Lost In Translation/Twinkle Star Sprites

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Twinkle Star Sprites
Neo-Geo marquee.
No screen shot.
Neo-Geo control panel.
Manufacturer ADK
Released 1996
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU Neo-Geo
68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.19 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 20 ROMs
20,512,768 bytes (19.56 MiB)
MAME ID twinspri

About The Game

Twinkle Star Sprites is a multi-style arcade video game.

An interesting & highly cute hybrid between a Vs style puzzle game & an overhead shooter, players may choose to play the Story Mode in order to see the misadventures of Load Ran & her faithful yet somewhat annoying Rabbicat as they try to find the Magical Twinkle Star & save their world from the evil Mevious & his henchmen, or play the Free Character Mode in which you are able to pick any character (see codes below to select hidden characters!) to play the game and see their very own comical ending. A second player may challenge you at anytime so you better put those skills to the test & have lots of fun!

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2

=> [A] Shoot/Use attack-stopper, [B] Bomb


The game's concept seems to be a funny parody of the Sailor Moon manga, however the game's comic relief 'Rabbicat' seems to be a parody of Tenchi Muyo's very own cute mascot & comic relief 'Ryo-Oh-Ki' the cabbit.

Load Ran & Sprites feature different endings in the Free Character Mode, these endings are completely different to the one seen in the Story Mode.

In the story mode, Mevious will either taunt or praise you if continues have been used during your game or not!

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Twinkle Star Sprites - PCCB-00247) on 21/02/1997.

Tips And Tricks

After the Game Over screen, Load Ran & Rabbicat rate your performance and either praise you or give you advice to improve your score, get a very high score (1,000.000 and above) in order to attain the highest rating and make Load Ran blush!

Play As Sprites

At the character select screen, put the selector on Ran and press Up(x4), A.

Play As Memory

At the character select screen, put the selector on Ran and press Down(x4), A.

Play As Mevious

At the character select screen, put the selector on Griffon and press Up(x4), A.

Play As Dark Ran

At the character select screen, put the selector on Griffon and press Down(x4), A.

Cabinet and Artwork


Sega Saturn (1997)
SNK Neo-Geo CD (1997)
Sega Dreamcast (2000)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Twinkle Star Sprites PCCB-00247[1] 1997-02-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Twinkle Star Sprites: La Petite Princesse Soundtrack SCDC-00453~4[2] 2005-08-03 Scitron 2 CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.