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Version 2.0 Is Now Available!

Hello, everyone! I have come to announce that we have officially completed development on Shantae and Asha's 2nd and content-packed update. Today is also the 3rd anniversary of this project's initial reveal, so in order to celebrate, it will be released this very moment!

In terms of what kind of content is added in this, it is essentially a 2nd story arc, which makes it feel like a new game altogether. Not a single thing was untouched since we began development on V2 earlier this year and new things were even added to the base adventure. New features include the following...

  • Time based bonuses (look below)

  • A wealth of new customization options

  • Slight modding capabilities

  • 12 new stages (includes 2 gauntlets)

  • 16 new boss battles (includes one super boss)

  • 7 new bonds

  • A 2nd ending

  • New chats

  • New side quests

  • Cherry-picked revamped maps

  • 80 Synth Crystals to find on the world map

  • A new collectable for the Otherworldly arc

  • New and updated moves

  • An upgrade grid for guest characters

  • An active weapon swap for Asha

  • A transformation system for Shantae

  • Sound effect authenticity for all characters

  • Shion as a new playable character

  • A completion percentage bar on save files

  • Combos are now listed on your save files

  • The glutton challenge mini game has been updated with Asha and Sheila

  • New artwork

  • New music tracks

  • Updated combo bonuses up to 1000

  • You can now break 999 combos

  • Some updated boss battles with new abilities

  • New game plus option after beating the game's final boss

Time Based Bonuses

After taking a deep dive into Game Maker's manual, something caught my eye. It is able to sense times and dates on your computer, so during the game, effects are given to you based on what day or time it is. However, keep in mind that you can turn these off in the options menu!

Game Size

If you are wondering how big the file size is, it is 676MB. We have tried to keep it as low as we could, but after barely making it to 449MB in the first version, it was impossible to keep it around that. So, a link will be provided instead.

Game Length

Overall, the total amount of content can easily span 30+hours on your first playthrough. I'm not going to sugar coat it, getting 100% on this isn't easy and I wouldn't be surprised if many of you will reach beyond 50+hours.

Save File Compatibility

Your saves will work from version 1.0 and 1.4. When you get the udpate, carry it over to the new package and continue!

Thank Our Testers!

Two weeks ago, we gathered 7 individuals who worked incredibly hard and tested this very thoroughly. It would not have been possible without their assistance. As this is a big project, we needed a big team in order to tackle it efficiently and we made it just in time for release!

HUGE thank you to the following...

  • Eon Sonny

  • JirachiKid

  • Remited

  • MusicClues

  • Wolfram

  • MateoLomena

  • Fernando

Thank you!

That about wraps it up for now. As you have probably guessed by this point, this is a massive update, but it would not have been possible without all of its amazing collaborators, testers, and players who have been there all of this time. Thank you all so much and we hope that you have a wonderful time with this! A download link will be provided below and on the main page. Enjoy!

Shantae And Asha Version 2.0

Progress Report

Penultimate V.2 Blog

Greetings to you all! Today, we have a LOT to discuss in terms of this project. There's quite a bit of info incoming and I don't plan on holding back as we are swiftly nearing the ending of the development of version 2. That said, let's take a deep dive into what we have in store for you all today!

Overall Progress

Before we kick things off, I'd like to let you all know that progress has been going incredibly well. Things have been knocked out left and right and I'm happy to say that we are about 92-95 percent complete. This new version focuses primarily on expanding the game in just about every category. There are still a wealth of unexplored ideas however, but for this version they have been scrapped to save for another time or for entirely different projects.

3rd Anniversary Coming Up!

The first thing I'd like to discuss is that the 3rd anniversary of the project's first reveal is coming up on October 31st, which is directly on Halloween. However, I am currently working as fast and efficiently as possible to make sure we have enough time to give testers the opportunity to play it before then.

Testers Needed Soon?

In terms of testers, currently we have seven different individuals (myself included). That is a large boost from the initial one that we had when we first released the game earlier this year. We will all be meeting on Discord in a private group. We could use more if you are ever interested in joining us. But, there is one requirement I have to test the update, you must have a game clear save file.

Screenshot Updates

A completion percentage bar and combo meter have been added to the save menu!

The options menus have finally been categorized! A new option has also been added that will allow you to turn off the scene controls and skip information.

