Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster Land reveals gameplay in new gamescom trailer

Monster World in motion

As part of this weekend’s ongoing gamescom festivities, publisher ININ Games has released the first gameplay video of its upcoming retro remake Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World, a ground-up recreation of Sega Genesis classic Monster World IV.

The video features slight footage of hero Asha as she fights her way through a bright fantasy world, filled with monster-chopping, platform-hopping action. Alongside a full recreation of the original adventure, Asha in Monster World will include new voice-acting and a selection of all-new side-modes. Developer Artdink Games are working alongside original members of the Monster World IV development team, including director Ryuichi Nishizawa and character designer Maki Ozora

You can check out the gameplay in the video below, courtesy of IGN.


To be clear, this is a development build of Asha in Monster World, which isn’t scheduled to launch until early next year. While it has to be said that there are some concerns on display here – from some odd animations to a sporadic frame-rate issue – there are still several months of development left, so hopefully the title will see a little more polish between now and launch day. I am digging the enemy models and the splashes of colour and light.

Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World launches “early 2021” on PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

Chris Moyse
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