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In the South Pacific, Master Higgins lives peacefully wearing only a grass skirt and a cap. That is until the Evil Witch Doctor decides to capture the Princess Leilani and hold her as his own. It's up to Master Higgins to gather throwing axes, fireballs and skateboards in order to aid his noble quest.

The game is a side scroller, Master Higgins moves across the screen from left to right and finds his power-ups in giant eggs. This includes a skateboard which results in a great speed enhancement - until Master Higgins gets hit and loses his power. If he is not on a skateboard a hit means instant death. Another game mechanic is starvation which gets indicated through a meter which steadily decreases. If it hits zero the hero dies and the only way to fill it up is by collecting food on the way. Bosses await him at the end of levels, all the way to the Evil Witch Doctor himself.


Adventure Island Game Boy Advance The axe can be thrown at enemies making it easier to get past
Adventure Island Game Boy Advance These pots are needed to get a high score
Adventure Island NES U.S. title screen
Adventure Island NES Jumping over an enemy

Alternate Titles

  • "高橋名人の冒険島" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Wonder Boy" -- Original Arcade title
  • "Takahashi Meijin no Boukenjima" -- Japanese title
  • "Hudson's Adventure Island" -- US in-game title
  • "Adventure Island Classic in the Pacific" -- European title
  • "Adventure Island Classic" -- European NES title

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The Virtual Console Archive Wii Aug, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot J2ME Nov 10, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
VicioJuegos.com NES Jul 22, 2007 75 out of 100 75
Mega Fun NES May, 1993 64 out of 100 64
Game Freaks 365 NES 2007 5.8 out of 10 58
IGN NES Sep 17, 2007 5.5 out of 10 55
IGN Wii Sep 17, 2007 5.5 out of 10 55
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Feb 23, 2008 5 out of 10 50
HonestGamers NES Apr 21, 2013 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic NES Aug 03, 2008 C- 42


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Developer 6 Sciere (361095)
Aug 25, 2008


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. Hudson 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).

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