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Wonder Boy Wonder Boy - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Wonder Boy - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A little boy ventures through Wonderland in this horizontally scrolling game. There are four areas, each with four levels and end bosses. Walking and jumping depletes your energy so you must eat food found along the way.

Wonder Boy was produced by Sega in 1986.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Wonder Boy was produced include: Champion Pro Wrestling, Teddy Boy Blues, Space Harrier, Sega Ninja, Repulse, Action Fighter, Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars, Alien Syndrome, Body Slam, and Dump Matsumoto


Name Wonder Boy
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10463
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Sega System 8
Game Specific Wonder Boy Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Wonder Boy Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - JumpSpeed/Attack
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Wonder Boy PCB Image

Game Introduction

Wonder Boy is a little caveman who attacks using a stone hammer, rides a skateboard and picks up other cute items along the way. Each level has four sub levels similar to Super Mario Bros. The real trick is to keep on the skateboard that lets you take a hit from a monster and remain alive, but this is hard to do since Wonder Boy moves so fast.

The object of this game is for Wonder Boy to rescue his girlfriend, Tina, from the evil wizard, King.

Game Play

Move horizontally to the right dodging obstacles and bad guys while trying to complete the level.

Wonder Boy KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.57 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.90

Overall Like 4.50
Fun (Social) 1.50
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 3.00

Technical Rating: 3.21

Gameplay 3.50
Graphics 4.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 1.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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If you ever wondered why this game and an NES game called Adventure Island has so many similarities, the answer is simple Wonderboy was developed by a company called Escape who later changed their name to Westone. They decided to release a Famicom port with Hudson Soft, but since Sega owned the Wonder Boy trademark, Escape and Hudson were forced to change the name to Takahashi Meijin no Boukenjima Master Takahashis Adventure Island. Escape also ported the Monster World series to several consoles under the name of Bikkuriman Bikkuri means Astonishing. Escape was not involved with the later games of the Takahashi Meijin series.



VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Wonder Boy Census

There are 14,908 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,530 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,187 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 120 known instances of this machine owned by Wonder Boy collectors who are active members. Of these, 4 of them are original dedicated machines. 17 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 98 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Wonder Boy machine for sale. There are 8 active VAPS members with a Wonder Boy circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 3 active VAPS members currently looking for Wonder Boy.

This game ranks a 35 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 7 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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