|Console/platform of origin||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|First installment||Pilotwings (1990)|
|Latest installment||Pilotwings Resort (2011)|
|Article on Wikipedia||Pilotwings (universe)|
The Pilotwings universe (パイロットウイングス, Pilotwings) refers to the Super Smash Bros. universe's collection of characters, stages, or other properties that hail from the Pilotwings series of amateur flight simulation games.
Pilotwings was developed by Nintendo EAD alongside Super Mario World and F-Zero. A similar tech demo titled Dragonfly was shown off to the press at trade shows in 1988. The idea of the game was to show how the Mode 7 graphics systen can simulate 3D imagery by manipulating flat images to create a field of depth. The game was released in Japan on December 21, 1990 and was a launch title for the SNES in other territories throughout 1991.
A sequel, titled Pilotwings 64 was released for the Nintendo 64 as one of its three launch titles. Continuing the legacy of its predecessor, this game was made to show the console's ability to display large, high relolution landscapes with minimal load times and pop-in. The game also utilizes the analog stick to simulate the controls of real flight craft with realistic rise and descent physics.
After going dormant for fifteen years, Pilotwings returned with Pilotwings Resort. Released in 2011 as a launch title for the Nintendo 3DS. Alongside the portable nature of the game, Pilotwings Resort stands out among the series for using the 3D effect to further immerse the player in the game as well as applying the built-in gyroscope as a more intuitive control scheme. The game takes place entirely on Wuhu Island, as it was released at a time when Nintendo wanted to make the island a character in and of itself.
Pilotwings receives very minimal representation in Brawl, being limited to a single sticker.
Pilotwings receives a much larger representation in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, with a stage, soundtracks and trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, in addition to an item in both versions.
Stage (for Wii U only)
- Pilotwings (Starter): A stage based on Pilotwings for the SNES and Pilotwings Resort for Nintendo 3DS appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Players will fight atop planes from both games. The red bi-plane from Pilotwings will take off from a 2-D island from the SNES game. From there, after about a minute has passed, it is shown that the red bi-plane will meet up with a yellow plane, modeled after the planes of Pilotwings Resort, and will fly the combatants straight to Wuhu Island. After a minute has passed once again, the cycle will repeat, with the yellow plane bringing the combatants from Wuhu Island to the runway from the original Pilotwings for SNES, and so on.
- Rocket Belt: The Rocket Belt is an equippable item, which gives characters the ability to fly freely when the jump button is held.
- Light Plane (Remix): A remix of a tune from the SNES game, Pilotwings, which played during missions that required the Light Plane. It is used as a track in the Wii U stage Pilotwings.
- Light Plane (Vocal Mix): Same as Light Plane (above), but has vocals added to it.
- Turbo Jet: A remix of a song from the 3DS game, Pilotwings Resort, which played while using the Turbo Jet.
- Pedal Glider: A remix of a song from the 3DS game, Pilotwings Resort, which played while using the Pedal Glider.
- Light Plane (Original): The original tune from the SNES game, Pilotwings, which played during missions that required the Light Plane.
- Light Plane
Back in the day when planes had fairly weak engines, two pairs of wings were used to increase the plane's lift. These planes weren't meant for crazy acrobatic tricks, though—they were best suited for learning the basics of flying. Ride these, and leave the complicated stuff for another day!
Back when aircraft engines were relatively weak, planes were often built with wings at the top and bottom for extra lift. That's what this is: a biplane. Leave all the crazy stunts to other planes - this one's for learning the basics. In fact, forget all that complicated stuff about "extra lift" and whatnot, and just enjoy soaring through the air!
- : Pilotwings (08/1991)
- Hang Glider
In the mood to feel less like a pilot and more like a bird? Then forget planes—try hang gliding! Like a bird, you won't have any propellers or engines, so just ride the breeze and take photos from high in the sky. The wind might throw you around a bit, but if you stay calm, you can become one with the wind current.
In the mood to feel less like a pilot and more like a...bird? Then forget planes - try a hang-glider! Like a bird, you won't have any propellers or engines, so just ride the breeze and take photos from a bird's-eye view. The wind might throw you around a bit, but stay calm and try to become one with the current.
To get to fly a plane around a tropical resort, normally you'd need to study really hard, take a flying test, fail the test, retake the test, get your license, save up for ages, and then go to a tropical island. In Pilotwings Resort, you get to skip those boring parts and experience speeding, turning, and rolling high in the air right away! Woo!
The Pilotwings series returned in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with a new music arrangement and a spirit related to the series.
- Rocket Belt: The Rocket Belt from Super Smash Bros. 4 returns as an equippable item. It gives characters the ability to fly freely when the jump button is held.
- Light Plane (for 3DS / Wii U): A jazz fusion arrangement of the the theme of Light Plane from Pilotwings. Returns from Smash for Wii U.
- Light Plane (Vocal Mix) (for 3DS / Wii U): A jazz fusion arrangement of the the theme of Light Plane that includes vocals, from Pilotwings. Returns from Smash for Wii U.
- Turbo Jet: A remix of "Opening" and "Turbo Jet" from Pilotwings Resort, including the Light Plane theme from Pilotwings. Returns from Smash for Wii U.
- Pedal Glider: A remix of the Hang Glider theme from Pilotwings Resort. Returns from Smash for Wii U.
- Light Plane (Original): The theme that plays in the Light Plane event, sourced from Pilotwings.
Games with elements appearing in the Super Smash Bros. series
The Pilotwings universe has games represented throughout the Super Smash Bros. series with a total of 3 games. The latest game represented in this universe is Pilotwings Resort, released on March 25, 2011.
- Pilotwings features the Light Plane and the third level of this game.
- Rocket Belt comes from this game.
- "Light Plane (for 3DS / Wii U)": A jazz fusion arrangement of the the theme of Light Plane from Pilotwings.
- "Light Plane (Vocal Mix) (for 3DS / Wii U)": A jazz fusion arrangement of the the theme of Light Plane that includes vocals, from Pilotwings.
- "Light Plane (Original)": The theme that plays in the Light Plane event, sourced from Pilotwings.
- "Light Plane (Remix)": A jazzy arrangement of the theme of Light Plane.
- Stage elements:
- "Pedal Glider": A brief part of this track originates from the Hang Glider theme from this game (Exactly at the second 00:23).