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Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap

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Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Virtual Console
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
US
$? 7026
Sega Master System
UK
£27.95[1][2] 7026
Sega Master System
FR
?F 7026
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7026
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7026
Sega Master System
AU
$? 7026
Sega Master System
KR
₩? ?



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,800 G-3308
Sega Game Gear
UK
£24.99[3] 2422
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 2422
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 2422
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 2422



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



Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, called Monster World II: Dragon no Wana (モンスターワールドII ドラゴンの罠) or モンスターワールドII ドラゴンの罠) in Japan, is a direct sequel to Wonder Boy in Monster Land, and was developed by Westone and published by Sega for the Sega Master System in 1989.

The game should not be confused with Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair, which despite being made by the same people and carrying a similar title, focuses more on being a side-scrolling shoot-'em-up with platform segments.

Gameplay

Gameplay is similar to Monster Land, however the hero, Wonder Boy, finds himself cursed early on in the game and spends his time defeating other dragons to return to his human form. The game was highly received for its gameplay and music, and is often even said to be one of the greatest Master System games of all time. It was given the 1989 Game of the Year award by Electronic Gaming Monthly.

History

Legacy

An arguably better version (minus the Wonder Boy branding) exists in the form of Dragon's Curse, released for the TurboGrafX-16 in the years that followed. Confusingly this version of the game is known as Adventure Island in Japan, though bears little resemblance to the Adventure Island franchise, itself branding off from the original Wonder Boy game.

The Dragon's Trap was also brought to the Sega Game Gear in 1992. International releases of this port dropped the "III," calling it merely Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (a prototype ROM with the original name circulates around the Internet).

Both the TurboGrafX-16's Dragon's Curse and Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap have been released on the Wii's Virtual Console service, despite being roughly the same game. A similar situation occurred with the sequel, Wonder Boy in Monster World.

The game was eventuallly remade by Lizardcube and published by DotEmu in collaboration with the original game designer Ryuichi Nishizawa. The game was released on April 18, 2017 on PlayStation 4. Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch and PC in June of that same year.

Production credits

Game Gear version

Original Game

Director: Ryuichi Nishizawa
Programmer: Takanori Kurihara
Designer: Hiromi Kurihara
Sound Composer: Shinichi Sakamoto

Reprogrammed

Direct/Program: Ryuichi Nishizawa
Designer: Kanako Kohyama, Rieko Sumi
Sound Composer: W.S.S. Sakamoto
Assistant Director: Napalm Watanabe
Presented by: Sega/Westone

Magazine articles

Main article: Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamesPreview DK 08.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Games Preview (DK) #8/9 1989 (1989-xx-xx)
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CVG UK 096.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #96: "November 1989" (1989-10-16)
also published in:
  • ACE (UK) #26: "November 1989" (1989-xx-xx)[4]
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CVG UK 097.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #97: "December 1989" (1989-11-16)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #98: "January 1990" (1989-12-16)[5]

Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №26, p144[6]
68 №28, p50[1]
92 №1, p37[7]
96 №4, p110[8]
96 №1, p63Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[9]
86 №94, p104[10]
100 №3, p38/39[11]
71 №26, p26[12]
88 №1, p140[13]
81 №22, p70[14]
95 №1, p40/41[15]
95 №1, p112[16]
96 №1, p136[17]
80 №23 (Vol 2), p54
92 №1, p4-7[18]
100 №23, p60
100 №46, p101[19]
97 №6, p31[20]
73 №4, p84
Sega Master System
89
Based on
19 reviews

Master System, US
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Cover
Wonderboyiii sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
WonderBoyIII SMS EU cover.jpg
Cover
WonderBoyIII SMS EU cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, EU
® variant
WonderBoyIII SMS EU R cover.jpg
Cover
Wonder Boy III Dragons Trap SMS (R) Cart Top.jpg
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Cart
Master System, EU (8 languages)
WonderBoyIII SMS EU 8lang cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU
WonderBoyIII SMS AU reg cover.jpg
Cover
WonderBoyIII SMS AU reg cart.jpg
Cart
Wonderboy III Dragons Trap AUS Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU
silver variant
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Cover
WonderBoyIII SMS AU cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, KR
WonderBoyIII SMS KR cover.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №127 (Go!), p22/23[3]
85 №9, p107[21]
92 №9, p86[22]
92 №27, p185[23]
82 №23, p102/103[24]
52 №37, p58
84 №8, p36/37[25]
82 №9, p71[26]
93 №35, p80[27]
Sega Game Gear
84
Based on
9 reviews

Game Gear, EU
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Cover
WB3tDT GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
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Cover
WB3tDT GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Wonderboy III Dragon Trap Game Gear JP Manual.pdf
Manual

Virtual Console version

References

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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)