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Wonder Boy was a series of video games published by SEGA and developed by Westone (formerly Escape). Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... Westone is a leading manufacturer of hearing healthcare products and high-end earphones (sometimes referred to as canalphones), otherwise known as in-ear monitors (IEMs), used by professional musicians and audiophiles. ...


The series itself consists of the "main" Wonder Boy series, and the "Monster World" sub-series. Games may be part of one, the other, or both. This has resulted in a sometimes confusing naming structure resulting in titles like "Wonder Boy V: Monster World III". In North America and Europe, the series is kept under the Wonder Boy brand, but in Japan there is one title that belongs exclusively to Monster World and is not part of the Wonder Boy series.


To further complicate matters, Westone had a unique licensing arrangement with Sega whereby Sega retained the rights to the names and characters of the games in this series, but Westone retained the rights to everything else. Westone, in turn, had a licensing arrangement with Hudson Soft, who created new characters and titles and ported these games to non-Sega platforms. The most well known of these is Adventure Island, which was more commercially successful than Wonder Boy was. Hudson Soft is a Japanese publisher and developer, founded on May 18, 1973. ... Adventure Island , lit. ...

Contents

Condensed series chronology

There are a combined six official titles in the Wonder Boy and Monster World series. Below are their Japanese titles, original release platform (in Japan), and notes on the right.

  • Wonder Boy (Sega Master System) - This is a similar game to the first in the Adventure Island series. Not part of Monster World.
  • Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Arcade) - First in "Monster World" series. The Sega Master System version of this game is called Super Wonder Boy in Monster World in Japan, the origin of the "Monster World" name.
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (Arcade) - Not counted as part of the Monster World series
  • Monster World II (Game Gear) - Happens immediately after Monster Land yet is considered by most the fourth official game in the Wonder Boy series, and the second Monster World. This title was first released in North America and Europe on Sega Master System as Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap.
  • Wonder Boy V: Monster World III (MegaDrive) - This was called Wonder Boy in Monster World internationally and is the last game in the Wonder Boy series.
  • Monster World IV (Mega Drive) - Sometimes called Wonder Boy 6 by fans in the West, although it stars a female character.

Wonder Boy (known as Super Wonder Boy in Japan and Revenge of Drancon on the North American Game Gear release) is a 1986 video game published by Sega and developed by Escape (later known as Westone). ... Adventure Island , lit. ... Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in Japan, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega. ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The games European Sega Megadrive-version artwork. ... Monster World IV is an adventure platform game released, in January 1994, exclusively in Japan for the Sega Mega Drive. ...

Series Overview

Explaining the "Wonder Boy" series is complicated, as its history suffers regionalization, a once-common practice of adjusting elements of a game to suit the area. This usually involves small edits to in-game art or changing the names of the characters, locations, or even the game itself. It has caused confusion for a number of franchises, including the Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter, and Super Mario Bros. series. In politics, regionalisation is a process of dividing a political entity — typically a country — into smaller regions, and transferring power from the central government to the regions. ... The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega starring and named after their mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Over the years, Mario has appeared in more than 200 video games to date, both with starring and less significant roles. ...


In Japan, the first "Wonder Boy" game, simply titled Wonder Boy, was created for and released on the Sega SG-1000. It was followed in 1986 by Super Wonder Boy, as much an enhanced remake as a sequel (compare Super Street Fighter II Turbo). "Super Wonder Boy" was an arcade game, and was the first "Wonder Boy" title to be released worldwide, where by and large the SG-1000 was not available. There was no need to differentiate between "Wonder Boy" and "Super Wonder Boy" outside of Japan, so the prefix was dropped. "Super Wonder Boy" became simply "Wonder Boy". This caused many players within the western hemisphere to believe that it was the first game in its series, understandably. Both of the original titles have a prehistoric setting, not the medieval lands of the subsequent releases, and the "Wonder Boy" in question is a caveman named Tom Tom. The SG-1000 ), which stands for Sega Game 1000, is a cartridge-based video game console manufactured by Sega. ... Wonder Boy (known as Super Wonder Boy in Japan and Revenge of Drancon on the North American Game Gear release) is a 1986 video game published by Sega and developed by Escape (later known as Westone). ... Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers was the penultimate release of a long string of fighting games in the Street Fighter II series. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ...


