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    Zero Wing Genesis FAQ 4.23 
    Game (c) 1989,1991 Toaplan 
                               
    FAQ (c) 2001 Frank Provo   
                               
    Author: Frank Provo        
    E-mail: frank@frankprovo.com
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    The current version of this guide is always available in text format at:
    
                    http://www.gamefaqs.com
    
    This Zero Wing FAQ is a silly endeavor, but original portions are still 
    the intellectual property of its author. This Guide is copyrighted to 
    Frank Provo ((c) 2001), but don't let that stop you from launching every
    'ZIG'.
    
    NOTE: DON'T LINK DIRECTLY TO THIS FILE ON GAMEFAQS.  IT IS IN VERY POOR
    TASTE AND VIOLATES CJAYC'S RULES - USE THIS URL IF YOU WISH TO LINK -> 
            http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/genesis/game/31239.html
    
    
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    Table of Contents
    =================
    
    A. What is Zero Wing? Toaplan?
    B. The history of "All Your Base Are Belong To Us?"
    C1. The Infamous Introduction in English
    C2. The Introduction Translated from Japanese
    C3. The Introduction's Bearing on the Game's Plot
    D. How can I get Zero Wing?
    E. How do I play Zero Wing?
    F. Boss Guide
    G. Endings (Genesis and Arcade)
    H. More Information, Merchandise, Parodies, Etc.
    
    
    =====================
    A. What is Zero Wing?
    =====================
    
    Zero Wing is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up, in the same vein as
    R-Type, Gradius, or any other progenetor of the genre. It was 
    developed by Toaplan in 1989 for the arcade (released by Taito) 
    and later ported to the SEGA Megadrive (Genesis) and PC Engine
    (by Naxat) systems in 1991/2. A PC Engine CD version of the game 
    also exists, which includes a CD audio soundtrack, a bonus extra
    level, and Japanese animation style cut scenes. Other popular 
    Toaplan shooters are Truxton and Batsugun. However, none have 
    achieved quite the same _cult_ status as Zero Wing for the SEGA 
    Megadrive (Genesis).
    
    Why? _Engrish._ Toaplan couldn't find a US publisher for the
    game, but it sure looks like it came out in Europe. Sadly,
    they didn't exactly have the kind of deep pockets it took to
    localize AND publish a game in an English-speaking market, so
    their translation department was a bit minimal. In fact, by
    all indications, the person who localized Zero Wing was a 
    lone Japanese guy who was taking English classes at night.
    
    As a result, a rather decent, albeit knock-off shooter ended up
    with one of the most memorable videogame intros ever created
    Only someone with a distinctly lacking knowledge of the English
    language could ever come up with something so nefariously 
    humorous. (See next section) To whomever translated the game for
    Toaplan - THANK YOU! Sadly, Toaplan went bankrupt in 1995.
    
    Amusingly, the arcade game had no poorly translated introducttion,
    but it did have a poorly translated ending. Together, the Genesis
    and arcade versions of the game would make quite a pair. *grin*
    
    
    ====================================================
    B. The History of "All your base are belong to us."?
    ====================================================
    
    "All your base are belong to us" is the Zero Wing fad.
    It stems from The Laziest Men On Mars song, "The Invasion 
    of the Gabber Robots" merged with a Flash animation that 
    BAD_CRC did.  Below is a chronology of events leading up to 
    and beyond the phenomenon.
    
    Visit http://hubert.retrogames.com/article.php?sid=1 for
    a more detailed history.
    
    Before you read on, you should also view the catchy Shockwave
    Flash video that's caused Zero Wing to become a bonafide FAD:
       http://www.fffever.com/AYB2.swf
                     or
       http://www.stileproject.com/base.html
    
    The Particulars-
               1989: Taito releases Toaplan's Zero Wing into arcades.
               1991: The UK Megadrive gets the poorly translated 
                     "Engrish" version
               1995: Toaplan goes bankrupt. Batsugun is their last game.
    
