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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Original system(s): Arcade boards|
|Number of players: 1|
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Zero Wing (ゼロウイング) is a 1989 arcade shoot-'em-up video game developed by Toaplan, and ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1991 for Japan and Europe release. It is one of the few Mega Drive ports developed by Toaplan themselves.
It has a very different-sounding arrange of the original arcade soundtrack, focused around the popular Cube sound driver.
and shoot. fires a suction beam that will trap enemies, allowing the ship to grab certain enemies. Letting go of launches the enemy at high speeds, allowing you to destroy other enemies with it. Some heavy ships will pull the player ship down.
Enemies drop powerups when destroyed; the first powerup per life will always be subships that shoot with you but do not have the suction beam. The collectable items are:
- red: spreadshot
- blue: laser
- green: homing shot
- orb: strong bomb that can be releases by pushing
The game has an autofire option, but a much higher firing rate can be achieved by rapidly tapping the buttons or using an autofire controller. Like a lot of other Toaplan games, this game also strangely defaults to the easy difficulty instead of normal
While there are no gameplay differences between the arcade version and its ports, the Mega Drive port added an in-game storyline with cutscenes. This is all well and good, but the English translator chosen was the kind of guy who "thought" he knew English. Long story short, the English introduction is ridiculous to the point where "ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US." has become a meme that is far more popular than the game itself ever will be.
- 68k Side: T.Ota, H.Furukawa
- Z80 Side: T.Uemura
- Graphics: S.Nakaoka, N.Ogiwara, M.Hayashi, S.Nito
- Music: T.Uemura, M.Yuge, T.Tomizawa
- © Toaplan 1991.
- Source: In-game credits
- Main article: Zero Wing/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|Mega Drive, SE (rental)|
ROM dump status
- Sega Force, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 72
- Mega Drive Fan, "March 1991" (JP; 1991-02-08), page 99
- Mega Drive Fan, "May 1991" (JP; 1991-04-08), page 42
- Beep! MegaDrive, "August 1991" (JP; 1991-07-08), page 16
- Computer & Video Games, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-07-15), page 60-62 (60)
- Beep! MegaDrive, "May 1991" (JP; 1991-04-08), page 27 (29)
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
- Hobby Consolas, "Agosto 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 48-51 (48)
- Joypad, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 158
- Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 182
- Mean Machines, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-29), page 74-76 (74)
- Player One, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-05-10), page 70/71 (70)
- Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 55
- Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 41
- Sega Force, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 70/71 (72)
- Supersonic, "Mai/Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 6
- Tilt, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 53/54 (51)
- Video Games, "7/92" (DE; 1992-06-24), page 46 (44)
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