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Zero Wing

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
2.6
Genesis
60
3.0
TurboGrafx CD
...
3.6
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Zero Wing Genesis Miniboss
Zero Wing Genesis SIGNAL SAY..EVEN ENGRISH SPEAK BAD!!
Zero Wing TurboGrafx CD ...and the green one, homing
Zero Wing Arcade Leaving the space shuttle

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! Genesis J. David Taylor (28)

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Aug, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines Genesis Jul, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Pixel-Heroes.de Genesis Jun, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Pixel-Heroes.de TurboGrafx CD Jun, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Genesis Sep, 1991 67 out of 100 67
The Video Game Critic Genesis Feb 02, 2005 C 50
Sega-16.com Genesis Dec 11, 2006 5 out of 10 50
Thunderbolt Games Genesis Aug 11, 2004 4 out of 10 40
HonestGamers Genesis Mar 18, 2012 4 out of 10 40
HonestGamers Genesis Jan 12, 2008 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

The infamous "All Your Base Are Belong To Us" quotes were taken from the European localization of the Sega Genesis port released in 1989. Zero Wing was never released for home consoles in North America. More information on the internet phenomenon can be found here.

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 toaplan.com.)
Contributed to by Trypticon (6183), Martin Smith (63198) and Satoshi Kunsai (1817)