Because I've been itching to play it since I was, like, twelve, I finally got what I needed to try out the SWAT Kats game that was released on SNES in 1995. Verdict: this game should have kicked ass. There are a lot of positive aspects to it, like the music and graphics and Razor saying "Bingo!"... then there's all the stuff they fucked up. Arrgh. It also doesn't help that I can't find a single strategy guide or instruction manual for it online, so I only half-know what I'm doing. I found some passwords for skipping levels, but that doesn't help me play the game.
If I were a really good programmer and artist, and wanted to spend ages ripping out my own hair and tightening up the graphics on Level 3, I would dedicate some time to giving SWAT Kats the video game it deserved. Then, I'd get sued to oblivion. What I'd probably have to do is program and distribute a generic title, then offer a free "skin" that converts it into the SWAT Kats-themed game that was intended all along.
::lovingly wraps the thought, places it in big pile of pipe dreams::