         Early 1998: The Zero Wing animated .GIF is posted on Rage 
                     Games web site.  A few months later, another 
                     animated .GIF is posted on Zany Video Game Quotes.
                     It begins slowly circulating the internet. 
                       (http://zanyvg.overclocked.org)
    
         March 2000: Toaplan.com - a well-done fan site opens its doors.
                     The site is SO well made that people mistake it for
                     the "official" Toaplan web site!  (see 1995 above)
    
       June 5, 2000: The Zero Wing Dub Project is posted at 
                     OverClocked. This consists of a parody comic that
                     makes fun of the game's poor translation, as well
                     as a Quicktime .mov file featuring badly 
                     impersonated voices.  Check it out at these URLs.
                       http://www.overclocked.org/OCzerowing.htm
                       http://www.overclocked.org/OCalloscar.htm
    
          Fall 2000: According to one visitor, AYBABTU began appearing
                     on Stile Project as the title for and within some
                     images. (http://www.stileproject.com - Warning, not
                     for younger viewers)
    
     Sep - Oct 2000: The forums at Lowtax's Something Awful 
                     (http://www.somethingawful.com) start to get 
                     infected. A gimmick poster there, going by the 
                     name of Alf no less, posts a picture of Alf on 
                     the phone. User Starscream adds a speech bubble 
                     saying "All your base are belong to us." It's a 
                     hit, and gets posted a few more times. A few people
                     link back to the Overclocked dub.
    
      November 2000: The Something Awful era really gets into gear and 
                     the photoshopping goes into full swing. A thread
                     is posted - The title is "ALL YUOR BASE ARE BELONG
                     TO US!!" (yes, it was spelled "YUOR"). The first
                     image (Army of Darkness) was done by Starscream 
                     (again!). Around page 10, word begins to spread. 
                     Some sites temporarily add AYBABTU to their pages 
                     as an "official" link. The forum at HardOCP 
                     (www.hardforum.com) gets its own insanely popular 
                     picture thread - 2000+ posts. Dr. Eldarion opens the
                     first two Cafe Press (http://www.cafepress.com) 
                     stores during this time. The Something Awful thread 
                     actually goes to over 30 pages and the server whigs 
                     out. Postings disappear, the thread is "hacked" 
                     closed.
    
      Nov. 14, 2000: JRR, one of the SA forum regulars, releases Invasion
                     of the Gabber Robots, the Zero Wing remix. This is 
                     the catchy tune heard in the Flash animation.  You
                     can listen to it and visit their mp3.com site here:
                       http://www.mp3s.com/tlmom
    
      Nov. 28, 2000: Ars Technica (http://www.arstechnica.com, a well know
                     "geek" news site posts election coverage and wrap ups.
                     "All your votes are belong to us!!" is the tag line.
    
      Dec. 16, 2000: Tribal War's (http://www.tribalwar.com/) thread 
                     begins. 
    
      Jan. 12, 2001: Part 4 of "A Winner Is You," Hubert's game quote 
                     based storyline is posted. It passes completely 
                     beneath the pop culture radar. View it here:
                       http://hubert.retrogames.com/awinnerisyou.htm)
    
      Jan. 14, 2001: www.Solidsharkey.com puts up a history. The Genesis
                     version of Zero Wing was NOT a US release. In 
                     English, it was released only in the UK and South 
                     America for their Megadrive (Genesis) systems.
    
      Feb. 11, 2001: Eskimo Bob (http://www.eskimobob.com/), episode 12 
                     - a precursor to the Flash Animation yet to come?
    
      Feb. 13, 2001: www.memepool.com posts about AYBABTU. They link to 
                     the Tribal War thread. In the "in" circles, the fad
                     takes off again.
    
      Feb. 15, 2001: Bad_CRC of Tribal War releases the Flash music video.
                     There are some copyright issues and a quickly updated
                     version with credits is released. It spreads like
                     wildfire and delivers Toaplan's Zero Wing unto the
                     masses.
    
      Feb. 16, 2001: The "phenomenon" begins. Message boards, call-in  
                     shows, and pop-culture cannot escape.
    
      Feb. 19, 2001: Work on this FAQ begins. Zero Wing has a notable lack
                     of coverage on GameFAQs.com and this document's 
                     author seeks to change that.
    
    Feb 21-23, 2001: According to CNet / ZDNet GameSpot's 
                     (http://www.videogames.com/) "Instant Poll" from 
                     2/21/2001 through 2/23/2001:
                        Question:
                         How are you gentlemen !!
    
