Sega's Wonder Boy series is one of its strongest 8 and 16-bit franchises, but it has been dormant for many years - a situation no doubt related to the fact that original developer Westone sadly no longer exists.

While a "spiritual successor" is in development in the form of Monster Boy - complete with input from Wonder Boy creator Ryuichi Nishizawa - it seems there's still room for some old-school action too.

Mobile firm DotEmu is teasing a possible remake of the Master System classic Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, which was also ported to the Game Gear and PC Engine / TG16.

A site has gone live with a counter which would suggest that we're going to hear some solid news sooner rather than later. Based on a tweet by the firm - which has recently rebooted Pang for mobile devices - it would appear that French studio Lizardcube is involved with development.

While DotEmu is focused on mobile, it has produced titles for console formats in the past so there's an outside chance we could see this reboot come to the 3DS or Wii U. Keep those fingers crossed.

[source pocketgamer.co.uk, via thedragonstrap.com]