Following a formal game announcement a few days ago, the first Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World trailer is here as part of Gamescom 2020, in addition to many new details. It turns out the Studio Artdink and ININ Games title is actually a full remake of Sega Mega Drive’s Monster World IV from 1994, explaining the presence of Asha as the protagonist. And unlike 2018’s Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, this game utilizes 3D graphics for its 2D platforming.
Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World will offer light RPG mechanics, in that you can collect gold from defeated enemies to buy stronger swords, shields, and bangles. That previously seen blue creature called a Pepelogoo will offer unique ways for Asha to navigate individual environments too, including double jumping, gliding, and the ability to activate distant switches. New game modes, voice acting, and other elements will round out the remake package.
As previously reported, Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World brings back several original series developer staff, including Shinichi Sakamoto, Maki Ozora, Takanori Kurihara, and series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa.
It was perhaps wise of Studio Artdink and ININ Games to include a “Development Build” disclaimer at the bottom of the Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World trailer, since it’s frankly looking a little rough right now. The (somewhat barren) 3D graphics don’t have the instant charm of hand-drawn cartoon visuals (or even the original pixel art), and the animations are a bit stiff in places. Fortunately, the game has plenty of time to shape up before it launches on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC in Q1 2021.