Zero Wing

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Zero Wing
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo Switch Online
Publisher: Toaplan (JP), Sega, Retro-Bit
Developer:
Original system(s): Toaplan System 1[1]
Sound driver: Cube[2]
Genre: Shooting[3][4]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,000 (8,240)8,000e[5] T-40023
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1138-50
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[6] 1138-50
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Retro-Bit)
$44.9944.99[8]
Sega Mega Drive
EU
(Retro-Bit)
€39.9939.99[8]
Nintendo Switch Online
JP
Nintendo Switch Online
US
Nintendo Switch Online
EU
Nintendo Switch Online
UK
Nintendo Switch Online
AU
Non-Sega versions

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Zero Wing (ゼロウイング) is a Sega Mega Drive horizontal shoot-'em-up game developed by Toaplan. A port of the developer's titular 1989 arcade game Zero Wing, it was first published in Japan by Toaplan themselves in May 1991, and was brought to Europe by Sega in July 1992. In modern years, the game was re-released worldwide by Retro-Bit in October 2020 as part of Toaplan Shooters Collector's Edition.[14] Zero Wing is notable for being one of few Mega Drive ports developed by Toaplan themselves, and for the infamously-poor English translation of its opening cutscene - spawning one of the earliest internet memes, All your base are belong to us.

Gameplay

A and C fire the player's weapon. While the game has an autofire option, a higher firing rate can be achieved by manually tapping the button. B fires a suction beam that will pull certain enemies towards the player ship for use as a shield, and can which be later launched forward to destroy other enemies.

Like other Toaplan games, Zero Wing defaults to the Easy difficulty setting.

Power-ups

Some enemies will drop power-ups when destroyed; the first power-up dropped per life will always be options to further assist the player.

  • Red: Spread shot
  • Blue: Laser shot
  • Green: Homing shot
  • Orb: Bomb (fired with B)
  • Speed Up: Increases ship speed

Levels

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Natols

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Legrous

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Pleades

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Aquese

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Submarine Tunnel

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Barracade Zone

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Bellon

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Gerbarra

History

Legacy

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Introduction

The infamously poor translation of Zero Wing's English releases has seen the game become the star of community parody. A line in the game's introduction, All your base are belong to us, was heavily featured in a fan music video for the song Invasion of the Gabber Robots by The Laziest Men on Mars (itself a cover of the game's song Open Your Eyes.) This video, compressed and heavily shared in the early days of the web, gave rise to one of the very first modern internet memes.

Production credits

Zero Wing Original Staff
  • 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


Magazine articles

Main article: Zero Wing/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-03: "March 1991" (1991-02-08)
also published in:
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-05: "May 1991" (1991-04-08)
also published in:
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-06: "June 1991" (1991-05-08)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-07: "July 1991" (1991-06-08)
also published in:

Collector's Edition (Retro-Bit)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
80
[18]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
72
[19]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
80
[20]
Console XS (UK) NTSC-J
77
[21]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
93
[22]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 7 (RU)
40
[23]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
87
[24]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
70
[25]
Games-X (UK)
92
[26]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[27]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
86
[28]
Joypad (FR) PAL
90
[29]
Joystick (FR)
86
[30]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
72
[31]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
66
[32]
Mega (UK) PAL
70
[33]
Mega Force (FR)
80
[34]
MegaTech (UK)
82
[35]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
82
[36]
Mean Machines (UK)
91
[37]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
91
[38]
Player One (FR)
79
[39]
Play Time (DE)
68
[40]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
100
[41]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
88
[42]
Sega Pro (UK)
78
[43]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
77
[44]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
86
[6]
Sega Opisaniy i sekretov (RU)
66
[45]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
75
[46]
Super Gaming (US)
67
[47]
Supersonic (FR)
85
[48]
Tilt (FR)
80
[49]
Video Games (DE)
67
[50]
Sega Mega Drive
78
Based on
34 reviews

Zero Wing

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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PCB
Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, (Retro-Bit)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 89b744a3
MD5 5f4f2fb8c7b8c50efbc6eed57ce3dae3
SHA-1 98335b97c5e21f7f8c5436427621836660b91075
1MB 1990-08 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 7e203d2b
MD5 9647d8ec9183f3ec9f944d5ea49a99a9
SHA-1 fad499e21ac55a3b8513110dc1f6e3f6cdeca8dd
1MB 1990-08 Cartridge (JP)

References

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  1. https://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=966&page=1#19118
  2. http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Mega_Drive/Genesis_Sound_Engine_List
  3. File:Zerowing md jp cover.jpg
  4. 4.0 4.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  5. Beep! MegaDrive, "May 1991" (JP; 1991-04-08), page 16
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Sega Force, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-xx), page 72
  7. 7.0 7.1 https://store.strictlylimitedgames.com/products/toaplan-shooters-collectors-edition-genesis-mega-drive-preorder (Wayback Machine: 2021-05-31 21:12)
  8. 8.0 8.1 File:TSCE Toaplan Press Release.pdf, page 2
  9. https://topics.nintendo.co.jp/article/1bbb22fd-9a6b-4d8b-8554-c55c3874e49b (archive.today)
  10. @NintendoAmerica on Twitter (archive.today)
  11. @NintendoEurope on Twitter (archive.today)
  12. @NintendoUK on Twitter (archive.today)
  13. @NintendoAUNZ on Twitter (archive.today)
  14. https://retro-bit.com/toaplan-shooters/ (Wayback Machine: 2021-05-15 18:27)
  15. Mega Drive Fan, "March 1991" (JP; 1991-02-08), page 99
  16. Mega Drive Fan, "May 1991" (JP; 1991-04-08), page 42
  17. Beep! MegaDrive, "August 1991" (JP; 1991-07-08), page 16
  18. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 349
  19. Aktueller Software Markt, "November 1991" (DE; 1991-10-11), page 139
  20. Beep! MegaDrive, "May 1991" (JP; 1991-04-08), page 27
  21. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 137
  22. Computer & Video Games, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-07-15), page 60
  23. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 7, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 291
  24. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 118
  25. Famitsu, "1991-xx-xx" (JP; 1991-06-14), page 19
  26. Games-X, "21st-26th June 1991" (UK; 1991-06-21), page 36
  27. Hippon Super, "May 1991" (JP; 1991-04-04), page 42
  28. Hobby Consolas, "Agosto 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 48
  29. Joypad, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-05-1x), page 158
  30. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 182
  31. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 95
  32. Mega Drive Fan, "August 1991" (JP; 1991-07-08), page 123
  33. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 21
  34. Mega Force, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-05-05), page 76
  35. MegaTech, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-20), page 32
  36. MegaTech, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 93
  37. Mean Machines, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-29), page 74
  38. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 143
  39. Player One, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-05-10), page 70
  40. Play Time, "(8/9)/92" (DE; 1992-07-08), page 94
  41. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 55
  42. Sega Power, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-02), page 34
  43. Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 41
  44. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
  45. Sega Opisaniy i sekretov, "14000 Opisaniy i sekretov" (RU; 2003-03-11), page 236
  46. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
  47. Super Gaming, "Fall 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 8
  48. Supersonic, "Mai/Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 6
  49. Tilt, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-09-xx), page 53
  50. Video Games, "7/92" (DE; 1992-06-24), page 46


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