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Wonder Boy in Monster World

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For the Brazillian version, see Turma da Mônica na Terra dos Monstros.
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Wonder Boy in Monster World
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Virtual Console, Steam
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
1991-10-25 ¥7,000 G-5509
Sega Mega Drive
US
1992-02[1] $54.95[2]  ?
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1992-04 £?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
CA
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
AU
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
AU (Gold)
199x $? FWON01SMC
Sega Mega Drive
KR
199x ₩? GM8017JG


Sega Master System
EU (Classic)
€? 9012-50
Sega Master System
UK
£? 9012
Sega Master System
FR
?F 9012
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 9012
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 9012
Sega Master System
KR
₩? GB4021JG



Wii Virtual Console
JP
¥600 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
$800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
€800 points ?



Sony PlayStation 3
JP (Download)
¥571 (600) NPJB-00091



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



Wonder Boy in Monster World, known as Wonder Boy V: Monster World III (ワンダーボーイV モンスターワールドIII) in Japan, is an action game released for the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System in 1991 and 1993 respectively. It is the fifth game in the Wonder Boy series and a direct sequel to Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (Monster World II: Dragon no Wana).

Story

For twenty-one years, Wonder Boy in Monster World stood as the last title in the series to be released in English, its sequel, Monster World IV being a Japanese exclusive until an official translation was brought to western shores in 2012 (eighteen years after its original release). It is also the first game in which, despite its localised name, the player does not play as "Wonder Boy". Instead, he/she plays as "Shion", who must save Monster World from the evil BioMeka.

History

Legacy

Wonder Boy in Monster World was ported several years later on PC Engine CD / TurboGrafx-CD, in 1994, in the form of Dynastic Hero with many changes during the transition. In the same way as Wonder Boy in Monster Land which became Bikkuriman World on PC Engine, Dynastic Hero lacks all Wonder Boy branding and therefore features palette-swapped visuals, new insect-themed graphics for main characters and insects' natural predators as bosses. A Red Book audio soundtrack, which is completely different from original, now takes place and anime-style cutscenes have been added at the intro and ending. Due to the PC Engine CD / TurboGrafx-CD lacks of support for a second background layer, the parallax have been removed. lastly, it should be noted that, oddly, in this version all but last shield look the same.

Both Wonder Boy in Monster World (Mega Drive) and The Dynastic Hero have been released for the Wii's Virtual Console service.

TecToy published a sprite edit in Brazil as Turma da Monica na Terra dos Monstros in 1994.

Comic adaptation

Sonic the Comic included few "Wonder Boy" comic strips, the plot taking place after Wonder Boy in Monster World. The story arcs are: "Wonder Boy in Demon World" (issue #2 to issue #9) and "Wonder Boy in Ghost World" (#22 to #27).

Production credits

  • Chief Programmer: Takanori Kurihara
  • Programmer: Yoshihisa Shimizu
  • Music / Effect: Shinichi Sakamoto
  • Designers: Mina Morioka, Hiromi Kurihara, Tomoko Nakayama, Maki Ohzora
  • Directors: Yutaka Hirata, Yoshihisa Shimizu
  • Supervisor: Michishito Ishizuka
  • Special Thanks: Masanori Yoshihara, Tsutomu Watanabe, Yoshihito Saisyo, Hiromitu Watanabe, Susumu Konno, Naoki Hoshizaki, Kouta Kikuchi, Ryuichi Nishizawa

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Wonder Boy in Monster World/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №3, p38/39[4]
85 №35, p56[2]
86 №9, p72/73[5]
91 №3
90 №22, p142[6]
90 №4, p48-51
88 №18, p88-90[7]
85 №20, p58/59[8]
82 №18, p68
75 №18, p68
84 №4, p68/69[9]
92 №1, p5[10]
Sega Mega Drive
87
Based on
12 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, AU (Sega Gold Collection)
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Mega Drive, KR

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Mega Drive, KR (Alt)
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Mega Drive, CA
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Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №24
88 №3, p70-72[11]
83 №35, p130
57 №38, p62/63
90 №18, p40/41
80 №4, p32/33
75 №13, p94/95[12]
80 №4, p10
Sega Master System
80
Based on
8 reviews

Master System, EU
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Master System, EU ( Classic)
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Master System, KR
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External links

References

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NEC Retro has more information related to The Dynastic Hero.
  1. File:GamePro US 031.pdf, page 40
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:GamePro US 035.pdf, page 58
  3. http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/jp0177npjb00091_00wonderboymwpsnjp.html
  4. File:ConsolesPlus FR 003.pdf, page 38
  5. File:HobbyConsolas ES 009.pdf, page 72
  6. File:Joystick FR 022.pdf, page 142
  7. File:MeanMachines UK 18.pdf, page 88
  8. File:PlayerOne FR 020.pdf, page 58
  9. File:SegaForce UK 04.pdf, page 68
  10. File:Supersonic FR 01.pdf, page 5
  11. File:MeanMachinesSega03UK.pdf, page 70
  12. File:SegaForce UK 13.pdf, page 94


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)