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Wonder Boy Anniversary Collection

Developer: Bliss Brain

  • Price: $49.99
  • Release Date: Jan 26, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1 - 2
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  • ESRB Rating: E10+ [Everyone 10+]
  • For fans of Wonder Boy, the ability to experience every step in his lineage is great, but it offers no value add beyond the games

    Retro collections have always generally relied on nostalgia from old-school fans for their success, but as time has marched on in general the bar for what should be included in them has slowly risen. Aside from the fact that there has already been a Wonder Boy Collection released on the system, certainly having fewer classic games and versions to experience but also carrying a lower price tag, one challenge I have here is the lack of value added extra features. More than a few collections demanding a comparable price tag have arrived over the years that have included original game box art, advertising materials, promotional videos and/or commercials, and other associated materials to not just give you another chance to play the games you love but also immerse yourself in everything possible, deepening the connection with the titles. If you’re a Wonder Boy purist and feel you simply have to be able to play every version of the game, no matter what platform or region, this is absolutely the only thing that will satiate that desire. That said, if you’re perhaps a bit more of a casual fan and retro aficionado the previously-released Collection will probably suffice and save you some money.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Fair [6.8]

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