Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

Our Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection Review takes us back to the 1980s and 1990s, the adventures of Wonder Boy have delighted gamers of different generations and built up a huge following all over the world with their dazzling blend of energetic platforming and action RPG. Since its first launch, Wonder Boy has seen many sequels and remakes of the original game. However, the Wonder Boy games have seen very limited release in the West on modern gaming hardware – until now! To celebrate the legacy of this iconic game series, we are creating a carefully curated collection of essential titles of the Wonder Boy series, precisely ported to today’s home consoles and including extended features!

Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection Review Pros:

  • Graphics vary from 8 – bit to 16-bit.
  • 825MB download size.
  • Graphics settings – display (1:1 PAR, 4:3 DAR, Fullscreen), Scale filter (Soft, Crispy, None), Wallpaper, and brightness sliders.
  • Six save slots per game.
  • Near instant loading times.
  • Tight controls.
  • Gameplay is varied from platformers to endless runner style to more of an RPG game.
  • Six games in one –
    • Wonder Boy.
    • Wonder Boy in monster land.
    • Wonder Boy III monster lair.
    • Monster World II.
    • Monster World III.
    • Monster World IV.
  • Gallery for each game with concept art, promo material, and game boxes and art for every region.
  • Rewind and fast-forward buttons that can be tweaked.
  • Wonder Boy has six versions –
    • System 1.
    • SG – 1000.
    • Sega Mark III.
    • Master System.
    • Game Gear (JP).
    • Revenge Of Drancon Game Gear (World).
  • Wonder Boy In Monster Land has four versions –
    • System 2 (JP).
    • Sega Mark III.
    • System 2 (World).
    • Master System.
  • Wonder Boy III Monster Lair has two versions –
    • System 16.
    • Genesis.
  • Monster World II has four versions –
    • Sega Mark III (JP).
    • Game Gear (JP).
    • Master System (World).
    • Game Gear (World).
  • Monster World III has three versions –
    • Megadrive.
    • Genesis.
    • Master System.
  • Monster World IV has two versions –
    • Megadrive.
    • Genesis.
  • Can rebind controls for each individual game.
  • Two difficulties in each game – Normal and hard.
  • Controls can be either enhanced or original.
  • Gameplay settings include starting lives and score requirements for extra lives.
  • State save and load. (Save when you want)
  • Maps are an addition where you can see the whole level or area in one image and see where everything is and are a really cool addition.
  • Six languages -UK/USA, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese.
  • CRT filters and settings to adjust it.
  • Each game has a brief history on the games.
  • You can bring up the menu at any time and change settings, Save/load, and go back to the game selection menus.
  • If a game had password support then it is available here.
  • A fantastic nostalgia trip.

Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection Review Cons:

  • Limited amount of wallpaper choices.
  • no own in-game achievements.
  • default controls are a bit clunky in places, Usually related to menus.
  • Having to press and hold a button for state save/loads is a bit of a faff.
  • Most of the extras like graphic settings are copied from other collection releases.
  • If you own any of the standalone games then you are not missing out on anything here, It’s just a neat little package.

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Developer: InIn Games

Publisher: Ratilikala games

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10


Getting a re-release of a Wonder Boy game is nothing new, we have had many over the years and from a few different Dev teams. In this collection, we get all the games on one package, not only that but they have all gone the extra mile and added in every regional and console version of each game! Then add in state saves and filter choices it makes this collection a must-have and the definitive one to own if you are a retro game collector or Wonder Boy die-hard. I love having it on the Switch as it plays really well and there is little to complain about, they have added more than I thought and for that I found the Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection to be the one-stop game for Wonder Boy fans.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!