Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap highlights this week’s UK eShop line-up

Two new games join the Nintendo Switch party this week – Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (£17.99) and ACA NeoGeo Fatal Fury (£6.39). Released in 1991, Fatal Fury is one of the more renowned NeoGeo games. Word has it we can expect one of the console’s lesser known titles next Thurs, in the form of the 1996 top-down racer Over Top.

Although a SEGA franchise, Wonder Boy has a history on Nintendo formats – the arcade original was adapted for the NES by Hudson Soft and released under the guise of Adventure Island. The Adventure Island series took its own identity thereafter, though. Wonder Boy didn’t appear on a Nintendo format again until the days of Wii VC.

Five different Wonder Boy games have made it to Virtual Console over the years, including Dragon’s Curse – the TurboGrafx-16’s rendition of The Dragon’s Trap, converted by Hudson Soft once again. They really had a soft spot for Wonder Boy.


Nintendo fans who have never played The Dragon’s Trap before are in for a treat. It’s an unsung classic – it offered ‘Metroidvania’ style adventuring long before ‘Metroidvania’ was even a bona fide genre, as well as featuring RPG elements years before they were commonly found in platformers. Visually it pushed the Master System hard too, resembling an early Mega Drive game for most part.

This new rendition features the ability to switch the visuals back from new to old, as well as swap between soundtracks. You can even have a mix of new visuals and retro music if you fancy. The new visuals are slick and polished, incredibly well-drawn and nicely animated. Wonder Girl also joins the fray, and there’s a new easy mode for novices. Overall, there’s not much to dislike.


The Wii U and 3DS receive just one game each meanwhile, along with demo of Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition for both formats. The 8-bit style shooter down in price until 27th April, dropping to a mere £2.15.

That Wii U release is RCMADIAX’s ORBIT for £1.39, which entails keeping enemies from entering an orbital base. The 3DS then gets Breakout Defense (£6), a rather blatant spin-off of Alleyway/Arkanoid et al.

As for discounts, highlights include Trine 2: Director’s Cut (£6.99) and Trine Enchanted Edition (£5.49) on Wii U, plus Petit Novel series – Harvest December (£7.92) and Farming Simulator 14 (£4.99) on 3DS.

Next week: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Puyo Puyo Tetris and ACA NeoGeo: Over Top. Quite possibly Shakedown: Hawaii, too.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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