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Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Sega Master System)

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Wonder Boy in Monster Land

Also known as: Super Wonder Boy: Monster World (JP), Monica no Castelo do Dragao (BR)
Developer: Sega
Publishers: Sega (JP/US/EU), Tec Toy (BR)
Platform: Sega Master System
Released in JP: January 31, 1988
Released in US: 1988
Released in EU: 1988
Released in BR: 1989


RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Wonder Boy in Monster Land is a Master System port of the similarly titled Sega/Westone arcade game Wonder Boy: Monster Land and the first version of the game released internationally. A bit harder than its coin-op original, due to the lack of a continue feature, but players able to persevere through the added challenge will experience an all new stage made exclusively for this version. This port was released in Japan under the title of Super Wonder Boy: Monster World, making it the first game in the series released under the Monster World spinoff brand.

Regional differences

Hmmm...
To do:
Compare the two English scripts and add more info on the other stuff (Such as the difficulty).
Japanese title Early English title Final English title
Wb2 sms jpn title screen.PNG Wb2 sms early title screen.PNG Wb2 sms eng title screen.PNG

While the arcade version was titled Wonder Boy: Monster Land in Japan, the console port changed the game's title to Super Wonder Boy: Monster World. This was presumably due to the existence of a similar titled game for the Super Cassette Vision titled Waiwai Monsterland. Because Waiwai Monsterland was released only in Japan, this was not an issue for the rest of the world, where the game was allowed to keep its original Monster Land title.

An early English localization of the game contained within the Japanese ROM had the game titled Super Wonder Boy: Monster Land. This was changed to Wonder Boy in Monster Land for the final English release.

It is worth mentioning that while some Master System cartridges had the game's title misprinted as Super Wonder Boy in Super Monster Land on their labels, these misprinted cartridges are otherwise identical to the final English release.

Early English version Final English version
Wb2 sms early script.PNG Wb2 sms final script.PNG

The early English version (dubbed Version 1.0) differs from the final version (Version 1.1) by having a different script and being much closer to the Japanese version in terms of difficulty. Specifically, enemy bosses have more health in both the Japanese version and the early English version, than in the final English release.

Another difference is that the Japanese version contains cocktail and beer in the taverns, while the English version contains ale and mead.