Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Announced for Nintendo Switch

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Announced for Nintendo Switch

Last year, developer Lizardcube and publisher DotEmu announced that Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, a remake of Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap, is coming to consoles and PC. Further, the pair announced the remake was being developed in collaboration with series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa, and that it would be based on Westone Bit Entertainment’s original title.

Today, DotEmu announced the game is also coming to the Nintendo Switch. Over on the game’s official blog, the following is written:

A reunion was held in mushroom kingdom under a veil of absolute secrecy, where Nintendo suggested we could bring the game over to their upcoming platform. Needless to say it was a unique opportunity and as soon as we saw the system we knew we wanted to get the game on it. We started working on it and well, HERE WE ARE!

Further in the blog post, it is confirmed that the game will run at a smooth 60 FPS, and that  “the screen and colors in handheld mode are amazing.” Additionally,  it plays just as well in full HD when docked.

First time hearing about Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap? No problem — here’s a brief overview:

A good curse makes a good game (or so they say)! turned into a half-human, half-lizard monstrosity by the Meka-Dragon, a lonesome adventurer is facing the challenge of a lifetime! In search for a cure, our mutated anti-hero will explore the many traps of Monster Land… and defeat many stuff-throwing, curse-wielding dragons. How many more transformations can one hopeful body survive, as it turns into a Lizard, a Mouse, a Piranha, a Lion, and a Hawk… The six different forms of our shape-shifting hero make up the cast of this non-stop action-adventure platformer!


  • A huge interconnected world!
  • 6 playable forms for our shape-shifting hero, with different abilities!
  • Dragons of all kinds! A Zombie Dragon! A Mummy Dragon! A Samurai Dragon!
  • An eye-patch wearing shop-keeper pig who may or may not provide a sense of warmth and direction!
  • Beautiful, hand-drawn animated graphics!
  • A memorable soundtrack, based on Shinichi Sakamoto’s originals, re-imagined and recorded with classical instruments!

The game is currently slated for a release sometime in 2017. It will release for the Switch at the same time it releases on other platforms.

Below, you can watch the game’s reveal trailer: