Only in Japan: Standalone WC3 for Windows 95 Update ID

The easiest way to get Wing Commander 1-3 going on a modern system nowadays, is to buy the original DOS versions off GOG. Before the days of DOS emulation, players looked to Kilrathi Saga with its Windows '95 ports of the classic trilogy for their Windows 95/98/XP computers. The bundle was met with mixed reception; there were several small enhancements, but also a few changes and minor glitches. Those Windows ports were never released individually or in any other shape or fashion, apart from... Wing Commander 3 in Japan! While the Japanese edition of the DOS original had an identical box to the Western release, Japanese WC3 '95 received some unique artwork. Despite a very expensive localization effort (check out the dubbed intro) for the Japanese market, the game (and franchise) was never hugely popular over there, and no such effort was put into the later games. As an aside, if you paid $300 or more for your very own copy of the Kilrathi Saga, you may want to check out the WCDX Kilrathi Saga patch. It fixes numerous bugs and glitches in WC1 and WC2, and it improves compatibility with current versions of Windows. Kilrathi Saga is still a nice collectible item, and prices have dropped considerably.

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Intrepid Enters Spacedock

Spacedock has profiled another Wing Commander vessel! The BWS Intrepid is the star this episode of "Sci-Fi Ships You've Never Heard Of." Daniel, the author, has a huge soft spot for the WC series, and he's especially fond of this one. (2018-09-18)

Sienta la Ciencia y la Ficción

Christian Klein marches ever closer to having a complete set of Wing Commander games translated for Spain. This looks like a pretty thorough job with everything from the box to disc to manuals in Spanish, although no in-game audio has been revamped. The front doesn't have the big Midway flap that opens, but the static front and rearranged rear screenshot collage make it its own unique collectible! (2018-09-17)

Homeworld Mod Locks & Loads

The Homeworld Remastered Mod has gotten another update to more fully implement the fuel & ammunition mechanics that L.I.F. (2018-09-16)

The Edge of The Darkening

We've unearthed a fascinating piece of pre-history: a detailed preview of Privateer 2: The Darkening from the August 1996 issue of Edge magazine... written when the game was still just called 'The Darkening!' The article includes a beautiful two-page gallery of artwork, plenty of pre-release screenshots and a surprising amount of technical detail about the game's development team. (2018-09-15)

Sticker Shock: Cross Promotion

eBay find: as part of the marketing for the Wing Commander movie in 1999, they sent out little promo stickers retailers could add to their existing stock of Wing Commander games... so you know this copy of Prophecy was still on the shelves about 18 months after release! (2018-09-14)

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