Since the project for the Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap remake was announced, there’s been one constant question: will players be able to toggle between the game’s new look and the old-school original? Well, now there is an answer to that question: yes!
The video shows that we can select between playing with the remake visuals and the remake music, the retro visuals and the remake music, the remake visuals and the retro music, or go full retro with both the look and music of the original game.
Whether you’re a purist touting the idea that “it was better in the old days” or a futurist who digs 21st-century graphics and remastered soundtracks, this enhanced version of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap satisfies all persuasions. With the “Retro feature” you can switch in-game from HD to 8-bit anytime, anywhere. If you have fond memories of piano key neckties and talking Trans Ams, Retro lets you rewind the clock to a time when just pressing a single button felt so good.
And to really drive the point home and, as you’ve seen in the video above, the game will even allow you to carry over your save from way back when. How is this even possible? Because the original game uses a password system and that same system is alive and well in the remake. The fun thing is that the new passwords generated by the remake can also be used in the old Mastery System and Game Gear versions of the game, as well as on other platforms on which the remake is seeing a release.
They really went all out with the game since the retro version runs at 60 fps and is now widescreen! They’ve done some clever mumbo jumbo on the original release, and all of that is certainly paying off. Widescreen retro goodness at a solid 60 fps is certainly a big jump from the original 4:3 and 30 fps presentation!