Wonder Boy in Monster Land

From Sega Retro

n/a

WBML Title.png
Wonder Boy in Monster Land
System(s): Sega System 2, Sega Master System, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Virtual Console, ZX Spectrum
Publisher:
Arcade (System 2)
Sega Master System
Sega
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
Activision
Amstrad CPC
ZX Spectrum
MCM Software (ES)
Developer:
Peripherals supported:
Sega Master System
FM Sound Unit
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (System 2)
JP
¥? ?























Sega Master System
JP
¥5,5005,500 G-1346
Sega Master System
US
7007
Sega Master System
EU
MK-7007-50
Sega Master System
AU
MK-7007-50
Sega Master System
KR
Commodore Amiga
UK
£24.99[5] ?
Atari ST
UK
£19.99[5] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Cassette)
£9.99[5] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Disk)
£14.99[6] ?
Amstrad CPC
ES
(Cassette)
? ?
Amstrad CPC
ES
(Disk)
? ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Cassette)
£9.99[5] ?
Commodore 64
ES
(Cassette)
? ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Cassette)
£9.99[5] ?
ZX Spectrum
ES
(Cassette)
?Ptas ?



Wii Virtual Console
JP
500pts500[8]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
500pts500[9]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
500pts500[10]
Wii Virtual Console
AU
600pts600[12]
OFLC: G
Wii Virtual Console
JP
(Arcade)
800pts800[14]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
(Arcade)
900pts900[15]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
(Arcade)
900pts900[16]
PEGI: 3+
Wii Virtual Console
DE
(Arcade)
900pts900[16]
USK: 0
Sony PlayStation 3
JP
¥571 (600)571 (600)[19] NPJB-00132
CERO: A
Sony PlayStation 3
US
$4.994.99[20] NPUB-30494
ESRB: Everyone
Sony PlayStation 3
EU
€4.494.49[23] NPEB-00561
PEGI: 3+
Sony PlayStation 3
DE
€4.494.49[24] NPEB-00561
USK: 0
Sony PlayStation 3
UK
£3.693.69[22] NPEB-00561
PEGI: 3+
Sony PlayStation 3
AU
$6.756.75[25] NPEB-00561
OFLC: G
Sony PlayStation 3
KR
₩6,3006,300[21] NPHB-00341
GRB: All
Sony PlayStation 3
TW
NT$159159[26] NPHB-00341
GSRR: 0+

Wonder Boy in Monster Land, originally released as Wonder Boy: Monster Land (ワンダーボーイ モンスターランド) in Japan, is the direct sequel to Wonder Boy. Developed by Westone and published by Sega for Sega System 2 hardware, the game ditches the left-to-right platforming gameplay of its predecessor in favour of a platform-RPG hybrid gameplay style.

The original arcade version was only released in Japan, though was planned for an overseas release.[27]

Gameplay

You play as Wonder Boy as he explores various short levels filled with respawning enemies. The control panel has two buttons: one to attack (with a sword you get in the first building you visit) and one to jump. Up enters buildings. At the end of each level, you have to enter a building to fight a boss, whose defeat will unlock the exit. There is a timer on the bottom left of the screen; if it runs out, you lose a heart. Run out of hearts and you lose the game. You gain full health after clearing a level.

Rounds

Notavailable.svg
Round 1
Notavailable.svg
Round 2
Notavailable.svg
Round 3
Notavailable.svg
Round 4
Notavailable.svg
Round 5
Notavailable.svg
Round 6
Notavailable.svg
Round 7
Notavailable.svg
Round 8
Notavailable.svg
Round 9
Notavailable.svg
Round 10
Notavailable.svg
Round 11
Notavailable.svg
Round 12


Achievements

Main article: Wonder Boy in Monster Land/Achievements.

History

Legacy

In Japan's 1987 Gamest Awards, it came eighth place in the "Best Ending" award category.[28]

Wonder Boy in Monster Land was later ported to the Sega Master System and released to all regions. In Japan, this port is known as Super Wonder Boy in Monster World (スーパーワンダーボーイ モンスターワールド), beginning the Monster World naming trend that would eventually replace Wonder Boy as the series's name in Japan. In Brazil, the game was renamed Mônica no Castelo do Dragão, with characters being taken from the Brazilian comic series Turma da Mônica, also starting a trend of renaming Wonder Boy releases to tie into the show.

