Pilotwings (SNES)

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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 Skydiving part 1: Climbing towards 5000 feet.
Pilotwings SNES Crashed with the rocketbelt!
Pilotwings SNES Flying through a ring. The white clouds represent the thermal current, you'll need to ride it to gain height
Pilotwings SNES Light Plane part 2: You need to fly underneath the arch in the background

Alternate Titles

  • "パイロットウイングス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Flight Club Adzuken (818) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
A novel approach to flight games that is both realistic and fun Roedie (5213) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A lot of fun r h (15) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
What other game at the time (or to date?) can you skydive??! OlSkool_Gamer (99) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Génération 4 Feb, 1991 96 out of 100 96
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Power Unlimited Dec, 1993 9.4 out of 10 94
1UP! Dec 21, 2007 92 out of 100 92
Total!! UK Magazine Nov, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 25, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Power Play Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Video Games Mar, 1991 77 out of 100 77
Nintendo Power Magazine Oct, 1991 3.8 out of 5 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1991 8.8 out of 12 73


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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).
Kartanym (10755) added Pilotwings (SNES) on Jun 07, 2002
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