The game was not very popular when released. Uploaded Views 4,115 Faves: 1 Votes 5 Score 3.95 / 5.00 . But it doesn’t effect the game play. The infamous English translation comes from the European Mega Drive version of Zero Wing. Required fields are marked *. Anyway, move that apostrophe from “90s” to “N[‘]Syn– Wait, a quick Google Search gave me a multitude of renderings. Nareik22 2011-02-16 18:38:42. On a half-related note the anime Outbreak Company from the previous season referenced the All Your Base line twice. Anyway, despite all my words :V, great article, Tomato. We’ve seen before that old Japanese games would often write everything in English (example), so at first I assumed that maybe the Japanese version of Zero Wing was that way too. WikiMatrix. Playing next. It’s actually the intro to Galop Infernal (sometimes erroneously named “Can Can”)? We’ve received a transmission! I am *REALLY* looking forward to your take on The Tiger Incident, by the way. ArtistsMiho Hayashi, Naoki Ogiwara and Shintarō Nakaoka created the artwork while Sana… ©2005-2020 RHDN 3.0.0 by Nightcrawler. I love all those little side-quotes too! Pretty generic sci-fi stuff though. I remember going through some hobby shops in 2000 in Japan and being fascinated by the PG Wing Gundam, because of it's massive size and angelic wings.I had an inkling already about Gundams at that time but didn't really know much about the story. Reception. :S . The music in that video reminds me of the opening sequence to the Chinese pirate game Super Mario World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmzrrhrP6Pk)! I hope there’s at least some partial archive of it somewhere. that was SNK vs Capcom for the Neo Geo Pocket Color: http://www.engrish.com/2004/03/bad-situation/ “excrement!” not being properly capitalised does kinda suggest it was probably translated as “Shit!” originally though, and at some point someone did a global search/replace without regard for capitalisation. Zero Wing Sega Genesis. Its “All your base are belong to us” line is still quoted regularly to this day! I’m confused how Science Court and Zero Wing go together, but nonetheless Home Movies was an awesome show. The game features eight levels, each with different style and enemies and a few minutes long: Natols, Legrous, Pleades, Aquese, Submarine Tunnel, Barricade Zone, Bellon, Gerbarra. I don’t know if it makes it ANY more understandable (or less gibberish sounding), but again – I just wanted to mention, how something that seems messed up to English speaking person can seem perfectly understandable to someone who doesn’t . I’m from Poland, so issues of mistranslated English is kinda familiar to me. fr Six roquettes de 127 mm (High Velocity Aircraft Rocket (en)) pouvaient être ajoutées sous les ailes (3 sous chaque). There’s actually one or two more interesting things going on here, I think, beyond even what Tomato mentions. Not exactly trying to say that, but it does seem like having that kind of mocking tone. How did this surprising scene work in the original Japanese version of Yakuza 0? This game intro’s meme status is legendary, and deservedly so. I think it was a lot better once they dropped the squigglevision effect, however. They need to go back to grade-school English… Also, does anyone know how to learn Japanese? CATS: You have no chance to survive make your time. But there are secrets abound in every page and update! There are mid-level and end-of-level bossenemies that stay with the player until they are defeated. First, that removed line. ". Maybe I did. My question is why they get non-native speakers to do this sort of thing. Pause the game, then hit C, Up, B, Down, A, Left, Right, B, C, C, Right, Left, Right, A, Down and Start to bring up the Test Mode menu, which is similar to Hellfire's. So, let’s take a look at the text side-by-side: The basic translation I’ve provided needs some polishing work, but it shows what the original script was going for… and possibly shows how the official translation wound up the way it did. As with other scrolling shooters, the aim of the game is to shoot all enemies that appear on screen and avoid getting obliterated by enemy fire, crashing into enemies or into foreground scenery. Released last year by Bandai for their Real Grade line was the Wing Gundam Zero EW of Hero Yuii from the Gundam Wing Anime series. , Zero Wingu) ist ein 1989 veröffentlichtes Shoot ’em up des Spieleherstellers Toaplan. FAUX EDIT: I AM AN IDIOT ANd assumed the intro was legit voiced, but apparently the voices were done by Something Awful themselves. Captain: Our only option now is to entrust this to them. I’m not talking about the common “bases” line, but the stuff surrounding it, like “WHAT YOU SAY ! God, why is this game so… BASED? Aww, that’s too bad. The game developers should definitely compensate Microsoft Sam and the robot who voiced the villain for their parts in helping to make this game live in Engrish infamy. Although some parts of the official translation still mystify me – like, what the heck is “You have no chance to survive make your time?” supposed to mean? You can also subscribe without commenting. Wasn’t the most popular show, though…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfwqvUPIRkg, I agree, I expected there to be voices too, the Something Awful video’s voices were that convincing . > what the