History VideoGame / TwinkleStarSprites

27th May '16 11:41:05 AM ViperAcidZX
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* BonusMaterial: The Sega Saturn version came with a bonus disc full of fan-made and official artwork, concept art, karaoke, music, and messages from the characters. Naturally, [[NoExportForYou none of this is available outside Japan]].
27th May '16 11:38:18 AM ViperAcidZX
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In celebration of the Neo Geo's 25th anniversary, an port of the arcade version was released on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux through UsefulNotes/HumbleBundle in late 2015. For those that missed the Humble Neo Geo 25th Anniversary Bundle, the game became available through the Humble Store a mouth later either individually or through bundles of other Neo Geo titles.

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In celebration of the Neo Geo's 25th anniversary, an port of the arcade version was released on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux through UsefulNotes/HumbleBundle in late 2015. For those that missed the Humble Neo Geo 25th Anniversary Bundle, the game became available through the Humble Store a mouth later either individually or through bundles of other Neo Geo titles.
titles. Another port of the arcade version was released through UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} on May 2016 with online multiplayer and Steam Achievements.
5th Apr '16 12:02:29 PM ViperAcidZX
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* ContinuingIsPainful: Using a continue after losing all of your lives will wipe your score.



** Meirin from the Saturn version will dress up as a police officer, a magical girl, a Chinese waitress, or a dinosaur, among others.

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** Meirin from the Saturn version will dress up as a police officer, a magical girl, ballerina, a Chinese waitress, or a dinosaur, among others.



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During the winning player's victory quote, the losing player's character can be seen careening down from the sky.



* PointlessBandAid: Memory's defeated portrait has a band-aid on her hair.



* SmartBomb: Each player can use a screen clearing bomb attack that can wipe out enemies and hurt mini-bosses.



** Did Load Ran's change her name to Load Run?



* VideoGame3DLeap: The sequel goes from 2D sprite-based graphics to fully polygonal 3D visuals but the gameplay remains the same as its predecessor.



* UpdatedReRelease: The Saturn version has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHWva01uNcE animated intro]], an extra character, some visual upgrades, full voice-acting, a few minor gameplay tweaks, and the ability to emulate the arcade and UsefulNotes/NeoGeo's slowdown or disable them altogether. The Dreamcast version, however, was a straight port of the UsefulNotes/NeoGeo version with better music and slowdown options like a the Saturn version.

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* UpdatedReRelease: The Saturn version has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHWva01uNcE animated intro]], an extra character, some visual upgrades, full voice-acting, a few minor gameplay tweaks, and the ability to emulate the arcade and UsefulNotes/NeoGeo's slowdown or disable them altogether. The Dreamcast version, however, was a straight port of the UsefulNotes/NeoGeo Neo Geo version with better music and slowdown options like a the Saturn version.
4th Apr '16 10:37:49 PM ViperAcidZX
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''Twinkle Star Sprites'' is a CuteEmUp created by Creator/{{ADK}} in 1996. It was initially released as an arcade game for the UsefulNotes/NeoGeo platform and is available for the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, and the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast.

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\n''Twinkle Star Sprites'' is a CuteEmUp created by Creator/{{ADK}} in 1996. It was initially released as an arcade game for the UsefulNotes/NeoGeo platform and is available for the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast, and the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast.
as well as [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows]], [[UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh Macintosh]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Unix}} Linux]].



This is where it gets interesting. Unlike most [[ShootEmUp shmups]] where players play cooperatively, Twinkle Star Sprites is a competitive shooter where one player is pitted against another or the computer across the screen, where each player has their own half of the field. The game itself is rather short, so its main attraction is in Versus Mode, where players can choose one of nine characters (thirteen, if you count the four [[SecretCharacter secret characters]]). Players attack each other by destroying enemies and their explosions can be chained together to wipe out more enemies. When the chain ends, fireballs (how many depend on how long the chain is) are volleyed over in varying trajectories across the screen to the other player's side. These fireballs can be shot back by destroying them or if they get caught in another chained explosion. If these flashing fireballs are destroyed again individually, you will perform a character-specific extra attack, but if destroyed in a group of 3 or more indirectly (as in, by the explosions of enemies around it), you will perform a boss attack, which summons a mini-boss to the opponent's field to really mess up their game. The gameplay can quickly get even more hectic with the appearance of a Fever orb (activated only by a bomb or an enemy explosion), which doubles the speed and rate at which fireballs are shot.

