It's been a popular practice lately to try to make some sense out of the history of the Wonder Boy franchise. It's difficult to do, because the series has spanned so many different companies' consoles and been rebranded in so many different ways. But it's also worthwhile, because many of its various installments have shown up on the Virtual Console recently, and many are worth a look. Like Monster Lair. This game, if you trace its roots, first originated as "Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair," an arcade cabinet in 1988. It was later ported to the Genesis, but only in Japan and Europe – here in the States, we got a version for the TurboGrafx-CD. Which is what this Virtual Console download is based on.