heck is “You have no chance to survive make your time?” supposed to mean? My guess is that very, very few people buying ports of arcade shmups on the Genesis cared about the quality of the dialogue enough to make it worth investing too much money in fixing it. The only thing that it’s mising, is a coma.Now, you mentioned somewhere that Japanese language doesn’t usually use commas. Oh, that receptionist girl spent a month in Hawaii? I’m not sure about everyone else, but I first heard about this quote thanks to this amazing video by the goony denizens of Something Awful back in the early 2000s: Anyway, I’m sure Zero Wing’s text has been analyzed and re-translated and all that stuff for a long time now, but just for fun I thought I’d take a look at this famous scene too! I’m unsure of the notoriety of it, or if there is a japanese equivalent, but it’d be interesting to compare it. I know that it’s been a while since this was posted, but AD is indeed supposed to go before the number (at least the official translation got something right)l, Actually, “A.D. Is there an original version of that song? Even the “It’s you ! Browse more videos. Example sentences with "Zero Wing", translation memory. translation of ZERO WING in Swedish - see translations . Toshiaki Ōta was at the helm as development chief and also served as programmer alongside Hiroaki Furukawa and Tatsuya Uemura. Designed with \"Perfect Victory\" in mind, it boasts exceptional abilities and is one of the two suits which utilize the ZERO System (the other being the Gundam Epyon), but because of this dangerous mental int… If they'd used that translation back then, it might've been seen as just another shooter. For Zero Wing on the Genesis, a GameFAQs message board topic titled "The Real Translation! I find hilarious Japan would reference a meme from the English-speaking world a lot of them wouldn’t get. after having read this I must say that I like the official translation more than your translation. There are so many great lines in here that I’ve repeated in my head or online in the 6 years since I first saw this. I'm working on a new book! Also worth noting: would anybody remember it in 2014? !” or “set us up the bomb”. . A port of Zero Wing that wasn't released to the U.S., and is infamous for its butchered translation of the introduction sequence in the European version.. Test Mode. Good job. It didn't catch much attention, due to being viewed by many to be just another unoriginal horizontal space shoot 'em up while lacking advertisements. Didn’t Zero wing at one point use the word “excrement” as an expletive, or am i thinking of some other game? Sure. One thing I’d like to hear about is what you see when you beat the game – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uTqFPErJEU I have absolutely no idea what such a WTF moment is doing in a space shooter like this, but I still love it. What’s right “all your bases are belong to us” or “all your bases belong to us”? Communications Operator: Incoming visual on the main screen. But… Who translated this? A.D. 1 was the year immediately following 1 B.C.). First, I think claiming this is the "correct English translation" is rather a strong statement, and arguably a matter of debate for any translation, so without some independent (citable) third-party source for that assertion I don't think we can really say it's unequivocally "correct". translation of ZERO WING in Spanish - see translations. Finally, if you want to look at a slightly more detailed look at this game and its mechanics, you can check out the HG101 article here: http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/toaplan/toaplan3.htm As I guessed, the version that came out on CD inevitably contains redbook remixes of the music! 2101” = “In the year of our Lord 2101.” It seems people are putting the “A.D.” after the year more often these days, probably as a parallel to “B.C.” (for the English “Before Christ”), which does belong after the year: “1000 B.C.” = “(year #)1000 before Christ” or “1000 (years) before Christ.” (I have also heard that some people think it stands for “After Death (of Christ),” which WOULD warrant putting the abbreviation after the year, but using it for “After Death” doesn’t make sense because then there wouldn’t be any numbers for the years between Christ’s birth and death. Unforgettable lines like this are due to Zero Wing's ultimately pathetic translation courtesy of a producer who could barely speak English at the time. So do I! … Maybe I should have edited my post after all. Author. A 1989 horizontal shoot 'em up arcade game that was also ported a year later to the PC Engine CD-ROM (known outside of Japan as the TurboGrafx-CD) only in Japan and the SEGA Mega Drive (SEGA Genesis in America) only in Japan and Europe. I do wonder if the “you have no chance to survive” and “make your time” lines were originally meant to be separate lines but accidentally got joined for whatever reason. It’s really interesting and I can’t help but wonder what the thought process there was. To me, “make your time” was probably supposed to mean “make (the best out of your) time”, from the “treasure what little time…” line. Great Color Hack, but something is wrong. CATS: We are grateful for your cooperation. Well, “You have no chance to survive” is self-explanatory, and “make your time” is probably supposed to be “have a good time” or something. I’m curious about the translator’s thought process, like where did they learn the English phrase “make your time” or how did they arrive at that particular choice, I wonder. For example, this bit of the article was quite fun to me: “Although some parts of the official translation still mystify me – like, what the heck is “You have no chance to survive make your time?” supposed to mean?”