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This is where it gets interesting. Unlike most [[ShootEmUp shmups]] Shoot 'em Ups]] where players play cooperatively, Twinkle ''Twinkle Star Sprites Sprites'' is a competitive shooter where one player is pitted against another or the computer across the screen, where each player has their own half of the field. The game itself is rather short, so its main attraction is in Versus Mode, where players can choose one of nine characters (thirteen, if you count the four [[SecretCharacter secret characters]]). Players attack each other by destroying enemies and their explosions can be chained together to wipe out more enemies. When the chain ends, fireballs (how many depend on how long the chain is) are volleyed over in varying trajectories across the screen to the other player's side. These fireballs can be shot back by destroying them or if they get caught in another chained explosion. If these flashing fireballs are destroyed again individually, you will perform a character-specific extra attack, but if destroyed in a group of 3 or more indirectly (as in, by the explosions of enemies around it), you will perform a boss attack, which summons a mini-boss to the opponent's field to really mess up their game. The gameplay can quickly get even more hectic with the appearance of a Fever orb (activated only by a bomb or an enemy explosion), which doubles the speed and rate at which fireballs are shot.



There is a sequel on the PS2 called ''Twinkle Star Sprites: [[GratuitousFrench La Petite Princesse]]'', released in 2005, though [[NoExportForYou it was not released stateside]]. It introduced a new cast of characters (mostly clones of the original cast), as well as having a few returning characters (namely, Load Ran, Dark Ran, Really Till, Yan Yan-Yung, Memory, and [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute technically]] Kim) for a total of fifteen characters (Load Ran, Really Till, and the final boss Mikoto are unlockables). The rest of the cast usually shows up in the story mode at some point as a cameo, but were ultimately not playable (Arthur, Mevious, and even the titular character Sprites herself is this).

For similar games, see VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'s ''Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream'' and ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'' and {{Seihou}}'s ''Kioh Gyoku''.

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There is a sequel on the PS2 VideoGame/PlayStation2 called ''Twinkle Star Sprites: [[GratuitousFrench La Petite Princesse]]'', released in 2005, though [[NoExportForYou it was not released stateside]]. It introduced a new cast of characters (mostly clones of the original cast), as well as having a few returning characters (namely, Load Ran, Dark Ran, Really Till, Yan Yan-Yung, Memory, and [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute technically]] Kim) for a total of fifteen characters (Load Ran, Really Till, and the final boss Mikoto are unlockables). The rest of the cast usually shows up in the story mode at some point as a cameo, but were ultimately not playable (Arthur, Mevious, and even the titular character Sprites herself is this).

In celebration of the Neo Geo's 25th anniversary, an port of the arcade version was released on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux through UsefulNotes/HumbleBundle in late 2015. For those that missed the Humble Neo Geo 25th Anniversary Bundle, the game became available through the Humble Store a mouth later either individually or through bundles of other Neo Geo titles.

For similar games, see VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'s ''Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream'' and ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'' and {{Seihou}}'s VideoGame/{{Seihou}}'s ''Kioh Gyoku''.






* BadassAdorable: Pretty much everyone.

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* AnimeChineseGirl: Meirin, the extra character from the Saturn version. Doubles as a cosplay fanatic.
* AnimeThemeSong: The Sega Saturn version received an anime FMV opening for the Segasaturn Mode.
* BadassAdorable: Pretty much everyone.All the characters in the series not only adorable, but they can be a force to be reckoned with.



-->'''Ran''': [[OhCrap Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!]]

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-->'''Ran''': [[OhCrap Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!]]"[[OhCrap Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!]]"



* BigEater: Memory. Her special attacks are various foods, her MiniBoss is a giant cake, her win quotes are all about her being hungry, and the only thing she wants from Twinkle Star is a ton of food. She's thin as a rail, incidentally.
** Seemly it all goes to her breasts... ESPECIALLY in the sequel where THEY ARE HUGE!

