Capcom's 1989 arcade shooter made waves for its fast-paced, side-on twist on the formula established by stablemates like 1942. The game's popularity spread far and wide on computers of the day--which, being as “the day” was the late 1980s, meant everything from the ZX Spectrum to Amstrad CPC. It's probably fortunate, then, that the title's canonical appearance has become the SNES conversion, if only because that format remains comparatively accessible.
The manga on which UN Squadron's based, Area 88, ran for some 7 years in Japan, telling a character-centric tale of bromantic rivalry, romantic angst and high-altitude dogfights--a formula which would be winningly employed in the Hollywood movie Top Gun, released the same year Area 88 ended its run. The series also spawned a series of anime movies, which saw English-language release a few years back. Could this tangential shout-out be the justification for a long-overdue Virtual Console release? Not yet, but email your congressman and register your interest!