. But I’m actually glad that this translation exists – it brought a lot of laughs and the response outside of Japan probably helped some companies realize the importance of hiring real translators. Now there’s something new to quote and have my friends ask me what I’m on. Liked it. I love Zero Wing and while it wasn't quite as hilarious as the horribly translated one, I still enjoyed this. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You know, given how short this game is, maybe I should do a full, dedicated localization analysis of Zero Wing. I think it’s still floating around my site somewhere…. What do they say? CATS: Treasure what little time you have left to live…. Credits & Info. I feel the same way when it comes to entertainment and video game translation, so I decided to use my professional experience to shed light on this mysterious topic. Translated directly to Polish it would be: “Nie macie szans na przezycie, wykorzystajcie swoj czas”, which is in fact a proper sentence and makes perfect sense. Hacking NBA Jam TE: An Intermediate Guide, Stat editing for enemies, accessories, weapons and materials. Haha, I remember Science Court/Squigglevision, I used to watch it like every week. Ah, start of the first comment (before super-scrolling down to Post) confirmed it: Science Court was my first introduction to “Squigglevision”, which I later recognized in Home Movies…before that switched to less twitchy animation. It implies they are all going to die (“you have no chance to survive”), so they should treasure whatever time they have left. 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: I have my own thoughts about that, but I’ll be curious to hear your take on it. !” moment. Which sort of brings up the other thing… I actually don’t think Tomato made it quite clear just *how* out of left field “You have no chance to survive make your time” is, even after emphasizing it. Zero Wing would be perfect for a localization deconstruction! It is actually rated as the seventh worst video game, with the focus being on the translation. Zero Wing Translation. Ages and ages ago, I made a fix patch to Zero Wing that made the intro at least make sense. Wing of Zero a game is that sold with success in high amounts in the States that are United of America (Arriving with a free complementary squirrel, for great satisfaction). Engineer: It appears someone has planted explosives. I decided to look in the game. That’s not to say it didn’t happen – Dragon Warrior 1, for example, was almost completely reworked from the ground up (and, note, Tomato, that’d be a fascinating one to look at) – but it was still very, very uncommon. Have fun! Probably one of the most infamous video game translations of all time is from an old Sega Mega Drive/Genesis game called Zero Wing. Ooh, that’s a good idea, that might be it. You see, until very recently, text-string alternation like that was actually relatively rare – it could further mess with the size and format of the ROM, and so translators were usually instructed to keep the number of strings consistent. Description Zero Wing is an horizontal shooter game where the player is in control of a ZIG, an escape pod released after its main ship was attacked and destroyed by the evil cyborg CATS, bent on taking over the world. I never listened to the full song before, just the intense part that was featured as the Super Mario Land invincibility music. The actual, intended text is otherwise a pretty generic and forgettable scene, I feel. Your email address will not be published. It is interesting how it is made clear “CATS” is the name of the organization in the japanese, that also seemed to involve some sort of government corruption. Whoa, that’s a cool term, I’mma steal it! Credits and Thanks V. Legal ***** I. The opening dialogue will make you feel like you're going on a ride with a New York Taxi Driver. Sure, the text couldn't have make such a big different, but it did in Zero Wing's case. The base version from which both the Zero Wing and Super Mario World versions were remastered? The other drawings are so cool and expressive. Half Minute Hero has a boss called “CATS” that references the Zero Wing lines (and his level “Good Ol’ Days” is filled with even more references than standard for the game). “A.D.” is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase “Anno Domini” meaning “In the year of our Lord,” and thus in traditional usage, the numeral follows: “A.D. And the voiced cutscene seems like a huge downgrade. I think it’d be fun to dig into it and maybe find some more info I never knew about! What’s really funny, is when I find that Japanese translated badly to English is kinda more understandable to someone who wasn’t born in English-speaking country. You have no chance to survive, make your time. Never know until I try though…. http://spong.com/feature/10110562/Interview-All-Your-Base-Cave-CCO-Tsuneki-Ikeda, “Of course, I couldn’t start