Monsters rule! A new Wonder Boy game titled Wonder Boy - Asha in Monster World is currently in development, and the original Wonder Boy team has its experienced hands in the project.
IGN broke the news about Asha in Monster World earlier today. So far we only have tidbits of information about the game, as well as a new piece of key art. We'll find out lots more at the Gamescom Awesome Indies Showcase, which streams on August 29 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.
What we know for certain is Asha in Monster World stars the titular Asha, the green-haired protagonist for 1991's Wonder Boy 4. The heroine is accompanied by her pet blue Pepelogoos, an adorable bunny-like creature that helps Asha reach spaces she can't get to by herself. (Pepelogoos are also capable of utilizing mind-control on their owners, but—no, it's fine. You know what, it's fine.)
Studio Artdink and ININ Games (which recently published Bubble Bobble 4 Friends on the Switch) are developing Asha in Monster World. Wonder Boy series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa is directing the game, original series composer Shinichi Sakamoto is composing the soundtrack, veteran character designer Maki Ōzora is making art, and former Wonder Boy programmer Takanori Kurihara is Asha in Monster World's creative director. This will be the first fully-voiced Wonder Boy game, and apparently Asha will have plenty to say.
The Wonder Boy series has enjoyed a fruitful HD revival thanks to excellent remakes like 2017's Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, and 2019's Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. (Asha even makes a cameo in Cursed Kingdom as a stained glass window.) Hopefully Wonder Boy - Asha in Monster World continues this welcome tradition of satisfying side-scrolling monster battling.