Wing War

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Wing War
System(s): Sega Model 1
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (Model 1)
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Arcade (Model 1)
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Wing War (ウイングウォー) is a Sega Model 1 arcade combat flight simulator game developed by Sega AM1 and manufactured by Sega. Released exclusively to Japanese and American arcades in 1994, the game puts players in the cockpit of a variety of both historic and modern aircraft and pits them in an aerial dogfight with a second rival aircraft. As the final game developed for the aging Model 1 architecture, it was due to be ported to the Sega 32X, but the system's poor sales caused the port to be cancelled - leaving Wing War as the only Model 1 game to not receive a home port. However, the game did receive an updated version enabling compatibility with R360 hardware.


Wing War takes advantange of the Model 1 board to present a 3D aircraft fighting game. The player selects on of eight aircraft, competing against the other seven in a tournament.

The game has two modes; "Dogfight", where both vehicles continously travel forwards and take it in turns to try and hit each another (in a similar style to After Burner, albeit with missiles coming from behind) and "Expert", which takes the form of a full 360 air combat game.

While each aircraft is equipped with different weapons, all can gain missiles which can be targeted at opponents, and smoke as a means of defending yourself. The fight finishes either when a craft is blown up, or the time runs out (being similar to fighting games, where the player with the most health at the end is declared the winner).

Wing War plays fast and loose with real world physics in the name of entertainment. Hitting the ground or obstacles merely causes the player to take damage, and despite showcasing many decades-worth of aviation technology, even the oldest planes can withstand heavy firepower before exploding.

After the tournament is complete (which only involves the player winning three matches), they will go up against a UFO over Tokyo (and more specifically an area above and including Sega's then-Japanese headquarters).


Germany Fokker (Max Von Richtofen)
The Fokker Dr.I is piloted by perhaps the closest Sega could get to Manfred von Richthofen, otherwise known as the "Red Baron". "Max" likely comes from the Pour le Mérite (also known as the "Blue Max"), awarded to von Richthofen for his services in World War I.
Russia Yak 141 (Irina Romaneva)
The Yakovlev Yak-141
United Kingdom Harrier (Raymond Bishop)
The Hawker Siddeley Harrier.
Russia Werewolf (Vladimir Moskvich)
The Kamov Ka-50.
United States of America Apache (Dave Machmahon)
The AH-64 Apache.
Japan Zero (Hayabusa Tennoji)
The Mitsubishi A6M Zero.
United States of America Mustang (Hue Adams)
The P-51 Mustang
United States of America Lightning (Vanessa Battler)
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

Magazine articles

Main article: Wing War/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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JP flyer

Photo gallery

Physical scans

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Wing War

Model 1, US
Model 1, JP

Unreleased versions

Wing War
System(s): Sega 32X
Developer: Sega
Planned release date(s): 1995[5]