a conversation about Toaplan and fail to bring up Zero Wing, a Mega Drive game that is famed in the West for its rather atrocious localisation. Like here. I want to see more of half-face teal haired boy and he’s not in it (I guess, maybe). Like most games in the genre, there are three color-coded weapons: red (scatter), green (homing) and blue (lasers). I assumed while reading it that it might have been going for “make your peace” then something really REALLY wrong happened with the sentence. en Six 5 in (127 mm) high-velocity aircraft rockets (HVARs) could be carried - three under each wing on "zero-length" launchers. ‘All that happened while it was being localized… it happened so long after the original game came out that we didn’t know about it for ages. Apostrophes are consistently placed around ZIG in the English translation. Unfortunately, the gameplay that awaits you will make it even less exciting. Japanese scripts often give this treatment to unique proper nouns, so it’s interesting to see that it’s the English script that got handled this way while the original Japanese text didn’t. There is a version with an engrish ending as well (The arcade version, I think). Yup, here you go! In fact, I felt that I knew what it meant right away, and figured everyone else did too. One instance that has in itself gone memetic is that the anime “Zettai Karen Children” threw in well-known (in the English-speaking world) Internet reviewers the Nostalgia Critic and the Angry Video Game Nerd in as background characters: http://cinemassacre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/AVGN_anime.jpg. Typical of the genre, after an opening cinematic establishes the setting, the player takes control of a one-man fighter to shoot down enemy forces in massive numbers. Nach einer Umsetzung als Arcade-Spiel wurde es 1991 von Toaplan für den Sega Mega Drive in Japan und 1992 von Sega in Europa portiert. Game contains plot of much complex. definition and synonyms of ZERO WING. ‘No, I don’t know anything about it,’ he yells, unconvincingly. Very clever of them, but I knew something was up when I looked this game up on Wikipedia and saw that the game got a release in the West on cartridge format (regular Mega Drive) and not the Sega CD, which is what I assumed in the first place. I might have to hunt these down when I have the time. I’m tempted to find the original script for the level (which shouldn’t be too hard as the PC version can freely be changed to Japanese and you can replay levels at any time) and look at what he originally was, but I suspect it would be full of Japanese retro video game references I would completely miss. (which actually ties in with some of the comments on your previous post as well!). There are a couple other quick points of interest though! This article is really taking me back… a teacher taught us that in elementary school, and not long after asked us what AD meant again and literally all of us forgot and only remembered the incorrect “After Death”. add example. Absolutely, there’s definitely more charm and enjoyment to be had in the official translation. CATS: Treasure what little time you have left to live…. The soundtrack was praised and reviewed as “some of … I’m no judge of how marketing is affected by game factors, but there are gamers out there who want their dialogue to read like normal. All your base are belong to us " is a popular Internet meme based on a phrase found in the opening cutscene of the European release of the 1992 Mega Drive/Genesis port of the 1989 arcade video game Zero Wing , which is subtitled and poorly translated . Now, bear in mind that I might produce equal gibberish, but I’ll try. Perhaps. This is the opening scene of "Zero Wing" (made popular by the video "All Your Base") translated correctly. Wing Zero was designed by the five Gundam Scientists fifteen years prior to the events of the Eve Wars. This is pretty common in Japanese entertainment. CATS: The end is nigh for your ship as well. When you described them as “ignorant” for not spending more time and money on it? That’s seriously a “WHOAAAAAAAA, what’s going on here? Even I, who always paid attention and stayed on top of things, forgot, for some reason. Okay, let’s have her translate this entire game.”, I mean, it’s not too farfetched – whenever I need art help I’m usually like, “Who do I know that’s good at art?” rather than, “I should go through the long process of finding and choosing professional artists that suit my needs and vision.”. All Rights Reserved. A horizontal shoot-’em-up with a famous badly-translated introduction sequence. Why can’t this be simple, like B*Witched? You know how the news media (and general audiences) get games, science, and technology stuff wrong all the time? It is the ancestor of the five Operation Meteor Gundams (Wing, Deathscythe, Heavyarms, Sandrock and Shenlong). The phrase as it appears in the introduction to Zero Wing. " Zero Wing was created by most of the same team that previously worked on several projects at Toaplan, with members of the development staff recounting its history through various Japanese publications. HOWEVER, this game DID get a re-release in Japan on the PC Engine CD-ROM², featuring an actual voiced intro cutscene, and you can watch that here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkccW6BqCDI Hey Mato, mind if you