                        Responses: (3,895 votes - 101%?!)
                         All your base are belong to us.  1282 (33%) 
                         For great justice.                187 (5%) 
                         Main screen turn on.              127 (3%) 
                         Take off every 'ZIG' !!           137 (4%) 
                         What you say !!                   821 (21%) 
                         No opinion                        929 (24%) 
                         Somebody set up us the bomb !!    412 (11%) 
    
     Late Feb. 2001: The San Francisco Chronicle (both print & web versions) 
                     runs a story about AYBABTU. OverClocked prints another
                     Zero Wing comic. Sluggy Freelance (2/26) runs a comic.
                     Salon.com runs their own AYBABTU story. UK's The
                     Register (http://www.theregister.com) runs a story. 
                     NewsBytes (http://www.newsbytes.com) runs a story. A
                     caller into the syndicated radio show, "Loveline,"
                     mentions AYBABTU (2/22/2001) - Check out the Retrogames
                     history (http://hubert.retrogames.com/history.htm) for 
                     mp3's. TechTV and Wired.com run stories.  Even User
                     Friendly (http://www.userfriendly.org) gets into the 
                     act!  Time Magazine (2/26) runs a story.  GameSpot
                     (http://www.gamespot.com) runs an AYBABTU poll on 
                     their videogames page.  Somebody chalks "All Your Base
                     Are Belong to Us" on the roof of Wean Hall at Carnegie 
                     Mellon University. The AYBABTU fad is getting way,
                     way overdone.
    
      Feb. 27, 2001: MP3.com pulls "Invasion of the Gabber Robots" from 
                     their site, citing copyright infringement. They quickly
                     put it back up once they realize that Toaplan no longer
                     exists.  
    
      Feb. 28, 2001: AYBABTU debuts at #46 on the Lycos 50 as a bonafide web
                     fad. Toaplan, T.L.M.O.M, the flash animation, and this
                     FAQ are all cited. Yet ANOTHER User Friendly strip. UK's
                     "The Guardian" (http://www.guardian.co.uk) runs a story.
    
       Feb/Mar 2001: A rash of AYBABTU taggings, defacements, and banner 
                     raisings occurs. The Georgia Tech, U. of Pennsylvania
                     and Texas A&M capmuses experience leaflet and poster 
                     campaigns. Someone hacks the Dutch Railways web site
                     to say the phrase, "All your trains are belong to us."
                     Similarly, the dutch postal code web site gets tagged
                     with the phrase "All your postcode are belong to us!!"
                     The folks from the Netherlands musn't have much to do,
                     as the Dutch Euro site was tagged with "All your Euros
                     are belong to us!!" In the meantime, freaks hang banners
                     from bridges in Australia and California, USA.  AYBABTU 
                     is painted on Coolidge Bridge in Northampton, Mass.  A 
                     laserprinted banner even appears in the windows of the 
                     Angelfire home office.  At one University of California
                     campus, someone even found the time to pilfer rock from
                     a rock garden to make a huge ground pattern of "All your
                     base are belong to us"  Etc. Etc., people are nuts.
    
      March 1, 2001: The Detroit Free Press (print and WWW - www.freep.com) 
                     ran a story and even quoted this FAQ! "Spawn Web craze,
                     game does": There are inaccuracies, but nothing this 
                     history or the Retrogames history can't resolve.  
                     (03/01/2001 Tech section) or on the web at:
                       http://www.freep.com/money/tech/mwend28_20010228.htm
    
      March 3, 2001: The Daily Mirror (http://www.mirror.co.uk/), one of 
                     England's most famous newspapers, runs a story.  One
                     of Hewlett Packard's web gurus starts sprinkling
                     Zero Wing images across monitor advertisements.  Also
                     if you visit the home page for Doom 3 located at
                     http://www.ua-corp.com/, you'll see "All your base are
                     belong to us!" if you highlight the entire page with 
                     your mouse or do a "View Source." - Amusing.
    
      March 4, 2001: In the coolest AYBABTU tagging ever, five students at 
                     Bowling Green State University displayed the phrase
                     against a dormitory using ~125mW lasers. For as long
                     as the site remains up, check it out here:
                       http://avians.net/skan/aybabtu/
    
      March 5, 2001: Ha ha! Rare's (http://www.rareware.com) website is 
                     currently showing "All your squirrel are belong to 
                     Rare." if you highlight the Conker's Bad Fur Day
                     images. (Thanks NES Boy for this tip)
    
    March 6-7, 2001: mp3.com includes The Laziest Men on Mars in their
                     newsletter.  TLMOM has made more than $5,000 in 
                     mp3.com earnings since their 'Invasion of the 
                     Gabber Robots' was paired with Bad_CRC's flash
                     animation.  Still, the fad is now #36 on the Lycos 
                     50 - up 10 spots - with no sign of getting old.
                     USA Today and usatoday.com have features AYBABTU.
                     mpXreview (www.mpxreview.com) has a great article
                     up surrounding the phenomenon.  You can check it 
                     at:
                       http://www.mpxreview.com/reviews/983907810.shtml
                     The Internet TOURBUS (www.tourbus.com runs a story 
                     bout the AYBABTU "conspiracy."  Newgrounds 
                     (www.newgrounds.com) now has an AYBABTU page
    
