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Wonder Boy
Wonder Boy
Publisher: Sega

Developer: Escape/Sega

System(s): Sega System 1, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Game Gear, Sega SG-1000, Sega Master System, Virtual Console, ZX Spectrum

ROM Size: SG-1000 32kB, Sega Master System Sega Game Gear 128kB

Genre: Action















Release Date RRP Code
Arcade World 1986  ?
SG-1000 JP 1986 ¥4,300 C-69
Sega Master System JP 1987-03-22 ¥5,000 G-1316
Sega Master System US 1987 $?  ?
Sega Master System EU 1987 £24.95 MK-5068-50
Sega Master System BR 1987 $?  ?
Sega Game Gear JP 1990-12-08 ¥3,500 G-3205
Sega Game Gear US 1991 $? 2302
Sega Game Gear EU 1991 £19.99  ?
Sega Game Gear BR 1991 $?  ?
Virtual Console JP 2008-04-08 500 points  ?
Virtual Console US 2008-03-31 500 points  ?
Virtual Console EU 2008-04-11 500 points  ?


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Wonder Boy (ワンダーボーイ) is an arcade game developed by Escape/Sega in 1986. It is a platform game that runs on Sega System 1 hardware, and lead to numerous sequels for a variety of platforms.

In Wonder Boy, the player controls a caveman-like character named Tom-Tom through seven areas with four rounds to save his girlfriend Tanya from a monster. There are numerous items hidden in eggs, including hammers, skateboards and fairies.

Contents

Sequels and Re-releases

Wonder Boy was later ported to the Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Game Gear, Sega SG-1000, Sega Master System, and ZX Spectrum. The Master System version of the game was made available through the Wii's Virtual Console service in 2008. The Japanese Master System version is called Super Wonder Boy (スーパーワンダーボーイ), and the American Game Gear version was renamed Revenge of Drancon for unknown reasons.

Wonder Boy is notable for branching off into two different series during the late 1980s. Escape (now Westone) initially had a deal with Sega in which Sega owned the rights to the names and characters featured in Wonder Boy, but Westone owned everything else (i.e. the source code). As Westone had another deal with Hudson Soft to develop games for them, Wonder Boy was brought to the Nintendo Entertainment System under the name of Adventure Island. Adventure Island was a huge success, leading to numerous sequels featuring the same character.

Westone would later release Wonder Boy in Monster Land, the first official sequel to Wonder Boy, however, unlike Adventure Island, this would take the form of a RPG/platformer crossover, in which Tom-Tom is armed with a sword and has to slay monsters. This formula also proved to be a success, particularly on the Sega Master System, and lead to numerous sequels also. To make matters worse, many of these games were also altered for release on the TurboGrafX-16 under different names (including another Adventure Island).

Though there are still games being produced which follow the original Wonder Boy/Adventure Island formula, there has not been a game that follows the Monster Land formula since 1994. There is a strong fanbase which wishes for new Monster Land games, including the creators of the MEKA emulator, which is named after an enemy in Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap.

Gallery

Physical Scans

Arcade Version

Sega System 1, JP
Wonder Boy Arcade JP Flyer.jpg
Flyer

SG-1000 Version

SG-1000, JP
Wonder Boy Box JP.jpg

Cover

Master System Version

Master System, US
WonderBoy SMS US cover.jpg

Cover

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, Brazil
WonderBoy SMS BR cover.jpg

Cover

Game Gear Version






































































































































































Sega Game Gear 89 Sega Retro Average
Based on 1 review
Publication Score Source
Hobby Consolas 89
Game Gear, US
Wonder Boy GG US back.jpgNospine.pngWonder Boy GG US front.jpg

Cover

Game Gear, EU
Wonder Boy GG EU front.jpg

Cover

Wonder Boy GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
WonderBoy GG JP Box Front.jpg

Cover

Game Gear, Brazil
Wonder Boy GG BR cart.jpg
Cart

Amstrad CPC version






































































































































































Amstrad CPC 64 Sega Retro Average
Based on 1 review
Publication Score Source
Computer & Video Games 64 №103
Amstrad CPC, EU
(disk)
WonderBoy CPC EU cover.jpg

Cover

Amstrad CPC, EU
The Hit Squad (cassette)
WonderBoy CPC EU hitsquad backcover.jpgNospine.pngWonderBoy CPC EU hitsquad cover.jpg

Cover

Commodore 64 version






































































































































































Commodore 64 62 Sega Retro Average
Based on 1 review
Publication Score Source
Computer & Video Games 62 №103
Commodore 64, EU
(cassette)
WonderBoy C64 EU cassette cover.jpg

Cover

Commodore 64, EU
(disk)
WonderBoy C64 EU disk cover.jpg

Cover

Commodore 64, EU
The Hit Squad (cassette)
WonderBoy C64 EU hitsquad cover.jpg

Cover

WonderBoy C64 EU hitsquad cassette.jpg
Cassette

ZX Spectrum version






































































































































































ZX Spectrum 60 Sega Retro Average
Based on 1 review
Publication Score Source
Computer & Video Games 60 №103
ZX Spectrum, EU
The Hit Squad
WonderBoy Spectrum EU hitsquad cover.jpg

Cover

WonderBoy Spectrum EU hitsquad cassette.jpg
Cassette
ZX Spectrum, EU
WonderBoy Spectrum EU cover.jpg

Cover

WonderBoy Spectrum EU cassette.jpg
Cassette
ZX Spectrum, Spain
WonderBoy Spectrum ES cover.jpg

Cover

ZX Spectrum, Spain
black variant
WonderBoy Spectrum ES black cover.jpg

Cover

External Links

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)