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
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Virtual Console, Steam
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Genre: Action[2][3][4]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,000 (7,210)7,000e[5] G-5509
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.9554.95[7]
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[8]
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
AU
(Gold)
FWON01SMC
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM8017JG
Sega Master System
EU
9012
Sega Master System
EU
(Classic)
9012-50
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
KR
GB4021JG
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[12]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[13]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[14]
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[16]
OFLC: PG
Sony PlayStation 3
JP
¥571 (600)571 (600)[17] NPJB-00091
CERO: A
Sony PlayStation 3
US
$4.994.99[18] NPUB-30327
ESRB: Everyone
Sony PlayStation 3
EU
€4.494.49[21] NPEB-00411
PEGI: 7+
Sony PlayStation 3
DE
€4.494.49[22] NPEB-00411
USK: 0
Sony PlayStation 3
UK
£3.693.69[20] NPEB-00411
PEGI: 7+
Sony PlayStation 3
AU
$6.756.75[23] NPEB-00411
OFLC: G
Sony PlayStation 3
KR
₩6,3006,300[19] NPHB-00253
GRB: All
Sony PlayStation 3
TW
NT$159159[24] NPHB-00253
GSRR: 0+
Steam
US
$2.992.99[26] 211209
ESRB: Everyone
Steam
EU
€2.492.49[26] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam
UK
£1.991.99[26] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam
AU
$3.493.49[26] 211209
OFLC: G
Steam Linux
US
$0.990.99[28] 211209
ESRB: Everyone
Steam Linux
EU
€0.990.99[28] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
UK
£0.790.79[28] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.351.35[28] 211209
OFLC: G
Steam OS X
US
$0.990.99[28] 211209
ESRB: Everyone
Steam OS X
EU
€0.990.99[28] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
UK
£0.790.79[28] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.351.35[28] 211209
OFLC: G

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).

Gameplay

While Wonder Boy in Monster World clearly plays tribute to Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Monster World) and Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (Monster World II) it is technically not a sequel to either of them, and doesn't even feature Wonder Boy as its main character. Instead, players control "Shion" to save Monster Land from the alien BioMeka.

Unlike The Dragon's Trap there is no concept of transformations. Instead the game plays similarly to its predecessor, with the player traversing the world, defeating enemies and collecting coins to purchase equipment upgrades.

More of an emphasis is put on the story in Wonder Boy in Monster World. While Shion doesn't speak, other characters do, as opposed to previous games where in-game text could only be found in shops.

Achievements

Main article: Wonder Boy in Monster World/Achievements.

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.

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

For 21 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).

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).

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Wonder Boy in Monster World Wonder Boy in Monster World
English (US) Wonder Boy in Monster World Wonder Boy in Monster World
Japanese ワンダーボーイV モンスターワールドIII Wonder Boy V: Monster World III

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: Sega TV Game Genga Gallery[29]


Digital manuals

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

MD JP TV advert

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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-11: "November 1991" (1991-10-08)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 [30]
81 [31]
92 [32]
85 [33]
70 №1991-11, p89
86 [34]
91 №3
90 [35]
90 [36]
88 [37]
85 [38]
82 №18, p68
75 №18, p68
84 [39]
92 [40]
Sega Mega Drive
85
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, US
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PCB
Mega Drive, EU
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Cart
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PCB
Mega Drive, PT
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Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AU
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Mega Drive, AU (Sega Gold Collection)
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Mega Drive, KR
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Mega Drive, KR (Hi-Com)
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Master System version

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
90
[41]
Game Mania (UK)
88
[42]
Joypad (FR) PAL
90
[43]
Megablast (DE) PAL
71
[44]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
88
[45]
Player One (FR)
83
[46]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
57
[47]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[48]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
80
[49]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
75
[50]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
80
[51]
Sega Master System
81
Based on
11 reviews
Master System, EU
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Master System, EU (Classic Master System)
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Master System, AU

Master System, KR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1991-07-25 Page
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 7d7ce80b
MD5 5837764c172c8c43c8c7b21f2144cf27
SHA-1 da0acdb1b9e806aa67a0216a675cb02ed24abf8b
512kB Cartridge (EU)

External links

References

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  2. File:WBiML MD JP Box.jpg
  3. File:WBiMW MD KR alt cover.jpg
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  5. Beep! MegaDrive, "November 1991" (JP; 1991-10-08), page 2
  6. GamePro, "February 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 40
  7. GamePro, "June 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 58
  8. Sega Force, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 69
  9. Sega Power, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-01), page 13
  10. Sega Force, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-10), page 95
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  41. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 162
  42. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  43. Joypad, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 156
  44. Megablast, "1/94" (DE; 1993-12-29), page 40
  45. Mean Machines Sega, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-xx), page 70
  46. Player One, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 130
  47. Sega Power, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-03), page 62
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Books: Wonder Boy V Monster World III Koushiki Guide Book (1991)

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)