      March 8, 2001: Jiminy Critic (www.jiminycritic.com) reviewed the
                     flash animation.  You can view it, with humor, at:
                       http://www.jiminycritic.com/allyourbase.asp
                     Acclaim Sports just posted 16 new shots of their
                     upcoming All Star Baseball 2002.  Among them, shot
                     13 features the AYBABTU catch phrase in a stadium
                     advertisement.  You can check it out while it's up:
                  http://www.acclaimsports.com/asb2002/screenshots/13.html
    
    Mar. 9-11, 2001: Fox News - www.foxnews.com - runs a story both
                     online and on their Fox News TV network. Fox 4 News, 
                     the Fox affiliate for the Dallas / Fort Worth area, 
                     ran a story.  They showed a few photoshopped images, 
                     including the fake billboard featuring George W. Bush.
                     (Thanks Jjukil for this report)  ESPN.com mentions the
                     fad.
    
     March 11, 2001: Dutch National Radio played "Invasion of the Gabber 
                     Robots" on their "Cyber Top 50."  StarWars.com has
                     AYBABTU as a mouseover highlight on some of their
                     images now.  Also, the WhenIGrowUp.net website 
                     has posted a HILARIOUS AYBABTU Scooby-Doo! parody.  
                     Check it at:
                       http://www.whenigrowup.net/doodads/aytabtu.html
    
     March 12, 2001: The nationally syndicated comic FoxTrot, by Bill Adams, 
                     includes a running "All your base are belong to us!!"
                     joke.  The phrase is mentioned six (6) times!  Read it
                     on www.foxtrot.com at:
                       http://www.foxtrot.com/comics/pages/ft010312.html
                     (Thanks to G. Landis and KhalaBlade for this tip)
    
     March 15, 2001: The LA Times (www.latimes.com & Print) has run a
                     story.  Someone from the Eijiro English-Japanese
                     dictionary contacted me to obtain screens of the US
                     intro.  It seems that not only was "All Your Base Are
                     Belong to Us" included as a phrase, but an effort is
                     being made to include the entire intro - in correct 
                     and "incorrect" versions. Their website URL is below,
                     but I think you have to be a member.
                       (http://member.nifty.ne.jp/eijiro/index.html)
    
     March 21, 2001: The Onion (http://www.theonion.com) ran this 
                     story in their 03/21/2001 issue:
                      Congress Adds 'All Your Base Are Belong To Us' 
                      Amendment To Bankruptcy Bill (WASHINGTON, DC) -- 
                      Seeking to increase fiscal accountability among 
                      citizens who have no chance to survive make their
                      time, the House of Representatives added an "All 
                      Your Base Are Belong To Us" amendment Monday to 
                      H.R. 333, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and 
                      Consumer Protection Act of 2001. "What you say!!!"
                      shouted the bill's sponsor, Rep. George Gekas (R-PA), 
                      following the amendment's approval. "This bill will 
                      not only make debt-ridden Americans more accountable,
                      but it has the added benefit of taking off every 
                      'zig' for great justice." Opponents of the amendment 
                      protested that it would potentially set up U.S. the 
                      bomb.
    
      March 23, 2001: "Invasion of the Gabber Robots" and The Laziest Men
                      On Mars is in the mp3.com newsletter once again.
                      They've made about $8500 to date thanks to the 
                      popularity of AYBABTU and their catchy tunes.  
                      AYBABTU has "fallen" to #38 in the Lycos 50.
    
      March 28, 2001: The wily J Allard (yes, that one) gave props to
                      Zero Wing in an interview he did with Planet
                      X-Box.  Check it:
                 http://www.planetxbox.com/features/interviews/jallard/
    
      April 01, 2001: In a fitting twist of fate, Zero Wing is #50 on the
                      Lycos Top 50.  It will likely be gone the next week.
    
      April 10, 2001: Zero Wing gone from the Lycos Top 50.
    
          Ad Nauseum: You get the idea - there's just too much out there
                      to track any further.
    
    Historical documents you may wish to view: 
       (history) http://hubert.retrogames.com/history.htm 
       (SA Pics) http://www.planetstarseige.com/allyourbase/index2.html
      (entirety) http://www.allyourbase.net/
          (info) http://www.engrish.com/
    
    Since the phenomenon seems dead, I no longer track relevant AYBABTU
    news.
    
    ======================================
    C1. The Introduction (English version)
    ======================================
    
                                In A.D. 2101
                              War was beginning
    
    Outside Ship - An explosion occurs.
    