The Shantae seals have been relieved of their duties as the talisman icons and now every one is different.

Each bond now has type information!

Extra Synth Crystal Collection

Within the next update, there were originally planned to be 30 new Dream Gates. But, I pick certain numbers in the game for a reason. There are 120 of them in all and that number is based on Super Mario 64's 120 Power Stars. So, instead of letting those 30 variables go to waste, I decided to place them around the base world map for you to find. Some of them will only appear if you do something within the screen they are located as well. I'm kind of tempted to add 20 more though...

The Bond Barrier

One crucial addition that had to be added was the "Bond Barrier" system. Basically what this means is, you will NOT be able to use the abilities of individuals you have not met yet. The reason why this was done is because there are some new bonds in the game and I wouldn't want you to get their abilities without even knowing who they are or who does what.

The second main reason this was implemented is because there are ultimate bonds in the game that will allow you to equip every ability of that particular bond type. But, unlike in version 1.4, you must meet each individual to add that ability to the ultimate's arsenal.

The Colosseum Update

Since one of the top focuses in this project is its battle system and character variety, there was one ultimate option I wanted to add to increase the combat capabilities even further. That option is the ability to fight any boss with any character.

Now, you have the complete freedom of choosing a party or going in solo. If you decided to go solo however, at the beginning of every battle, you will be taken to the character select menu to choose who you want to be.

On top of that, battles have now been categorized so that you can find them much easier. This includes single, double, and special. And just in case you want to change your combat class without leaving the simulator, you can also change it on the battle selection menu too.

NPC And Chat Additions

As mentioned before, nearly all directories of the game are receiving either slight or heavy expansions. Two of the smaller ones include the addition of new NPCs and chats!

World Map Polishing

In addition to all of the content above, some cherry-picked areas of the world map have been expanded, altered, or remade entirely to fit the new content and to celebrate the upcoming release of a large expansion. I won't say which areas they are in particular, but you're bound to see them sooner or later.

New Art Pieces!

Along with the update will come 2 new art pieces submitted by Paulo Munir. The first one is older, but the 2nd one is recent. He is a wonderful artist and he was kind enough to let us use both of them for the game's gallery. If you are seeing this now, thank you so much, Paulo!

New Music Tracks!

Another update to the game is a shift in some of the tracks as well as new ones being added. There are over 12 new locations (some big, some small) and it is good to have ones that will fit the areas necessary. I also would like to once again thank my buddy, Swine is Online for continuing to make new tracks for areas that are needed as well as agreeing to assist me on the upcoming revival of the project, Monster World Legends.

Miscellaneous Updates

  • New Pepelogoo Courses

  • Extra scenes galore

  • New enemy spell: Floor Freeze

  • Sound effect authenticity nearly complete

  • New books

  • You can now end the game via the pause menu

  • Some NPC objects have their functions back

  • The 2nd theater at Starlight Park now has a movie too

  • Active and Wait party swap modes

Thank you

To put it in simple terms, this has been one of the greatest experiences of my entire life. Working on it has brought me much joy and the vast number of individuals and collaborators I've met on this nearly 3 year journey has been something truly surreal. Your feedback, suggestions and overall warmth has really driven me to want to complete this update and get it out to all of you as fast and efficiently as possible.

Thank you all so much for everything you have done or said, whether it be public or private. It truly means the world to me and I do hope that this has been a wonderful experience for you too. That said, this is all I have for you all today. I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting some things, but if they come back to me, they'll be edited in as soon as possible.

We hope you are looking forward to this as much as we are and until next time! :D

Progress Report

August 2020 Update

Hey, everyone! I am back with another update regarding the project and while there won't be too much to discuss since I'd like to keep a handful of things under wraps, there is enough to get you an idea of where we are and how long it may be before you can all get your hands on the next version of the game. That said, let's get started!

The Guest Grid Arrives!

When development on the game's DLC began, one of the things I wanted to make absolutely sure to do was to give the guest characters a proper grid along with the base game grid. This is designed to make your favorite guest fighters more powerful and to increase their stats to make them more viable in combat.

Never underestimate your guest characters because believe it or not, some of them are the most powerful and useful fighters in the entire game. If you're curious on some guests that are my favorites to play as, I highly recommend Zero, Yae, Cress, and Princess.

