Monster Boy arrives on Switch on 4th December

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a game we have had our eyes on for a while now. In fact, Nintendo Enthusiast alumnus and now YouTube sensation, Shawn Long (aka RGT 85) first wrote about the possibility of a physical release for the game back in March 2017. Since then, the game has seen a few release dates come and go. However, this time, it looks like the developers are sticking with a date as the game has gone gold. This basically means that the game files have been finalised and gone off to be put onto disk (or in the case of the Switch, onto a cartridge). The date that fans can look forward to is 4th December.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a 2D action-adventure with Metroidvania elements. It has been made with the input of Ryuichi Nishizawa, creator of the original Wonder Boy in Monster World series. In his preview of the game, our very own, Eli Pales said that “the art style is gorgeous, with the introduction to the game animated as if it’s straight out of a Saturday morning cartoon”. He went on to say “the game felt a decent amount like Shantae”, “that series is great!”

If you’re unfamiliar with the game, here’s the trailer for the game as well as the official description –

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom borrows the best from the classic series to deliver a fresh, modern adventure with fun gameplay, memorable music and gorgeous hand drawn animations. Can Jin save Monster World Kingdom? Help our young hero defeat challenging enemies, discover hidden locations, upgrade powerful equipment, and more! You’ll also unlock special forms with unique skills used to open new paths where mighty bosses and secret treasures await.


  • Six awesome forms with unique combat and platforming abilities to make your adventure exciting from start to finish.
  • Unlock new paths and secrets with special equipment: look for magic weapons and items that gradually open up the world.
  • Over 15 hours of epic adventure: explore the new Monster World in a vast interconnected environment.
  • Hand Drawn animations: characters and enemies come to life with detailed animations and fun facial expressions.
  • Soundtrack from iconic Japanese composers: Yuzo Koshiro, Motoi Sakuraba, Michiru Yamane, Keiki Kobayashi and Takeshi Yanagawa.
  • Full HD graphics at 60 fps: the game supports 1080p/60fps in TV mode and 720p/60fps in Nintendo Switch handheld mode.
  • HD rumble support: feel the action with high performance HD rumble support.


Steve Clist
Joint Editor-in-Chief at Xbox Enthusiast as well as a contributor for Nintendo Enthusiast and PlayStation Enthusiast. Steve is a musician and gamer who loves sharing his passion for each. You will normally find him at the front of the grid in racing games or on the other end of the kill cam when you've just been killed in a first-person shooter.