Community Retro Let's Play for early June 2019. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_World_IV HG101: http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/monster-world-iv/ The Wonder Boy/Monster World series have been revived in the last couple of years with two excellent modern indie titles released for PC OSes and console platforms: Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is a remake of the Sega Master System tile Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon's Trap, recreating the gameplay and mechanics with pixel-perfect accuracy, but adding new graphics, audio, and optional additions to the gameplay. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is more of a sequel, an all-new entry maintaining the style and world elements of the previous games. Both are excellent games, highly recommended for new and experienced WB/MW fans alike. The various games bearing the names "Wonder Boy" and "Monster World" have various numbers associated with them, it's best not to think too hard about these numbers as some were plain mistakes made during localisation, and defining what games fit in what series and in what order can get confusing very quickly. The best explanation for the modern interpretation of numbers that I've found is here, which uses a citation from the SEGA AGES 2500 collection describing The Dragon's Trap as a "Monster World gaiden", or "side-story", rather than it having its own number in the series. Anyway, the two series contain games that can be roughly divided into "action" (scrolling arcade action), and "action-adventure" (adding inventory, character progression and exploration elements shared with metroidvanias). The three action-adventure games available to English-speaking markets on Sega consoles were: Wonder Boy in Monster Land (this originated as an arcade title, but the Sega Master System version was the only official English port). Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon's Trap (SMS/Game Gear). Wonder Boy in Monster World (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis). The "Sega consoles" bit is notable because all of these games were reskinned and ported to different consoles in various markets. Greg Sewart did a pretty good dive into it in his review of WB3: Monster Lair: Anyway after all of this, one more game was made for the Mega Drive which never made it to English-speaking markets during the 16-bit era: Monster World IV. Dropping the "Wonder Boy" side of the dual series made way for a female protagonist, Asha, with her sidekick Pepelogoo. The game features some new mechanics over the previous entries in the series, and apparently dials back on some of the RPG elements to focus a little more on platforming action, but apart from that I'm going in fairly blind to this game, having never played it before. I've played through "Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom" though, which lovingly references all of the games that came before it, so beyond the existence of Pepelogoo I expect to see some "reverse references" playing through this. Versions of the game Currently for sale, your options are Playstation 3 and Xbox 360/Xbox One digital downloads: https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0177-NPUB30324_00-MNSTRWRLD4PSNUS1 https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/p/s...orld/brl4twknvt82?activetab=pivot:overviewtab This version was also available on the Wii, but the Shop Channel is now closed. SEGA AGES titles are making their way to the Switch though, so hopefully the Monster World series will be available again soon. The Sega Mega Drive Mini will include the game, and is scheduled for worldwide release on September 19 2019. All previous versions were released in Japanese language only: SEGA AGES Vol. 29 for the Playstation 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega_Ages#Sega_Ages_2500_(PlayStation_2) And the original Mega Drive version, which is playable at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/sg_Monster_World_IV_1994_Sega_JP It also appears to be in an Internet Archive collection of Mega Drive ROM dumps, if you need an implicitly legal way of getting the original version to patch with a translation. https://archive.org/details/SegaGenesisCollection But as usual, be sure to get legal advice before clicking on any links on the Web. Fan translations The Mega Drive version was fan-translated twice, as far as I can tell. The first time was by "demiforce" (this name appears in some pre-patched versions of the game I've seen referenced in ROM collection databases), and demi's translation was used as the basis for an improved translation patch by Di Somma Michele: https://www.romhacking.net/translations/1276/ If you need any help getting the Mega Drive version or applying a translation patch, send me a PM and I'll be able to help. Playing the Mega Drive version As usual, elvis has you covered with an excellent overview of the Mega Drive and its current retro options: https://forums.overclockers.com.au/threads/retro-faq-sega-megadrive-sega-genesis.1255735/ Emulation is the easiest option for most people, and the tl;dr there is any emulator setup with RetroArch (eg. RetroPie) should have PicoDrive and Gens Plus, which both do a decent job (PicoDrive has higher performance but reduced accuracy). If you're on a modern PC with a fast CPU, use BlastEm as a standalone emulator. I haven't tried a range of emulators with this game so if there's any feedback about accuracy please post here. If you want to run the game on a CRT TV, the cheapest way is via emulation with a Wii or PS3, or a MiSTER with analogue output if you have one. The next level of authenticity is a real Mega Drive with the patched ROM image on a flash cartridge.