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* BigEater: Memory. Her special attacks are various foods, her MiniBoss is a giant cake, her win quotes are all about her being hungry, and the only thing she wants from Twinkle Star is a ton of food. She's thin as a rail, incidentally.
** Seemly
incidentally, but seemly it all goes to her breasts... ESPECIALLY breasts, especially in the sequel where THEY ARE HUGE!they are huge!



* BonusMaterial: The Sega Saturn version came with a bonus disc full of fan-made and official artwork, concept art, karaoke, music, and messages from the characters. Naturally, [[NoExportForYou none of this is available outside Japan]].



* {{Combos}}: Explosion chains are both a great way to score points and stay on the offensive. It can backfire if both players have chains going on and yours ends first.

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* {{Combos}}: {{Combos}}:
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Explosion chains are both a great way to score points and stay on the offensive. It can backfire if both players have chains going on and yours ends first.



* ChineseGirl: Meirin, the extra character from the Saturn version. Doubles as a cosplay fanatic.
* CosplayOtakuGirl: Time insta-changes into a pigbird cosplay and a nurse cosplay, among others.

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* ChineseGirl: Meirin, the extra character CollisionDamage: Running into an enemy will do less damage to you than taking an attack from your opponent, but your shot power and mobility is weakened temporarily. Collision damage also cannot defeat you.
* CosplayOtakuGirl:
** Meirin
from the Saturn version. Doubles version will dress up as a cosplay fanatic.
* CosplayOtakuGirl:
police officer, a magical girl, a Chinese waitress, or a dinosaur, among others.
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Time in the sequel insta-changes into a pigbird cosplay and a nurse cosplay, among others.



* EmbeddedPrecursor: The original arcade version of ''Twinkle Star Sprites'' can be unlocked in ''La Petite Princesse'' if you beat Character Mode with Load Ran, Really Till, and Mikoto. However this requires unlocking them first through Story Mode, and Really Till's encounter is randomized in Stage 4.



* GoodBadTranslation: The English translation for the Dreamcast version (and the arcade machine) is okay, but errors are plentiful.
** The final boss's victory taunt is either this or SpeakingLikeTotallyTeen - "I am Memory, the cold queen; chill like ice cream."

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* GoodBadTranslation: The English translation for the Dreamcast version (and the arcade machine) is okay, but errors are plentiful. \n** The final boss's victory taunt is either this or SpeakingLikeTotallyTeen - "I am Memory, the cold queen; chill like ice cream."



* {{Kawaiiko}} / {{Yandere}}: Really Ryez, Really Till's younger sister. Her exterior is sickeningly saccharine, even for this series, but what especially sets her apart from the other sugar-sweet characters is that she is a total yandere for Arthur Schmitt.



* {{Miko}}: The aptly-named Mikoto, the final boss in the sequel La Petite Princesse.
* MiniBoss: Summoned to fight your opponent with Level Three ChargedAttack or if three or more flashing fireballs are caught in your chain explosion at the same time. Each character summons a different mini boss.

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* {{Miko}}: The aptly-named Mikoto, the final boss in the sequel La ''La Petite Princesse.
Princesse''.
* MiniBoss: Summoned to fight your opponent with Level Three ChargedAttack or if three or more flashing fireballs are caught in your chain explosion at the same time. Each character summons a different mini boss.mini-boss.



* {{Omake}}: The UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn version came with a bonus disc full of fan-made and official artwork, concept art, karaoke, music, and messages from the characters. Naturally, [[NoExportForYou none of this is available outside Japan]].



* PandaingToTheAudience: Meirin's sidekick is a roly-poly panda.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Do Edge from ''La Petite Princesse'' is the son of Do Sukebe (Kim in America) from the original, and aside from personality is pretty much exactly the same character.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Do Edge from ''La Petite Princesse'' is the son of Do Sukebe (Kim in America) from the original, and aside from personality is pretty much almost exactly the same character.



* UpdatedReRelease: The Saturn version has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHWva01uNcE animated intro]], an extra character, some visual upgrades, full voice acting, and a few minor gameplay tweaks. The Dreamcast version, however, was a straight port of the UsefulNotes/NeoGeo version with better music and the option to emulate the arcade and UsefulNotes/NeoGeo's slowdown.

