Over the last decade or so, many gaming icons large and small have fallen by the wayside. With publishers competing for better graphics and larger worlds while also attempting to keep budgets manageable, niche franchises have been the hardest hit. Fortunately, the rise of indie gaming has provided spiritual successors to many of those franchises, but the results have been mixed, at times.
Sega’s Wonder Boy is the latest franchise with a spiritual successor on the way, complete with series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa at the helm. In Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, the game’s titular character will explore 2D platforming areas that should appeal to many old-school gamers. The main character’s ability to transform into five different creatures, including a snake and a pig, will likely play a significant role in the title. That particular ability also played a major role in 1989’s Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap.
As of this time, publisher FDG Entertainment remains cryptic on just which Nintendo system will see Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. Given the hesitation to announce a particular platform, it seems highly likely the title will land on NX. We’ll have more information on the title as it develops!
Source: Nintendo Life