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Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Sega Master System)/Early English Script

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This is a sub-page of Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Sega Master System).

By playing the original Japanese release on an international console, you can take a peek at an early version of the English localization used in the international releases of the game.

Japanese English (Early) English (Final)
Wb2 sms jpn title screen.PNG Wb2 sms early title screen.PNG Wb2 sms eng title screen.PNG

In this version of the localization, the game is 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.

Acactussayswhat?
Please elaborate.
Having more detail is always a good thing.
Specifically: Elaborate on the differences in difficulty between releases.
Early English version Final English version
Wb2 sms early script.PNG Wb2 sms final script.PNG

The early English version differs from the final version 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 worth noting is that the Japanese version (and by extent, the early English version) contains cocktail and beer in the taverns, while the final English version contains ale and mead.

Main Text Block

The game's main chunk of text is located at $DA68, as with all versions of the game. This page compares the English scripts from the Japanese and international versions of the game respectively, in order of which they are presented in the ROM.

Early Final
LISTEN TO ME CAREFULLY,
OH ONE OF GREAT COURAGE.

                        
HEY BRAVE MAN,LISTEN
CAREFULLY.

                        
THE COUNTRY'S FATE DEPE-
NDS ON YOU.

                        
THE COUNTRY'S FATE
DEPENDS ON YOU.

                        
YOUR MISSION IS TO DEST-
ROY THE VICIOUS DRAGON
AND RESTORE PEACE.
                        
YOUR MISSION IS TO
DESTROY THE VICIOUS
DRAGON AND RESTORE PEACE
.
TAKE THE SWORD AND POTI-
ON WITH YOU. I WILL SEE
YOU AG AIN.
                        
TAKE THE SWORD AND
POTION WITH YOU. I WILL
SEE YOU AGAIN.
                        
JUMP WHERE THE LAST TREE
ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE
IS.
                        
JUMP,THE LAST TREE ON
THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE.

                        
DEATH HAS THE KEY TO THE
NEXT TOWN'S GATE.

                        
DEATH MASTER HAS THE KEY
TO THE NEXT TOWN'S GATE.

                        
COCKTAIL OR BEER?


                        
     ALE OR MEAD?


                        
IT LOOKS LIKE THE ONE
WHO OPPOSED THE RED KNI-
GHT IS TAKING SHELTER IN
THE CAVERN.
IT LOOKS LIKE THE ONE
WHO OPPOSED THE RED
KNIGHT IS TAKING SHELTER
IN THE CAVERN.
THIS TOWN IS CONTROLLED
BY THE RED KNIGHT

                        
THIS TOWN IS CONTROLLED
BY THE RED KNIGHT WHO IS
LIVING IN THE CASTLE ON
THE TOP OF THE CLIFF.
WHO IS LIVING IN THE
CASTLE ON THE TOP OF
THE CLIFF.
                        
I THINK THERE IS A STORE
THAT SELLS ARMOR.

                        
I THINK THERE IS A STORE
SELLS ARMOR.

                        
HEY BOY, WHAT ARE YOU
DOING HERE DRINKING BEER
?
                        
HEY BOY,YOU ARE JUST
DRINKING,CAN YOU BEAT
THE     RED KNIGHT?
                        
THINK YOU CAN DEFEAT THE
RED KNIGHT?

                        
IF YOU'RE ON YOUR WAY TO
FIGHT THE DRAGON,I'LL BE
GLAD TO SHOW YOU HOW.
                        
IF YOU'RE ON YOUR WAY TO
FIGHT THE DRAGON,I'LL
TEACH YOU.
                        
THE HERO'S EMBLEM MAY
HELP YOU TO DEFEAT IT.

                        
THE HERO'S EMBLEM MAY
HELP YOU TO BEAT IT.

                        
MY FRIEND CATHERINE ISL
IVING IN THE COASTAL
TOWN OF BARABORO.
                        
MY FRIEND CATHERINE
LIVES IN THE COASTAL
TOWN OF BARABORO. GIVE
THIS LETTER TO HER.
GIVE THIS LETTER TO HER.
I'M SURE THAT SHE CAN BE
OF SOME HELP TOYOU.
                        
SHE'LL BE SURE TO HELP
YOU.

                        
TAKE THIS FLUTE WITH YOU
AND VISIT PORORO ISLAND.

                        
TAKE THIS FLUTE AND
VISIT PORORO ISLAND.

                        
AN OLD MAN LIVING IN A
MYSTERIOUS MANSION WILL
SHOW YOU HOW TO OBTAINIT
.
AN OLD MAN LIVING IN A
MYSTERIOUS MANSION WILL
SHOW YOU.HOW TO OBTAIN
IT.
YOU HAVEN'T BEEN INJURED
.