    Ship's Bridge
     Captain: "What happen ?"
     Mechanic: "Somebody set up us the bomb."
    
    Close-Up of Excited Communications Officer
     Operator: "We get signal."
     Captain: "What !"
    
    Ship's Bridge
     Operator: "Main screen turn on."
     (CATS appears)
     Captain: "It's you !!"
    
    Close up of CATS
     CATS: "How are you gentlemen !!"
     CATS: "All your base are belong to us."
     CATS: "You are on the way to destruction."
    
    Close up of captain & CATS
     Captain: "What you say !!"
     CATS: "You have no chance to survive make your time."
    
    Ship's Bridge
     CATS: "Ha ha ha ha ...."
    
    Close up of Forlorn Captain
     Operator: "Captain !!"
    
    Ship's Bridge (ZIGs on monitors)
     Captain: "Take off every 'ZIG'!!"
    
    Shows a ZIG pilot powering up
     Captain: "You know what you doing."
    
    Shows a ZIG moving into launch position
     Captain: "Move 'ZIG'."
    
    ZIGs on monitors, Bridge Explodes
     Captain: "For great justice."
    
    The ship explodes.
    A lone ZIG zooms into view!
    
     To see the intro itself, visit:
        http://zanyvg.overclocked.org
    
     For high-rez stills from the video, visit:
        http://members.nbci.com/finagler/base/index.htm
    
    
    =======================================
    C2. The Introduction (Japanese version)
    =======================================
    
                                  A.D. 2101
                                The battle began
    
    Outside Ship - An explosion occurs.
    
    Ship's Bridge
     Captain: "What happened!?"
     Mechanic: "Someone detonated bombs all around us!"
    
    Close-Up of Excited Communications Officer
     Operator: "Captain! Incoming transmission!"
     Captain: "What!?"
    
    Ship's Bridge
     Operator: "Image coming through on the main monitor."
     (CATS appears)
     Captain: "You... you are...!!"
    
    Close up of CATS
     CATS: "You appear to be preoccupied, gentlemen." (sarcasm)
     CATS: "Thanks to the cooperation of the UN forces, 
            all of your bases now belong to CATS."
     CATS: "Your ship too, shall soon be destroyed."
    
    Close up of captain & CATS
     Captain: "Im.. Impossible!" (or "F.. Foolishness!")
     CATS: "We thank you for your cooperation." (more sarcasm)
     CATS: "Enjoy the remaining moments of your lives...."
    
    Ship's Bridge
     CATS: "Hahahahaha ...."
    
    Close up of Forlorn Captain
     Operator: "Captain!?"
    
    Ship's Bridge (ZIGs on monitors)
     Captain: "Launch all ZIG fighters!"
    
    Shows a ZIG pilot powering up
     Captain: "All we can do is entrust it to them..."
    
    Shows a ZIG moving into launch position
     Captain: "Give us hope for our future..."
    
    ZIGs on monitors, Bridge Explodes
     Captain: "We're counting on you, ZIG!!"
    
    The ship explodes.
    A lone ZIG zooms into view!
    
    [translated by WooJin Lee, Mark Rosa, and two sheepishly anonymous 
     persons from the #ga IRC channel on irc.gamesnet.net.]
    
    
    =========================================
    C3. The Plot as the Introduction Suggests
    =========================================
    
    Taking into account the three organizations mentioned in the actual
    Japanese translation, we're to believe three major powers control 
    the spaceways in the year 2101. They are the United Nations, CATS,
    and a third organization - the one the hapless souls aboard that
    red ship belong to. Japanese animation and manga have been full 
    of condescending references to the west ever since the end of
    World War 2, which leads me to believe that the third, unnamed
    organization is Japan. (Don't hold me to that) So you've got the
    UN (the west), Japan/Asia, and CATS (an alien race).
    
    So, in the year 2101 CATS teamed up with the UN and, in a surprise
    move, took over or destroyed ALL of Japan's planetary bases. For
    some wacky reason, the lone ship in the intro is the focus of 
    the CATS leader's personal attention. A lone ZIG fighter (Code
    Name: ZIG-01) manages to launch before the ship explodes.
    
    You are the pilot of this lone ZIG. It is up to you to wipe 
    the menace of CATS from the galaxy, hopefully showing the
    UN the folly of their ways in the meantime.
    
    Can a solitary ZIG defeat this alien menace and reunite east 
    and west in peace? "Move 'ZIG'! For great justice!"
    
    
    ===========================
    D. How can I get Zero Wing?
    ===========================
    
    You want to actually play Zero Wing. It's not that great of a game, 
    but alright.
    