The game saw the most success on the Sega Master System, though it was also brought to the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, TurboGrafx-16, and ZX Spectrum by Activision as Super Wonder Boy. When Hudson brought the game to PC Engine in Japan, the game was renamed Bikkuriman World and replaced some of the characters with others from a then popular sticker collection, which had just been turned into an anime.

An MSX version was planned for release in 1988/1989, but despite being previewed in the Japanese gaming press, failed to make it to market.

The Master System version has been included as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service. The arcade version was released as part of Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World. Both versions were released in Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 29: Monster World Complete Collection.

The game was followed by Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair, a scrolling shoot-'em-up with features from both Wonder Boy and Wonder Boy in Monster Land. The true sequel is considered to be Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, which brings back the gameplay first seen in this game.

In 2008, game designer Hideki Kamiya listed Wonder Boy in Monster Land among his favorite games, citing it as one of the games that influenced his work.[29]

NMK released a very similar game for the Nintendo Entertainment System as Saiyuuki World (西遊記ワールド). Saiyuuki World shares very similar gameplay, but is retooled to resemble the Chinese novel Journey to the West.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Wonder Boy in Monster Land Wonder Boy in Monster Land
English (US) Wonder Boy in Monster Land Wonder Boy in Monster Land
Japanese ワンダーボーイ モンスターランド Wonder Boy: Monster Land

Production credits

System 2 version


Amiga and Atari ST versions

1987 Sega /Westone. All Rights Reserved.
Activision. Authorised User.
  • Conversion By: Images Design
  • Graphics: Jason Lithou, Andrew Pang
  • Music: David Whittaker
  • Program: Laura.P.Paul.
A Software Studios Production.


Commodore 64 version

TM & (C) Sega/Westone 1987.
  • C64 Version By: Images Design.
  • Program: James Smart.
  • Graphix: Andrew Pang.
  • Music: James Smart.
(C) Activision 1989
A Software Studios Production.


Hints

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

OpaOpaWBiML Arcade JP Flyer.pdf

PDF
System 2 JP flyer
Master System JP TV advert

page=16

Home computers print advert in Commodore User (UK) #73: "October 1989" (1989-09-26)
also published in:

page=76

Print advert in Tilt (FR) #70: "Octobre 1989" (1989-xx-xx)

page=54

Print advert in Power Play (DE) #1989-11: "11/89" (1989-10-09)

page=71

Print advert in Power Play (DE) #1989-12: "12/89" (1989-11-13)

page=43

Print advert in Excalibur (CZ) #21 (1993-12-10)

Artwork

Physical scans

System 2 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review

<meta itemprop="ratingValue" content="Division by zero.">

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Sinclair User (UK)
80
[34]
Arcade (System 2)
80
Based on
1 review
System 2, JP
Notavailable.svgWBiML System2 JP InstructionCard.jpg
Instuction card(s)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
87 [35]
87 [36]
87 [37]
90 [38]
90 №144, p65
87 [39]
91 [40]
70 №31, p58
87 [41]
80 [42]
80 [43]
90 [44]
100 [45]
Sega Master System
87
Based on
13 reviews

Master System, US
Wbml sms us cover.jpg
Cover
WBML SMS US Cart.jpg
Cart
Wbml sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
WBML SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
WBML SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
WonderboyInMonsterLandSMSEUManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
® variant
WBML SMS EU R cover.jpg
Cover
Wbml sms EU cart.jpg
Cart
WonderboyInMonsterLandSMSEUManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, JP
WBML SMS JP backcover.jpgNospine.pngWBML SMS JP cover.jpg
Cover
Wbml sms jp cart.jpg
Cart
Wonderboy-In-Monster-Land-JP-Master-System-Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU
WBML SMS AU cover.jpg
Cover
Wonderboy-In-Monster-Land-AU-Master-System-Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, KR

WBML SMS KR cart.jpg
Cart

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
52 [46]
51 №8, p49
73 [47]
41 [48]
80 [49]
36 [50]
Commodore Amiga
56
Based on
6 reviews