Sound Update

Last time, there was an announcement that all characters would be getting all of their authentic sound effects. In order to further differentiate and celebrate each playable character, all of them are being touched upon in one way or another. However, if some characters have silent sounds in their previous title(s), then they will by default use the Monster World 4 sound effects to suit their needs.

The sounds themselves range from jumping to landing and even various attacks such as Shantae's hair whip. A video will be presented below for some examples.

Story Update

Since the 2nd story arc is in development, it made a lot of sense to add a lot of scenes not only in the arc itself, but optional ones that are being scattered throughout the main world map. Some of them are for character development purposes, others are just for fun.

Currently, over 30 new cut scenes have been added and there are still more on the way, so if you believe the new package won't have as much story content, you couldn't be more wrong.

New Musician On Board!

Along with the current 20 or so musicians we have that submitted something to the game, we have added one more who agreed to collaborate with us on the project. I will be revealing them sometime in the near future.

Monster World IV Arranged Soundtrack On YouTube

Previously, we revealed version 1 of the downloadable MWIV arranged soundtrack that was made in collaboration with a good friend of mine who knows his stuff with FL Studio. Since we are aware that not all would likely be able to download the tracks, we are porting them all to YouTube starting with the base soundtrack.

The playlist is already crafted and everything, but we just need to do one last thing before they're available. We hope you enjoy when it is time for its release and a media update will be posted for its link as soon as it's ready.

Faces To The Faceless

One thing that bothered me for a while is that some important figures in the game's world do not have a face card yet. Within this next update, as many important characters as possible will be getting a face card. An example is below of the rich woman.

Loading Image Replacement

There was one thing I kind of regretted and I believe should be done for V2. Since this project is a celebration of primarily action platformers and rpgs, I strongly believe that it should have an image representing that. It's not just about Monster World or Shantae, but a cast of characters that have been cherry picked from games that I've played over the last decade.

The final loading image will look something like the one below, but some characters are missing, so it will have to be remade.

Bonus Category: Monster World Legends

Recently, someone asked about Monster World Legends, which if you are unaware, is this project's "mother". This project would not exist without it since it runs on extremely modified versions of its older code.

If you are curious on when you'll hear more information about it, once V2 of Shantae and Asha is out, we'll be focusing on that game almost entirely. Expect a flood of updates coming in the near future!

Closing Words

That's about all I have for you all right now. In short, the update's progress is going incredibly smooth! It's hard to believe the first version of the game was released 7 months ago. But, the new content itself is enough to essentially feel like a new game in a way.

I'm not sure about a release date as there is still a handful of things to take care of, but I'm certain it will be in the coming months, so keep those eyes peeled! Until next time!

Progress Report

July 2020 Update

Hey, everyone! It's been a little while since the last blog as I seemed to have skipped the month of June for one, but we do have some updates for you today regarding the project's next, big update (version 2). Hopefully, this will make up for the information drought. That said, let's get started!

2nd Arc Story Development

As stated in previous blogs, there is a second, but shorter story arc in development that will take place some time before the semi-final cut scene of the ending. For those who have played the game by now, you probably know what I am speaking of.

The arc itself dives into injecting nearly all of the concepts that were scrapped from the original vision. This includes stages, bosses, sounds, music, cut scenes, and much more! And yes, all of your save files will be compatible as every last thing is being carefully crafted so that you will NOT have to start over again when this drops.

World Map Expansions

In addition to all of the new content being developed, there are some expansions here and there to the world map, including some which are areas you've probably been to before. Since the new story arc has a new item to collect, you won't be able to rush directly to the new final boss that is waiting for you at the end of this journey.

Character Sound Effect Authenticity

One of the things that bothered me a little was the fact that some characters have their authentic sound effects while others do not. Characters who didn't have any sound effects online had to use Monster World 4's sound effects by default, which is fine, but also a bummer because other playable characters like Tails, Shantae, and the Mega Man crew have their sounds.

HOWEVER, thanks to some tools, I was finally able to retrieve the authentic sound effects to characters who did not have them before such as Milon, Princess, and the Goemon characters! It might be a shock at first, but I hope you all will get used to the change.

