Wonder Boy in Monster World

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For the Brazilian 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[4][5][6][7]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,000 (7,210)7,000e[8] G-5509
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.9554.95[10] 1026
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1026
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[13] 1026
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
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£32.9932.99[15] 9012
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
KR
GB4021JG
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[18]
CERO: A
Wii Virtual Console
US
800pts800[19]
ESRB: Everyone
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800pts800[20]
PEGI: 7+
Wii Virtual Console
AU
800pts800[22]
OFLC: Parental Guidance (PG)
Sony PlayStation 3
JP
¥571 (600)571 (600)[23] NPJB-00091
CERO: A
Sony PlayStation 3
US
$4.994.99[24] NPUB-30327
ESRB: Everyone
Sony PlayStation 3
EU
€4.494.49[27] NPEB-00411
PEGI: 7+
Sony PlayStation 3
DE
€4.494.49[28] NPEB-00411
USK: 0
Sony PlayStation 3
UK
£3.693.69[26] NPEB-00411
PEGI: 7+
Sony PlayStation 3
AU
$6.756.75[29] NPEB-00411
OFLC: General (G)
Sony PlayStation 3
KR
₩6,3006,300[25] NPHB-00253
GRB: All
Sony PlayStation 3
TW
NT$159159[30] NPHB-00253
GSRR: 0+
Steam
US
$2.992.99[32] 211209
ESRB: Everyone
Steam
EU
€2.492.49[32] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam
UK
£1.991.99[32] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam
AU
$3.493.49[32] 211209
OFLC: General (G)
Steam Linux
US
$0.990.99[34] 211209
ESRB: Everyone
Steam Linux
EU
€0.990.99[34] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
UK
£0.790.79[34] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam Linux
AU
$1.351.35[34] 211209
OFLC: General (G)
Steam OS X
US
$0.990.99[34] 211209
ESRB: Everyone
Steam OS X
EU
€0.990.99[34] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
UK
£0.790.79[34] 211209
PEGI: 7+
Steam OS X
AU
$1.351.35[34] 211209
OFLC: General (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).

Story

For hundreds of years Monster World had been in peace, until one day when an army of monsters begins causing trouble in the fairy village of Alsedo. When Queen Eleanora went to the nearby town, Purapril, about the situation, she has discovered that the monster problem has also spread to other towns across Monster World, with villagers fearing for their lives each day, powerless to stop the monsters. At this point, a young warrior by the name of Shion vows to defeat the monsters and make Monster World peaceful again.

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

Main article: Wonder Boy in Monster World/Production credits.

Mega Drive version

Source:
In-game credits
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[35]

Source:
Sega TV Game Genga Gallery
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Digital manuals

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-11: "November 1991" (1991-10-08)
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Print advert in Game Champ (KR) #1993-10: "xxxx" (199x-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

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Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[37]
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[38]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
52
[39]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
80
[40]
Consoles + (FR)
92
[41]
Console XS (UK) PAL
82
[42]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
63
[43]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[44]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
88
[45]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
68
[46]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
85
[10]
Game Informer (US) NTSC-U
70
[47]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
70
[48]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
86
[49]
Igry Sega Luchshiye iz luchshikh. Vypusk 1 (RU)
75
[50]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
91
[51]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
90
[52]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
75
[53]
Mega Force (FR)
85
[54]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
90
[55]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
68
[56]
Micro News (FR)
75
[57]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
88
[58]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
88
[59]
Player One (FR)
85
[60]
Play Time (DE)
83
[61]
Power Play (DE)
84
[62]
Power Play (DE)
86
[63]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[64]
Sega Force (UK)
84
[65]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
81
[66]
Supersonic (FR)
92
[67]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
68
[68]
Video Games (DE)
84
[69]
Sega Mega Drive
78
Based on
34 reviews

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Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
90
[70]
Game Mania (UK)
88
[71]
Joypad (FR) PAL
90
[72]
Megablast (DE) PAL
71
[73]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
88
[74]
Player One (FR)
83
[75]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
57
[76]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[77]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
80
[78]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
75
[79]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
80
[80]
Sega Master System
81
Based on
11 reviews

Wonder Boy in Monster World

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Technical information

Main article: Wonder Boy in Monster World/Technical information.

External links

References

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Wonder Boy in Monster World

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Books: Wonder Boy V Monster World III Koushiki Guide Book (1991)
Sega Master System
Prototypes: Prototype

Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1991-07-25



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) | Arcade Archives Wonder Boy (2014) | Wonder Boy Returns (2016) | Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (2017) | Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (2018) | Wonder Boy Returns Remix (2019) | Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World (2021) | Wonder Boy Collection (2022) | Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection (2022)
Music
Monster World Complete Collection Original Sound Track (2007)
Book
Wonder Boy V Monster World III Koushiki Guide Book (1991)