Wonder Boy: The Dragons Trap Nintendo Switch Version (Digital) 30% off £12.59 @ Nintendo e-shop
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Wonder Boy: The Dragons Trap Nintendo Switch Version (Digital) 30% off £12.59 @ Nintendo e-shop

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Found 16th Nov
Been holding off in hopes of a physical release, which is coming, but published by Nicalis so probably expensive and who knows if we'll ever see it in UK, but I digress.

Works out cheaper if you buy from the south African store coming in at roughly £9.60 before any transaction/exchange fees.

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Boasting beautiful, hand-drawn animations and a re-orchestrated soundtrack, the cult classic returns with a unique blend of exploration, action and adventure!

Cursed into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, you are in search of a cure! The only way you can return to human form is to find the Salamander Cross, a magical item with the power to remove curses.

With each dragon slain, the curse intensifies, transforming you into different animals! Explore large, interconnected locations populated with grumpy monsters and exotic dragons!

Play as the game’s classic character, Hu-Man, or as his brand new, long-awaited co-star Hu-Girl. You can also play as Lizard-Man, Mouse-Man, Piranha-Man, Lion-Man and Hawk-Man, and use their unique abilities to uncover the land’s deepest secrets.

Enjoy three difficulty levels catering to players of all types, and switch from modern graphics and sound to 8-bit graphics and sound at any time – even during gameplay!

25 Comments

It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto their eshop in such a short space of time.

However, they can pretty much be categorised into 3 types;
1) side scrolling shovel knight type games (like this one). There are dozens of this type.
2) retro 2d beat em ups
3) top down or isometric rpg's.

Nintendo need to sort out their eshop prices too in my opinion. Wonder Boy has been reduced, but still too expensive for this type of game. Feels like a £5 game to me.
£44.99 for the 'new release' LA Noire???? £49.99 for Doom???
I get that some work goes into porting these releases, but still...

skinrush23 m ago

It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto …It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto their eshop in such a short space of time.However, they can pretty much be categorised into 3 types; 1) side scrolling shovel knight type games (like this one). There are dozens of this type.2) retro 2d beat em ups3) top down or isometric rpg's.Nintendo need to sort out their eshop prices too in my opinion. Wonder Boy has been reduced, but still too expensive for this type of game. Feels like a £5 game to me.£44.99 for the 'new release' LA Noire???? £49.99 for Doom???I get that some work goes into porting these releases, but still...

This has always been the Nintendo way sadly. Digital prices are also always too high, even on other consoles. Absolute agree tho.
Games do take work to port so wouldn't be expecting the £15 you can pick up Doom for on other consoles, but £50 takes the biscuit

Don't forget, cross compatible saves with the Master System!

This is a great game. Well worth the money, the hand drawn animations look great.

Worth mentioning for Switch fans that RIVE is out on the e-shop tomorrow. I remember playing the demo on the Wii U as part of the Nindies@Home promotion and it was pretty cool. It's £13.49 but will have 15% off for the first two weeks (read the NintendoLife article here)
Edited by: "Curlynob" 16th Nov

skinrush1 h, 3 m ago

It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto …It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto their eshop in such a short space of time.However, they can pretty much be categorised into 3 types; 1) side scrolling shovel knight type games (like this one). There are dozens of this type.2) retro 2d beat em ups3) top down or isometric rpg's.Nintendo need to sort out their eshop prices too in my opinion. Wonder Boy has been reduced, but still too expensive for this type of game. Feels like a £5 game to me.£44.99 for the 'new release' LA Noire???? £49.99 for Doom???I get that some work goes into porting these releases, but still...


1) Side scrolling, classic style, platformer a have been the bread and butter of Indies since they started. The fact that Nintendo fans, as a majority, live themselves a good platformer and you can't blame the indie devs for flooding the eshop.

2) You can blame Hamster for all the Neo Geo ports of 2D beat em ups. Without them there would be hardly any.