Moveset Expansions

While many of the characters have a decent set of moves, there are indeed some that at least need one or two more to be even more effective in combat. Characters that were overly simplistic such as Tails and Milon are some core examples of ones in desperate need for a new move or two. When you get the next package, be absolutely sure to check your move list! It is there for a reason.

Some characters will also be getting special alterations or expansions. I felt there were a handful that were kind of lackluster, so some of them need to feel more impactful.

New Art Piece

Adding to the media we have now, an artist who submitted to the game has provided another piece that I would love to share with you all! I will also place it in the Media section along with his handles so you can follow him. He's a cool guy and a good friend of mine, so why don't you drop by sometime and say hello? Here it is! It will also be featured in version 2.

New Music Pieces!

Along with the new piece of artwork, I have been working with another friend of mine who is willingly remixing THE ENTIRE Monster World IV soundtrack! He is responsible for some of the tracks the game already has such as the market district and Sheila's victory theme. I will post a handful of the tracks and his handle as well in the Media section so you can follow or subscribe to him if you desire to do so. A sample was supposed to be here, but it seems there's something wrong with the mp3 function...

I've been doing some remastered MW tracks myself to replace a few of the original game chiptunes that are present within the project. Those will also likely be posted.

Discord Server Invite

There was something I totally forgot to do the last time a blog was added and that was to give you all in invite to my discord server. It is not specifically for this game, but it is discussed in it from time to time as well as other things that a handful of individuals are working on too. Many of this project's testers and collaborators are there, so if you're interested and want to be able to keep track of some things in real-time, be sure to drop on by! I will leave the invite open for about a week.


Thank You!

I am very grateful for all of you that have played the game so far (hopefully to completion) and have given not only great feedback and suggestions, but also to those who have stuck by me throughout and beyond its creation.

Every last one of you played a role in keeping both myself and this project going and I'm almost certain the drive to do this update wouldn't be as strong without all of your kind words and overall eagerness to see more of it. Thank you all so much and have a wonderful rest of your week! :D

Progress Report

May 2020 Update

Greetings to everyone! I have come today with an update regarding this project's DLC progress as well as what's in store beyond the completion of version 2. I'll try not to be too long, so without further ado, let's get started!

The Bug Hunt Continues

Before we start, I'd like to show a quick video that was created after a fellow tester brought it to my attention. With so many things to keep track of in the game, it's incredibly difficult for one person to find them all, so I'm very grateful for these guys lol. Hope you like the new air-dancing ability! You can do this in the current version, but it will be patched out in version 2.0. I can't do it now because I'm too far into development and that'll mean you'll get a hold of things too early.

How many areas are left?

Currently, there are 39 total areas in the game. However, in the current version(1.4), there are 32. I wanted to at least have 40 by the time this was over, so we are literally only 1 away from reaching the dream goal. There is one stage that's been on my mind for a while that is completely made of gold or focuses on treasure.

In the Otherworldly Staircase itself, there are currently 5 cameo stages. Only one more is planned for now. While there aren't that many in there, there are 7 cameo stages in total, two of them in which you got to play through in a late-game area.

There are also a handful of areas getting an expansion or edit of some kind to add replay value to them once you get the next update.

Version 2 Length

If you have been wondering about how long version 2 is expected to be, to be honest I'm not certain myself, especially considering that it's still in development. However, I can say that there is quite a bit of content to sink your teeth into as of now. Based on what's put in there right now as we speak...I'd estimate it would be 4-5+ hours.

I say this mostly because not only do you have new stages, scenes and bosses, but also some locations you'll have to explore in the normal world map as well. Since by now you probably have all the characters in 1.4, that means I can make some areas that put certain abilities to the test such as wall jumping and using Pepe.

By the time it is done, it is likely that some of you will have 40+ hours of total playtime!

New Boss Battles

Since there is a bonus saga in development, it wouldn't make much sense to only have stages, right? There are 15 new boss battles in version 2 so far. That is almost as much as the base game itself, which has a total of 20 main bosses! However, do not expect each cameo boss to have a full stage to go with them...

