The Sega Master System class “Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap” is apparently getting a remake for the Nintendo Switch, according to its developer DotEmu. In addition to the Switch port, The Dragon’s Trap will also be going to the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and PC.
While not in the same art style as the Sega Master System original, the game is going to essentially be identical to how it was when it first released in the 80s, with the same gameplay, level design, and story. The game’s original creator, Ryuichi Nishizawa, is also going to be working in a consulting role on the remake.
According to a statement released by DotEmu, the game will be running at a smooth 60 frames per second, and also plays in HD when it’s docked into the Nintendo Switch’s dock attachment. While the quality may not be the same when the Switch’s tablet is taken out of the dock, Nintendo’s increased emphasis on the Switch being a home console rather than something that you can pick up and play wherever will hopefully allow Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap to experience a resurge of popularity, especially considering the modern remake’s trailer.
While Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap may not be coming out as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch (there’s no official release date with DotEmu’s statement), considering how Nintendo has normally built its success up on platformers and puzzle games, Wonder Boy may be something that the Switch needs to make the remake of a time-honored classic a success.
And even if the Switch port doesn’t take off, considering how many other consoles the remake will be coming out on when it releases, DotEmu likely won’t be wanting for any number of sales that they might have lost if they had made the game exclusive to the Switch.
The Nintendo Switch will be releasing on March 3 of this year.