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. The first game, Pilotwings, released in 1991 as a launch title for the North American version of the SNES, was noteworthy for being an early example of a game that used the console's Mode 7 graphical technique to enhance realism, in a similar vein to the launch racing game F-Zero. In fact, both games were launch titles for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. After a Nintendo 64 follow-up, Pilotwings 64, shared the spotlight alongside Super Mario 64 as one of the only two launch titles for the Nintendo 64, the series became dormant for fifteen years, up until the third game, Pilotwings Resort, was similarly released as a launch title for the Nintendo 3DS in 2011.
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.
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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!
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!
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The Pilotwings series returned in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with a new music arrangement and a spirit related to the series.