3) There is hardly any RPG's on the Switch at the moment. Off the top of my head I can think of I am Setsuna, Disgaea, Revenant Saga.

Wonder boy in no way looks like a £5 game. The art style and music is gorgeous. I do however agree that the £17.99 start price was much too high.

The prices of the physical games on the eshop is standard across the industry and is in no way isolated to Nintendo.

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skinrush1 h, 5 m ago

It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto …It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto their eshop in such a short space of time.However, they can pretty much be categorised into 3 types; 1) side scrolling shovel knight type games (like this one). There are dozens of this type.2) retro 2d beat em ups3) top down or isometric rpg's.Nintendo need to sort out their eshop prices too in my opinion. Wonder Boy has been reduced, but still too expensive for this type of game. Feels like a £5 game to me.£44.99 for the 'new release' LA Noire???? £49.99 for Doom???I get that some work goes into porting these releases, but still...




I agree about Doom and L.A. Noire being overpriced, but that's not Nintendo's fault, thats Bethesda and Rockstar taking the piss.

The level of work that's gone into the art and soundtrack alone in this game justify it's price, granted it's a tad more expensive than it has been on other platforms (about £9 or so on PSN) but Switch tax is sadly here to stay for a little while longer yet.

As for the type of games on the store, the vast majority are indie offerings, which, quite commonly fall into the categories you mentioned, largely because they're easier/cheaper to develop than fully realised 3D games and because larger developers have moved away from these genres allowing the indies to move in and fill the niche. Most of these same games are on other platforms too, though their stores have had much longer to get fleshed out. Give it time and there'll be more to your liking on the store. Morphite, Rogue Trooper, Thumper and Heroes of the Monkey Tavern are a few decent ones that spring to mind outside of the genres you listed.

his *could* potentially be a brilliant game. I assume it is an updated version of Wonder Boy III The Dragons Trap on Sega Master System (it appears to be as the title/cover art alone with the same characters suggest so). Which incidentally is considered by many to be one of the best Sega games ever, and often features in peoples top 10 favourite games of all time lists. I loved the original game and will be very interested to see what has been done with this 3DS version.
Edited by: "noahsdad" 16th Nov

Typical that I bought this yesterday from the south African store.....oh well.

It is a good game which I bought mainly for the nostalgia. I think about 10 quid is about right for this game.

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noahsdad7 m ago

his *could* potentially be a brilliant game. I assume it is an updated …his *could* potentially be a brilliant game. I assume it is an updated version of Wonder Boy III The Dragons Trap on Sega Master System (it appears to be as the title/cover art alone with the same characters suggest so). Which incidentally is considered by many to be one of the best Sega games ever, and often features in peoples top 10 favourite games of all time lists. I loved the original game and will be very interested to see what has been done with this 3DS version.


It's a switch game mate

@Kingrat94 Oops minor detail that, holds hands up, was not paying attention to the detail. Think I just assumed was a 3DS game as it looks like one, and like it maybe should be?

But in which case it being a Switch game, means I won't be playing it until after Xmas day, but will still get it.

Kingrat941 h, 14 m ago

I agree about Doom and L.A. Noire being overpriced, but that's not …I agree about Doom and L.A. Noire being overpriced, but that's not Nintendo's fault, thats Bethesda and Rockstar taking the piss.The level of work that's gone into the art and soundtrack alone in this game justify it's price, granted it's a tad more expensive than it has been on other platforms (about £9 or so on PSN) but Switch tax is sadly here to stay for a little while longer yet.As for the type of games on the store, the vast majority are indie offerings, which, quite commonly fall into the categories you mentioned, largely because they're easier/cheaper to develop than fully realised 3D games and because larger developers have moved away from these genres allowing the indies to move in and fill the niche. Most of these same games are on other platforms too, though their stores have had much longer to get fleshed out. Give it time and there'll be more to your liking on the store. Morphite, Rogue Trooper, Thumper and Heroes of the Monkey Tavern are a few decent ones that spring to mind outside of the genres you listed.