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* UpdatedReRelease: The Saturn version has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHWva01uNcE animated intro]], an extra character, some visual upgrades, full voice acting, and voice-acting, a few minor gameplay tweaks. tweaks, and the ability to emulate the arcade and UsefulNotes/NeoGeo's slowdown or disable them altogether. The Dreamcast version, however, was a straight port of the UsefulNotes/NeoGeo version with better music and slowdown options like a the option to emulate Saturn version.
* {{Yandere}}: Really Ryez, Really Till's younger sister. Her exterior is sickeningly saccharine, even for this series, but what especially sets her apart from
the arcade and UsefulNotes/NeoGeo's slowdown.other sugar-sweet characters is that she is a total yandere for Arthur Schmitt.
19th Mar '16 8:30:23 PM mrsgency
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Okay, if you come in here and the first thing you notice is the little tiny girl and the fairies behind her, stay with us. This is good, we promise.
18th Dec '15 8:44:20 PM nombretomado
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''Twinkle Star Sprites'' is a CuteEmUp created by Creator/{{ADK}} in 1996. It was initially released as an arcade game for the NeoGeo platform and is available for the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, and the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast.

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''Twinkle Star Sprites'' is a CuteEmUp created by Creator/{{ADK}} in 1996. It was initially released as an arcade game for the NeoGeo UsefulNotes/NeoGeo platform and is available for the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, and the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast.



* UpdatedReRelease: The Saturn version has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHWva01uNcE animated intro]], an extra character, some visual upgrades, full voice acting, and a few minor gameplay tweaks. The Dreamcast version, however, was a straight port of the NeoGeo version with better music and the option to emulate the arcade and NeoGeo's slowdown.

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* UpdatedReRelease: The Saturn version has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHWva01uNcE animated intro]], an extra character, some visual upgrades, full voice acting, and a few minor gameplay tweaks. The Dreamcast version, however, was a straight port of the NeoGeo UsefulNotes/NeoGeo version with better music and the option to emulate the arcade and NeoGeo's UsefulNotes/NeoGeo's slowdown.
4th Dec '15 5:10:31 PM nombretomado
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* {{Omake}}: The SegaSaturn version came with a bonus disc full of fan-made and official artwork, concept art, karaoke, music, and messages from the characters. Naturally, [[NoExportForYou none of this is available outside Japan]].

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* {{Omake}}: The SegaSaturn UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn version came with a bonus disc full of fan-made and official artwork, concept art, karaoke, music, and messages from the characters. Naturally, [[NoExportForYou none of this is available outside Japan]].
28th Nov '15 11:01:29 PM nombretomado
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''Twinkle Star Sprites'' is a CuteEmUp created by Creator/{{ADK}} in 1996. It was initially released as an arcade game for the NeoGeo platform and is available for the SegaSaturn, and the SegaDreamcast.

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''Twinkle Star Sprites'' is a CuteEmUp created by Creator/{{ADK}} in 1996. It was initially released as an arcade game for the NeoGeo platform and is available for the SegaSaturn, UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, and the SegaDreamcast.
UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast.
11th Nov '15 12:29:36 PM Basara-kun
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''Twinkle Star Sprites'' is a CuteEmUp created by ADK in 1996. It was initially released as an arcade game for the NeoGeo platform and is available for the SegaSaturn, and the SegaDreamcast.

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''Twinkle Star Sprites'' is a CuteEmUp created by ADK Creator/{{ADK}} in 1996. It was initially released as an arcade game for the NeoGeo platform and is available for the SegaSaturn, and the SegaDreamcast.
31st Jul '15 2:11:42 PM tenryufan
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* DevelopmentGag: The final battle is "Sprites vs. Memory".



* NoExportForYou: The console versions were only released in Japan. The Dreamcast version should work on American Dreamcasts, though.
** A PS2 sequel, ''Twinkle Star Sprites: La Petite Princesse'', was featured at E3 in 2005, but SNK decided not to port it because of a perceived lack of marketability.
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