    If you want to purchase the game, go to your local used game store or
    visit eBay - you're hunting for "Zero Wing" for the SEGA Megadrive. It
    was never released in the US on the Genesis, only in Europe and South 
    America. You may need a country adaptor to play it in a Genesis, 
    although probably not.
    
    If you want to emulate the game, the first thing you need is a Genesis 
    emulator. A good site for this is http://www.vintagegaming.com/.
    
    Then you need to find the .rom image. Guess what, roms are copyrighted
    material, so I can't help you find one. However, if you check out sites
    such as http://www.emux.com/ or http://www.classicgaming.com/ I bet 
    you'll strike paydirt.
    
    
    ===========================
    E. How do I play Zero Wing?
    ===========================
    
    Zero Wing is a standard side-scrolling shooter. The game's main 
    selling point is its lavishly huge boss characters and the fact 
    that it's not "b*tch hard" like most games in the genre.
    
    Your ship flies from left to right. Enemy ships and weapon fire 
    will come toward you - don't touch any of that stuff. Once in 
    awhile, you'll destroy a fat lazy ship that will drop power ups - 
    those, you can touch. You get 3 lives. When you die, you'll 
    restart from a set point within the level.
    
     Controls: 
      D-Pad -> Steer your spacecraft
      A button -> Fire weapon
      B button -> Prisoner Beam
    
      The tractor (or Prisoner beam as it's called in the arcade game) 
      beam lets you grab small enemies and use them as a shield,  much 
      like the renowned Genesis shooter, Gaiares.
    
     Power Ups: (names taken from arcade game)
      Green - Homing Unit
      Blue - Laser Unit
      Red - Valcan Unit, becomes a spread shot
      Blue Insignia - Speed Up Unit, increases speed AND earns extra lives
      Bomb - looks like an option, release it or get shot and it explodes!
    
      Collect 3 power ups to upgrade your weapon to maximum. The first RED 
      power up collected will give you two "option" pods that will increase
      your firing range (automatic spread shot) AND act as a shield for 
      shots above and below you. Once you've obtained the "option" pods 
      with a RED item, you can safely collect other colored power ups to 
      upgrade all three weapon streams.
    
      E.g. Always grab Red, Green, Green, Green if you wanna kick butt.
     
      If your weapon is at level 3 and you accidentally collect a 
      different colored power up, you'll have that shot at level 3 
      instead of starting anew.
    
      Each time you collect a fourth similar power up, you'll get 5000pts.
      Sometimes, when you've collected enough insignias, you'll earn an
      extra life. RARELY, when you snag an insignia, you'll earn 10 lives!
    
      If you're already carrying a bomb and detonate an object that would
      yield another bomb power up - you'll get a Purple Tank power up 
      instead. It's the size of a small enemy. Snag it and you'll get an 
      EXTRA LIFE plus, GET THIS, A FOURTH SHOT POWER LEVEL. That's right - 
      the homing unit becomes "giant arrowhead of death," the Laser shot 
      becomes the "tree-trunk laser beams," and the Valcan shot becomes 
      an INSANE spread shot.  (Thanks to Grant King for clarifications)
     
     The game has 8 stages... but you'll need to play through it three 
     times to see all the endings. (Bleah)
    
    
    =============
    F. Boss Guide
    =============
    
    Stage1 - Location: Natols - Big Purple Alien
     This alien looks like a giant mutated fetus. It'll launch blue
     plasma balls at you - avoid them. Try to shoot at its forehead
     or mouth. He'll stay on the right half of the screen and move
     up and down. Stick to the left and avoid his shots while 
     shooting.
    
    Stage2 - Location: Legrous - Twin Ball Ships
     This pair isn't the best boss in a shooter. Near the end of
     the level you will encounter a round ship with a few gun
     turrets mounted on it. It will fire blue lasers, a few
     bullets, and launch semi-homing missiles at you. Keep firing
     anywhere at him and move up and down to dogdge his shots.
     You'll face a purple version of the same a few seconds later.
     Vanquish both to end the level.
    
    Stage3 - Location: Pleades - Blue Mech
     And you thought that spaceship mini-boss was big. You'll
     face a blue metal robot at the end of this level. He'll shoot
     lasers from his upper and lower body, as well as homing 
     bullets from his stomach. Watch out for the big fireballs
     coming from his whopping hand-cannon too. The homing bullets
     will prove your greatest worry, although he'll walk quite
     close to you from time to time.
    