The Superboss

Within this package, there is also a Superboss. You can view the link to learn more about what a Superboss is, but in a nutshell, it's basically a boss that serves as the ultimate challenge in a game and is almost always much harder than the final boss. My first encounter with one was the Emerald Weapon in Final Fantasy VII (which is much more fun without KOTR if you ask me). They are mostly designed for players who master the game's systems and who truly desire a foe that is much stronger than them.

The fight itself is really challenging and it will indeed take a bit of time and nearly all of your resources to defeat. For the fight itself, I highly recommend that...

  • You have most(if not all) skills on the grid activated

  • Gained the elixir and item limit upgrades

  • Have the maximum HP of 16 per character

  • Acquire the master bonds

  • Have all of the Talismans in your possession

  • Mastered or have gotten used to your favorite fighters

Costume System in development

As some of you probably know, there is a stylist in the game that you can speak to whose function is incomplete. The sprites weren't 100% decided back then and it would have only delayed the game even further, so it was destined to be saved for version 2.0. Basically, you will be able to externally edit sprites in folders and load them into the game that will be in effect as long as the game is up.

You can edit them to essentially be what you'd like and even after it releases, there will be extra costume packs added for download over time. Some that I'd like to see are...

  • Knight Asha

  • Origin Yae

  • Origin Shantae

  • Black Zero

  • Popful Mail with Adol Christin's attire

  • Mega Man X2 Armor X

  • Mega Man as Proto Man

Miscellaneous Updates

  • Shantae's elemental particles on magic now match what element it's supposed to be

  • Sparkster's jump release glitch is now fixed

  • New skills have been added to the grid

  • Some characters are getting move set and special updates

  • Active swap system has been updated

Closing Words

I believe that's all I have right now regarding updates. I'm almost certain I'm forgetting something...but if it comes back to me, I'll be sure to update this. Hope you all are staying safe out there and I hope you're looking forward to the next expansion! Until next time!

Progress Report

Version 2.0 Progress

Hi all! Today, I have come with information regarding version 2.0 of this project. I won't be long, so let's get this show on the road!

7 Areas Have Been Added

While the base game has plenty to explore as it is, Some small detours, new areas, and more have made their way back into the game. As of now, a total of 7 locations have been added to the world map. This includes...

  • Dribble Fountain

  • Orb Tower

  • Ancient Ruins

  • To'Ahl City

  • The Tower of Silence(restoration)

  • The Memory Shrine

  • Subterranea

A few more areas are in development also, but the cameo ones are essentially dying down for now simply because I believe the seed has been planted in some players to play some of the games this pays tribute to already. Over time, a good handful of individuals have expressed how this has sparked interest in them to play games such as Tales of Phantasia, Monster Tale, Popful Mail, and much more! Since that was one of this project's primary goals, the fact that it's happening now makes me incredibly happy.

Extra Scenes and Scenario In Development

To add on to the previous note, in honor of adding all of this new stuff to the project, extra scenes, chats, and the Otherworldly Staircase scenario is now in development. Level design is the #1 thing that takes the most time to create due to how many steps go into crafting each and every screen. Once that's done, cut scenes are added to them if they're needed.

Character development and interaction is one of the top things I adore in RPGs and games in general, so this is my second favorite step in the process. While there are over 100 scenes in the game(I think), adding more of them to flesh some things out will be a fun process. So, when this releases, be sure to explore the world map again to find new events!

The Master Gauntlets

In my opinion, a game with this much combat in it would not be complete without some kind of enemy gauntlet. So, there are now two of them. The first one is Subterranea, which is the underground monster fortress in Monster World 4. If you had the chance to view the epilogue before, it was only a single screen, so now, it's a full-blown combat-based dungeon.

The second gauntlet is the game's current ultimate challenge where you will be blasted with over 60 rapid-fire challenges based on a combination of both new and scrapped rooms that have been in the game's database since the very beginning. On average, the challenge can take over 20 minutes and is sometimes filled with merciless missions, so before you enter it, you will indeed need to prepare the best that you can. Those who make it to the very bottom can truly call themselves a master.

New Skill Grid Nodes

If you have been playing for a while, you may have noticed that a majority of your post-game Synth Crystals are gained by fighting at the Colosseum or Combat Simulator. This was designed specifically to train you up as a better fighter and prepare you for what is yet to come. However, once you clear all 103 skills on the grid, there's nothing left to upgrade...or so we thought.

