drive comes Virtual Console Arcade title Wonder Boy in Monster Land, set to become the sixth VCA game from SEGA. We already have Wonder Boy in Monster Land for Master System, but the arcade original is considerably better.
The company also confirmed Monster World IV would be fully localised for its first appearance outside of Japan, which is good news all around. No release dates for either game were given, only stating late 2011 or early 2012. It could be a long wait.
I know nothing about either of these... so... yay?
I had a feeling we would see a Wonder Boy arcade game eventually lol.
Does Localised mean they are going to translate Monster World IV?
@Link79 Every word!
Maybe this'll start up Sega's regular VC releases again. I was always sad that we never got Castlevania Bloodlines or Contra Hard Corps, when it appeared Sega wasn't releasing VC titles anymore.
Awesome - now get to work on translating Shining Force 3 parts 2 and 3 for us please.
Cool! Looking forward to MW IV! I've loved the series ever since discovering them on VC. Now Sega, how about giving us Bloodlines and Contra Hard Corps?
Maybe I'm missing something, but wouldn't Contra and Castlevania be down to Konami, not Sega?
Oh yeah Duh What am I saying? I mean Konami needs to give them to us.
This is fantastic news! And it's fully localized, too! If anybody wants more fully localized games on the VC, BUY MONSTER WORLD IV when it comes out. Seriously, there's actually quite a bit of text in this game, so they really put some effort into this, which we NEVER see on the VC.
I guess this kinda proves that Nintendo is not against translating import games, it's just the developers don't want to put the effort into it. This is very cool on Sega's part.
It also says in the article that Super Hang-On is confirmed for Western release.
I find it somewhat disappointing that "DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure" has no translation. This is one of my favourite games even in its Japanese-only form.
Fortunately, they have done the work for Monster World 4. (Or copied it from an already existing ROM-patch?) In any case, MW4 is one of my most anticipated VC games.
A Virtual Console game that is getting translated? SHOCK! HORROR!
Looking forward to this one.
Been awhile since the MD or SMS got any new games. Surly it's time you opened a fresh barrel Sega?
Dang, Nintendo will let Sega get away with just about anything! The first (and to date, ONLY) sale on VC games...a VC game with online multiplayer...and now a FULLY TRANSLATED import title? Well, I'ma have to give that download for sure. No idea if the game will be any good (my history with the Wonder Boy/other versions entity is a mixed bag), but it's worth it just to support translation.
Super Hang-On also makes use of tilting the Wii Remote if I'm not mistaken. Sega's trying all sorts of things on VC.
Oh, c'mon SEGA, where is "Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder"?
I'm still waiting!
They're adventure games. Think of a Zelda 2 that doesn't suck hard. And you might as well get them both, a long with the rest of the series. It just gets better as you go, with Monster World IV being the best of them.
Thanks for continuing the tradition of complaining when we already recieved good news.
I have never heard of this, so it will all new to me.
it would be awesome if Konami would give us Bloodlines or Hard Corps...or get Hudson to translate Far East of Eden
Gee I was kind of hoping for a bigger announcement, like Sega releasing all their early titles on VCA...
I would love to see After burner on VC
wasnt that excited for vc titles in months. two new wonder boy games!! cool. this is one of SEGAs best series and finally we get the last one MONSTER WORLD IV TRANSLATED!! and an ARCADE WONDER BOY title. sweet man!
How about some Sega titles NOT related to Monster World or Wonder Boy? Fatal Labrynith ... ESWAT ... Mystic Defender ...
They actually confirmed a translation?
Can't wait for Monster World! Day one purchase.
@DrDaisy Straight from the source's mouth:
Gotta say, this is great. Not only do we get a Monster Land title that doesn't suck, Monster World IV will also be great.
Maybe I need to get into retro gaming again.
I'm adding my voice to the chorus of "instant buy" for Monster World IV. I don't even know if the game is any good or not (I'm assuming it is), but the fact that they're going through the effort of localizing it just warms the cockles of my retro heart! (Incidentally, I think this will be the first VC game to be localized; Sin & Punishment was supposedly based on a beta English translation).
@Omega I was also really disappointed that they didn't bother to translate DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure. It would have taken them, what, a day?
I always thought any Genesis game on Virtual Console was published by Sega, even if they were made by a different developer. Either way I still really want those games on VC.
Sega still does what nintendon't! Hooray for VC translations!
@Rapadash6 Nope, most of the stuff on VC is published by SEGA admittedly, but there are a few other names in our list of Genesis Virtual Console games — Interplay, Sunsoft etc.
Good news to hear an announcement...but now I just want it released next week.
I see that the cards of VC is still ever growing. lol.
Can't wait for the localised Monster World IV release! I've played all the other Monster World (Wonder Boy) games and MW2 (WB3) and MW3 (WB5) are two of my favourites games ever.
Not really interested in the Wonder Boy in Monster Land arcade version though because I've already got the SMS version.
Whatever happened to this?
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