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Wings is a World War I-themed Video Game for Game Boy Advance and for the Commodore Amiga. There is also a SNES game in the series called Wings 2: Aces High.

Wings is focused on the component of battles fought from the skies, and in at least the GBA version, allows you to play as an Allied OR German fighter pilot or even alternate between the two. (Playing as different characters, of course.)

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  • Antagonist in Mourning: Lampshaded from the Allies' side when Baron von Richtoffen dies. Truth in Television, as this mirrors the reaction the Allies actually had to the guy in real life.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In the GBA version, fake propaganda posters displayed between mission sets demonstrate a creative approach to German syntax and vocabulary.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Subverted; although the game DOES use World War I for entertainment, it is stated to be dedicated to those who died in it, and also calls attention to the foolishness of various aspects of it.
  • Grey and Grey Morality: Play as the Allies, and the game will show you the era's Allied perspective on the war. Play as the Germans, and the game will show you the era's German perspective on the war. The game itself really doesn't seem to be taking sides.
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  • National Anthem: The GBA port plays the German national anthem if you choose to fly for the Kaiser.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: After failing three missions in a row, the player gets demoted to a lowly trooper in the trenches. Even considering the high casualty rate among fighter pilots, this sounds like a death sentence and definitely is one of few bad endings.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Attacking hospitals, churches or ambulances will result in mission failure and a reprimand from the squad commander. Shooting down squadmates is nor particularly awarded, either.
  • Worthy Opponent: Allied and German fighter pilots each develop increasing respect for enemy pilots as time goes on.
    I waved to the single approaching Fokker, partly in greeting, partly to say goodbye. There probably wasn't a reason to risk our lives, yet what better way to say goodbye than one final man-to-man dogfight?
    • This is applied especially strongly to the case of Baron von Richtoffen, who killed many Allied fighters yet was admired by them. Truth in Television, as this, again, mirrors the Allied perception of him in real life.

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