Adventure Island Retrospective by ThaneGaming

Adventure Island Retrospective by ThaneGaming

June 20, 2018 0 By nate

If you have ever wondered how a game like Adventure Island came to existence, you should watch these excellent videos produced by ThaneGaming on the subject.

Part 1: Localization Blunders

In part one, ThaneGaming takes a deep look at the origins of the games, the stories and the characters that make up Adventure Island as we know it. This includes a thorough look at the English localization and the many blunders that occured in that process.

Part 2: The NES Original and its Revivals

In part two, ThaneGaming takes a closer look at the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) version of the game as well as some of the later revival versions that showed up on the GameCube and the Wii.


Adventure Island is a side-scrolling action game that was developed by Hudson Soft and released in 1988 in North America on the NES. The original Adventure Island game was an adaptation of the arcade version of Wonder Boy by Sega. Subsequent titles in the Adventure Island series have no connection to the Wonder Boy.  In the game, you play as Master Higgins who is on a quest to rescue the princess from an evil witch doctor.  The game is comprised of 32 stages which are divided into 8 areas.  Each area has a boss battle on it’s fourth stage and after defeating the eighth boss, you will save Princess Tina.