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Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

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Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Steam
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
SMPS Z80
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code


Arcade (System 16)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (System 16)
US
$? ?























Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4025
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2][3]
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ?
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM4044JG



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
900pts
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts
OFLC: G
Steam
US
$2.99 71168
ESRB: Everyone
Steam
EU
€2.49 71168
PEGI: 7+
Steam
UK
£1.99 71168
PEGI: 7+
Steam
AU
$3.49 71168
OFLC: G
Steam Linux
US
$0.99 71168
ESRB: Everyone
Steam Linux
EU
€0.99 71168
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
UK
£0.79 71168
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.35 71168
OFLC: G
Steam OS X
US
$0.99 71168
ESRB: Everyone
Steam OS X
EU
€0.99 71168
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
UK
£0.79 71168
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.35 71168
OFLC: G

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (ワンダーボーイIII モンスターレア) is a Sega System 16 game in the Wonder Boy series. It is not to be confused with Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, which is actually the fourth game in the series that was mislabeled in localization. It is the last game in the "Wonder Boy arcade trilogy".

It was later ported to the Mega Drive. Strangely, it was also brought to the PC Engine CD as an actual Wonder Boy title with no alterations, though only the Japanese box has the "Wonder Boy III" mark on it. Even stranger is that the Mega Drive version was not released in North America while the PC Engine CD version was.

Gameplay

Monster Lair is unlike other games in the Wonder Boy series, though it at least resembles the original more than it does the various Monster World games. Though it still contains platforming segments, Wonder Boy's sword fires projectiles, and the screen auto-scrolls to the right.

Rounds

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The Southern Isles
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The Jungle
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Cavern
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Deserted Village
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Ice World
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The Desert
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A Town in the Valley
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The Northern Isles
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The Enemy Hideout

History

Legacy

The Mega Drive version of the game has been brought to the Wii's Virtual Console service.

Versions

Monster Lair was ported to home platforms relatively unscathed, although on the TurboGrafx-CD version lacks parallax scrolling and the Mega Drive version has entirely re-drawn graphics to better suit the hardware.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: Sega TV Game Genga Gallery[14]


Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair/Promotional material.

Artwork

Physical scans

System 16 version

System 16, JP
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Instuction card(s)
System 16, World

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
58 [15]
53 [16]
64 [17]
67 [18]
60 №119, [1]
75 [19]
20 №1991-01, p42
78 [20]
27 №5, p95
37 №9, p21
47 [21]
85 [22]
81 [23]
41 [24]
40 [25]
76 [26]
79 №18, p68
86 №20, p66
Sega Mega Drive
60
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Wonder Boy III in Monster Lair MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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WB3ML MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, Benelux Union
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 c24bc5e4
MD5 17f53791945ce7ccd83a4e812e3705e4
SHA-1 1fd3f77a2223ebeda547b81e49f3dfc9d0197439
512KB 1990-10 Cartridge (EU/JP)

External links

References

  1. Mega Drive Fan, "June 1992" (JP; 1992-05-08), page 75
  2. Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 76
  3. Sega Power, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-06), page 25
  4. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/09.html (archived: 2018-01-28 13:27)
  5. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_lair (archived: 2009-02-03 13:09)
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.nintendo.com:80/games/detail/gm69Zp71U1JJHcy0E9aMizMZd7-zYuOJ (archived: 2010-11-21 03:04)
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/wonder_boy_iii_monster_lair (archived: 2017-06-09 06:06)
  8. https://archive.is/N1A3D
  9. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19789&pageID=4 (archived: 2012-03-28 00:18)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 https://steamdb.info/app/71168/ (archived: 2019-11-22 23:26)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 http://steamdb.info/app/71168/ (archived: 2013-05-22 20:01)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 https://steamdb.info/app/71168/history/?changeid=5755188
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 http://steamdb.info/app/71168/ (archived: 2019-11-22 23:26)
  14. File:Sega TV Game Genga Gallery.pdf, page 101
  15. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1990" (JP; 1990-11-08), page 26 (28)
  16. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85 (87)
  17. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 31
  18. Computer & Video Games, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-16), page 72
  19. Génération 4, "Février 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 96
  20. Joystick, "Mars 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 111
  21. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 81
  22. Player One, "Juin 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 38
  23. Raze, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-05-30), page 60
  24. Sega Power, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-06), page 24/25 (24)
  25. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 55
  26. Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 31
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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)
Book
Wonder Boy V Monster World III Koushiki Guide Book (1991)
Music
Monster World Complete Collection Original Sound Track (2007)