"Super Wonder Boy" was ported to the Sega Master System, but could not be ported to competing consoles since Sega owned the "Wonder Boy" name. Instead, two games, Adventure Island and "Dragon's Curse", were released on the Nintendo Entertainment System and TurboGrafx-16. This was legally possible, since Sega did not own the rights to the actual game code. Both games are "Super Wonder Boy" at their core, with modified graphics and different characters. These multi-platform, modified releases were to become a common practice within the series, particularly its TurboGrafx-16 ports. In the case of "Adventure Island", the series would continue on into its own franchise, entirely independent of "Wonder Boy". Sega Master System The Sega Master System (SMS for short) (Japanese: マスターシステム), was an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console manufactured by Sega. ... Adventure Island , lit. ... “NES” redirects here. ... For information on the Japanese version of this console, see PC Engine The TurboGrafx 16 is a video game console released by NEC in 1989, for the North American market. ...


The following year, Super Wonder Boy: Monster World was released in Japanese arcades, but only its Master System port was released worldwide. In keeping with its predecessor, the 'Super' prefix was dropped, and it was released as Wonder Boy in Monster Land in the rest of the world. As the game was nothing like "Super Wonder Boy", and was the start of the "Monster World" series, it was set in a medieval world with added RPG elements. When it was released, the TurboGrafx-16 version again was not a "Wonder Boy" title, but modeled instead after the anime Bikkuriman. Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in Japan, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega. ...


In 1988, Westone released an arcade title that was to be the third in the "Wonder Boy" series, Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair , although it was not considered a part of the "Monster World" sub-series. The title received a port from Hudson on the PC-Engine CD called "Monster Lair". Later that year, Westone developed a title they intended to call "Moster World II". Unfortunately, the SMS was struggling in Japan, and the Japanese release was scrapped. In Europe and North America, the market was stronger, so plans to release the title went forward. Since it was a direct sequel to the second "Wonder Boy" game (featuring the same character), Sega decided to call it Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap. This has led to some confusion in separating it from the other Wonder Boy III. Officially, Dragon's Trap is the fourth game in the Wonder Boy series. Dragon's Trap would see an eventual release in Japan on Sega's Game Gear hand-held, as well as another Hudson port with the usual title/character modifications called Dragon's Curse. The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ...


Wonder Boy V Monster World III was the final game in the "Monster World" series to be given a release outside of Japan, and the last game in the "Wonder Boy" series. Known as "Wonder Boy in Monster World", it was made especially for the home console market. Released on the Mega Drive and Master System, it was the only "Wonder Boy" game released on both systems the world over. The TurboGrafx-16 version featured a different set of characters, and was called "Dynastic Hero". Monster World IV was the series' last installment, released only on the Mega Drive and only in Japan. Exclusive to that title is a main, female character named Arsha. Instead of boasting a medieval look, it features a Middle Eastern style. The games European Sega Megadrive-version artwork. ... Monster World IV is an adventure platform game released, in January 1994, exclusively in Japan for the Sega Mega Drive. ...


Game List

Arcade

Wonder Boy is a 1986 arcade game by Sega. ... Wonder Boy is a 1986 arcade game by Sega. ... Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in Japan, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega. ...

Amiga

Wonder Boy is a 1986 arcade game by Sega. ... Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in Japan, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega. ...

Atari

Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in Japan, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega. ...

Amstrad CPC

Wonder Boy is a 1986 arcade game by Sega. ... Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in Japan, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega. ...

Commodore 64

Wonder Boy is a 1986 arcade game by Sega. ... Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in Japan, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega. ...

MSX

Adventure Island , lit. ...

NES/Famicom

  • Adventure Island (Called Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima in Japan)--Hudson Soft ported the original Wonder Boy to the NES with new music, new (less colorful) bosses, and a new hero: Master Higgins/Takahashi Meijin, who was based on the famous videogame player figure. Hudson went on to make Adventure Island sequels, but none of them are related to the Wonder Boy/Monster World series (although Super Adventure Island II and Adventure Island 4 {Japan-only release} have gameplay similar to the Monster World series)
  • Saiyuuki World A NES License of Wonder Boy in Monster World made by Jaleco. The Graphics were mostly overhauled and the storyline was altered so that it was loosely based on The Legend of the Monkey King.

