|Release Date||September 26, 1990|
- Capital Ships
Empire of Kilrah
- Capital Ships
- Dumb-Fire Missile
- Heat-Seeking Missile
- Image-Recognition Missile
- Friend or Foe Missile
- Porcupine Mine
Clicking on the system name will bring you to the first mission in that system.
PC & Amiga
Afterburner Tab Fire guns Space Fire missile Enter Accelerate + Decelerate - Full stop Backspace Look left F2 Look right F3 Look forward F1 Look behind F4 Chase view F5 Battle view F6 Tactical view F7 Missile view F8 Tail view F9 Cycle weapons W Cycle guns G Cycle targets T Lock target L Damage HUD D Autopilot A Comms select C Nav Map N Eject Ctrl-E
Afterburner Blue Fire guns Green Fire missile Yellow Roll left Red + Left Roll right Red + Right Accelerate Red + Up Decelerate Red + Down "Super Brake" Red + Green Look left Left top + Left Look right Left top + Right Look forward Left top + Up Look behind Left top + Down Chase view Left top + Red Battle view Left top + Blue Tactical view Left top + Green Cycle weapons Right top + Left Cycle guns Right top + Up Cycle targets Right top + Right Lock target Right top + Down Damage cycle Right top + Red Autopilot Right top + Blue Comms select Right top + Green Comms cycle Right top + Yellow Music on/off Right top + Left top + Left Sound effects Right top + Left top + Up Video suppress Right top + Left top + Right Message speed Right top + Left top + Down Missile camera Right top + Left top + Red Version number Right top + Left top + Blue Nav Map Right top + Left top + Green Eject Right top + Left top + Pause Pause Pause
Controls supplied by Liz Calkins.
Afterburner Y Fire guns B Fire missile A Accelerate R Decelerate L Cycle weapons Select+B Cycle guns Select+A Cycle targets Press X to view the Navigation Map; press A to select an available Nav point; press Start to confirm the new objective and resume play. Autopilot Select+Y Comms select If there is one recipient, press Select+X to select a message from the list; press X to send it. If multiple recipients are available, press Select+X to select a person; press X to confirm the choice. Then send the message as shown above. Nav Map X: go to nav map A: Select next Nav point (in nav map) Start: Confirm Nav point change (in nav map) Eject Select+Start+R Pause Start Switch VDU Select+L: Choose between Weapons Display or Damage Display in left VDU
Controls supplied by Alonzo Wilkins. Pre-flight Functions:
D Move the cursor to select option A Begin selected action B Skip entire conversation/animation A or C Skip one line of conversation S Start game/Pause
D Move the ship left, right, up and down A Fire gun AB Launch missile B and up Speed up B and down Slow down B and left Roll left B and right Roll right Bx2 Apply afterburner burst (keep pressed the second time for continous afterburners) S^ or S\/ Cycle views (External views and Cockpit) S and up Cycle views up (Starboard/Rear/Port/Cockpit) D and down Cycle views down SAB Toggle Missile Camera (on/off) BC Autopilot SBC Eject from ship
VDU Functions, 3 button controller:
SA Cycle through Left VDU modes (Weapon/Gun/Damage) SC Cycle through Right VDU modes (Communications/Nav/Target) C Cycle through avaialble options SB Lock/Unlock target (If in Autotargeting mode) SB Select Reciever/Send Message (If in Communications mode) SB Display Nav map/pause game (If in Navigational mode) A Accept Nav point and return to cockpit (if in Nav map)
VDU Functions, 6 button controller:
X Cycle through Left VDU modes (Weapon/Gun/Damage) Z Cycle through Right VDU modes (Communications/Nav/Target) C Cycle through available option Y Lock/Unlock target (If in Autotargeting mode) Y Select Receiver/Send Message (If in Communications mode) Y Display Nav map/pause game (If in Navigational mode) Y Accept Nav point and return to cockpit (if in Nav map)
Afterburner Left top + Right top Fire guns C Fire missile A Accelerate B + Up Decelerate B + Down Chase view Stop + C Battle view Stop + A Cycle weapons Left top + A Cycle guns Left top + C Cycle targets Right top + A Autopilot Right top + C Break and attack Stop + Up Attack my target Stop + Up Taunt Stop + Right Request assistance Stop + Left Request landing Stop + Down (with Tiger's Claw targeted) On board computer Stop + B
