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YMMV / Zero Wing

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Page for the tropes of the Variable Speedometer inside the Zero Wing.

  • Adaptation Displacement: Since the Sega Genesis version is the one with the infamous intro cutscene, relatively few people actually know of the arcade original, which doesn't have it, and even fewer know about the Japan-only PC-Engine port that actually has a whole glorified storyline with voice acting and anime cutscenes, even if it's mostly an Excuse Plot.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Despite the Narm Charm of the dialogue, the music itself is great, especially as this was a 16-bit game.
    • Even more awesome on the PC Engine CD, with the great audio that allows.
  • Discredited Meme: Inevitable considering that the whole reason most people have even heard of the game is the memes that came from it, and given its age many people have just plain gotten sick of the meme. This can make it a chore for people who do play the game for the game itself to talk about it, because someone will bring up the infamous meme sooner or later.
  • Game-Breaker: Homing missiles can destroy nearly anything in their wake, leaving nothing behind.
  • Good Bad Translation: Probably the very best example.
  • I Am Not Shazam: "Cats" is the evil empire you're fighting against, while the villain in the introduction is merely its ambassador. However, because this is never shown in the introduction, many think that he's named Cats and is the actual Big Bad of the game.
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  • Mainstream Obscurity: As noted by the main page, the main reason most people have heard of this game is the memes that came from it, even back in its day most people hadn't actually played it.
  • Memetic Mutation: Do you really need to ask? All your meme are belong to us.
  • Narm: The hilariously bad Engrish dialogue, including the infamous memes. Though for some people, it could be Narm Charm.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Some images of Cats that float around certainly can be this, especially due to the Uncanny Valley effect from him.
  • Signature Scene: The Engrish-laden opening cutscene.
  • So Bad, It's Good: While the game itself is pretty decent, the dialogue on the other hand...
  • Watch It for the Meme: The main reason to really play it is for the translation.


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