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Fly a selection of aircraft (including training vehicles, fighter planes and helicopters) through a range of training programs and missions. The more training you complete, the better the chance that you will complete the even bigger missions. Try your hand at landing, taking off, party tricks, fly through bad weather and shoot down targets.


Pilotwings SNES Title Screen (normal mode)
Pilotwings SNES Each of the 8 lesson consists of 2 to 4 different missions that you can play in any order
Pilotwings SNES Flying through a ring. The white clouds represent the thermal current, you'll need to ride it to gain height
Pilotwings SNES Before every lesson you get to see the lesson-map with the targets for the missions the lesson consists of

Alternate Titles

  • "パイロットウイングス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Flight Club SNES Adzuken (818)
A novel approach to flight games that is both realistic and fun SNES Roedie (5211)
A lot of fun SNES r h (15)
What other game at the time (or to date?) can you skydive??! SNES OlSkool_Gamer (99)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES Apr, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Raze SNES May, 1991 92 out of 100 92
1UP! SNES Dec 21, 2007 92 out of 100 92
Total!! UK Magazine SNES Nov, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Jeuxvideo.com Wii Jan 15, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Jeuxvideo.com SNES Jan 25, 2010 18 out of 20 90
The DOS Spirit SNES Dec 21, 2013 5 out of 6 83
Total! (Germany) SNES May, 1994 2.25 out of 6 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Feb, 1991 8.8 out of 12 73
Retrogaming History SNES Sep 16, 2009 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

The SNES version of Pilotwings appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development history

The working title of the game, in 1988, was Dragonfly, when Nintendo showed images of in many Japanese magazines at the time. This was well was before the official release of the Super Famicom (SNES). When the game was released, the name had been changed to Pilotwings, and the graphics and game structure was significantly different from the images shown previously.

Game Center CX

Pilotwings has been featured on the Japanese television show Game Center CX on three separate occasions. It was originally chosen as the challenge game for Season 9, Episode 9 (Feb. 16, 2010) but host Shinya Arino was unable to complete the game.

Arino challenged the game a second time for a special live broadcast celebrating his 40th birthday, which aired from 8 PM, Feb. 24 2012 until 6 AM the following day. After ten hours, he finally ran out of time, unable to complete the final stage, and had to give up again. This was the first time he'd failed to complete a game during a live broadcast.

Not wanting to disappoint his fans, Arino challenged the game for a third time at a live event in Iwate Prefecture before a live audience of hundreds of fans. With help from the ADs and several fans, he managed to clear the final stage just as the two-hour event was coming to an end. This event was the focus of Season 16, Episode 7 (July 5, 2012).
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