Will wonders never cease?
The history of Wonder Boy could hardly be more convoluted. It began as a platformer in Japanese arcades in 1986, moved to consoles, became an RPG, co-existed with identical but differently-named games from alternative publishers, and spawned sequels in a mystifying numbering sequence. All of which meant that when it was...
Boy is back
After a remixed version of Wonder Boy Returns was confirmed by the Korean Game Ratings and Administration Committee in March for the Nintendo Switch, a listing on the Japanese eShop has now confirmed the game will be arriving later this month on 23rd May for ¥1,620. As previously noted, this is a remake of the original game with...
According to the Korean ratings board, at least
After years of inactivity, the Wonder Boy franchise is enjoying something of a resurgence thanks to the release of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap and Monster Boy, the latter being a kind of spiritual sequel. However, it's not the only Wonder Boy-themed release we've seen in recent years; the PC and...
Plus some other fixes, too
The superb Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap has just received an update which enables in-game video capture. A remake of the equally brilliant Sega Master System original, Wonder Boy has also benefited from some other minor fixes as well, which are detailed below. With so many amazing games arriving on Switch this year...
Thanks to Nicalis
We absolutely adored Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap when it landed on the Switch eShop earlier this year; Lizardcube's retro remake took the Sega Master System classic and improved on it in every way possible. Of course retro gamers love nothing more than collecting boxes and game cards, so having this game as a download only...
89 tracks spanning more than two hours
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is one of our favourite Switch eShop titles, and with good reason - it takes the incredible Master System original and gives it a HD lick of paint. Another reason to adore the game is Michael Geyre's amazing arranged soundtrack, which uses Shinichi Sakamoto’s original tunes...
A charmed life
If you want to get the best gear possible in Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, you'll need to collect charm stones. There's a stone for each of Wonder Boy's cursed forms, and when you get them all you'll be able to purchase the best sword in the game. Without further ado, let's get to it. Lizard-Man Lizard-Man is the form...
Get a life
Lizardcube's loving recreation of Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap set a new standard for retro remakes when it came out. Games from the '80s weren't really the best at directing the player, however, and that rings true for this faithful production of Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap on Nintendo Switch. Fortunately we're here to help you...
"Switch and PS4 have the best chances... because of a less risky business"
The other day we dropped a bit of a clanger by reporting that Lizardcube had solid plans for a physical Switch release of its excellent HD remaster Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap - as it turned out, the developer would love to do it, but has made little progress in sorting out...
UPDATE: "Switch we still have near-zero progress as of today"
UPDATE: Lizardcube's Omar Cornut has responded to this story: Err... we wrote we are trying to figure it out.. we have no concrete leads yes, hardly a "plan". Would probable take months if it happens. What we meant in that interview was mainly that PS4 is easier to figure out because...
"We didn't really envision the reception to be that positive"
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap was an excellent recent addition to the Switch eShop, bringing a forgotten classic to new audiences with a shiny, new coat of paint. It was a passion project headed by a small team, and Siliconera recently got a chance to sit down with Omar Cornut—the...
One of the most impressive things about Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is that it contains the 8-bit original as well as a neatly-remastered update with HD visuals and fantastic audio. In fact, the team at Lizardcube were so committed to achieving an authentic result that they carried over the password system used in the 8-bit original,...
In the money
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap may have RPG-like features such as pick-ups, shops and gear to collect, but it doesn't allow you to level up like a typical role-playing adventure - instead, the player is expected to use coins to purchase more powerful weapons and stronger armour in order to deal with tougher enemies and boss characters...
Return to Monster Land
The Sega Master System may have lost out to the NES in terms of pure commercial success and depth of software, but it nevertheless had its fair share of amazing games - and 1989's Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap must surely rank at the top of the list. A massively influential and innovative title, it combined platform action...
See you on April 18th!
We've been extensively covering the likes of Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap over the past few weeks, and it won't be long now until the game is live on the eShop. The charming platformer will be a reimagining of the Master System classic, featuring an eye catching new hand-drawn art style, while also paying homage to the origi
Gender equality and all that
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is out next month and we can't wait to get our hands on it here at Nintendo Life, and the news that our plucky hero is being joined by Wonder Girl makes the wait even harder. Lizardcube art director Ben Fiquet revealed the news regarding this fresh playable character via the PlayStation...
"The game is full of subtleties and secrets"
For anyone who grew up playing the Sega Master System it is likely that Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap will bring back fond memories. This was a Metroidvania-style title before the term was even coined; its superb combination of action platforming, puzzle-solving and exploration held its own against...
A small wonder
We've been looking forward to Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap ever since it was first announced. Based on the classic 1989 Sega Master System game Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, this remake features all-new hand-drawn visuals, a re-orchestrated soundtrack, and the ability to switch in real-time between the original retro graphics...
Your old passwords will work, too!
Lizardcube and DotEmu have revealed that it will be possible to toggle between the original 8-bit version of Wonder Boy: Dragon's Trap and the new HD remake at the push of a button. That's not all; it will be possible to play the HD version with the original Master System music and sound effects, and vice versa...
"The game plays fantastic on the Nintendo Switch!"
DotEmu has confirmed that Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2017. A remake of the Master System classic, The Dragon's Trap boasts lush HD visuals and a revised soundtrack. It's not yet known if this fresh announcement impacts the proposed Wii U eShop version of the...
"It would be a good idea to add more doors in the remake!"
In July BitSummit 4th took place in Japan, and Lizardcube's Omar Cornut and Ben Fiquet were in attendance showing off Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, a HD remake of the Master System classic. During the show the team recorded a development diary which not only shows off the public reaction...
Wonder Boy Returns (again)
After years of waiting, Wonder Boy fans are getting two new titles to sink their teeth into. Brand-new outing Monster Boy is being developed by The Game Atelier, while HD reboot Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is the work of Lizardcube. Both titles have input from
According to its BitSummit 2016 listing, anyway
DotEmu and Lizardcube recently lifted the lid on a HD remake of Sega and Westone's excellent Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap. At the time of the reveal it was confirmed for consoles and PC, and neither publisher nor developer would commit to the title coming to a Nintendo platform. However, according to...
Wonderboy, won't you take me far away from the mucky-muck man?
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...
DotEmu puts teaser site live
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 inp
"Only the sound data is missing"
Wonder Boy studio Westone is sadly no more, but that doesn't mean that the company's legacy is doomed to be forgotten. In a recent interview with video game journalist John Szczepaniak for his book The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers Volume 2, Westone founder Ryuichi Nishizawa revealed that the source...
Made in collaboration with series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa
Sega's Wonder Boy series - produced with the now defunct Westone - is one of those classic 8 and 16-bit franchises which tragically never made the transition to 3D, and as a result has faded into memory in recent times. However, things are looking up for fans. While we're not exactly...
"The movements just didn't feel right"
Super Mario Bros. is one of the most influential video games of all time, and has gone on to inspire countless titles over the years. While the vast majority of these subsequent games have tried to capture the magic which made Shigeru Miyamoto's NES classic so popular, Westone Bit founder Ryuichi Nishizawa has...
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