|System(s)||NES, Family Computer Disk System, Wii, Wii U|
|Followed by||TwinBee 3: Poko Poko Daimaou|
|Japanese title||もえろツインビー シナモン博士を救え! (Moero TwinBee: Cinnamon Hakase wo Sukue!)|
|Modes||Single player, co-op|
Stinger is a game published and developed by Konami, a console-only sequel to the original TwinBee and the second in the series. It is known in Japan as Moero TwinBee: Cinnamon Hakase wo Sukue! which translates to "Burn TwinBee: the Rescue of Dr. Cinnamon". This is the first game in the TwinBee series that was released in the United States and Canada, released under the name Stinger, although the origins of this name are unknown. This game was originally released for the Famicom Disk System in 1986. It was ported to cartridge form with some elements removed for the North American NES one year later. At the end of the Famicom's life cycle (1993), a cartridge conversion of the original disk version was released in Japan.
The Japanese version of the game (FDS or Famicom) allows up to three players to play simultaneously (with the third controller plugged using the Famicom Four-way Adapter, the Famicom variant of the NES Four Score). In the American version this option was reduced to just two, with Winbee omitted. However, if you connect the Famicom cartridge version to a NES using a 60-to-72 pin adapter, you can use the NES Four Score to get a third player. Additionally, the original version contained two difficulty levels: Normal and Hard. In the NES version, this option is disabled, and the default difficult is Normal (though Hard can be accessed by finishing the game once). The Famicom cartridge version adds an Easy difficulty.
In the Japanese version, the game takes place in Donburi island 100 years after the first game. Dr. Cinnamon wakes up from cryogenic sleep. His son (the pilot of the original Twinbee) is no longer alive, but he now has three grandchildren. The doctor decides to build three ships for them (TwinBee, Winbee, and Gwinbee) in case something happens. Something does happen: the Gatlantis army kidnaps Dr. Cinnamon and it's now the job of the three pilots to rescue their grandfather.
In the North American version, the story is about Dr. Cinnamon's creating a sweetener formula that aliens from planet Attackon want to use to turn Earth into a giant ball of cotton candy. The aliens attack the doctor's lab and kidnap him. But before that happened, the doctor had created a jet fighter squadron of Stingers. It's now the Stinger's job to rescue the doctor.
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