Video Game / Zero Wing

Zero Wing is a shooter video game developed in 1989 by Toaplan, and was mildly successful. Compared to the rest of the genre, it is fairly simple and mundane; there is nothing in particular that makes it the least bit memorable.

With the exception of the Translation Train Wreck that is its opening cutscene.

The poor translations gave way to Memetic Mutation due to how funny they are, most notably the All Your Base Are Belong to Us quote, which was supposed to mean "All of your bases are now under our control."

Not to be confused with Wing Zero, or the game Giga Wing.

This game is the trope namer for:

This game provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Affably Evil: CATS says he wants to know how his "gentlemen" are.
  • All There in the Manual: The instruction book has some more information on the storyline.
  • Ass in Ambassador: The PC-Engine version shows that CATS is an empire, and the man with a half-metal head merely represents it.
  • Attack Drone: The Zig is constantly fighting against them.
  • Bishōnen: The main bad guy in the PC-Engine version has some long hair.
  • Multiple Endings: The Japanese Sega Genesis version has a whopping 35 endings, most of them featuring CATS taunting the player and eventually giving a cheat code.