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

CATS is the main antagonistic faction of the 1989 shooter game Zero Wing.

Story

CATS is a group of Space Pirates operating around the Milky Way and Andromeda. In 2101 AD, The Galactic Space Federation starts the "Galaxy Defense Base Development Plan" to build eight defense bases to protect the galaxy from invasion. Behind the scenes, however, the Federation was setting its sights on conquering the Andromeda galaxy, so they stroke a deal with CATS to help them in their conquest.

Two years later, after the completion of the bases, the Federation sends a group of military carriers to the completed defense bases. However, they are promptly blown up by CATS, who betrays the Federation and takes over all of the bases. Before being destroyed, one of the carriers manages to launch a ZIG-01 spacefighter, who is given the mission of fighting back CATS and taking back the bases from them.

All Your Base are Belong to Us

CATS is infamous for the starting cutscene in the European Mega Drive port of the game. 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.

Original text Correct translation

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 !!

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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.

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:

Original text Correct translation

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.

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.

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