In version 2.0, several new skill grid nodes are being added that will give a grander purpose to things such as combos and full HP status. However, many of them are expensive to activate, so be sure to stock up plenty of Synth Crystals by fighting lots! This means you'll likely be at Lv.200 and up.

Closing Words

That's about all I have for you all this time around. There's more I want to discuss, but I'll save it for next time. This is likely one of the final blogs before 2.0, so we're essentially getting very close to the release. Working on this has been a pure joy and hearing feedback from both veterans and newcomers has been awesome and very helpful! I hope that the 2.0 package will enhance this even more, so stay tuned! Until next time!


Progress Report/MW4 Special

Hi all! As you may know, today is April Fool's Day, which also means it is the 26th anniversary of Monster World 4! Today, we'll be getting into a short chunk of information regarding this project's near future and the inevitable return to the incoming sequel; Monster World Legends. Without further ado, let's get into this!

Image by Hikmori7

Design Document Reveal

I promised a long time ago that I was going to share the game's base design document once the base game was complete. So, today is the day that it is finally being released. Since this is a fan project and is the first one of my projects that got completed, it is obvious that one of the keys to properly finish a game is to plan absolutely everything!

In other words, it is strongly advised that you do NOT keep all of your ideas in your head. The more you think, the more you'll often forget older ideas and will often lead to thinking infinitely without a direction for said project. Write them down somewhere important and take deep care of it. Anyways, here it is. It is severely stripped down however. Enjoy!

Project SADF Design Document

Developer Journals Incoming

Along with the design document, there are some developer journals incoming that will be going in depth with everything about the project. As of now, 4 parts are planned and will likely be added today and later within the week. There's a lot of ground to cover for them, so I'll begin the creation immediately after this blog is posted. Stay tuned!

Why Monster World 4 Is Important

For those who do not know, Monster World 4 is one of the final titles to release for the Sega Genesis and originally was a Japan-only exclusive. It would not receive an official release until nearly 20 years later for PS3, XBox, and the now deceased Virtual Console on the Wii.

It is a wonderful action RPG/platforming masterpiece with colorful worlds, catchy tunes, and a decent narrative in which you must play as Asha, a cute, Arabic-themed girl who sets out on a quest after hearing the pleas of the world's missing spirits.

Originally, this was set to be the finale to the Monster World saga. But, it would not receive an actual sequel until years later with a title known as Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom.

In a nutshell, the very reason I'm here even developing games at all (even if they are fan projects right now) is because of this game in particular. I simply did not want the saga to end. So, without this game, I wouldn't be here nor would my interest for game creation have boosted off like it did.

Shantae and Asha DLC Progress

Futhermore, I'd like to tell you all that the DLC for Shantae and Asha is going rather well so far. New and restored content is making its way in and content that I could not explore before is being experimented with. Since this project will only happen once and this combination of characters will never meet again, I figured it was best to get as much out of its resources that was possible.

This does not mean I'll be injecting anything and everything in it for the sake of doing so. Even I have my limits and I believe there is a time where things have to come to a definitive end.

As for what's in store for the 2.0 package, you'll be getting quite the amount of content. This includes new stages, bosses, cut scenes, playable character additions, restored areas, and much more! This is a step that's greatly needed since when the game DLC is complete, I can walk away from this without any regrets. Of course if anything is ever needed again, it can be edited or fixed.

Tv Tropes Page!

Someone came out of absolute nowhere and decided to create a TV Tropes page for the game and linked me to it. I'm both very shocked and grateful that someone willingly created a page that is able to piece parts of the story together, even ones that I didn't go deep into. The link is below. Beware though, there are spoilers!!! Only view if you don't mind it.

Shantae And Asha Tv Tropes

Closing Words

There's so much more I'd like to dive into regarding this project, but I'll save a lot of it for the developer journals coming soon. There's going to be a LOT of information in those, so if you have the time, be sure to give them a read! Thank you for your time and I'll see you all in the next update!

Progress Report

Shion Reveal/DLC Info

Greetings to all! Today, I have come with an update regarding the first extra character to be added to the playable roster along with some other information regarding DLC. I'd like for this to be short and sweet, so without further ado, let's get started!

New Playable Character!

