The series has been so influential on the entire space sim genre, even years after the last release (Wing Commander Arena, an X Box Live Arcade game) and a dozen years after the last major game release (Wing Commander Secret Ops), many articles reviewing a game that involves space flight or involving storylines as an integral part of the gameplay will reference the Wing Commander series.
The media in which Wing Commander has had a presence, in approximate order of the initial release:
- The Wing Commander games.
- The novels.
- The 1996 cartoon show on USA Network.
- The 1998 theatrical release.
For character related tropes covering all Wing Commander related media, please see the characters page.