Game of the Month: June 2021

There’s quite a few games coming out in June this year that I have my eye on, yet they’re all coming towards the end of the month.
As such, the game I’ll be featuring here is one that was released right at the end of May. I will have a few honourable mentions, though.
The game I’ll be focusing on is a remake of a title from a franchise that I hold quite close to my heart.Before that, though, honourable mentions! Or, the games that are coming out at the end of June, so I can’t really say I’ll be playing them through the month…
Anyways:

Mario Golf: Super Rush
It’s a Mario Golf game, which includes a variety of modes for both single and multiple players. I’m particularly interested in the Story Mode, in which you grow the golfing skills of your own Mii character.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Two classic skateboarding games, remade in HD for the modern era. They’ve been available on other consoles for a while, but they’re coming to the Switch later this month.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny
I do enjoy the Disgaea games, even if I have yet to properly finish one… I was certainly interested in the sixth title when it was announced, but the Hololive DLC being added for free has pushed this one into must buy territory for me.

Now for the main event. My game of the month for June is:Wonder Boy Asha in Monster WorldWonder Boy: Asha in Monster World is a remake of Monster World IV, which is the sixth game in the Wonder Boy/Monster World series. In case you’re wandering how the fourth game is actually the sixth, here’s the order they were released in:

Wonder Boy

Wonder Boy in Monster Land
Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Wonder Boy in Monster World
Monster World IV
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

With that out of the way, let’s focus on Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World.
You play as Asha, a girl chosen to become a warrior to save the Four Elemental Spirits. She does not embark on the quest alone, however. She is joined by a blue creature known as Pepelogoo, who is able to help Asha out by interacting with various obstacles during her quest.
The gameplay is exactly what you’d expect from a Wonder Boy/Monster World title. It’s a side-scrolling action platformer.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of Wonder Boy; Wonder Boy in Monster Land and Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap are titles that I am particularly fond of. The first home console I can recall my family owning was a Sega Master System, and those were two of the games we just happened to own for it.

Asha in Monster World is a title that I find myself enjoying a lot. Also worth noting is that Fairouz Ai voices Asha in this remake (and a few other characters). She seems to be appearing in a lot of the media I consume, which I do like.
Whilst Fairouz Ai may be a newcomer to the game, the original members of Westone Bit were brought back to develop this title. That includes Ryuichi Nishizawa, the original creator of Monster World IV.

The Wonder Boy games are fun platformers, and I definitely recommend checking them out if you can. Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World is a remake that I can wholeheartedly recommend.

About Rory

I enjoy writing, manga, anime and video games, so naturally here on my blog, you will find anime reviews, Nintendo news and other such things that I deem interesting.
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