Twinkle Tale

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Twinkle Tale
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥7,800 T-61013

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Twinkle Tale (ツインクルテール) is a 1992 Sega Mega Drive shoot-'em-up developed by Zap and published by Wonder Amusement Studio exclusively in Japan.


In the darkness preceding the creation of the world Alpherion, three lights (red, green, and blue) were created. These lights desired domination, and so tried to destroy each other, creating a new darkness and a white light in the process. The white light, desiring peace, locked the other lights and the new darkness in crystals, encased itself in a diamond, and created Alpherion.

Apprentice magician Saria (サリア) is summoned by her teacher to consult a fortuneteller. The fortuneteller alerts Saria to dark wizard Gadou's incoming forces by capturing the great wizards of Alpherion (which Saria's teacher is one). The fortuneteller gives Saria items so she can go and defeat Gadou.


Control is similar to Mercs: you control Saria as she moves up the level; you can move freely around the screen as it will not automatically scroll, however you cannot go back down once you have gone up to a different part of the level. B shoots (hold for rapidfire). A sends out a strong magic attack. C chooses a weapon. Powerups and magic attacks are found in treasure chests opened by shooting at them.



Translation group M.I.J.E.T. made an English translation of the game in 2007.

Magazine articles

Main article: Twinkle Tale/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

BeepMD JP 1992-05.pdfBeepMD JP 1992-05.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-05: "May 1992" (1992-04-08)

BeepMD JP 1992-06.pdfBeepMD JP 1992-06.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-06: "June 1992" (1992-05-08)

BeepMD JP 1992-07.pdfBeepMD JP 1992-07.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-07: "July 1992" (1992-06-08)
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
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Sega Mega Drive
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Mega Drive, JP
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Twinkletale md jp manual.pdf

Technical information

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