As of now, this project has a total of 26 playable characters. However, if you count Mega Man's Rush form, that technically counts as 27 in total. Today, our 28th playable character joins the roster!

Our first DLC fighter goes to no other than Shion from the 1991 Sega Genesis Classic, Wonder Boy in Monster World! It is the fifth Wonder Boy title in the series and the third Monster World game. As this project primarily celebrates side-scrolling action adventure titles with RPG and platforming elements, it would have been a "sin" to not include him along with the other color-blasted characters represented.

With a solid art style, equipment-based gameplay and a decent-sized world full of adventure, Monster World III is one of the series' finest titles and was the primary inspiration for the blueprint of Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom.

How Does Shion Fight?

Before you simply pass Shion off as "another swordsman", most know that as long as you do something unique with them, they're always welcome additions. With that said, Shion's abilities are completely different from Asha and the others and he might just be the one of the most versatile and powerful characters in the entire game. I'll explain why with his unique moves.

  • Auto Block

Since Wonder Boy characters in Monster World 1, 2, 3, and Monster Boy always hold their shields up similar to Dragon Quest characters, there is no need to block manually. This means that he is able to avoid most damage from projectiles simply by standing there. This also means that physical blows aren't effective against him either as long as the attack hits the shield before it hits him.

  • Magic Switch

Shion is able to switch between five magic abilities based on the original game. These spells include Firestorm, Quake, Thunder, Power, and Shield. In other words, he has two screen nukes, a homing attack, and two moves that focus on buffs. One of the most special of them is Shield because it grants invincibility for a short time, but uses all Action Points to avoid abuse of it.

  • Active Weapon Switch

If you've played the original, you know that Shion does not only use swords, but various spears too. He attacks normally in a wide range and can poke enemies at a distance while ducking, but if you hold up while grounded, he can perform "Spear Twirl". Spear Twirl allows him to not only do damage, but it also reflects projectiles that are both in front of and above him.

  • He's A Fish

No, not literally! What this means is that because of Poseidon's trident, he can freely breathe underwater such as characters like Zero, Sasuke, and Shantae's mermaid form.

  • Wing Boots

Within the Monster World lore, there is a pair of boots called the "Wing Boots". With the Wing Boots equipped, any hero is able to slowly descend by holding the jump button while falling. While this ability is not in Monster World III, it has been pulled from the first MW game to pay tribute to that aspect of the series' equipment.

  • Dash

Similar to other characters, while grounded, Shion is able to dash in the desired direction to enable fast speed during situations. Since Shion is a legendary hero, he would need to be equipped with the best gear and abilities around to make sure he's ready to take on the task ahead.

What's Up With DLC?

If you've been following this project for a while, then you are aware that DLC is now possible for all of my projects since I no longer use the very flawed built-in save system for Game Maker. This means that new characters, levels, scenes, and much more can be added without any penalty to your save files as long as all the variables are correct. Doing so has opened massive doors to what kinds of things can be added and other games can even interact with each other's save files.

If you are playing the game now, that is a good thing because you'll need a clear save file to access some of the content that is coming in version 2.0. If you're waiting, that's completely fine however. Just remember, that when you have completed the game, be absolutely sure to keep your save files and make sure your master save is in slot number one. This is because since other games can read another games' save files and look for variables, then you'll earn some goodies in other projects as proof that your file is legit(at least I hope...).

Have You Updated?

As you all may know, the game has received updates here and there for various things and has fixed a handful of variable bugs that were my fault for not reading them closely enough. But, thanks to a certain individual who has been helping me left and right with finding things, the game has been rescued in that regard and I'm completely thankful for their assistance!

If you haven't already and your version still says version 1.0 for some reason, be absolutely sure to update your game to avoid some oddities that have already been ironed out in 1.4.

Small Shion Demonstration Possible

With our new, powerful fighter in the game, I've been thinking about doing a small demonstration with him. I am certain he'll be useful for both newcomers and experts alike.

Closing Words

That is pretty much all I have for you all today. There is still a large chunk of extra stuff in development, so I hope you all look forward to that as well as the tie-in saga of Monster World Legends. There's so much more I want to discuss, but I'll save some stuff for later. I hope you all are staying safe out there and have a wonderful day/evening. Until next time!


