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Zero Wing
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Toaplan
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,0008,000 T-40023
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1138-50

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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.

Gameplay

A and C shoot. B fires a suction beam that will trap enemies, allowing the ship to grab certain enemies. Letting go of B 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 B
  • speedup

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

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

Versions

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.

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

BeepMD JP 1991-03.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-03: "March 1991" (1991-02-08)
also published in:

BeepMD JP 1991-05.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-05: "May 1991" (1991-04-08)
also published in:

BeepMD JP 1991-06.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-06: "June 1991" (1991-05-08)

BeepMD JP 1991-07.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-07: "July 1991" (1991-06-08)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
93 [5]
80 [6]
75 [7]
70 №133, [1]
92 №9
60 №1991-05, p42
86 [8]
90 [9]
86 [10]
72 №5, p95
70 №9, p23
82 №5, p32-35
91 [11]
79 [12]
100 [13]
88 №33, p34
78 [14]
77 №18, p68
86 [15]
85 [16]
80 [17]
67 [18]
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
22 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Zerowing md jp cart.jpg
Cart
Zerowing md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (rental)

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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