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The Wingman Warrior premiered with a testimonial from John Romero: "When I created Doom I never imagined there'd be such a killer way to play it. Wingman Warrior is it."
And yet, shortly thereafter, the Wingman Warrior was abandoned, its drivers never updated to NT-based operating systems like Windows 2000 or XP. (It still works using the gameport as a 3-axis flight stick, but the spinner isn't functional this way.) The Warrior did one thing well, but unfortunately, that one thing was only broadly useful for a short period of time.
- 4-way hat and multiple buttons eliminate most keyboard commands
- Two-handed digital control lets you move around in 3-D games like you're actually there
- Weighted steel base makes sure this baby stays put when you're busy dodging incoming explosive projectiles
- Analog and digital interfaces provide digital serial control in supported DOS games and Windows 95
- SpinControl™ Technology gives you precise 360-degree spin control for faster turning. Just think where you want to be, and you're there
The Wingman Warrior combines two controllers: a 3-axis flight stick with throttle, 4 buttons, and a POV hat, plus a spinner controller. The intended usage was for games like Doom that had no 3d targeting, just 2d - with the spinner you could precisely aim horizontally. However, with Quake and other full-3d shooters hitting the market, suddenly the ability to aim both horizontally and vertically became important, and mouselook/WASD claimed the day.
Second-hand Wingman Warriors are sought out by emulation users, as the Wingman Warrior is (if you can get it working) one of the easiest ways to get a spinner controller to play games like Tempest, Arkanoid, and Tron. Drivers are available for Windows 95, 98, and ME, and also for Linux. In DOS, a switch on the rear of the device sets whether the hat switch or throttle dial is active; it cannot support both at once in DOS.
- 4-button analog flight stick plus POV hat, with trim dials.
- Throttle dial.
- Spinner controller.
- Dual connectivity: DE-9 RS232C serial for full functionality, or DA-15 joystick port for all controls except the spinner.
The description of this controller was provided by Brad Jones (@kazrak on Twitter)