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Sonic Wings Special
Sonic Wings Special cover.png
Sega Saturn cover art
Developer(s)Video System
Programmer(s)Yukio Kaneda
Composer(s)Naoki Itamura
SeriesAero Fighters
Platform(s)Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Arcade, Android
  • JP: July 5, 1996
Genre(s)Vertical-scrolling shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
Arcade systemSony ZN-1

Sonic Wings Special[a] is a 1996 vertical-scrolling shooter that combines the features in Sonic Wings, Sonic Wings 2, and Sonic Wings 3. It was ported to arcade as Sonic Wings Limited. It runs on a Sony ZN-1 JAMMA board.



There are 7 teams, 14 pilots, and 26 fighters in this game, with each team consisting of 2 members, and a choice of 2 fighters per pilot, except the secret team, which has 1 fighter per pilot.

Once a player has chosen a team, the other player can only choose a pilot and fighter of the respective team.

Team Pilot Normal fighter Secret fighter
USA Blaster Keaton/Mecha-Keaton F117 Sea Hawk F4-U Corsair
Captain Silver A-10 Thunderbolt II P-61 Black Widow
Japan Hien FS-X Gekkou
Mao Mao F-15 Seiran
Russia Volk Ka-50 Hokum Mig 3
Chaika & Pooshika IL-102 IL-2 Stormovik
Sweden Kowful the Viking AJ-37 Viggen Ju 87G Stuka
T.B. A-10 F-104 Star Fighter B-239 Buffalo
P.K.F. Whity YF-23 Hs129
Lord River N. White AV-8 Harrier II Plus Boulton Paul Defiant
NATO Anjera Rafale M Dowoitine D520
Ellen & Cincia F-14 Tomcat Sword Fish
Secret Kotomi Aka-Usagi -
The Man Lamborghini Diablo (Diabloon) -

A pilot's secret fighter is unlocked by completing the game with the chosen pilot.

The NATO and Secret teams are unlocked by unlocking all secret fighters in the US, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and P.K.F. teams.


There are 17 stages in this game, but only 9 are playable at a time. After completing stage 1, 3 stages are randomly chosen out of 5. The game includes a branching system that allows players to choose 1 of 2 branches after completing stages 5, 7, or 8.

If a secret fighter is chosen, alternate versions of the stages appear instead.

PlayStation version

It allows saving the game for more than once per round, while the PAL version doesn't support the PS1 Memorycard at all.

Arcade version

There are 6 teams, 12 pilots, and 12 fighters in this version. There are 10 stages but only 7 are playable per game. After completing Stage 4, Stage 5 and 6 are chosen depending on the player's performance. After completing Stage 6, one of Fight in Orbit, Another Dimension, or Mars becomes Stage 7, depending on the player's performance. In Fight in Orbit, Another Dimension, 1 of 2 different final bosses appear in the end. If all lives are lost in Stage 7, continuing causes the game to start at the beginning of a stage. If one of the five last stage bosses is not defeated before it escapes, a boss-specific failure ending is shown. A character-specific ending is shown if the final Stage 7 boss is defeated, and a stage-specific ending is shown. After an item is revealed, the point value of the item increases the longer it stays on screen. The point value progresses at the sequence of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, and 10000 (maximum) points.



  1. ^ Japanese: ソニックウイングス スペシャル, Hepburn: Sonikku Uingusu Supesharu


  1. ^ Guise, Tom (September 1996). "Review - Sonic Wings Special". No. 178. Future Publishing. Computer and Video Games. p. 80. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  2. ^ Bros, Marjorie (July 1998). "Saturn: Sonic Wings Special". Super GamePower (in Portuguese). No. 31. Brazil: Nova Cultural. p. 19.