Wonder Boy – Asha in Monster World has been announced for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, targeting an early 2021 release date. Per IGN, Studio Artdink and ININ Games are developing the game, with series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa, original composer Shinichi Sakamoto (doing sound this time), character designer Maki Ozora, and creative manager Takanori Kurihara all returning to work on it.
As the name would suggest, in Wonder Boy – Asha in Monster World, you play as Asha, the protagonist of Monster World IV that released in Japan on the Mega Drive in 1994. She travels with a flying blue Pepelogoo (sure, why not), and this will be the first game in the series that features full voice acting.
Aside from a teaser image or two, there are no further details at this time. However, the Gamescom Awesome Indies showcase on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT will debut gameplay, so the wait for more information won’t be long. If it’s anything like 2018’s Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, it will be an extremely pretty 2D Switch title.
Between Studio Artdink and ININ Games’ Wonder Boy – Asha in Monster World and the June announcement of Jankenteam’s Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX, it feels like a good time for retro 2D platformer and action lovers.