Establish Joystick Control Clover key + J Establish Keyboard Control Clover key + K Establish Mouse Control Clover key + M Toggle hotspots Tab (onboard Tiger's Claw) Switch to battle view Clover key + D Switch to chase view Clover key + F Switch to cockpit view Clover key + Y Increase speed + Decrease speed - Complete stop S Afterburner Tab Autopilot A Cycle targets T Toggle guns G Toggle weapons W Onboard computer C Order Break and Attack B Send taunt E Order Help Me Out H Request landing R (with Tiger's Claw targeted) Order form on my wing R Eject Available through onboard computer Display small graphics Clover key + 1 Display medium graphics Clover key + 2 Display large graphics Clover key + 3 Toggle music on/off Clover key + U Toggle sound on/off Clover key + N
- IBM PC or compatible
- 12+ MHz x86 CPU
- 640 KB RAM
- Dual FDD or HDD
- 256-color VGA/MCGA or EGA/Tandy
- Optional sound card (opt. General MIDI)
- Claw Marks
- Secret Missions SNES Manual
- Super Wing Commander Claw Marks
- Super Wing Commander Playguide
- WC I Install Quickstart Guide
- WC I Reference Card
- WC I SNES Text Instructions
- WC I Secret Missions 2 Reference Card
- WC I Secret Missions Joan's Supplement
- WC I Secret Missions Reference Card
- WC I Super Famicom Manual
- Wing Commander MegaCD Manual
- Wing Commander SegaCD Manual
Designed & Directed by
Chris Roberts, Steve Muchow, Paul Isaac, Steve Beeman, Ken Demarest III, Herman Miller
Ken Demarest III
Steve Beeman, Erin Roberts
3 Space System
ORIGIN Graphic Systems
John Miles, Chris Roberts
ORIGIN Sound System
Denis Loubet, Glem Johnson, Daniel Bourbonnais, Keith Berdak, John Watson
Additional Written Material
Steve Cantrell, Philip Brogden
George A. Sanger, David Govett
Marc Schaefgen, Philip Brogden, Steve Cantrell, Greg Paul Malone II, Erin Roberts, Mike Romero, Jeff Shelton, Scott Shelton, Brian Tompkins, John Watson
Chris Roberts and Warren Spector
- Shotglass - Takeshi Aono (青野武)
- Paladin - Yusaku Yara (屋良有作)
- Angel - Yumi Tōma (冬馬由美)
- Colonel Halcyon - Gorō Naya (納谷悟朗)
- Narrator - Yusaku Yara (屋良有作)
- Player (Lyle "Eagle" Starbuck) - Ryōtarō Okiayu (置鮎龍太郎)
- Spirit - Aya Hisakawa (久川綾)
- Hunter -
- Knight -
- Iceman - Chikao Ōtsuka (大塚周夫)
- Maniac -
- Bossman -
- Deluxe Edition: Included WC1, SM1, & SM2
- Deluxe Edition CD: Included WC1, SM1, & SM2
- Kilrathi Saga Edition: Windows 95 version, SM1 & SM2 freely downloadable
This is 'Super Wing Commander'. All of the graphics are redone in Privateer-level VGA. It has some new 'bridge' plot points (characters occasionally mention stealth fighters) and a 'middle' set of addon (SM1.5!) missions about blowing up the Sivar's base. Full speech, ships look different, people look different, etc. Amazingly, of all the ports this one *plays* most similar to the original game.
Low (32?) color graphics version. The only real difference is that the fighters menu in the trainsim has 'rotating' images of the fighters instead of simple VDU line drawings. No one in the universe knows why this is. (People often say that the music sounds better in the Amiga version... but my experience is that it sounds fairly similar to the original game's music played on an MT-32 or LAPC-I.)
Identical to the original A500 Amiga version, except with 256 color graphics.
Visually identical to the PC version - the only significant change is that it has a Redbook audio soundtrack instead of MIDIs and Japanese speech inflight. The FM Towns is a Japanese computer. They were the first computers to ship with CD-ROM drives standard -- so the FM Towns ports of many early Origin games have full speech (Ultima 6 is the famous one).
SegaCD / MegaCD
The SegaCD version is visually similar to the original PC release, but it also includes full speech (and the requisite awkward console control scheme). The Sega CD was called the Mega CD in Europe and Japan.