Version 1.4 Update

Hey, everyone! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that the base package has been updated to version 1.4. This version fixes some things that have been reported from various players regarding things like grammar and punctuation errors, but also adds a new feature.

New Feature

The new feature allows you to turn off screen shaking during active combat. It does not turn off screen shakes during specials and cut scenes. If you currently have the game already, all you'll need to do is grab the exe in the link below that is also hosted on the game's main public profile. The link for it is always the same. However, I believe it will be smart to add an exe update link here to avoid having to have an external link. Would you all like that?

1.4 Executable Update

DLC Info

Currently, there is a handful of DLC content in the works and as you've seen with the features and fixes, the game can expand and be edited as necessary to make it as smooth and enjoyable of an experience as possible.

Special Thanks

I would love to thank all of the players and testers who have not only played the game, but have given useful feedback on the project so far. Every single bit of it helps; especially if it's something that will improve where it's lacking. I'd love to give another thanks to those who have played the game far beyond the credits and have searched the game's world from top to bottom for stuff they may have missed and even giving reports on things that were discovered in post-game. It means the world to me! :D

With this new package out today, I hope that it clears some issues up and I hope those who have made it far will look forward to the DLC. This project will only happen one time and I don't think I'll be introducing any new crossovers or fan games in general after this...at least for a while.

If there's anything fan "game" wise I would make after finishing this completely as well as Monster World Legends, it would be to combine all of the coding and resources to build a Monster World Maker that could also be used to build your own side-scrolling 2D RPG games. That would be my final work for this series and fan games in general. This way, I can move on and make my own games with all original assets. But, don't get me wrong, I'd love for it to be heavily inspired by Monster World and other games I've played over the last decade.

Possible New Wonder Boy/Monster World In Development.

There's been a rumor going around in several sources that in the GDC(Game Developer's Conference)that was supposed to have been held this month, there is another Monster World game in development. One of the booths was listed as "Wonder Boy Universe: Asha in Monster World". By the sounds of it, it could be a remake, sequel, or an entirely new game starring Asha as the hero once again. Whatever it is(if it's real), I'll accept it with open arms! I can't believe how this series has made a huge comeback recently! The link is below.

Wonder Boy Universe:Asha in Monster World

Closing Words

Anyways, that is all I have for you today. It's been great being able to work with and speak to so many individuals about this and hopefully, you'll all continue to aid me in this to make it the best experience possible. I appreciate every last one of you. With that said, as you all may know, there's a lot going on right now regarding the recent virus and all. Stay safe out there! Until next time!


Quick Update/New Feature

Hi all! I just wanted to pop in to let you all know that an update was added moments ago. It includes several fixes and a couple of other features to make things a bit smoother in some areas, but rougher in others. I'll be as brief as I can. The following update includes...

  • Typo fixes in the game's move list, journal, and other directories

  • Monster HP growth depending on difficulty

  • Gem to gold conversion rate increase

Enemy Growth

Basically, what this means is that the number of HP of each enemy will increase depending on what difficulty you have selected. This was done because once you are powerful enough, a lot of the normal enemy challenge is thrown out the window because you're able to defeat them within one or two strikes. Now, no matter what your skill level is, it is possible to alter the challenge based on your liking.

Gem To Gold Conversion Update

As you may have noticed, when you have the "Conversion Plus" bond equipped, the conversion rate of gems to gold increases from 1 all the way to 1.5. Now, the conversion rate has been increased to a maximum of 2 gold per gem. This means, you're able to get a maximum of 19998 gold instead of 14998. With the right bonds equipped, you can earn an easy profit doing "something"...

Typo Fixes

Since RPGs are big games and often have a TON of text, it is somewhat normal for there to be typo, grammar, and other spelling errors that will occur. With the help of two additional testers and running things though a much better spell check, things have been going rather smoothly with fixing the game up to be free of such errors.


I recently checked and it seems the project itself has been downloaded over 100 times! Thank you all who have downloaded so far! I know the initial launch wasn't exactly graceful thanks to the numerous errors found and patches that had to be made to get things working as they should, but I thank you for being patient with me and I hope that things will run MUCH smoother when version 2.0 is released.

The 2.0 package is currently in development and will release sometime soon depending on how fast things go and what kind of content is jammed into it. That's pretty much all I have to say for now. Until next time!
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