Jonathan Stone found an old review of Super Wing Commander that stood out from most of the others. While GameFan was devoting multiple page spreads to talking about how great SWC was, GamePro was talking about how disappointing it turned out. Both reviews discuss the same version, but GamePro found the controls and pacing difficult to get used to. The article actually has quite a bit of text describing the various features of the game, and it credits some improvements over the Super Nintendo standard Wing Commander.
PROTIP: When a Kilrathi ship flies past, spin your ship 180 degrees and it should be in view.