    Stage4 - Location: Aquese - Floating Weapons Platform
     Wow - this stage is short. After flying across a giant 
     floating weapons platform, you'll come to the end of it.
     Shoot the big bundle of wires at the bottom with a homing
     shot to release it - if you want to. Either way it's going
     to break loose and go wild with purple spread shots and a
     few blue lasers, as well as plasma bubbles from time to time.
     This is a rather large boss, so you won't have as much room 
     to move as you'd like. You'll need to destroy the front 
     midsection and main body to beat it.
    
    Stage5 - Location: Submarine Tunnel - Fusion Reactor
     The mid-boss on this level is tough, so I thought I'd briefly
     mention something. Don't be lulled into flying into the 
     center of its floating shield devices. Stay back and shoot it
     while dodging its purple spread shots. On HARD the shield orbs
     will fire straight blue lasers. As for the actual boss of this
     level, it's a giant reactor with five turbines - each of which
     fires out a volley of aimed purple shots. Destroying the two 
     upper and lower engines is easy, but the one in back will take
     about 40 or 50 shots. Watch out for the worm creature that 
     initially protects it, as it'll come out to harass you. On 
     harder difficuly levels, that worm is insanely quick.
    
    Stage6 - Location: Barracade Zone - Armed Cubes
     After fighting some armed cubes, you'll face three LARGE
     armed cubes. Their weapons are weak - only forward facing
     blue lasers. Their main attack though is their mass, they'll
     move forward and back and up and down in an effort to ram you.
     Stay to the upper left and you should do okay. On hard 
     difficulty, you may want to watch out for the middle one moving
     forward and then up.
    
    Stage7 - Location: Bellon - Floating Heart
     The boss at the end of this H.R. Giger reminiscent stage
     looks like an alien heart with a giant claw coming out of
     its behind. The heart has no attacks other than moving around.
     The claw will try and grab you though and has decent range.
     Note: If you damage the claw too much, it will shatter into
     a number of hovering asteroid fragments, which will then
     just wobble around blocking your shots. Your option tanks
     can destroy them, but they'll respawn. You can tractor and
     launch them too - whee!
    
    Stage8 - Location: Gerbarra - Alien Train Tank
     The mid-boss of this stage is no fun either, but if you 
     remember to swoop between its purple shots and under it
     during its missile volley, you should be fine. The main boss
     of this level is annoying and huge. It will fire two homing
     charges from it's lower turrets, usually in tandem with a
     straight blue laser shot from the upper turret. The ugly
     creature at the top will also fly toward you, AND home 
     missiles will launch out of the green orb on the machine's
     back. There are two strategies for beating this. 1. Sit in
     the back/middle of the screen and swoop low to avoid 
     oncoming attacks, while firing at the red case on the back.
     2. Park yourself just in front of the train level with the
     glass-cased creature and dodge it plus the missiles while
     constantly shooting the red case on the back. Once the escape
     pod launches, you've beaten the game.
     
     Guess what, each time you beat the game, you begin again on
     stage 1. Every time you beat all 8 stages, you get a newer
     and better ending. (Well, the first three times anyway.)
    
    
    ==========
    G. Endings
    ==========
    
    Don't have the stomach to beat the game once, let alone three 
    times? I don't blame you - here's what you'd see in the Genesis
    version.
    
     ROUND1 ENDING
      "Congratulations!"
      Watch 10 little purple "raisin" guys dance for you.
    
     ROUND2 ENDING
      "Congratulations!"
      Art shot of the train in flames.
      Credits rolling off to the side.
      ZIG plane swoops into the frame and sits there.
    
     ROUND3 ENDING
      "Congratulations!"
      Your battered ZIG putters through space
      A giant red ship locks it in a tractor beam
      A green planet. The giant red ship floats into view.
      The giant red ship burns its engines and flies around the planet!
      A big purple "raisin" guy winks at you.
      (No credits this time?)
    
     Once you've seen all that, all you can do is keep
     playing until you run out of lives. If you're that
     good to make it through three times without using
     cheats, codes, or saves, you are a shooter God.
    
     Note: The raisin guys are a common appearance in Toaplan games.
     They've been in Donpachi, Dodonpachi, and Batsugun.
    
    
    And here's what you'd see if you beat the arcade version:
     
     ARCADE ENDING (thanks Remy - www.utterer.com)
      You'll see a text obscured by a bunch of dancing "raisin" aliens:
       "CONGRATULATION !!
        A.D.2111
        ALL BASES OF CATS WERE
        DESTROYED.
        IT SEEMS TO BE PEACEFUL.
        BUT IT IS INCORRECT.
        CATS IS STILL ALIVE.
        ZIG-01 MUST FIGHT
        AGAINST CATS AGAIN.
        AND DOWN WITH THEM
        COMPLETELY!  GOOD LUCK."
    
