Ace Combat: Northern Wings was a Java game for mobile phones released in December 2011. The player takes the role of Grendel 1, an ace pilot of Nordennavic Royal Air Force, who is involved in many secret conflicts around the globe.
- Pilot 9 different aircraft, from fighters to bombers, including the Arkbird I, each with their own special Counter-maneuvers. There are also purchasable upgrades for aircraft.
- Over 20 achievements to earn as ribbons and medals.
- Strategically call in the wingmen, Grendel 2 and Grendel 3, to assist taking down enemies in critical moments.
Main article: List of missions in Ace Combat: Northern Wings
The game follows the story of the Grendel Squadron, a top secret squadron from the Nordennavic Royal Air Force, in several operations across the globe. The game's plot spans from September 3rd 1999 (two months after the Ulysses 1994XF04 impact) through April 1st 2016, the same date as the ending of the Anean Continental War.
- Grendel 1 is the silent player character of the game. A member of the top secret Grendel Squadron of the Nordennavic Royal Air Force.
- Grendel 2 is one of the wingmen of Grendel Squadron.
- Grendel 3 is one of the wingmen of Grendel Squadron.
- General Rasmussen is the man in charge of the Grendel Squadron.
- General Assembly Commissioner is a VIP of Neo United Nations.
- Razgriz/Wardog Squadron of Osean Air Defense Force.
- Lt. General Lyes of the Lyes United Front.
- Supreme Commander Gustav Dvornik of Eastern Front.
Unlike most games in the series, which mainly featured existing or prototype aircraft, Northern Wings features nine new original designs, most of which take design cues from real-life aircraft. Each aircraft can be upgraded twice (excluding the Arvakr V-55 and the Arkbird I).
- Vargr P-26: the game's starter aircraft. Resembling the JAS-39 Gripen and F-16C.
- Mjollnir R-20: a ground attack aircraft resembling the A-10A Thunderbolt II.
- Vargr P-28: a swing wing fighter resembling an F-14A Tomcat.
- Mjollnir R-30: a multirole aircraft resembling a Su-34.
- Vargr P-46: an Su-47 Berkut-like aircraft.
- Mjollnir R-40: a delta-wing multirole jet visually resembling a Chengdu J-20.
- Arvakr V-50: a high-end fighter taking design cues from the F-22A and YF-23A.
- Arvakr V-55: an F-35B Lightning II-like fighter. Available only in the last mission.
- Arkbird I: the anti-asteroid spaceship built by a joint effort between Osea, Yuktobania and Nordennavic. Can be used in a single mission, and is armed only with the Tactical Laser System.
- Ace Combat: Northern Wings is the first game of the series where one can control a superweapon as part of the campaign (in this case, the Arkbird).
- The Grendel Squadron, as well as the brands Mjollnir, Vargr and Arvakr, are named after concepts from Norse mythology.
- Ace Combat: Northern Wings is not the first game to feature original aircraft exclusively. Ace Combat 3 and Ace Combat Advance also feature their own original aircraft.
- The events of the game seem to be non-canon to the Strangreal timeline.