If you were alive and playing video games in the 90s you’ll be aware of Pilotwings. A launch title for the SNES, Pilotwings was little more than a tech demo of the new Nintendo hardware, that just happened to feature enough of a game to keep people interested. Essentially, it was a bunch of mini games all based around falling based sports. It was a lot of fun at the time, and it still holds up.
Despite how popular the original was, you could be forgiven for not realising that Pilotwings was more than just a tech demo from the 90s, it’s a franchise. It took a few years for it to happen, but we eventually got to see more Pilotwings on the Wii and 3DS.
Purely by chance, Pilotwings Resort was one of my first game purchases for the 3DS, and it ended up being the one I got the most play out of.
Pilotwings Resort is by far the Nintendoest Nintendo game I’ve ever played. There’s an island. It’s a nice island. You fly around it in a little plane, jet pack, or hang glider. You can put yourself through challenges, like trying to collect all the balloons, or flying through all the hoops, but you don’t need to. If you like, you can do nothing.
No other game company would take the time and risk to make a game like this. They just made a nice island, and you are on that island. That’s it. No tension, stress, or raised heartbeat. It’s wonderful. Maybe you play some challenges, maybe you fly around for fun, nobody cares. This is the gaming equivalent of a beach holiday.
I like these reviews to come in at around 750 words, but I’m struggling here. This is like reviewing vanilla ice cream. The only thing you really need to know about vanilla ice cream is that it’s good enough to eat. Beyond that there’s nothing much to say unless you can compare it to other vanilla ice creams. Unfortunately I can’t do that with Pilotwings Resort. I will say without a doubt that it is the best island resort based flying mini game game I’ve ever played. There’s nothing to compare it to! Not even the original game. There’s nothing else out there like this, which I’m going to offer up as further proof that nobody like Nintendo would attempt a game like this, which is why we love them.
Should you buy this game? Well, you’ll probably be able to find it on sale rather cheaply. So it has that going for it. I understand if by this point you still think I’ve said very little to convince you that Pilotwings should be in your library. Maybe you only like a few types of game, and you can see that this isn’t one of that games. If that’s your attitude, I ask you to reconsider. Games, like all art, are a great way of controlling your mood. Pilotwings Resort is a good mood.