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The Monster World series is often considered a sub-series of the Wonder Boy series. Monster World IV, however, stars a completely different protagonist from the Wonder Boy games and is therefore a part of the Monster World series only.
The Monster World games take place in a location called Monster World (Monster Land or Monsterland in some releases). Monster World has many diverse landscapes including forests, deserts, and beaches.
Most of the games in the series are platforming games with action and RPG mechanics.
The series consists of:
- Wonder Boy in Monster Land (1987) – arcade action RPG – This was referred to as The Story of WonderBoy II in the end credits of the arcade, and was ported to several 8- and 16-bit systems, called "Monster World" on most Japanese ports. There was also a PC Engine port with different graphics, called "Bikkuriman World". A faithful arcade ports is included in the "Sega Vintage Monster World Collection" for Xbox360 and Playstation 3.
- Wonder Boy III: Dragon's Trap (1989) – Master System original, only released in the West, though the Game Gear port was released in Japan in 1992. This also has a graphics-changed PC Engine port known as Monster's Curse, or, in Japan, Adventure Island. In Japan, this game is known as "Monster World II: Dragon's Trap". in 2017, this game saw an HD graphics release for the Playstation 4 / XboxOne / Nintendo Switch
- Wonder Boy V Monster World III (1991) – Megadrive/Genesis game (released 1993 for the Master System in Europe). This is included in the "Sega Vintage Monster World" collection.
- Monster World IV (1994) – Megadrive/Genesis game – the original only released in Japan, but included in the Sega Vintage Monster World collection.
(The first and third installment in the Wonder Boy series, 1986 and 1988 respectively, were not part of the Monster World series. Also the fourth Monster World game (1994) was not part of the Wonder Boy series)