There's a lot of buzz today on social media wishing Wing Commander 3 a happy birthday. However, most longtime Wingnuts will recall Wing Commander 3 as the hot Christmas present of 1994. What were we doing in the spring of 1994 instead? Playing the newly released Righteous Fire or Super Wing Commander (depending on whether you were a PC or Mac owner).
So how did the internet get March 27, 1994 burned into its brain? The main culprit seems to be the release date on EA's Origin page for Wing Commander 3, and that date is itself a mixup of two dates. March 27, 1996 was the release of WC3 for the Playstation, but the game shipped for PC first on December 8, 1994. In between those milestones, it also debuted on the 3DO June 23, 1995 and on the Mac September 27, 1995. So when this comes up in your circle of friends, now you know the whole story!