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Wonder Boy

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Wonder Boy
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega System 1, Sega SG-1000, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Virtual Console, ZX Spectrum
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
World
1986  ?


SG-1000
JP
¥4,300 C-69
SG-1000
TW
NT$? ?



Sega Master System
JP
¥5,000 G-1316
Sega Master System
US
$? 5068
Sega Master System
UK
£24.95[1] MK-5068-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-5068-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-5068-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-5068-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB-1316



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,500 G-3205
Sega Game Gear
US
$? 2302
Sega Game Gear
UK
£19.99[3][4] 2302
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 2302
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 2302
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 2302
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$? 012080



Amstrad CPC
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[5] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Disk)
£14.99[5] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (The Hit Squad)
£2.99[6] ?
Amstrad CPC
ES (Cassette)
?Ptas ?
Amstrad CPC
ES (Disk)
?Ptas ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[5] ?
Commodore 64
UK (Disk)
£14.99[5] ?
Commodore 64
UK (The Hit Squad)
£2.99[6] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[5] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (The Hit Squad)
£2.99[6] ?
ZX Spectrum
ES (Cassette)
?Ptas ?



Wii Virtual Console
JP
500 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
500 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
500 pts ?



Wonder Boy (ワンダーボーイ) is a platform game developed by Escape and Sega in 1986 for Sega System 1 and Sega System 2 arcade hardware.

Story

WONDER BOY starts off a long and hazardous journey in pursuit of KING, who has kidnapped his girlfriend, TINA. KING lives in a faraway place, inhabited by monstrous creatures and full of many surprises. On the way, our hero has to collect food to increase his energy. WONDER BOY's ultimate mission is to rescue TINA and prove to one and all that true love always triumphs.

Gameplay

Wonder Boy is a sidescrolling platform game, in which the basic goal is to keep heading to to the right, avoiding obstacles, attacking enemies and jumping across platforms. Though it is not a requirement to do so, the game encourages players to keep moving to the right, as health decreases over time and the screen cannot scroll left. Health, and by extension, time, is added to by collecting fruit. There are numerous items hidden in eggs, including hammers, skateboards and fairies which can assist Tom-Tom in his quest.

One button jumps, another attacks. If the attack button is held, Tom-Tom will run and be able to jump higher, similar to the mechanics in Super Mario Bros..

History

Legacy

Wonder Boy's success in the arcades led to numerous home conversions of the game.

Its first home release occurred in later in 1986, when it was adapted it was brought to the SG-1000 in Sega Card format. Due to the limitations of the console (and the chosen form of media), this version has only five stages and omits several enemies, items, and bonus stages. It is also considered to have very choppy scrolling, although features new additions such as a secret weapon and backwards warp-zones. Each of the five stages were also completely redesigned, with the final stage unlike any stage in any other version.

The following year, a more arcade accurate version was brought to the Sega Master System. This version, known as Super Wonder Boy (スーパーワンダーボーイ) in Japan, would provide the basis for a subsequent Sega Game Gear conversion in late 1990. In North America, the Game Gear version of the game was renamed Revenge of Drancon for unknown reasons. The Master System version of the game was also made available through the Wii's Virtual Console service in 2008.

1987 also saw the release of several home computer ports by Activision in Europe. versions for the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum were released around the same period, though an Atari ST version (advertised and priced at £24.99) never saw the light of day.

Following the release of this game, the Wonder Boy series notably branched off into two different series during the late 1980s. Escape (now Westone) initially signed a deal with Sega which gave Sega the rights to the names and characters featured in Wonder Boy, however Westone still had control over the source code, meaning the game could be brought to other systems in different forms. Westone's contract with Hudson Soft meant that Wonder Boy was brought to the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy under the name of Adventure Island (Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima in Japan).

Adventure Island was a success for Hudson Soft, and so many sequels were produced starting with Adventure Island 2. Most Adventure Island games build on the gameplay seen in Wonder Boy, and are seen by many to be the true lineage of the series. For Sega, Westone radically changed the Wonder Boy formula with the 1987 release of Wonder Boy in Monster Land, which in-turn led to another split in creative direction. The 1988 release of Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair is often cited as the official end of the classic Wonder Boy lineage - subsequent games would market themselves as sequels to Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World), known in Japan as Monster World II, Monster World III and Monster World IV.

In its original arcade form, Wonder Boy has only been re-released once since 1986 - it was featured in the 2007 release of Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 29: Monster World Complete Collection alongside its SG-1000 and Master System counterparts (and other games in the "series").

