Advertisements & Promotional Material for Wing Commander 1

Can You Scream in Space?

In the news: Never Before Seen SM1 Ad A Dazzling '90s Artifact (2015/06/18)
Project: SNES Secret Missions
Date: Late 1993 or 1994
Source: Unknown
Scanned by: LOAF

A pilot advertisement for SNES SM1. Late 1993 or 1994. Source unknown.

Kick Some Kilrathi Butt!

In the news: Kick Kilrathi Butt Like a Superhero (2014/11/16)
Project: SNES WC1
Date: 1993
Source: Avengers West Coast issue 91
Scanned by: Lord Savage

An advertisement for SNES WC1 that appeared on the back of a comic book. Illustration by Michael Winterbauer (1992). This is a smaller version of the ad that appeared in GamePro around the same time.

New Challenges Beyond Wing Commander

In the news: The First Centurion (2011/08/11)
View: PDF (12 mb)
Project: Secret Missions 1 & 2, Official WC1&2 Strategy Guide
Date: Early 1992
Source: Origin advertisement booklet
Scanned by: Sheppard

A booklet advertising (among other things) the Secret Missions expansions and the strategy guide for WC1 and WC2.

Kick Some Kilrathi Butt!

In the news: Wing Commander Had Quite A Run (2005/05/30)
Project: SNES WC1
Date: 1993
Source: GamePro issue of February 1993
Scanned by: Jonathan Stone

An advertisement for SNES WC1 that appeared in an issue of GamePro. Illustration by Michael Winterbauer (1992).

Can Furballs Really Fly?

In the news: Classic Advertisements Highlight Wing Commander's Explosive Debut (2006/07/07)
Project: WC1 (PC, Amiga and SNES), WC2 and expansions
Date: Early 1990s
Source: Computer Gaming World
Scanned by: Alkarion

A magazine ad advertising WC1, Secret Missions 1 & 2, WC2, Special Operations 1 & 2, and upcoming Amiga and SNES ports of WC1. Full of tough talking verbiage and features original takes on familiar Wing Commander art.

More Wing Commander Action!

In the news: Classic Advertisements Highlight Wing Commander's Explosive Debut (2006/07/07)
Project: Secret Missions 1 & 2
Date: Early 1990s
Source: Computer Gaming World
Scanned by: Alkarion

A magazine ad advertising Secret Missions 1 & 2.

GameTap Launch Trailer

In the news: I'll Buy That! (2007/04/09)
View: WMV (1.1 mb)
Project: WC1
Date: April 2007
Source: GameTap website

A commercial advertising the release of WC1 on the GameTap gaming service.

EA Replay Print Ad

In the news: First Print Ad For EA Replay Published (2006/11/05)
Project: EA Replay
Date: November 2006
Source: November 5, 2006 Best Buy circular (page 12)
Scanned by: Zor Prime

A print advertisement for EA Replay (PSP).

Classified!

In the news: In The Beginning... (2006/08/31)
Project: WC1 PC
Date: 1989?
Source: Origin catalog
Scanned by: Origin Museum

What may be the earliest announcement of the original Wing Commander. It was included on the back of some - but not all - Origin catalogs included with 'Space Rogue', a Privateer-like title released in 1989. The name isn't even included... it's "classified"! (In all likelihood, the game was still called 'Squadron' or 'Wingleader' at this point.)

What you SEE is what you PLAY!

In the news: Come For The Wingleader, Stay For The Intense Ad (2005/10/04)
Project: WC1
Date: 1990
Source: Advanced Computer Entertainment
Scanned by: Kilrah Moreira

An ad that appeared in Advanced Computer Entertainment.

Wing Commander Logo Baseball Cap

In the news: Hats Off to Hats (2006/03/29)
   Wing Commander Merchandise (2011/08/25)
Project: WC1
Date: 1990
Source: Origin catalog

The release of Wing Commander I also saw the first release of promotional Wing Commander I merchandise -- specifically, the official Wing Commander "flight cap." The hat was a trucker-style hat with a foam Wing Commander logo printed on it -- and you could order it directly from Origin. If you preordered a special package, you got the hat and a copy of the game signed by Chris Roberts! Quite a collectable today.

Have an Adventure!

In the news: Otherwise, Treat With Caution (2012/07/20)
Project: SNES WC1, SNES Secret Missions
Date: November 1993
Source: Nintendo Magazine System, November 1993 issue

A Mindscape ad for several Gameboy and SNES titles, including SNES WC1 and Secret Missions.

The Empire of Kilrah is Back!

In the news: Kilrathi Return In Spanish Advertisement (2008/02/29)
Project: WC1, Secret Missions 1 & 2, WC2
Date: September 1992
Source: Micromania issue 52
Scanned by: Maxi de Sokar

A Spanish advertisment for WC2. The background scene is based on the WC2 box art, and new CD-ROM editions of Wing Commander and The Secret Missions also get a plug.

WingLeader Preview

In the news: Wingleader in Print (2011/08/25)
Project: WC1
Date: 1990
Source: Advanced Computer Entertainment

Here's a great example of an early "Wingleader" preview, from a 1990 issue of Advanced Computer Entertainment! Since sell sheets and other material included the title, many magazines wrote stories about "Wingleader." Note the in-game logo!

Sell Sheet for Wingleader

In the news: Wing Commander Sell Sheets (2011/08/25)
Project: WC1
Date: Unknown

Sell sheets are pages promoting a game that are sent to retailers. This is the sell sheet for Wingleader.

Sell Sheet for Wing Commander

In the news: Wing Commander Sell Sheets (2011/08/25)
Project: WC1
Date: Unknown

This is the sell sheet for Wing Commander.

Sell Sheet for Wing Commander and Secret Missions

In the news: Wing Commander Sell Sheets (2011/08/25)
Project: WC1, Secret Missions 1 & 2
Date: Unknown

This is the new, combined, sell sheet for Wing Commander and the Secret Missions.

Wing Commander Press Kit

In the news: Document Archive: Early Product Flyers (2013/08/11)
View: PDF (76.5 mb)
Project: WC1
Date: Unknown
Donated by: Billy Cain
Pages: 23

This collection of early product flyers should be of interest to anyone who loves Origin's promotions department. From a multi-page press pack on Wing Commander to the one-page slip on Origin FX, it's all here! Includes cool art not seen anywhere else.

Early Screenshots From Promotional Slides

In the news: What's Wrong With These Pictures? (2011/08/11)
View: Gallery
Project: WC1, WC2
Date: Unknown

Look closely at these Wing Commander I and II screenshots, scanned from Origin promotional slides. They're from pre-release versions of the game! You'll find some of the familiar changes (ie, "Lt. Shadow" and the named Kilrathi)... but there are a lot of others that have gone unnoticed, like a Secret Missions 2 Dralthi armed with lasers or a Wing Commander II turret with a VDU...

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