Sonic Wings Special

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Sonic Wings Special
Sonic Wings Special cover.png
Sega Saturn cover art
Developer(s) Video System
Director(s) K. Matsunami
Programmer(s) KNT.
Yukio Kaneda
Composer(s) T. Hosokawa
Naoki Itamura
Platform(s) Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Arcade, PlayStation Network, Android
Release Sega Saturn
  • JP: July 5, 1996
  • JP: August 30, 1996
  • EU: August 12, 2004
PlayStation Network
  • JP: August 30, 2007
  • NA: November 16, 2010
  • PAL: October 5, 2011
  • WW: March 14, 2012
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Sonic Wings Special is a 1996 vertical-scrolling shoot 'em up 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 consist of 2 members, and a choice of 2 fighters per pilot, except the secret team, which has 1 fighter per pilot.

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

Team Pilot Normal fighter Secret fighter
USA Blaster Keaton/Mecha-Keaton (Male) F117 Sea Hawk F4-U Corsair
Captain Silver (Male) A-10 Thunderbolt II P-61 Black Widow
Japan Hien (Male) FS-X Gekkou
Mao Mao (Female) F-15 Seiran
Russia Volk (Male) Ka-50 Hokum Mig 3
Chaika & Pooshika (Females) IL-102 IL-2 Stormovik
Sweden Kowful the Viking (Male) AJ-37 Viggen Ju87G Stuka
T.B. A-10 (Male) F-104 Star Fighter B-239 Buffalo
P.K.F. Whity (Male) YF-23 Hs129
Lord River N. White (Male) AV-8 Harrier II Plus Boulton Paul Defiant
NATO Anjera (Male) Rafale M Dowoitine D520
Ellen & Cincia (Females) F-14 Tomcat Sword Fish
Secret Kotomi (Female) 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 USA, Japan, Russia, Sweden, 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 player to choose 1 of 2 branches after completing stages 5, 7, or 8.

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

PlayStation version[edit]

It allows saving the game for more than once per round.

Arcade version[edit]

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 player's performance. After completing Stage 6, one of Fight in Orbit, Another Dimension, or Mars becomes Stage 7, depending on 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 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 final Stage 7 boss is defeated. 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, 10000 (maximum) points.

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