Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Goes From HD to Retro in One Second Flat

DotEmu and Lizardcube sure are pulling out all the stops to make sure their remake of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is pure nostalgic bliss for returning fans as well as newcomers smitten with the modern pixel art revival.

One of the game’s headline retro-centric features, as unveiled in the new trailer embedded further down the page, is the ability to seamlessly switch back and forth between the newly enhanced HD visuals and the original 8-bit graphics at the quick push of a button. Similarly, the audio can be toggled between glorious HD sounds and old chiptuney goodness. The audio and graphics can be customized separately, if you’d like to play with the pretty visuals while soaking in the 8-bit soundscapes, or vice versa. You’ll even be able to go so far as to set the quality of the music and sound effects independently from one another.

Wanna know what else is cool? Old passwords from the original Sega Master System and Game Gear versions will work to restore any previous saves, for anyone who managed to have the foresight to hold onto their codes for nearly three decades. The HD remake will also produce new save codes that can be used to continue progress on the old Sega systems or across any of the modern platforms the game is in development for.

Speaking of which, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is still on track to launch this spring on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Don’t worry, the game’s also coming to PC but the developers still aren’t sure if that version will land on the same day as the consoles or shortly after. Stay tuned for additional details as they are confirmed.

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