Adventure Island , lit. ... Hudson Soft is a Japanese publisher and developer, founded on May 18, 1973. ... Master Higgins is a fictional character who is the star of the Adventure Island video game series. ... Takahashi Meijin (高橋名人, literally Gamemaster Takahashi), real name Toshiyuki Takahashi (高橋利幸 Takahashi Toshiyuki, born May 23, 1959) is the current executive of Hudson Soft. ... Super Adventure Island II is Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game by Hudson Soft and the latest entries in the series. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Jaleco (TYO: 7954 ) was founded as Japan Leisure Corporation on October 3rd 1974. ... Sun Wukong (孫悟空, pinyin: sun1 wu4kong1, WG: Sun Wu-kung, also surn vukorn), the Monkey King, is perhaps the most famous and beloved fictional character in all of classical Chinese literature. ...

Sega Game Gear

  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (Japanese title モンスターワールドII ドラゴンの罠 (Monster World II: Dragon's Trap))--The maps are altered slightly to fit Game Gear's lower resolution. In Japan, this is the fourth game in the Wonderboy series. In North America and Europe it was known as Wonder Boy III.
  • Wonder Boy (American title: Revenge of Drancon)

The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of common resolutions. ... Revenge of Drancon is the North American release of Wonder Boy for Sega Game Gear. ... Revenge of Drancon is the North American release of Wonder Boy for Sega Game Gear. ...

Sega Master System

Wonder Boy is a 1986 arcade game by Sega. ... Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in Japan, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega. ... The games European Sega Megadrive-version artwork. ...

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis

World map showing the location of Europe. ... The games European Sega Megadrive-version artwork. ... Monster World IV is an adventure platform game released, in January 1994, exclusively in Japan for the Sega Mega Drive. ...

Sega SG-1000

Wonder Boy is a 1986 arcade game by Sega. ...

PC Engine/TurbografX

  • Bikkuriman World (An adaptation of Wonderboy in Monster Land, released only in Japan)
  • Dragon's Curse (Curiously, this game is called "Adventure Island" in Japan)--Another version of Wonder Boy 3: Dragon's Trap/Monster World II: Dragon's Trap
  • Monster Lair (Called Wonderboy III: Monster Lair in Japan)--Turbo CD
  • The Dynastic Hero (Another version of Wonder Boy in Monster World/Wonder Boy V: Monster World III)--Super CD

Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in Japan, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega. ...

PlayStation 2

  • Sega Ages Vol.29 : Monster World Complete Collection (Japan only)

The Sega Ages collection are video game re-releases from developer and publisher Sega, in conjunction with developer 3D AGES (a Sega funded development studio). ...

ZX Spectrum

Wonder Boy is a 1986 arcade game by Sega. ... Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in Japan, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega. ...

Mônica

Mônica's Background

The first three Monster World games were published in Brazil by Tec Toy, Sega's official Brazilian distributor. The games were translated into Portuguese and the characters were replaced with characters from the Brazilian comic book, Turma da Mônica (Monica's Gang). Other cartoon characters were superimposed on the Brazilian releases of Teddy Boy, Ghost House, Astro Warrior, Psycho Fox, and Kung Fu Kid. (The latter three forming the Sapo Xule series) Tec Toy (often misspelled as TecToy) is a Brazilian videogame and electronics company. ... Monica Monicas Gang, originally Turma da Mônica (Portuguese for Monicas Gang), is a popular Brazilian comic book series. ... Teddy Boy was an arcade game made by SEGA, which was later ported to the Sega Master System. ... Ghost House is a 2004 South Korean horror-comedy film. ... Astro Warrior is an video game developed and manufactured by Sega for the Master System in 1985. ... Psycho Fox is a video game made by SEGA for the Sega Master System. ...


The Mônica Games

Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in Japan, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone and published by Sega. ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The games European Sega Megadrive-version artwork. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ...

Sources

  • Hardcore Gaming 101: Wonder Boy

External links

  • Wonderboy Land — A Wonderboy 3 / Monster World 2 fan site.
  • The Wonder Boy Adventures by Per Myrsten, a page with the cover-art or title screen from almost every incarnation of Wonder Boy.
  • Hardcore Gaming 101 - Wonder Boy by GameSpy, chronicling the history of the Wonder Boy series of games.
  • The Misadventures of Wonderboy — A Wonderboy sprite comic.
  • The Legendary Site

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