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Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Lizardcube stopped by Gamekult this week and showed off an hour of footage from Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. Ahead of the game’s April 18 launch on Switch, you can watch an hour of footage below.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap has gone gold ahead of its launch later this month. Lizardcube and DotEmu made the announcement earlier today on Twitter.

The official notice reads:

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap releases on Switch via the eShop on April 18.


DotEmu hasn’t shown the hero design in Wonder Boy: The Dragons Trap – until today. The company gave fans a first look at the character, including the reveal of a playable Wonder Girl.

Here’s a new trailer:

DotEmu added in a new blog post:

“Over the years we’ve seen many different versions of Wonder Boy, depending on the specific game or console. Even the concept art had radically different characters. With such a diverse foundation to build from, it was on me to decide which direction to move in for this latest contribution to the Wonder Boy saga.

I remember as a kid, just looking at those tiny little pixels on my TV made my imagination run wild. So the obvious design choice was to start with the material I’d spent countless hours enjoying. I began with the original sprites from the Master System, aiming for a 21st-century reinterpretation.

You won’t have to wait much longer to play Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. Today, DotEmu announced that the game is set to launch on April 18 via the eShop (and other platforms). A “last surprise” will be revealed on March 18.

For those who haven’t heard of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap previously, here’s a brief overview:

“Boasting beautiful, hand-drawn animations and a re-orchestrated soundtrack, the cult classic returns with a unique blend of exploration, action, and adventure. Play as Lizard-Man, Mouse-Man, Piranha-Man, Lion-Man, and Hawk-Man, and use their unique abilities to uncover the land’s deepest secrets. Switch in real-time between the original retro graphics and the visually stunning modern remake, and input your old Sega Master System passcode to unlock all of your old saves and progression – just how you left them in 1989.”

Source: DotEmu PR

Polygon is back with more footage from Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. View 20 minutes of gameplay below.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

GiantBomb has shared another 21 minutes of footage from Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. Take a look at the latest gameplay video below.

DotEmu put up a new Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap trailer today showing how you can switch in-game from HD to 8-bit visuals at any point. See it below.

Thanks to IGN, we have another look at Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap specifically running on Switch. View 12 minutes of gameplay below.


GameSpot has shared a few new minutes of footage from Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, which is lined up for Switch. We’ve posted the video below.

It was hard to keep the secret, but finally we can spill those edamame beans…
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is coming to the Nintendo Switch™ in 2017!

A few months ago Nintendo contacted us. A reunion was held in mushroom kingdom under a veil of absolute secrecy, where they suggested we could bring the game over to their upcoming platform. Needless to say it was a unique opportunity and as soon as we saw the system we knew we wanted to get the game on it. We started working on it and well, HERE WE ARE!

The game plays fantastic on the Nintendo Switch! It runs at a smooth 60 FPS, the screen and colors in handheld mode are amazing, and it plays just as well in full HD when docked. We can’t wait to show you more!

In the meanwhile, you can check out the official console page if you would like to know more about the Switch (available worldwide in March 2017!).

If you don’t plan to dock yourself on the Switch bandwagon just yet, rest assured, the game will also be coming to other platforms! We will announce them as well as the game release date as soon as we are ready… and we’ve got a bunch of other cool news coming.


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