Amiga, UK
WBML Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
Cover

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review

<meta itemprop="ratingValue" content="Division by zero.">

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Amstrad Computer User (UK)
64
[6]
Amstrad CPC
64
Based on
1 review
Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette) (MCM)
SuperWonderBoy CPC ES Box Cassette MCM.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, UK (disk) (MCM)
SuperWonderBoy CPC ES Box Disk MCM.jpg
Cover

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
84 [51]
88 [52]
88 №17, p8
80 [49]
73 [53]
85 [54]
Atari ST
83
Based on
6 reviews

Atari ST, UK

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
71 [52]
80 [49]
85 [55]
68 [50]
Commodore 64
76
Based on
4 reviews

Commodore 64, UK
WBML C64 EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngWBML C64 Box Front.jpg
Cover
Commodore 64, ES

Commodore 64, IT

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review

<meta itemprop="ratingValue" content="Division by zero.">

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Crash (UK)
88
[56]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
84
[51]
The Games Machine (UK)
83
[52]
Svet Igara (YU)
88
[57]
Sinclair User (UK)
90
[58]
Your Sinclair (UK)
75
[59]
ZX Spectrum
85
Based on
6 reviews
ZX Spectrum, UK
SuperWonderBoy Spectrum UK Box Front.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES
WBML Spectrum EU MCM Box.jpg
Cover

Virtual Console version

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 8cbef0c1
MD5 8f8aaac492de96f2cfddb9d1a57dd979
SHA-1 51715db7a49a18452292dadb2bba0108aa6d6402
256kB Cartridge (EU/US)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 b1da6a30
MD5 8883790d3b3d4fed9a845d63aa251786
SHA-1 f4cd1ee6f98bc77fb36e232bf755d61d88e219d7
256kB Cartridge (JP)

External links

  • Sega of Japan Virtual Console pages: Master System, Arcade
  • Nintendo catalogue pages: Virtual Console: US, UK, AU; Virtual Console Arcade: US, UK
  • Wonder Boy in Monster Land on PlayStation.com: JP, US, KR
  • Wonder Boy in Monster Land on PlayStation Store: JP, US, UK, AU, KR, TW

