Switch it up with retro mode in Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

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So, there’s nothing nicer than when a developer takes a retro classic and not only seems to do it justice for the upgraded version, but also gives the original a hefty nod at the same time. LizardCube and DotEmu have revealed in a new trailer that their Wonder Boy release, The Dragon’s Trap, will feature an anytime switch to retro mode.

In reality, what does this mean for the player? Well, you can go full-retro with the original 8-bit grapahics and chip-tunes as shown in the picture above, or, you could stick with the full HD treatment throughout. There is also a great option, whereby you can mix and match the audio, offering you 8-bit chip-tune with HD visuals. The choice is literally yours. Here’s a comparison of the HD visuals.

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That’s not all that the developers have have included. If you’ve still got the save code that the original Wonder Boy title gave you, in order to skip back to a given level, you will be able to enter that code into The Dragon’s Trap and skip to that level, which is an awesome feature. It’s probably sure to send a whole generation of older gamers scurrying through their parent’s loft in order to find that notebook, crammed full of hastily scribbled codes.

The most impressive part about this newly revealed switch feature, is that you don’t choose it at the start, or in the middle, or have it forced on you halfway through. You can choose any of the retro switch options any time during the game.

Cursed into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, a lonesome adventurer is facing the challenge of a lifetime. In search of a cure, our mutated anti-hero will explore the many traps of Monster Land.

This re-imagining of Westone Bit Entertainment’s original clasic Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap is as faithful as it is authentic, with the benediction of SEGA and series creator, Ryuichi Nishizawa.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is scheduled for a Spring 2017 release. Here are those features in action.

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