    
    ============================
    H. More Info, Parodies, Etc.
    ============================
    
    If you have any information to contribute to this FAQ, such as
    sightings, merchandise sites, MP3 sites, or other info, email it 
    to me at:  frank@frankprovo.com.
    
    If you want to find out more about Toaplan and their games, check
    out:  http://www.toaplan.com
     
    SHMUPS at ClassicGaming.Com has a review of Zero Wing:
       http://classicgaming.com/shmups/reviews/zerowing/zerowing.htm
    
    TV's Ian's Zero Wing AYBABTU history is also a wonderful resource
    (mp3/apparel/info) document:
       http://hubert.retrogames.com/article.php?sid=1
    
    Zero Wing Parody Stores on Cafe Press are popping up like flies!
    You can buy T-Shirts, drink mugs, and even mouse pads:
     (The stars are my subjective ratings of how the merchandise looks.
      And um, CafePress shirts tend to fade when washed, Caveat Emptor)
    
     If you want to support Dr. Eldarion, the FIRST Cafe Press Zero
     Wing Apparel guru:  http://www.cafepress.com/dreldarion/
    
     If you want to support toaplan.com, the VERY professional 
     Toaplan / Zero Wing fansite:  http://www.cafepress.com/toaplan/
    
     If you want to support TLMOM, creators of "The Invasion of the
     Gabber Robots" theme song from the WILDLY hilarious flash
     animation:  http://www.cafepress.com/tlmom  (or tlmom2)
    
     If you want to support this FAQ's maintainer, who is still
     very poor even though he has a decent job and works like 
     mad:  http://www.cafepress.com/zerowingstuf/
    
     The rest:
       http://www.cafepress.com/dreld2          ****
       http://www.cafepress.com/2101ad          ****  (two stores)
       http://www.cafepress.com/discobase/      ****  (DISCO SCOTTIE!!)
       http://www.atomo.com/ayb.html            ***   (multiple stores)
       http://www.cafepress.com/movezig/        ***   (multiple stores)
       http://www.cafepress.com/zwstore/        ***
       http://www.cafepress.com/dreambase       ***   (dreamlin.com)
       http://www.cafepress.com/gotbase         ***
       http://www.cafepress.com/arebelong2us    ***
       http://www.cafepress.com/zebenet         ***
       http://www.cafepress.com/zero_wing/      ***
       http://www.cafepress.com/xarphnet        ***
       http://www.cafepress.com/everyzig/       **
       http://www.cafepress.com/allyour/        **
       http://www.cafepress.com/setupbomb       **    (two stores)
       http://www.cafepress.com/hanksstore      **
    
    
    You can buy AYBABTU bumper stickers now!:
    http://www.makestickers.com/all_your_base_are_belong_to_us.asp
    
    Want some MP3's?  These links will take you to some AYBABTU
    & Zero Wing inspired tunes:
      http://www.mp3.com/tlmom - The Laziest Men on Mars. 
      http://www.mp3.com/paradisedecay - Paradise Decay. 
      http://www.mp3.com/lunaticdog - Lunatic Dog. 
      http://www.diffusionuk.freeserve.co.uk/allyour.htm
      http://www.mp3.com/ayb - All Your Base 
      http://evolution-control.com/mp3/allyourbase - ZW Karaoke 
      http://www.spinnwebe.com/brainshots/?20010309 - AYFBA
      http://www.ampcast.com/dreamlin - Dreamlin & AYBABTU
      http://www.mp3.com/dreamlin - Same as Above
      http://www.mp3.com/hazama - Not AYBABTU, but very game-ish. 
    
    This FAQ peaked at #11 on the GameFAQs Top 50 and was on the 
    chart for 31 days! This FAQ peaked at #1 on the GameFAQs Genesis 
    Top 10 and remained on the chart for 145 days!
    
    The Zero Wing / All Your Base FAD took #46 in the Lycos Top 50 for
    the week ending February 24, 2001 and #36 the week later.  At week
    4, it was at #38, and in week 5 it dropped to #50 and was gone.
    The translation from this FAQ was also quoted in the story - neat!
    
    THANKS go to Zany Video Game Quotes (zanyvg.overclocked.org), 
    Overclocked (www.overclocked.org), and Something Awful 
    (www.somethingawful.com) for starting this whole mess in the first
    place.
    
    Remember: "All your base are belong to us."
    
    ..end..