Monster World IV

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Monster World IV
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, PlayStation 3
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,800 G-5519

Wii Virtual Console
¥600[1] pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
$900[3] pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
€900[4] pts ?

Sony PlayStation 3
¥571 (600)[5] NPJB-00092
Sony PlayStation 3
$4.99[6] NPUB-30324
Sony PlayStation 3
€4.49[8] NPEB-00416
Sony PlayStation 3
£3.69[9] NPEB-00416
Sony PlayStation 3
$6.75[10] NPEB-00416
Sony PlayStation 3
₩6,300[7] NPHB-00254
Sony PlayStation 3
NT$159[11] NPHB-00254

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Monster World IV (モンスターワールドIV) is currently the last game in the Wonder Boy franchise, and was released for the Sega Mega Drive exclusively in Japan in 1994. Despite its name, it is actually the sixth game in the series, however Japanese continuity discounts the original Wonder Boy and Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair as being part of this series due to their different gameplay styles.


A departure from previous games, the player now controls a young girl named Arsha (Known as Asha in the English translation), instead of "Wonder Boy" or Shion from Wonder Boy in Monster World. This, and the large amount of text, may suggest why the game was not released outside of Japan, however a fan translation by translation groups Demiforce and DeJap surfaced in 2002. Monster World IV is also playable via the GameTap service (which is available in the west), though the game was not translated.

Monster World IV has also been released as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service, which marks the game's first English release. Its copyright notations in the game's Operations Manual indicates that it was to be released a year prior to its 2012 release.

Magazine articles

Main article: Monster World IV/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

BeepMD JP 1994-04.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1994-04: "April 1994" (1994-03-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
73 №1994-04, p19[12]
88 №, p82[13]
80 №1994-05, p51
86 №34, p36
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
4 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
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MonsterWorldIV MD JP CartTop.jpg
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MonsterWorldIV MD JP Manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 36a3aaa4
MD5 4bbdae4e4c1e0ae2de3c49dc34f61d5c
SHA-1 46ba5e8775a2223fe5056f54555d9caa7d04f4e1
2MB 1994-04 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 af050c46
MD5 2640c0b879dd52db3e328c14c36095f0
SHA-1 6c90e14b6dd1ce6fc33f74dc624edc2e00fc5038
2MB 2011-07-25 Virtual Console WAD file

External links

  • Sega of Japan Virtual Console pages: Mega Drive
  • Monster World IV on JP, US, KR
  • Monster World IV on PlayStation Store: JP, US, UK, AU, KR, TW


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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) | Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World (2012)
Wonder Boy V Monster World III Koushiki Guide Book (1991)
Monster World Complete Collection Original Sound Track (2007)