The Sega Master System did not sell very well in North America. As such, the primary exposure western gamers had to the Wonder Boy series was via Hudson’s Adventure Island on the NES, which was quite thoroughly a Wonder Boy ripoff. However, while Master Higgins stuck to his mostly linear, skateboard-and-fruit routine throughout the NES years, Wonder Boy pushed out in a different direction, and, by the third game in the series, had adopted many of the hallmarks of what would later be dubbed the Metroidvania genre.
That third game, subtitled The Dragon’s Trap, has recently been remade by French developer Lizardcube, and it is this new version over which I cast my baleful gaze today. Does it live up to the original? Does it also succeed as a modern game?