Another low (16?) color version. The SNES version has a host of weird Nintendo-requested minor changes (the Blue Devils are the 'Blue Angels' - things like that). There's some obvious tricks to get around the low amount of memory on an SNES cart, too - for instance, SNES WC1 doesn't have unique graphics for the Jalthi... it's just a Salthi that's been turned green. There is also a seperate, stand-alone SNES version of the Secret Missions addon... it's fairly cool, as it includes a unique intro sequence (Kilrathi talking about the Sivar weapon) and an 'extended' Tiger's Claw takeoff scene that makes use of some Mode-7 landscaping stuff.
- Wing Commander I & II: The Ultimate Strategy Guide
- CIC Online Guide
Computer Gaming World article about professional artists working on video games -- which, it's hard to believe, was a fairly new concept at the time. The exciting aspect for Wing Commander fans, however, is the picture seen below (left): a landscape which was designed for but not used in the original Wing Commander. The caption reads: "'Water World' (Glen Johnson) Landscape removed from Wing Commander." Where could it have appeared? It's anyone's guess -- but a water planet, Hurricane, does appear in one of Wing Commander's winning/losing cutscenes -- it's pictured below (right)
Patches / Addons
- 3D Ship Viewer (Download)
- Mission Editing Information (Download)
- Ship Graphic Viewer (Wing Commander) (Download)
- Taunt Editor (Download)
- WC1, WC2 and Privateer editing information (Download)
- WCEDIT (Download)
- WCSAV (Download)
- WCVIEW (Download)
- Wing Commander Mission Editor (Download)
- 2000 PC Gamer Coverdisk Release (Download)
- Intro Animation (Download)
- Scimitar Flight Animation (Download)
- Unpacked MODULE.000 file (Download)
- WC1 Box Winamp skin (Download)
- Wing Commander Vector Logos (Download)
Tracks from Origin Audio CD Volume 1
- Wing Commander - Briefing and Scramble by The Fatman
- Wing Commander - Briefing and Launch by The Fatman
- Wing Commander - Fanfare, The Main Theme by David Govett
- Wing Commander - Flying to Dogfight by The Fatman
- Wing Commander - Regular Combat by David Govett
- Wing Commander - Heroes Funeral by David Govett
- Wing Commander - Swing Commander by The Fatman
- Compilation of the above (9:06) - 7,960k
High Quality tracks
SegaCD audio tracks
- Track 2 - General Music
- Track 3 - Winning Endgame
- Track 4 - Losing Endgame
- Track 5 - Carrier Destroyed
- Track 6 - General Music
Super Nintendo tracks
These music files are originally in .rsn format. See here for information on how to play these on Windows or Mac.
The music for the Amiga port of Wing Commander I is in .mod format. There are a variety of ways to play .mod files on modern systems. You can also download convenient MP3 conversions.
- Original soundtrack files (.mod) Download, Details
- Amiga soundtrack converted to MP3 Download, Details
FM Towns audio tracks
- Flight Patrol
- Flight Strike
- Flight Success
- Flight Rendezvous
- Welcome Back
- Unsuccessful Mission
- Successful Mission
- Halcyon's Office
- Death - Funeral
- Bronze Star
- Silver Star
- Gold Star
- Gold Sun
- 45 MIDIs
Manuals and Game Documentation
- Blueprints (Download)
- Claw Marks (Download)
- Kilrathi Saga Manual (Download)
- Secret Missions SNES Manual (Download)
- Super Wing Commander Claw Marks (Download)
- Super Wing Commander Playguide (Download)
- WC I Install Quickstart Guide (Download)
- WC I Reference Card (Download)
- WC I SNES Text Instructions (Download)
- WC I Secret Missions 2 Reference Card (Download)
- WC I Secret Missions Joan's Supplement (Download)
- WC I Secret Missions Reference Card (Download)
- WC I Super Famicom Manual (Download)
- Wing Commander Help File (Download)
- Wing Commander MegaCD Manual (Download)
- Wing Commander SegaCD Manual (Download)
- Start the game with "wc Origin" at the command line to enter debug mode.
- Alt-Del destroys target. Alt-Ins destroys targetted enemy wing.
- Start the game with wc.exe Origin -k.
- Same as above, plus invincibility.
Kilrathi Saga Edition
- With invincibility off, open wingcmdr.cfg. Make sure it contains -k -b. Turning invincibility back on may cause your name to change back to CHEATER.
- Player name is no longer replaced with "CHEATER" when invincibility is enabled.
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