References

  1. New Computer Express, "10th August 1991" (UK; 1991-08-08), page 48
  2. Mega Drive Fan, "May 1992" (JP; 1992-04-XX), page 103
  3. Computer Entertainer, "September 1988" (US; 1988-09-17), page 13
  4. ACE, "January 1989" (UK; 1989-xx-xx), page 167
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Computer & Video Games, "September 1989" (UK; 1989-08-16), page 109
  6. 6.0 6.1 Amstrad Computer User, "March 1990" (UK; 1990-02-01), page 35
  7. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/09.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-01-28 13:27)
  8. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vc_ms_mw/ (Wayback Machine: 2009-02-11 04:59)
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/VwMPXB89X_vHm9f8Qqs1LO7RWiNAy95o (Wayback Machine: 2010-11-22 22:50)
  10. 10.0 10.1 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/mastersystem/wonder_boy_in_monster_land (Wayback Machine: 2017-06-09 08:57)
  11. https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Virtual-Console-Wii-/Wonder-Boy-in-Monster-Land--280185.html (archive.today)
  12. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=42&prod_id=19908&pageID=4 (Wayback Machine: 2012-03-28 01:25)
  13. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/software/13.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-10 23:36)
  14. http://vc.sega.jp:80/vca_wbml/ (Wayback Machine: 2011-06-26 11:06)
  15. 15.0 15.1 http://www.nintendo.com:80/games/detail/LNBjsLehSinavKgxAhVlNC5ge2k0GMmZ (Wayback Machine: 2012-05-13 10:51)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 http://www.nintendolife.com:80/games/vcarcade/wonder_boy_in_monster_land (Wayback Machine: 2017-06-24 16:37)
  17. https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Arcade/Wonder-Boy-in-Monster-Land-280196.html (archive.today)
  18. https://www.nintendo.de/Spiele/Arcade/Wonder-Boy-in-Monster-Land-280196.html (archive.today)
  19. 19.0 19.1 http://www.jp.playstation.com:80/software/title/jp0177npjb00132_00wonderboymlpsnjp.html (Wayback Machine: 2012-10-08 23:52)
  20. 20.0 20.1 http://blogs.sega.com/2012/05/18/vintage-collection-3-on-the-way-to-xbla-and-psn/ (Wayback Machine: 2012-05-20 17:23)
  21. 21.0 21.1 PlayStation Store (ko-kr; HP0177-NPHB00341_00-WONDERBOYMLPSNAS) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-07 18:28)
  22. 22.0 22.1 PlayStation Store (en-gb; EP0177-NPEB00561_00-WONDERBOYMLPSNEU) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-07 18:28)
  23. 23.0 23.1 PlayStation Store (fr-fr; EP0177-NPEB00561_00-WONDERBOYMLPSNEU) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-07 18:31)
  24. 24.0 24.1 PlayStation Store (de-de; EP0177-NPEB00561_00-WONDERBOYMLPSNEU) (Wayback Machine: 2018-12-20 03:25)
  25. 25.0 25.1 PlayStation Store (en-au; EP0177-NPEB00561_00-WONDERBOYMLPSNEU) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-07 18:28)
  26. 26.0 26.1 PlayStation Store (en-tw; HP0177-NPHB00341_00-WONDERBOYMLPSNAS) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-07 18:30)
  27. http://www.hardcoregaming101.net:80/wonderboy/wonderboy-interview.htm (Wayback Machine: 2012-06-17 03:13)
  28. [The Best Game 2: Gamest Mook Vol. 112, p6-25 The Best Game 2: Gamest Mook Vol. 112, p6-25]
  29. https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=9380283311 (Wayback Machine: 2016-01-18 07:36)
  30. http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=wonder-boy-in-monster-land-model-317-0043&page=detail&id=3184 (Wayback Machine: 2019-05-30 08:22)
  31. Computer & Video Games, "October 1989" (UK; 1989-09-16), page 23
  32. Commodore User, "November 1989" (UK; 1989-10-23), page 48
  33. Computer & Video Games, "November 1989" (UK; 1989-10-16), page 53
  34. Sinclair User, "February 1989" (UK; 1989-01-18), page 82
  35. Complete Guide to Consoles, "" (UK; 1989-10-16), page 76
  36. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 110
  37. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 63
  38. Computer & Video Games, "June 1988" (UK; 1988-05-15), page 118-119 (118)
  39. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  40. Games Preview, "5 1989" (DK; 1989-xx-xx), page 38
  41. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 136
  42. Power Play, "Ausgabe 6" (DE; 1988-07-25), page 90-91 (90)
  43. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 60
  44. Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 31
  45. Tilt, "Julliet/Août 1988" (FR; 1988-xx-xx), page 73
  46. Amiga Action, "February 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 44 (46)
  47. Amiga Joker, "Januar '90" (DE; 1989-12-29), page 13
  48. Commodore User, "January 1990" (UK; 1989-12-20), page 45
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 Power Play, "1/90" (DE; 1989-12-15), page 24
  50. 50.0 50.1 Zzap!64, "March 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 75
  51. 51.0 51.1 Computer & Video Games, "January 1990" (UK; 1989-12-16), page 66
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 The Games Machine, "January 1990" (UK; 1989-12-11), page 24
  53. ST Action, "January 1990" (UK; 19xx-xx-xx), page 70-71 (72)
  54. Zero, "January 1990" (UK; 19xx-xx-xx), page 101
  55. Your Commodore, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 33-37 (33)
  56. Crash, "December 1989" (UK; 1989-11-16), page 67
  57. Svet Igara, "Januar 1990" (YU; 1990-xx-xx), page 36
  58. Sinclair User, "January 1990" (UK; 1989-12-18), page 54
  59. Your Sinclair, "January 1990" (UK; 1989-12-18), page 72
Necretro-round.svg
NEC Retro has more information related to Bikkuriman World.


Wonder Boy in Monster Land
WBML Title.png

Main page | Comparisons | Maps | Achievements | Hidden content | Development | Magazine articles | Reception


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)