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Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Japan New Ver., MC-8123, 317-0043)

Wonder Boy in Monster Land (c) 1987 Sega / Westone.

Use your sword to fight monsters and defeat the Dragon. Collect gold to upgrade your boots, shield and armor, and defeat bosses to strengthen your sword. Most stages include a boss, that once defeated leaves behind a key to the next stage.


Sega System 2 hardware

Main CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : SN76496 (@ 4 Mhz), SN76496 (@ 2 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 1536

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2 (STAB, JUMP)


A bootleg of this game was made by Galaxy Electronics in England.


* This game has hidden coins that appear when you jump in certain spots. The demo screen shows a couple of these. Some of them will give you 60 gold or more every time.

* How to get 60+ golds from hidden coins : Besides the general strategy of quickly wiggling the joystick right and left while jumping (which raises the chance to get 60+ golds), certain coins, in certain places within the game, will ALWAYS yield 60+ golds if you perform particular actions :

1) Round 2 : On the screen after you kill the Vampire, there's a platform with a Shoe Shop and some stairs which lead downwards to an Infirmary. Wait for the little mushroom to go down the stairs, and stand so that you are almost off the topmost stair. The mushroom will come back up and hit you, making you fall off the stairs. Hold the joystick to the left so that when you land you walk into the bottom step. This will drop a 60+ coin. NOTE: This trick only works if you haven't bought any shoes yet.

2) Round 3 : On the stage after you kill the Red Knight, you'll see some jellyfishes on platforms over the water. At the first jellyfish you come to, wait for it to drop into the water, then lean out of the platform putting yourself on its trajectory. The jellyfish will hit you, and you'll get a 60+ golds bag. NOTE: This trick is shown during the attract mode.

3) Round 3 (Baraboro) : Climb the ladder to the platform where the Shield Shop and Catherine's window are located. Once you're atop the ladder, let the mouse hit you. You'll fall leftwards, triggering a 60+ golds bag.

4) Round 6 (Pyramid) : Beneath the platform where the Infirmary is located, there are some spikes. Approach the spikes as much as possible, then hit jump and fire at the same time, and keep hitting them every time you land. Some coins will start to fall from the platform and head towards you. If you'll keep a pace as much regular as possible, many of those coins will yield 60+ golds.


1. Wonder Boy (1986)

2. Wonder Boy in Monster Land (1987)

3. Wonder Boy III - Monster Lair (1988)

4. Wonder Boy IV - Monster World II (Sega Mega Drive)

5. Wonder Boy V - Monster World III (1991, Sega Mega Drive)

6. Monster World IV (1994, Sega Mega Drive)


Program : Ryuichi Nishizawa, Michishito Ishizuka

Character Produce : Naoki Hoshizaki

Music Compose : Shin-ichi Sakamoto

Character Design : Hiromi Suzuko, Rie Ishizuka (aka Rie Yatomi)

Special Thanks : Kohta Kikuchi, K. Kiyokawaanzu, Ohayashi

Produce : Ryuichi Nishizawa


* Consoles :

Sega Master System (1988)

NEC PC-Engine (1988)

* Computers :

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)

Commodore C64 (1989)

Amstrad CPC (1989)

Atari ST (1989)

Commodore Amiga (1989)