I think some of the retail pricing is down to Switch carts and their tiered costs jumping from 8GB to 16GB etc...

skinrush2 h, 24 m ago

It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto …It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto their eshop in such a short space of time.However, they can pretty much be categorised into 3 types; 1) side scrolling shovel knight type games (like this one). There are dozens of this type.2) retro 2d beat em ups3) top down or isometric rpg's.Nintendo need to sort out their eshop prices too in my opinion. Wonder Boy has been reduced, but still too expensive for this type of game. Feels like a £5 game to me.£44.99 for the 'new release' LA Noire???? £49.99 for Doom???I get that some work goes into porting these releases, but still...



Its £15.99 on PS4

Really wanted this on the switch, but couldn't justify £17.99 while it's currently £9 on the PS Store. But I think I might grab it now

Fingers crossed this is the first of a few games on sale, ready for Black Friday / Cyber Monday.

skinrush3 h, 33 m ago

It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto …It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto their eshop in such a short space of time.However, they can pretty much be categorised into 3 types; 1) side scrolling shovel knight type games (like this one). There are dozens of this type.2) retro 2d beat em ups3) top down or isometric rpg's.Nintendo need to sort out their eshop prices too in my opinion. Wonder Boy has been reduced, but still too expensive for this type of game. Feels like a £5 game to me.£44.99 for the 'new release' LA Noire???? £49.99 for Doom???I get that some work goes into porting these releases, but still...

Impressive? Expected surely...they have been in the console business longer than rivals yet lag behind when it comes to the little things such as chat/store/online service....

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KCooperman38 m ago

Reviews are pretty dire though for the switch version. I cancelled my …Reviews are pretty dire though for the switch version. I cancelled my pre-order.

Sure you're not thinking of 'Rime'?

KCooperman1 h, 7 m ago

Reviews are pretty dire though for the switch version. I cancelled my …Reviews are pretty dire though for the switch version. I cancelled my pre-order.


I think OP is right, you're probably thinking of Tequila Works' RIME which received a (supposedly) horrible port to Switch this week. RIVE is by Two Tribes is s a sort of 90s platform shoots em up. There was a really good Wii U demo but the game got pushed back to Switch. I've been looking forward to it!
Edited by: "Curlynob" 16th Nov

Kingrat9430 m ago

Sure you're not thinking of 'Rime'?

You're right, I read it wrong..that's embarrassing
Edited by: "KCooperman" 16th Nov

I'm just relieved we were talking cross purposes! I thought for a second. Really Two Tribes? They messed it up? Noooooo!

A little over £9.50 on the South African marketplace, for those that care.

Looks a too similar game to Shantae which I already have on Switch else would get this

skinrush9 h, 16 m ago

It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto …It's impressive just how many games Nintendo have managed to get onto their eshop in such a short space of time.However, they can pretty much be categorised into 3 types; 1) side scrolling shovel knight type games (like this one). There are dozens of this type.2) retro 2d beat em ups3) top down or isometric rpg's.Nintendo need to sort out their eshop prices too in my opinion. Wonder Boy has been reduced, but still too expensive for this type of game. Feels like a £5 game to me.£44.99 for the 'new release' LA Noire???? £49.99 for Doom???I get that some work goes into porting these releases, but still...


Nintendo allows publishers to set their own prices so they can't "sort out" the prices of anything but their own games.

I purchased this morning and my advice is save your money it’s not very good

hubertmm16th Nov

Nintendo allows publishers to set their own prices so they can't "sort …Nintendo allows publishers to set their own prices so they can't "sort out" the prices of anything but their own games.

Pretty shocking really that gamers haven't realised it's been this way for at least 4 years now... Or they just prefer to continue blaming Nintendo.
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