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[Nintendo Switch] Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World Review

[Nintendo Switch] Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World Review
  • On May 24, 2021

Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World is a remake of the Sega Genesis classic, out soon on Nintendo Switch. Check our Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World review!


Remakes of games are not something we haven’t seen before, but when a remake of what many consider to be one of the best games on the Sega Genesis finds its way to the Nintendo Switch, you bet we’re going to listen! Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World from Monkey Craft, STUDIOARTDINK, and ININ Games is a sidescrolling remake of Monster World IV with a 3D look to it. The original is a 2D sidescrolling action RPG that was originally released on the Sega Genesis way back in 1994.

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You’ll be taking control of titular heroine Asha, who will be joined in this adventure by her blue flying friend Pepelogoo. At first, you’ll only be playing as Asha, who must first bring the magical crystal to one of the statues far outside of the town in order to make the Tower of Silence appear. Once she manages to fully explore the Tower of Silence, her adventure will truly begin. Once she visits the Queen after completing her journey through the Tower of Silence, she will ask her to go on a bigger adventure to save the land.


To help give this remake the look and feel one would expect from a Wonder Boy/Monster Boy release, original staff members from former Westone Bit Entertainment got to work on the remake. This team was led and directed by Ryuichi Nishizawa, the creator of the Wonder Boy series, working alongside Shinichi Sakamoto (sound), Maki ?zora (character design), and Takanori Kurihara (creative management).

You can select to play either in the Easy or Normal difficulty settings. For Easy, you’ll get health recovery items more easily so that you can always be ready for action. Normal presents an experience closer to the original game on the Sega Genesis, and coins won’t be collected automatically. You’ll be moving Asha with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the B button, and attacking with a sword with the A or Y buttons. You can jump and press up or down on the left analog stick and press one of the attack buttons to do an upward or downward thrust.

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You can talk to other characters or interact with doors to open them by pressing the X button and can use Pepelogoo by pressing the R button. When carrying Pepelogoo, you’ll be able to glide, which extends your air time, and will also be able to do a second jump so that you can clear a longer distance. You can block incoming attacks with the L button or by pressing down on the left analog stick or the D-Pad and can make the most of magical hits you’ll be using the ZL or ZR buttons.


You’ll obtain different swords and shields as you progress through the game, as well as collect bracelets that will increase the number of hearts you have, which act as your hit points. If you collect ten life drops, then you’ll be able to gain a heart to boost your overall max health. Each sword will have different stats for attack power, magical hit charging speed, and force. Each shield has different rates for the activation of magical protection, which is a special ability that will fully protect you from an enemy’s attack. Oh, and if you ever find an elixir, be sure to hold on to it! An elixir will make Pepelogoo revive you when all of your hearts are gone, which is extremely useful!

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The many coins you’ll collect as you defeat your enemies or open the colorful treasure chests you’ll find can be used at special vending machines to recover some of your lost health. They can also be used for purchasing medicinal herbs, more powerful swords, shields with elemental properties, and more! The vending machines will be especially useful right before a boss fight so that you can have as many of your hearts full as possible before you take on, say, a large fire-spewing harpy that stands on your path towards conquering one of the game’s major areas.

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Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World is a game that I had been looking forward to playing since it was announced, and I’m here to say that it does not disappoint. While I would have loved the game to have a hand-drawn art style, it’s understandable how that was not part of what the development team was aiming to do. A very important quality of life improvement is how you can now save at any time instead of having to find the Save Sage to save your progress, which makes it easier to complete this adventure. You can get Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World on Nintendo Switch this Friday for $34.99. And if you purchase the physical retail version of Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World from ININ Games, be that at physical or online stores, such as the Strictly Limited Games partner store, you will also get to enjoy the original version of Monster World IV! This applies to the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4 versions.

This Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by STUDIOARTDINK.

Review Overview

A fun remake of a classic with some great quality of life improvements