Pilotwings Resort (パイロットウイングス リゾート Pairottouingusu Rizōto?) is an amateur flight simulation video game for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console, developed by Monster Games and published by Nintendo. It is a sequel to the 1990 Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) game "Pilotwings" and the 1996 Nintendo 64 game "Pilotwings 64". Similarly to its predecessors, it was confirmed as a launch title in North America and Europe. In Japan, Australia, and New Zealand it was released on April 14, 2011.
Pilotwings Resort contains two modes of play. The first, "Free Flight Mode", allows the player to freely explore Wuhu Island using any type of aircraft they have unlocked. Various collectibles such as balloons and stunt rings can be picked up to unlock certain features in the game, like diorama statues and the player's very own castle on the archipelago's private island. 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, "Mission Mode", requires the player to complete a series of objectives within certain parameters. These increasingly difficult missions span Training, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond classes (the former only being unlocked after achieving a three star rank on every 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 Class missions. A flying squirrel suit is also available in the game, but it is not an unlockable vehicle and only appears in one mission.
Pilotwings Resort was announced by Nintendo at E3 2010, where a playable demo was featured that revealed the return of plane and rocket belt missions.Later media unveiled the return of the hang gliding missions as well. Pilotwings Resort is the first Nintendo 3DS game to feature Mii characters, and is set upon the fictional Wuhu Island, which was originally featured in Wii Fit (Plus) and Wii Sports Resort. The latter had featured its own flight sporting event, which was adapted for this game.
Evening and Night Flights
In free flight mode, collect 30 iPoints to unlock Evening Flights and 45 iPoints to unlock Night Flights.
Earn More Time in Free Flight Mode
To earn more time in free flight mode, collect the white balloons. For every 20 white balloons you will gain 20 seconds in free flight mode.
Addition from bob: If you go through all 60 gold rings and then play in free flight you gain some more time!
Vehicles, Extras and Modes
Perform the following actions to unlock modes and more.
- Diamond Class - Get 3 stars on every mission and you will achieve Diamond Class after the credits. There are 3 missions in Diamond Class, all significantly more difficult than the previous classes.
- Meca Hawk Diorama / All-Star Award - Get three stars in all Diamond Class missions
- Balloons - Reach Silver Class to unlock Balloons to collect in Free Roam Mode.
- Turbo Jett in Free Flight - Complete all the missions on Silver
- Cycle Glider in Free Flight - Complete all the missions on Gold
- Super Rocket Belt in Free Flight - Complete all the missions on Platinum
- Meca Hawk (Appearance in Free Flight) - Get three stars in every Mission Flight and Meca Hawk will appear walking around the island
- Castle on Private Island - Collect Every iPoint
- Use Super Aircraft for Missions - Get a Perfect on every mission
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