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Wonder Boy Review

Master System platformer leaps onto Virtual Console

If you've already downloaded the NES version of Adventure Island from the Virtual Console service, then you really needn't bother with Wonder Boy, because it's almost exactly the same game.

See, the original arcade version of Wonder Boy was developed by a company called Escape. When it came to console conversions, Sega gained the rights to the Wonder Boy name and characters while Escape retained the rights to the game. So when Hudson Soft decided to make a NES version, they released Adventure Island, which was pretty much Wonder Boy with a different name and slightly different-looking character.

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The character is called Tom-Tom and his girlfriend has been captured by a monster. So you must run and jump through forests, hills, oceans, caves, ice palaces and cloud levels in a quest to rescue her. Your stone hammer will help you destroy enemies and you can rush through the levels on a skateboard.

It's a great little platformer and if you don't have Adventure Island we do prefer this version slightly thanks to its graphical style.


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  1. Anonymous Friday 18th Apr 2008 at 12:12

    Publisher = Sega
    Developer = Western bit entertainment

    just thought you'd like to know :D

    btw adverture island is way better

  2. Gordon Ramsey Friday 18th Apr 2008 at 12:24

    It's no Alex Kidd. :P

  3. ChrisONM Thursday 1st May 2008 at 08:44

    Publisher = Sega
    Developer = Western bit entertainment

    just thought you'd like to know :D

    btw adverture island is way better

    Nope, the arcade version was developed by Escape, who later became Westone. The Master System version was developed in-house at Sega. :)

  4. Bigby Monday 23rd Jun 2008 at 11:05

    "Wonder-Boy, what is the secret of your power" - sorry couldn't resist

  5. kirbys grandad Tuesday 12th Aug 2008 at 16:29

    sounds good! ill get it!I hope it has good bosses..

  6. shadow.x Friday 15th Aug 2008 at 16:00

    i have been waiting for ages fo this to come out.its almost as fun as mario!!!!!

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