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Zero Wing (Genesis)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.
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Zero Wing is an horizontal shooter game where the player is in control of a ZIG, an escape pod released after its main ship was attacked and destroyed by the evil cyborg CATS, bent on taking over the world.

Like most games in the genre, there are three color-coded weapons: red (scatter), green (homing) and blue (lasers). Each weapon has three levels of power, and to obtain those, similar upgrades must be collected sequentially. However, what makes the game unique is the ability to use a traction beam to trap an enemy and then throw him against his peers, destroying them.

The game (more precisely, the European PAL version of it) is known for being the origin of the grammatically incorrect phrase in the English translation, All your base are belong to us, which has since become an internet phenomenon.


Zero Wing Genesis Now picture the mechanic talking like Babu from Seinfeld and saying that line..."Jerry! Somebody set up us the bahhhhhhhhmb!" ^_^
Zero Wing Genesis I have your twin!
Zero Wing Genesis This sounds REALLY dirty to those with that kind of mental state...just what in the hell is a 'ZIG', anyway?
Zero Wing Genesis I say, "Victoly! A winner is...CATS!"

Alternate Titles

  • "ゼロウィング" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Get the animated GIF, this game isn't worth your money! J. David Taylor (28) unrated

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines Jul, 1991 91 out of 100 91 Jun, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Sep, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Gamers (Germany) Aug, 1992 8 out of 15 53 Dec 11, 2006 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic Feb 02, 2005 C 50
HonestGamers Jan 12, 2008 4 out of 10 40
Thunderbolt Games Aug 11, 2004 4 out of 10 40
HonestGamers Mar 18, 2012 4 out of 10 40


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The game was released in the U.S. in the arcades by Williams, licensed from Toaplan. It was not, however, released for the home consoles in the U.S. The arcade version had no intro. That was first seen on the home console versions.

Related Web Sites

  • All Your Base Are Belong To Us (This site has animated gif and shockwave files of the introduction sequence to Zero Wing. )
  • All Your Smurf are Belong to Smurf! (Absolutely hilarious parody on the infamous "All your base!" line from Zero Wing and The $25,000 Pyramid! Starring Papa Smurf, Zero Wing Operator, Cats, Dick Clark's head, 'ZIG' Captain, and Balki from Perfect Strangers!)
  • Zero Wing (Information about Zero Wing at
Satoshi Kunsai (1817) added Zero Wing (Genesis) on Jun 06, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Trypticon (6183) and Martin Smith (63198)