                        
YOU ARE O.K.


                        
COME AGAIN WHEN YOU HAVE
BEEN INJURED.

                        
COME AGAIN WHEN YOU GET
HURT.

                        
I SAID "YOU DON'T HAVE
ENOUGH MONEY."

                        
YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH
MONEY!

                        
NEXT PERSON, PLEASE.


                        
NEXT PLEASE.


                        
NOW THERE'S A REAL MAN.


                        
WOW , WOW NICE GUY.


                        
HOW DO YOU LIKE THE COCK
TAIL?

                        
HOW DO YOU LIKE THE ALE?


                        
COME BACK WITH SOME
MONEY NEXT TIME.

                        
COME AGAIN WITH SOME
MONEY.

                        
DON'T COME BACK HERE
AGAIN.

                        
NEVER COME BACK!


                        
OH, YOU'RE HERE AGAIN.
BEER OR COCKTAIL?

                        
OH, YOU'RE HERE AGAIN.
MEAD OR ALE?

                        
HM! OH, NO.


                        
. . . . .


                        
YOU MAY COME BACK AGAIN
TOMORROW.

                        
PLEASE COME BACK AGAIN
TOMORROW.

                        
IF YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS
HERE,GET OUT!

                        
IF YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS,
GET OUT!

                        
CLOSED FOR TODAY.


                        
CLOSED.


                        
SOMEONE MUST BE OUT
THERE BEYOND THE WALL.

                        
SOMEONE BE THERE BEYOND
THE WALL.

                        
ANYONE WHO VALUES HIS
LIFE BETTER LEAVE HEREI-
MMEDIATELY.
                        
ANYONE WHO VALUES HIS
LIFE BETTER LEAVE HERE
IMMEDIATELY.
                        
HE'LL REPLACE IT WITH
THE EMBLEM IF YOU ARE
TRULY A COURAGEOUS MAN.
                        
HE'LL REPLACE IT WITH
THE EMBLEM IF YOU ARE
TRULY BRAVE MAN.
                        
THE DRAGON IS REALLY  A
VERY FORMIDABLE ENEMY.
NEVER GIVE UP!
                        
THE DRAGON IS  A VERY
FORMIDABLE ENEMY. NEVER
GIVE UP!
                        
OH! I'M GLAD YOU CAME
HERE.YOU ARE REALLY A
BRAVE PERSON.
                        
OH! WELCOME HERE.YOU ARE
REALLY BRAVE.

                        
I'LL AWARD AN EMBLEM TO
YOU FOR YOUR COURA-GE.

                        
I AWARDED YOU THE EMBLEM
FOR YOUR COURAGE.

                        
THE GREAT DRAGON IS IN
THE MONSTER CASTLE.BE
SURE TO DEFEAT HIM.
                        
THE GREAT DRAGON IS IN
THE MONSTER CASTLE.BE
SURE TO BEAT HIM.
                        
YOU'VE DONE QUITE WELL
SO FAR.YOU HAVE BECOME
REALLY STURDY.
TAKE EITHER THE BELL  OR
YOU'VE DONE QUITE WELL
SO FAR,AND BECOME REALLY
STURDY.TAKE EITHER THE
BELL OR THE RUBY.
 BELL             RUBY


                        
 BELL            RUBY


                        
MY SISTER CATHERINE IS
ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF
THIS BUILDING.
                        
MY SISTER CATHERINE IS
ON THE SECOND FLOOR.

                        
THE PYRAMID IS SAID TO
HAVE A BAR INSIDE.

                        
THE PYRAMID IS SAID TO
HAVE A BAR.

                        
RECENTLY,THE SOUND OF
WINDOW GLASS BREAKING
WAS HEARD.
                        
SPHINX HAS MANY CLUBS.


                        
RECENTLY,IT'S SO NOISY
AT NIGHT.

                        
SPHINX MAKES STRANGE
NOISES WHEN IT RAINS.

                        
THERE SEEMS TO BE A
SECRET ABOUT THE SOUTHE-
RN ISLAND'S ECHO TOWER.
                        
THERE SEEMS TO BE A  SE-
CRET ABOUT THE SOUTHERN
ISLAND'S ECHO TOWER.
                        
EARNING THE GUIDANCE
BELL WILL SURELY BE HEL-
PFUL.
                        
EARNING THE GUIDANCE
BELL WILL SURELY BE
HELPFUL.
                        
YOU FOOL!


                        
FOOL!