can help translate this one as well? I love how funny translations can be. It wasn’t meaningfully more accurate than the original translation, granted, but it was coherent. So, from Japanese translated to English, from English to Polish, and back from Polish to English… it would mean: “Take advantage of the time you have left”. Zero Wing is a Shoot'Em Up Video Game created by Toaplan in 1989, where it was mildly (but not wildly) successful in Japanese arcades. Why did I think the Speakonia was in the actual game? I even heard this line just the other day. I used first one somewhere in gaming, is it grammatically wrong or makes another sense? Super Mario World was hacked from the Russian pirate game Squirrel King, which itself was a remake of Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers for the NES. Site updates will be slower for the next several months while I focus on the book. translation of ZERO WING in Japanese - see translations. Zero Wing is a guild that was started in the early days of God's Domain and slowly grew in both power and status, proving themselves to be a powerhouse even against many established Guilds and Teams. And yep, I’m still trying to get more screenshots of the tiger line from other Tales of Phantasia ports. !” lines before it are memorable (it’s worth it to watch this scene in action, I just LOVE how these lines are read so monotonously, so robot-like), and don’t forget the epic closer: “For great justice.”. The player controls a "zig" fighter space ship in his quest to save the Universe. It almost feels like whatever native Japanese speaker was translating this tried a hand at “localizing” that little segment and thought it would work better as one line and rearranged – with the problem that they really didn’t have the skill at English to even make a proper attempt. This kind of poor care is not looked upon that kindly. MOBI Left Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder- New Translation - Little Lenin Library Volume 20. I am too lazy to edit my post above, though, so it will remain for the sake of embarrassment. They obviously don’t know a thing about English translation, so just why? Translation Information; Zero Wing. Ignore that if so! '”, See also: http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/arcade/c/zerow.htm. I’m a native English speaker but this is also how I understood the “make your time” part. This time I translated a Sega Genesis game to the Turkish. Play Zero Wing (Europe) [Text Hack by Vincent404 v20010422] (Translation Fix) (Genesis) for free in your browser. Games with Famous Bad Translations INTO Japanese, Alice in the Heart ~Wonderful Wonder World~, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uTqFPErJEU, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmzrrhrP6Pk, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Diu2N8TGKA, http://www.engrish.com/2004/03/bad-situation/, http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/arcade/c/zerow.htm, http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g155/sahagin/zwjpbackcover_zpsa6ebf10b.jpg, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkccW6BqCDI, http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/toaplan/toaplan3.htm. Report. But nope, the Japanese version has a Japanese script… and it actually comes off as kind of cool when paired with the cinematics of the opening scene! There’s a reference to time, yes, but that’s about it! Sometimes it’s interesting or straight fun to read about translating issues between two languages, none of them being my native. translation of ZERO WING in Portuguese - see translations. Anime making references to more American-oriented cultural phenomena and memes happens more often than you might expect. Hi! This infamous scene from the start of Zero Wing has become the face of bad translation worldwide. Seeing they went as far as to remove a line, I do think someone unskilled actually did try their hand at a localization rather than simply translating. I had no idea. But… I mean, I think you just *did* pass some kind of judgment, yes? How Zero Wing’s “All Your Base” Translation Compares with the Japanese Script Posted on January 13, 2014 by Clyde Mandelin ‧ 67 Comments Probably one of the most infamous video game translations of all time is from an old Sega Mega Drive/Genesis game called Zero Wing . Haha, I can understand the confusion. The gameplay was quite well received upon release. 2101” is one thing the original English translation got right. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Diu2N8TGKA, I know this mostly because I had included it in an old game of my own back in the mid 90s . And… well, they sure succeeded in making a memorable localization. I kind of wonder if the terrible Engrish version made its way back to Japan in one way or another… like as a reference or a meme in things. I ask the translator if [Cave CCO and former Toaplan member, Tsuneki Ikeda] had any involvement with the game, and before speaking in Japanese he asks me to remind him of the internet meme that Zero Wing inadvertently created – ‘All Your Base Are Belong to Us.’, Ikeda reacts like he’s taken a bullet, laughing hysterically as he’s probably fearing that the foreign journalist and company translator have ganged up on him at this point. Zero Wing (jap. 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