“Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World” Set for April Release in Japan; New Trailer Revealed

Game publisher G Choice and developer Studio Artdink have announced that Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World will launch for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam PC on 22 April in Japan. For western gamers, Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World is ambiguously scheduled to release in “early 2021” for the same platforms.

If you can’t wait, the Japanese Switch release will be available at retail in two versions: a standard edition (3,980 yen, approximately $40) and a “Special Pack” edition (5,980 yen, approximately $60). The latter includes a collector’s box and two sizable art books (one 80 pages, one 40 pages), in addition to a copy of the game (you have to be sure these days).

If you somehow prefer a digital edition of the game, you’ll be dropping 3,480 yen (approximately $35) across all platforms.

Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World is a modern remake of Monster World IV, which was developed by Westone and released for the SEGA Mega Drive in 1994. Seeing that this was the first game in the series to feature a female protagonist, the “Wonder Boy” portion of the title was dropped from its original release.

Below is a new trailer for Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World, followed by the official breakdown of the game from western publisher ININ Games:

The Original Development Team Behind the Wheel

The game is a fully remastered version of the famous Wonder Boy IV from 1994 with the development being led by the creator of the Wonder Boy series, Ryuichi Nishizawa. Nishizawa-san is supported by members of the original development team. Shinichi Sakamoto (sound), Maki Ōzora (character design) and Takanori Kurihara (creative management) are creating the next entry of the beloved series.

Dream Team with New Features

Asha is chosen to leave her village in order to rescue missing spirits and to save the world. Luckily, she has her blue flying friend Pepelogoo to help her on her adventures.

While the story stays true to the origins, there are many updates and features that will be included in the new Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World:

• For the first time ever: Character voices.

• Remastered graphics with a fresh 2.5D design.

• New dynamic and impressive cutscenes and animations.

• Remastered game sounds and soundtrack by Shinichi Sakamoto.

• Additional easy mode, so everyone alike can enjoy the game.

The developers listened closely to the fans to make sure that their feedback will be implemented in order to create a stunning fresh take on the Wonder Boy brand that will make gamers happy.

Original Monster World IV Included

The beloved original Monster World IV is included in all physical editions. Monster World IV is featured on the cartridge for Nintendo Switch and will be an exclusive download code that comes with the PlayStation 4 disc version of Asha in Monster World.

Source: Gematsu

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