                        
WONDERFUL! HOW DID YOU
KNOW THAT? YOU ARE NOW
ALLOWED TO GO OUT OF THE
PYRAMID.
WONDERFUL!YOU KNOW THAT!
ALLOWED TO GO OUT OF THE
PYRAMID.
                        
YOU'LL LOSE YOUR LIFE IF
YOU FAIL TO ANSWER MY
QUESTION. IS THAT CLEAR
TO YOU?
IF YOU FAIL TO ANSWER MY
QUESTION,YOU LOSE LIFE,
O.K?
                        
QUESTION:  WHAT DID I
EAT YESTERDAY?

                        
QUESTION:  WHAT WAS FOR
DINNER YESTERDAY?

                        
BEEFSTEAK       NODINNER
    CHICKEN AND RICE

                        
BEEFSTEAK      NO DINNER
       FRIED CHICKEN

                        
QUESTION:  WHAT IS MY
HOBBY RECENTLY?

                        
QUESTION:  WHAT IS MY
HOBBY?

                        
GOLF     "KARAOKE" SINGI
NG        READING

                        
GOLF            SINGING
        READING

                        
THE ICY CASTLE IS SAID
TO HAVE A LOT OF STORES.

                        
THE ICY CASTLE IS SAID
TO HAVE MANY STORES.

                        
THE BATTLE IS OVER.WE
NEVER KNEW THAT THE
DRAGON WAS A ROBOT.DID
IT COME FROM ANOTHER
PLANET? AT LAST,PEACE
HAS BEEN RESTORED TO
THIS COUNTRY. THE PEOPLE
WILL LIVE HAPPILY EVER
AFTER. HOWEVER, DON'T BE
OFF GUARD AS EVEN MORE
DREADFUL THINGS MAY BE
AWAITING YOU. GOOD-BYE,
MONSTERLAND. WE WILL    
MEET AGAIN.
THE BATTLE IS OVER.WE
NEVER KNEW THAT THE
DRAGON WAS A ROBOT.DID
IT COME FROM ANOTHER
PLANET? AT LAST,PEACE
HAS BEEN RESTORED TO
THIS COUNTRY. THE PEOPLE
WILL LIVE HAPPILY.  HOW-
EVER, DON'T BE OFF GUARD
AS EVEN MORE DREADFUL
THINGS MAY BE AWAITING
YOU. GOOD-BYE, MONSTER
LAND. SEE YOU AGAIN.    
THE ENEMY LIVING UNDERG-
ROUND IN THE MAM DESERT
HAS THE PYRAMID'S KEY.
                        
THE ENEMY LIVING UNDER-
GROUND IN THE MAM DESERT
HAS THE PYRAMID'S KEY.
                        
WHEN YOU FIGHT AGAINST
THE DRAGON, AIM AT ITS
HEAD.
                        
WHEN YOU FIGHT THE
DRAGON, AIM AT ITS HEAD.

                        
LIGHTNING MAGIC!


                        
THUNDER FLASH!


                        
HEY BOY, WHAT ARE YOU
DOING HERE DRINKING BEER
?
                        
HEY BOY, WHAT ARE YOU
DOING HERE DRINKING MEAD
?
                        
JACK,A FRIEND OF MINE
,MAKES A REALLY GREAT
COCKTAIL.
                        
JACK,A FRIEND OF MINE
,MAKES A REALLY GREAT
ALE.
                        
DON'T YOU HAVE SOMETHING
THAT JACK ASKED YOU TOBR
ING ME?
                        
DON'T YOU HAVE SOME
THING THAT JACK ASKED
YOU TO BRING ME?
                        
QUESTION: WHAT IS THE
METHOD BY WHICH I GET
RID OF STRESS?
                        
QUESTION: HOW DO I STAY
IN SHAPE?

                        
JOGGING     EMBROI-DERIN
G        ALCOHOL

                        
JOGGING    EMBROIDERING
        BASEBALL

                        
THE SPHINX OFTEN VISITS
OUR BAR.

                        
SPHINX LIKES GREEN
DIAMONDS.

                        
RECENTLY,EARTHQUAKES
OCCUR IN THE MORNING.

                        
SPHINX HAS NEW SHOES.


                        
WHAT IS THE GAME THAT
RECENTLY I'M MOST INTER-
ESTED IN?
                        
WHICH GAME HAVE I BEEN
PLAYING RECENTLY?

                        
I HEAR THAT THE SPHINX
EASILY BECOME SICK WHEN
RIDING IN A VEHICLE.
                        
SPHINX TOOK A RIDE HE'LL
NEVER FORGET.

                        
THE SPHINX OFTEN WEARS
STRANGE GLASSES.

                        
SPHINX HAS STRANGE
GLASSES.