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Pilotwings Resort Logo
Pilotwings Resort NA cover
The cover art
Developer(s) Monster Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Producer(s) Shinya

Kensuke Tanabe
Keisuke Terasaki

Director(s) Richard Garcia
Designer(s) Asuka Ito
Composer(s)
Console Nintendo 3DS
Release dates EU March 25, 2011

NA March 27, 2011
JP April 14, 2011
AU April 14, 2011

Series Pilotwings (series)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Game cartridge
Predecessor Pilotwings 64
Successor None

Pilotwings Resort is a flight simulation video game for the Nintendo 3DS, developed by Monster Games and published by Nintendo. It is a sequel to the 1990 Super Nintendo Entertainment System game Pilotwings and the 1996 Nintendo 64 game Pilotwings 64.

Even though Pilotwings Resort isn't a Wii Sports series or a Wii series game, it has many similarities with the Island Flyover mode of Wii Sports Resort.

Nintendo announced in November 2012, that the game will be re-released, along with some of their earlier, published games for the Nintendo 3DS, as a downloadable title via Nintendo eShop.

Wuhu Island is the main location of the game.

Release dates

Nintendo 3DS

  • Europe: March 25, 2011
  • North America: March 27, 2011
  • Japan: April 14, 2011
  • Australia: April 14, 2011

Nintendo eShop

  • Japan: November 1, 2012
  • Europe: November 22, 2012
  • North America: December 20, 2012

Gameplay

Pilotwings Resort contains two modes of play. The first is "Free Flight Mode" (similar to the Wii Sports Resort minigame, Island Flyover), that allows the player to freely explore Wuhu Island using any type of aircraft they have unlocked.

Screen pilotwings-resort 1

A Mii is going inside a Stunt Ring.

Various collectibles such as balloons and stunt rings can be picked up to unlock certain features in the game, like diorama statues and the player's very own castle on the archipelago's Private Island.

In this mode, there is a time limit which is extended for the next playthrough when the player has collected a set number of balloons.

The second mode is called "Mission Mode", it requires the player to complete a series of objectives within certain parameters. These increasingly difficult missions span Training, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond classes (the former only being unlocked after achieving a three star rank on every mission).

Pwr main menu

The missions menu

The player is graded between one and three stars on their performance in each mission. When players achieve higher star rankings, they grow closer to unlocking several in-game bonuses, including a "Meca Hawk" robot from Pilotwings 64 that walks around Wedge Island and alternate credits.

The basic aircraft are plane, Rocket Belt, and Hang Glider. As players progress through Mission Mode, they unlock the "Super Vehicles," consisting of the Turbo Jet, Super Rocket Belt, and Pedal Glider. Each holds its advantages, like the turbo jet being able to fly at high speeds, but each is more difficult to control.

The Super Vehicles are all featured in their own finales in the Diamond Class missions. A Flying Squirrel suit is also available in the game, but it is not an unlockable vehicle and only appears in one mission.

List of unlockable features

Pwr-modes

To the left: the already-unlocked class at the beginning of the game.
To the right: all the classes unlocked at the end of the game.

  • Diamond class: Get a "3 Star" rank in all Silver, Gold, and Platinum class missions to unlock the Diamond class.
  • Meca Hawk Diorama: Get a "3 Star" rank in all missions in Free Flight Mode. Meca Hawk can be found walking around Wedge Island in Free Flight mode.
  • Using the Super aircraft in all missions: get a perfect score in every mission to unlock the super aircraft in all missions.
  • Castle on Private Island: Collect all 75 Stunt Rings in Free Flight Mode mode to get a Castle on Private Island.
  • Super Vehicles
    • Cycle Glider: Successfully complete all Gold class missions.
    • Super Rocket Belt: Successfully complete all Platinum class missions.
    • Turbo Jet: Successfully complete all Silver class missions.
  • Free Flight collectibles: Reach the indicated class to unlock the corresponding collectible in Free Flight mode:
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Evening Free Flight Mode

  • Extra Free Flight mode time: Collect twenty white balloons to get twenty more seconds in Free Flight mode. Go through all sixty gold rings to get more time in Free Flight mode.
  • Evening and Night in Free Flight mode:
    • Collect 30 Stunt Rings to unlock Evening in Free Flight mode.
    • Collect 45 Stunt Rings to unlock Night in Free Flight mode.
  • Alternate ending credits: Successfully complete all missions with a perfect score to alternate the ending credits.

Reception

The game's first review, from Eurogamer, was generally positive. It received an 8/10, stating "...Pilotwings ultimately hits an enjoyable sweet spot. It's intricate enough to encourage mastery, and roomy enough to tempt you back after the main event, while the skilfully simple presentation makes it perfect for demonstrating your latest gadget's 3D capabilities." Official Nintendo Magazine's review was also relatively positive. They gave it 81%, saying "Pilotwings Resort is a lovely game, with its beautiful 3D vistas and responsive, satisfying controls. We only wish there was more of it." Their verdict was, "While this looks and feels amazing, there just isn't quite enough." IGN gave the game a 7/10, criticizing the lack of multiplayer, but also noting that "there is a definitely benefit in using 3D."[1] GameSpot scored it a 6.5/10. They praised the game for intuitive controls, enjoyable missions, and pleasing visuals, but the game was too short, didn't have enough content, and no high score sharing.[2]

Pilotwings Resort sold an initial 26,554 units in Japan during its debut week, making it the best-selling 3DS game and the sixth-best selling game overall for that week.[3] However, sales quickly tapered off, with the game having sold just 57,846 copies in the region by its fifth week.[4]

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References


Nintendo 3DS (logo)

Predecessor: Nintendo DS
Successor: None

Revisions
Nintendo 3DS XL - Nintendo 2DS - Nintendo 3DS Family
Other Hardware
SD Card - Game cartridge
Software
Nintendo Network - Miiverse - Nintendo eShop - Swapnote (Nintendo Letter Box - Nintendo Postbox) - Nintendo Video - Nintendo Zone - Puzzle Swap - StreetPass Mii Plaza - StreetPass - SpotPass - Virtual Console
Games
Pilotwings Resort - Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U - Tomodachi Life - Mario Kart 7

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