|Release dates||EU March 25, 2011
NA March 27, 2011
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.
Wuhu Archipelago is the main location of the game.
- Europe: March 25, 2011
- North America: March 27, 2011
- Japan: April 14, 2011
- Australia: April 14, 2011
- Japan: November 1, 2012
- Europe: November 22, 2012
- North America: December 20, 2012
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.
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", which requires the player to complete a series of objectives within certain parameters. These increasingly difficult missions span Training, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond ranks (the latter only being unlocked after achieving a three star rank on every previous mission).
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 rank missions. A Flying Squirrel suit is also available in the game, but it is not an unlockable vehicle and only appears in one mission as a kind of "power-up" for the Rocket Belt
List of unlockable features
- Diamond rank: Get a "3 Star" rank in all Silver, Gold, and Platinum class missions to unlock the Diamond class.
- Meca Hawk: Get a "3 Star" rank in all missions in Mission 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 iPoints in Free Flight Mode mode to get a Castle on Private Island.
- Super Vehicles
- Cycle Glider: Successfully complete "Cycling on Air".
- Super Rocket Belt: Successfully complete "Sky Dash".
- Turbo Jet: Successfully complete "Ground Effect".
- Free Flight collectibles: Reach the indicated class to unlock the corresponding collectible in Free Flight mode:
- Balloon Buster mode: Unlocked upon reaching Silver rank.
- Extras: Unlocked upon reaching Gold rank.
- Extra Free Flight mode time: Collect twenty white balloons to get twenty more seconds in Free Flight mode.
- Evening and Night in Free Flight mode:
- Collect 30 iPoints to unlock Evening in Free Flight mode.
- Collect 45 iPoints to unlock Night in Free Flight mode.
- Alternate ending credits: Successfully complete all missions with a perfect score to alternate the ending credits.
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 skillfully 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." 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.
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. However, sales quickly tapered off, with the game having sold just 57,846 copies in the region by its fifth week.
- A course on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U is modelled after the game.
Predecessor: Nintendo DS
RevisionsNintendo 3DS XL - Nintendo 2DS - Nintendo 3DS Family
Other HardwareSD Card - Game cartridge
SoftwareNintendo Network - Miiverse - Nintendo eShop - Swapnote (Nintendo Letter Box - Nintendo Postbox) - Nintendo Video - Nintendo Zone - Puzzle Swap - StreetPass Mii Plaza - StreetPass - SpotPass - Virtual Console
GamesPilotwings Resort - Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U - Tomodachi Life - Mario Kart 7