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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 You need to do (very) well on each of the missions to score enough points to complete a lesson
Pilotwings SNES ..or this one; let the penguin dive into the swimming pool
Pilotwings SNES Skydiving part 1: Climbing towards 5000 feet.
Pilotwings SNES which you get to fly a chopper and shoot down baddies. When you complete this level the game enters expert mode

Promo Images

Pilotwings Screenshot
Pilotwings Screenshot
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Pilotwings Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Dragonfly" -- working title
  • "パイロットウイングス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Flight Club SNES Adzuken (854)
A novel approach to flight games that is both realistic and fun SNES Roedie (5246)
A lot of fun SNES r h (15)
What other game at the time (or to date?) can you skydive??! SNES OlSkool_Gamer (102)

Critic Reviews

Génération 4 SNES Feb, 1991 96 out of 100 96
N-Force SNES Jul, 1992 96 out of 100 96
1UP! SNES Dec 21, 2007 92 out of 100 92
Total!! UK Magazine SNES Nov, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Game Informer Magazine SNES May, 2007 8.25 out of 10 82
Megablast SNES 1992 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Sep, 1991 31 out of 40 78
Video Games SNES Mar, 1991 77 out of 100 77
Retrogaming History SNES Sep 16, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Press Play On Tape SNES Aug 19, 2020 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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