Hints

Magazine articles

Main article: Wonder Boy/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Wonder Boy Arcade US Flyer.jpg

System 1 US flyer

Wonder Boy Arcade JP Flyer.jpg

System 1 JP flyer
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #116: "July 1991" (1991-06-15)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #117: "August 1991" (1991-07-15)[7]
  • Raze (UK) #11: "September 1991" (1991-07-25)[3]
  • Raze (UK) #12: "October 1991" (1991-08-29)[8]
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #66: "April 1987" (1987-03-xx)
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #68: "June 1987" (1987-05-15)
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Your Sinclair (UK) #54: "June 1990" (1990-05-xx)
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Artwork

Physical scans

Arcade version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
50 №43, p98-99[9]
Arcade
50
Based on
1 review

System 1, US
WonderBoy System1 US Marquee.jpg
System 1, JP
WonderBoy System1 JP InstructionCard.jpg

SG-1000 version

SG-1000, JP
Wonder Boy Box JP.jpg
Cover
Wonder Boy SG-1000 JP MyCard Back.jpgWonderBoy SG1000 JP Card.jpg
Card
Wonder Boy SG-1000 JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Wonder Boy SG-1000 JP Inside.pdf
Inside
SG-1000, TW

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79 №1, p76[10]
80 №4, p110[11]
80 №1, p63Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[12]
80 №1, p136[13]
60 №23, p60
84 №6, p31[14]
Sega Master System
77
Based on
6 reviews

Master System, US
WonderBoy SMS US cover.jpg
Cover
Wonderboy sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
WonderBoy EU cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU
® variant
WonderBoy EU R cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU
"No Limits" variant
WonderBoy SMS EU nolimits cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, JP
WonderBoy SMS JP backcover.jpgNospine.pngWonderBoy SMS JP cover.jpg
Cover
Wonderboy sms jp cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU

WonderBoy SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
WonderBoySMSAUManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
WonderBoy SMS BR cover.jpg
Cover
WonderBoy SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
WonderBoySMSBrManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, KR
WonderBoy SMS KR cover.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №0, p115[15]
77 №13
73 №30, p110[16]
89 №1, p43[17]
94 №13, p132
60 №23, p61
84 №6, p31[14]
87 №19, p91
Sega Game Gear
82
Based on
8 reviews

Game Gear, US
Wonder Boy GG US back.jpgNospine.pngWonder Boy GG US front.jpg
Cover
RevengeofDrancon GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, EU
WonderBoy GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngWonder Boy GG EU front.jpg
Cover
Wonder Boy GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
WonderBoy GG JP Box Back.jpgWonderBoy GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
WonderBoy GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Wonderboy Game Gear JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, BR
WonderBoy GG BR Box.jpg
Cover
Wonder Boy GG BR cart.jpg
Cart
Wonderboy gg br manual.pdf
Manual

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
64 №103, p66[6]
Amstrad CPC
64
Based on
1 review

Amstrad CPC, UK
(cassette)
WonderBoy CPC UK Box Cassette.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, UK
(disk)
WonderBoy CPC EU cover.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, UK
(The Hit Squad)
WonderBoy CPC EU hitsquad cover.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES
(cassette)
WonderBoy CPC ES Box Cassette.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES
(disk)
WonderBoy CPC ES Box Disk.jpg
Cover

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 №70, p24-25[18]
62 №103, p66[6]
60 №75, p36-37[19]
52 №28, p28[20]
Commodore 64
61
Based on
4 reviews

Commodore 64, UK
(cassette)
WonderBoy C64 EU cassette cover.jpg
Cover
Commodore 64, UK
(disk)
WonderBoy C64 EU disk cover.jpg
Cover
Commodore 64, UK
(The Hit Squad)
WonderBoy C64 EU hitsquad cover.jpg
Cover
WonderBoy C64 EU hitsquad cassette.jpg
Cassette
Commodore 64, AU
(cartridge)
WonderBoy C64 AU backcover.jpgNospine.pngWonderBoy C64 AU cover.jpg
Cover
Wonder Boy C64 AU cart.jpg
Cart

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №103, p66[6]
43 №43, p82-83[21]
72 №100, p26[22]
67 №54, p51[23]
ZX Spectrum
61
Based on
4 reviews

ZX Spectrum, UK
WonderBoy Spectrum EU cover.jpg
Cover
WonderBoy Spectrum EU cassette.jpg
Cassette
ZX Spectrum, UK
(The Hit Squad)
WonderBoy Spectrum EU hitsquad cover.jpg
Cover
WonderBoy Spectrum EU hitsquad cassette.jpg
Cassette
ZX Spectrum, ES
WonderBoy Spectrum ES cover.jpg
Cover
WonderBoy Spectrum ES Cassette.jpg
Cassette
ZX Spectrum, ES
black variant
WonderBoy Spectrum ES black cover.jpg
Cover

External links

References

Games in the Wonder Boy Series
Wonder Boy (1986) | Wonder Boy in Monster Land (1987) | Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (1988) | Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (1989) | Wonder Boy in Monster World (1991) | Monster World IV (1994) | Monster World Complete Collection (2007)
Book
Wonder Boy V Monster World III Koushiki Guide Book (1991)
Music
Monster World Complete Collection Original Sound Track (2007)