Will wonders never cease?
The history of Wonder Boy could hardly be more convoluted. It began as a platformer in Japanese arcades in 1986, moved to consoles, became an RPG, co-existed with identical but differently-named games from alternative publishers, and spawned sequels in a mystifying numbering sequence. All of which meant that when it was remade in 2016 as Wonder Boy Returns for PS4 and Steam, it’s unclear what anyone would have expected of it.
Whatever expectations were in 2016, it’s time to adjust them. Wonder Boy Returns Remix on Switch goes back to what the series does best: using a confusing name and swerving sharply in a new direction. Surprisingly, much of the content added to Returns in 2016 has been removed for Returns Remix. What’s left is a smart remastering of the 1986 classic with sympathy for modern console gaming conventions and some inventive and intelligent gameplay adjustments.
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