Everyone's going SEGA gaga today! Hot on the heels of the Phantasy Star-inspired Cosmic Star Heroine, cult Master System classic Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap is now confirmed to be getting a remake. This one was also ported to the PC Engine in the early nineties, but is being re-created for modern "consoles" by a French team with previous experience working at Q-Games and Media Molecule.
And it looks absolutely unbelievable. The plot appears to be the same as the original, which continued the story of Wonder Boy in Monster Land. "Turned into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, a lonesome adventurer is facing the challenge of a lifetime," the blurb reads. "In search of a cure, our mutated anti-hero will explore the many traps of Monster Land – and defeat many stuff-throwing, curse-wielding dragons."
The original certainly dipped its boots in the fledgling Metroidvania genre, and it sounds like that will remain the case here. Expect a sprawling inter-connected world, and six playable "forms" that you'll be able to toggle between. The original Westone team has been recruited to contribute to development, with series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa very much on board. Promising stuff, then, but don't just take our word for it – check out the trailer.