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CATS

CATS

All your base are belong to us.
~ CATS, birth of a meme

CATS is the main villain and final boss in the 1989 shooter Zero Wing. CATS is an alien overlord who seeks to conquer our world. Though the United Nations initially signs a peace treaty to prevent him from attacking Earth, he breaks the treaty and takes over all of Japan's space colonies, sending a holographic message to their captain, mocking him for trusting him. The spaceship ZIG is then sent to take down CATS and his forces.

All Your Base are Belong to Us

CATS is famous for the cut scene he appeared in, and is used often on the Internet, though has slowed down over time. The likely explanation for this terribly translated cut scene is that Zero Wing was being rushed to be released in Europe, and the task fell to an inexperienced native Japanese speaker rather than a professional translator. Due to this, the quality of the scene fell, and things that you would think could be fixed were left in a very broken up English.

The famous (or infamous) dialog of the "All Your Base" scene is below, along with a more grammatically correct translation.[1][2]

What they did:

IN A.D. 2101

WAR WAS BEGINNING.

CAPTAIN: WHAT HAPPEN ?

MECHANIC: SOMEBODY SET UP US THE BOMB.

OPERATOR: WE GET SIGNAL.

CAPTAIN: WHAT !

OPERATOR: MAIN SCREEN TURN ON.

CAPTAIN: IT'S YOU !!

CATS: HOW ARE YOU GENTLEMEN !!

CATS: ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US.

CATS: YOU ARE ON THE WAY TO DESTRUCTION.

CAPTAIN: WHAT YOU SAY !!

-line removed-

CATS: YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE MAKE YOUR TIME.

CATS: HA HA HA HA ....

OPERATOR: CAPTAIN!!

CAPTAIN: TAKE OFF EVERY 'ZIG'!!

CAPTAIN: YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DOING.

CAPTAIN: MOVE 'ZIG'.

CAPTAIN: FOR GREAT JUSTICE.

What they should have done:

In 2101 A.D.

The battle begins.

Captain: What on Earth is happening?

Engineer: Somebody must have planted an explosive device!

Operator: Captain! Incoming transmission!

Captain: What?!

Operator: Projecting visual through the main monitor.

Captain: It...It's you!

CATS: You seem preoccupied, gentlemen.

CATS: As courtesy of the federation, your base now belongs to CATS.

CATS: Your ship, too, shall soon meet its end.

Captain: It...It can't be...!

CATS: We are so thankful for your cooperation.

CATS: I do hope you cherish whatever fleeting moments you have left.

CATS: Ha ha ha ha ha...

Operator: Captain...

Captain: I order the ZIG fighter to launch!

Captain: We have no choice but to entrust to you...

Captain: ...Our hopes for our future...

Captain: We are counting on you, ZIG!

Ending

In the original Arcade version, CATS is never defeated, fleeing from his battleship in a escape pod only to be pursued by the ZIG, which starts the next loop of the game. The game explains it with a badly translated text:

What they did:

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.

What they should have done:

Congratulations!!

A.D. 2111

All of CATS's bases have

been destroyed.

There now seems to be peace,

but that is not true.

CATS is still alive.

ZIG-01 must fight

against CATS once again.

Down with CATS

completely! Good luck!

On the Mega Drive port, however, CATS never escapes, being killed along with his exploding battleship.

References

  1. http://www.gamefaqs.com/genesis/468841-zero-wing/faqs/10688
  2. http://legendsoflocalization.com/lets-take-a-peek-at-zero-wings-all-your-base-translation/

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