We recently reported on the news that the classic Master System title Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap is getting a HD makeover thanks to publisher DotEmu and French developer Lizardcube.

Screenshots and a trailer have just gone live, showcasing the new HD graphics and epic soundtrack - both of which retain the same feel of the legendary 8-bit original. The game appears to a straight remake with better visuals and sound - fans will recognise some of the locations in the screens below.

No release date has been set, but the game is confirmed for PC and "consoles".

Here's the press release:


A good curse makes a good game (or so they say)! turned into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, a lonesome adventurer is facing the challenge of a lifetime! In search for a cure, our mutated anti-hero will explore the many traps of Monster Land... and defeat many stuff-throwing, curse-wielding dragons. How many more transformations can one hopeful body survive, as it turns into a Lizard, a Mouse, a Piranha, a Lion, and a Hawk... The six different forms of our shape-shifting hero make up the cast of this non-stop action-adventure platformer!


- A huge interconnected world!
- 6 playable forms for our shape-shifting hero, with different abilities!
- Dragons of all kinds! A Zombie Dragon! A Mummy Dragon! A Samurai Dragon!
- An eye-patch wearing shop-keeper pig who may or may not provide a sense of warmth and direction!
- Beautiful, hand-drawn animated graphics!
- A memorable soundtrack, based on Shinichi Sakamoto's originals, re-imagined and recorded with classical instruments!
- ...and more to be announced!

History - A cult classic

We took on making a modern version of the 1989 Master System / PC Engine cult classic created by Westone (Ryuichi Nishizawa, Takanori Kurihara, Hiromi Kurihara and Shinichi Sakamoto). With the help of Ryuichi Nishizawa (Westone), Shinji Fujiwara (LAT), and a relentless commitment of DotEmu to untangle a bunch of documents covered in pixellated dustwebs, we have licensed the IP to create this new version (a first since 1994).

Imagine if Zelda, Metroid and Mario had a love child.

[source thedragonstrap.com]