Aero Fighters (known as Sonic Wings in Japan) is a vertical-scrolling shoot 'em up ("shmup") arcade game。
A superb vertically scrolling shoot-em-up in which the player chooses an ace fighter pilot from a selection of 4 countries (USA, Japan, Sweden and Britain) and takes to the skies to destroy enemy jets, boats, helicopters, gun emplacements and huge end-of-level bosses. Features colorful, detailed 2-D graphics and a good level of challenge.
There are eight stages in this game. The beginning stages consists of randomly chosen areas from nations of unselected fighters (assuming those fighters have nations). If Rabio or Lepus is chosen, all four rival nation stages become playable. After completing all rival nation stages, there are four more stages. Player and team-specific endings occur after completing the 1st loop. After completing the 2nd loop, the ending consists of all pilot pairs giving a speech, with the 2nd pilot in the last pair giving a cheat code.
The SNES version adds hidden boss attack and time attack modes, and two hidden playable fighters, Rabio and Lepus (from Rabio Lepus, known outside of Japan as Rabbit Punch). The Japanese version does not use kanji in text as in the arcade version. In the SNES version, there are two stage loops, and the order of rival nations is fixed. In the 2nd loop, the game's difficulty increased, except in the very hard difficulty, where the 2nd loop is easier.
A player can only chose a fighter from the respective side. In a 2-player game, the player that begins the game determines the available nation of both fighters, until the game ends.
Country Player 1 Player 2
United States Blaster Keaton (F/A-18 Hornet) Keith Bishop (F-14 Tomcat)
Japan Hien (FSX) Mao Mao (F-15 Eagle)
Sweden Kohful The Viking (AJ-37) Tee-Bee 10 (JAS 39 Gripen)
United Kingdom Lord River N. White (Tornado IDS) Villiam Syd Pride (AV-8 Harrier II)
? Rabio (red rabbit) Lepus (green rabbit)