Just when I thought my love for Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap couldn’t get any more intense, today LizardCube and DotEmu have announced that their upcoming game features the ability to switch back to the original Sega Master System version of Wonder Boy III in real time. They had previously claimed that the remastered game would feature all of the same mechanics and level design as the original game, but now they can literally prove it at the push of a button. It is a testament to the solid design of the original that mechanically it still holds up after nearly thirty years, and an indicator of how seriously LizardCube took the task of bringing this classic game to a modern audience.
Even more incredible, players can enter their original Sega Master System password saves from 1989 and pick up right where they left off in Spring 2017. That’s a level of dedication that will go unappreciated by most, but for someone like myself who still has passwords scribbled on the back of his paper manual, it just proves that this franchise is in the right hands.
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is scheduled for release this spring on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and I for one cannot wait to revisit this returning classic.