Review – Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Master System)

Developer: Westone
Publisher: SEGA
Year: 1988
Fun Fact: originally released in the arcades and then on TG16 as Bikkuriman World

Wonder Boy in Monster Land is easily the best 1980s platformer not starring a fat, little, Italian guy.  It deserves all the praise that its sequel instead receives and then some.  If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to play a 1980s Mario game infused with a big dose of Zelda then you can stop wondering.  It’s all here, including all the jumping, swordplay, hidden items, magic spells and octopi that you can handle. Continue reading


Review – Dragon’s Curse (TurboGrafx-16)

Developer: Westone/Hudson
Publisher: Hudson (Japan), NEC (USA)
Year: 1991
Fun Fact: originally released for the Master System in 1989

As the fun fact states, this game was originally released 2 years earlier on the Master System, as Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap.  As with most of the Wonder Boy series, Hudson licensed this game, changed the names and graphics, and released it for a non-SEGA system.  I haven’t played all the way through the Master System version but in this case the only major changes seem to be a decent upgrade in graphics.

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A Top 10 After My Own Heart

Gaming forum GameFAQs has daily top ten lists that are submitted by users and carefully sifted through to find lists suitable for the site. Today’s top 10? The Top 10 2D platformers.

Will you agree with the list? Check after the jump to see.

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Wonder Boy arrives on Virtual Console

Initially a release in the arcades and then ported over to the Sega Master System, Wonder Boy is your typical platformer that resembles Super Mario Bros. There is a “timer” of sorts shown as a life bar on the top of the screen which got lower and lower as time went on, this bar can be replenished with items throughout the levels however. Other items included a hatchet and skateboard. Graphically Wonder Boy is a nice showcase for a SMS game, sporting vibrant colors and fast speeds. Those looking to pick this game up will be set back 500 Wii points, well spent for Platformer fans. For a 10 minute long gameplay video hit the jump! Continue reading