Soaring since 1990.
Join The Flight Club Now!
Do you ever dream of flying? The Flight Club offers a variety of aerial sports to thrill and challenge you. Dare to take the first step and earn your license.
—The introductory screen from the first game of the series.Pilotwings
is a flight simulator franchise created by Nintendo
for the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo 3DS. The game was developed by Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development division (led by Shigeru Miyamoto
), and was first released in 1990 in Japan and 1991 in the United States. The European release followed in 1992.
The games feature several training missions and lessons that players must complete in order to earn pilot licenses, using several different vehicles (including a plane, hang glider, rocket belt, as well as skydiving and other secret unlockable vehicles). Players are graded based on a number of different factors, including checkpoints cleared, accuracy, time spent and completion of required (or additional) tasks. Some missions also have bonus stages that can be cleared for extra points.Pilotwings
was well-received upon its release due to its overall graphical presentation and gameplay style. In 1996, Pilotwings 64
was released as a launch title for the Nintendo 64, featuring sharper graphics, more areas to explore and a variety of bonus games. In 2011, Nintendo also released Pilotwings Resort
for the handheld Nintendo 3DS.
Interestingly, all three games in the series have been developed by separate companies. As mentioned before, Nintendo EAD made the first game. Paradigm Entertainment
, who already made video simulation, helped with 64
. Monster Games, who specializes in racing games, lent a hand with Resort
The series provides examples of: