Wonder Boy similarities
Although the games are indeed identical, Adventure
Island is not exactly a "blatant rip-off" of Wonder Boy
. The original arcade Wonder Boy
game was developed by a company called Escape
, who later became known as Westone
optioned the rights from Escape for a NES port of the game, but SEGA
still owned the Wonder Boy title, forcing Hudson to come up with a new title for the NES version, hence Adventure Island.
In that version, Wonder Boy was replaced by Master Higgins, who was patterned after then-Hudson Soft executive and public figure Toshiyuki Takahashi
(also known as Takahashi Meijin).