Wonder Boy Collection Is Coming To Switch This Year

Update #2 [Thu 3rd Mar, 2022 15:45 GMT]: Strictly Limited Games has confirmed that it is releasing an exclusive version of Wonder Boy Collection which will benefit from more titles than the standard edition.

Here are the games included in this exclusive edition:

Original Title

Version

Console Port

Wonder Boy

International/Western

Arcade (SYSTEM 1)

Wonder Boy

JP

SG-1000

Super Wonder Boy

JP

Master System / Sega MARK III

Wonder Boy

International/Western

Master System / Sega MARK III

Revenge of Drancon (Wonder Boy)

International/Western

Game Gear

Wonder Boy

JP

Game Gear

Wonder Boy in Monster Land

International/Western

Arcade (SYSTEM 2)

Wonder Boy in Monster Land

International/Western

Master System

Wonder Boy in Monster Land

JP

Arcade (SYSTEM 2)

Super Wonder Boy: Monster World

JP

Master System / Sega MARK III

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

International/Western

Game Gear

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap

International/Western

Master System

Monster World II (Dragon’s Trap)

JP

Master System / Sega MARK III

Monster World II: The Dragon’s Trap

JP

Game Gear

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

International/Western

Arcade (SYSTEM 16)

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

International/Western

Mega Drive / Genesis

Wonder Boy in Monster World

International/Western

Master System / Sega MARK III

Wonder Boy in Monster World

International/Western

Mega Drive / Genesis

Wonder Boy V: Monster World III

JP

Mega Drive

Monster World IV

International/Western

Mega Drive / Genesis

Monster World IV

JP

Mega Drive

According to Strictly Limited, “this extensive collection of Wonder Boy titles as a boxed version will only be available at Strictly Limited Games! This is a worldwide exclusive boxed release – there will not be any other physical release of equal completeness. Strictly Limited Games’ Japanese partner Bliss Brain will provide a digital version of this amazing collection – more on this will be announced at a later date.”

Furthermore, “a possible upgrade solution for the Retail Edition with additional games of the Wonder Boy series is currently in evaluation. More info will be announced at a later date!”


Update #1 [Tue 22nd Feb, 2022 15:50 GMT]: We now have a story trailer and official confirmation of the game. It has also been confirmed that Strictly Limited Games will offer “awesome exclusive items included in the Collector’s Editions of the Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection”.

It has also been confirmed that Japanese company Bliss Brain is involved with this project.


Original Story [Mon 21st Feb, 2022 15:30 GMT]: A Wonder Boy compilation is coming to Switch, according to a new ESRB rating.

The package will feature four titles: Wonder Boy (arcade), Wonder Boy in Monster Land (arcade), Wonder in Monster World (Mega Drive / Genesis), and Monster World IV (Mega Drive / Genesis). These appear to be straight emulations of the originals, but creature comforts such as screen filters and the ability to rewind the action will also be included. An art gallery will also be part of the collection.

Original Title

Console Port

Wonder Boy

Arcade (SYSTEM 1)

Wonder Boy in Monster Land

Arcade (SYSTEM 2)

Wonder Boy in Monster World

Mega Drive / Genesis

Monster World IV

Mega Drive / Genesis

While there’s not been an official announcement for Wonder Boy Collection yet, the Amazon UK listing has the following information:

Bringing together four of the very best Wonder Boy games – from the original 1986 arcade version to 1994’s Monster World IV – this remarkable collection gives you a chance to experience one of the most influential series from gaming’s past.

Through the 1980s and 1990s the Wonder Boy games built up a huge following with their dazzling blend of energetic platforming and action-RPG gameplay. Unlike other titans from the platform genre, however, the Wonder Boy games have seen very limited release in the West on modern gaming hardware. Until now!

The Wonder Boy games are designed to be simple to pick-up and play for gamers of every ability – but contain enough depth and challenge to keep even the most skilled players busy. And now they’re updated with modern features such as the ability to rewind your game at any moment.

So whether you’re looking to try this iconic gaming series for the first time, revisit a youth spent playing Wonder Boy, or add a refreshingly distinct platformer to your collection, Wonder Boy Collection is the perfect package for you!

– Four classic games from SEGA’s influential platforming series
– Features Wonder Boy, Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Wonder in Monster World and Monster World IV
– Precisely ported to modern consoles, with extended features like filter, shader, rewind option and art gallery!
– A fantastic blend of platforming and RPG action
– Get nostalgic with vibrant pixel art and crisp chiptune audio
– Simple and welcoming for new players – with enough depth and challenge to captivate the most devoted

According to Amazon UK, the game will launch on June 3rd.

Wonder Boy has had a spiritual successor recently in the form of Monster Boy, and the Master System game – which sadly isn’t included here – was remade for Switch a few years back. Monster World IV also got the remake treatment recently. The original arcade game was also remade recently, too.

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