In recent years we've had official remakes of Wonder Boy 1, 3 and now there's one coming for WB6 (Monster World 4) but sadly there still hasn't been one for my personal favourite Wonder Boy 2 in Monster Land! Yes I know some of the others were more feature packed but for purely nostalgic reasons WB2 is my favourite as it was the first RPG like game I ever played and owned. I still hum its music to this day after like nearly 30 years lol! When I started re-collecting Sega Master System games a few years ago it was the first one I bought.
So while there's no official remake of Wonder Boy 2 in Monster Land, I've recently discovered the awesome news that someone over at the SMS power forums is doing a fan remake and expansion of the game calling it 'Monsterland Meka', looks like it also includes stuff from WB1 (skateboard) and WB5 (player home) too. It's early days so far but I love the backgrounds! Entire valleys of grass, flowers, forests, & rivers surrounded by mountains. Love the music remasters too! The 3D main character appearance and animation leave a lot to be desired though lol, but its creator Immo has told me that it's just a placeholder until proper 2D animating art work is drawn over the top of it (similar to some of the 2D snake baddies already done).
There's a gazillion pictures on his website but here's some of my favourites:
Uh...no, just no. This just looks blinking disgusting, cheap (unity probably) and doesn't even come close to the style of Wonderboy and its modern day remakes. Wonder Boy in particular just looks like your generic anime character you find in anything nowadays and the stilted walking animation alone just sucks.
The music is also so unimaginative, it's like you take the original music and have it re-recorded by a 5 year old on his first 80's casio keyboard