Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 64 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. Apr 11, 2011
    88
    A challenging game that is a little rough around the edges in some ways and the audio is a big overall step down from past games. However, the overall experience is a must for anyone who enjoyed prior games in the series, or even the Wii Sports Resort flight mini-games.
  2. Jun 5, 2011
    83
    Monster Games did an excellent job building upon the template established by Wii Sports Resort, and the end result is a title that very much feels like a true Pilotwings game.
  3. Mar 22, 2011
    83
    This title is a perfect demonstration of the 3D feature, but has not enough gameplay content to reach a higher score regarding long time motivation of play. As a day 1-title it's a must-have tech demo!
  4. While this looks and feels amazing, there just isn't quite enough of it. [Apr 2011, p.80]
  5. Apr 20, 2011
    80
    It's a game that fits perfectly with the style of the Nintendo 3DS, with enough visual appeal, difficulty balance and a very handy command system which stands out the effectiveness of the analog stick.
  6. Apr 18, 2011
    80
    In end, I actually enjoyed this game and even though there are many levels of difficulty to play, it was actually a fun no-brainer title that allowed me to thoroughly relax after a hard day's work. Sometimes I just wanted to chill out and fly around without saving the world from an alien invasion or trying to remain in the top three of some racing title. No Pilotwings Resort is quite the opposite and best of all, it does showcase the 3DS capabilities rather well.
  7. Apr 13, 2011
    80
    You could do a lot worse than having Pilotwings Resort be the first game you slide into your brand-new 3DS--just don't expect it to be there a month later. [April 2011, p.82]
  8. Mar 24, 2011
    80
    Pilotwings Resort really takes its benefits from the 3D capacities. Because of seeing more depth, you are actually better be able to fly and land. Unfortunately it won't take long to finish the game, but it's really good.
  9. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    System seller? Not quite. Fun, simple flight game that handles great and conveys a fantastic sense of speed and height? Absolutely.
  10. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    A beautiful game with a variety of things to do but unfortunately doesn't last as long as you'd like.
  11. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    At its core the majority of the game is still just basically flying around the island, but there's enough variety between the various missions to keep things fresh and enough unlockable goodies to keep you coming back for more.
  12. 80
    The subtle ways that the 3D affects the gameplay, combined with the excellent controls and mission variety, makes for a great experience.
  13. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    Taken in "shotgun" form, Pilotwings Resort's difficulty curve seems harsh, and the game stressful. But if you enjoy a few missions at a time, perhaps going back through them to refine your score and your abilities, you'll get a better sense of the relaxation and freedom that comes from taking to the skies.
  14. Mar 16, 2011
    80
    As an updating of an old favourite, this is a lovely piece of work; as a friendly shoving-off for a strange new handheld, it's wonderfully judged.
  15. May 8, 2011
    75
    Pretty light on content but it's (nearly) a launch title so it does its job well enough, particularly when it comes to demonstrating the value-add of the 3D depth.
  16. Apr 12, 2011
    75
    Fun for all ages, but it's a bit shallow in the feature department.
  17. Apr 3, 2011
    75
    The lack of original scenarios and personality hurts the package, but doesn't take the credit for being a great introductory game for the capabilities of the 3DS, both in terms of graphics and of controls.
  18. Apr 3, 2011
    75
    Overall this definitely isn't a bad launch game for the 3DS, it is just that the lack of any multiplayer and recycled feeling does take away from what could have been.
  19. Mar 31, 2011
    75
    Fun while it lasts, but it won't keep you busy for very long. DLC desperately needed. [May 2011, p.62]
  20. Mar 31, 2011
    75
    Nintendo's first game for the newly arrived 3DS is more of a tech demo than a "true" game. Nevertheless, it can offer some truly enjoyable moments, especially when you are free roaming, gliding your way over the beautiful sunset of Wuhu island.
  21. Mar 21, 2011
    75
    A special game with great gameplay, which uses 3D to foster immersion, but it lacks in durability.
  22. Mar 21, 2011
    75
    A colorful island and a lot of challenges, with the best 3D Nintendo's console has in this first batch of titles. The worst is that it is very schematic and return to the origins of the old games. Besides, there aren't StreetPass, multiplayer, camera, or online modes.
  23. Mar 18, 2011
    75
    It's an approachable, enjoyable, but ultimately somewhat insubstantial game, and the 3D visuals add a nice touch but don't have a material impact on how it plays. Hmm...I guess the game and system have a lot in common after all.
  24. Mar 16, 2011
    75
    Beautiful to look at, very nice to play, but disappointingly light on content. Perfect for launch day, and maybe the day after, too, but it feels so limited.
  25. Mar 23, 2011
    74
    It's not the most robust experience on the 3DS, but it remains a title worth picking up despite its notable omissions.
  26. Mar 26, 2011
    73
    As a means of showing off the new portable hardware, Pilotwings Resort works well enough. As a game, though, it only has brief gusts of brilliance amidst a wide-open sky of rings to fly through.
  27. Apr 12, 2011
    72
    The lack of content is the main and biggest Pilotwings Resort's problem; more a tech demo than a full game, this is a disappointing return for a glorious Nintendo franchise.
  28. Mar 23, 2011
    71
    Excellent controls, 3D effects and gameplay. Pilot Wings Resort is a great experience in 3DS.
  29. Jun 13, 2011
    70
    Pilotwings resort does a good job of providing a fun go to experience that makes good use of the 3DS hardware features.
  30. May 2, 2011
    70
    A worthy addition to the systems repertoire, and one that fills the gap nicely between pointless dreck (Nintendogs 3DS) and full-on gaming experiences to come.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Mar 28, 2011
    8
    Pilotwings Restort for the 3DS is a beautiful game. It takes the series to a new level. They controls in this game are spot on. Using the Mii is just plain fun and the visual are stunning. The two items that keep the game from being a perfect 10 are the missing online play. Why Nintendo why not add online to these games! The other thing is I wish their were more locations. The game will take about 4 hours to complete and all of the flying is done on the island. It would have been nice to add more content by adding a second or third environment to the game. Most people will be picking this up if they get a 3DS on launch and it is a very solid game. The music is enjoyable and their is some replayability to be had. Full Review »
  2. Apr 5, 2011
    3
    Where to start... this game is awful is a good spot. In terms of graphics it is truly uninspired. Bland miis accompanied by decent environments. The soundtrack is decent and what you would expect.The plot is non existent. You just fly stuff for no reason, what so ever. Another huge problem is getting the 3D into the right perspective, you will constantly see double and this is NO GOOD (also, i did not experience this problem with SSF43DE). You get to fly a rocket pack, hang glider or plane, all of which are just as frustrating as the last. I honestly spent more time contemplating throwing this game out of the window than i did truly enjoying it during mission mode, due to the extreme difficulty. IF the free fly wasnt limited to two minutes it couldve been grossly successful. Also the absence of any multiplayer what so ever is a huge miss. When it comes down to it, you shouldnt get this game. Get SSF43DE or even Steel Diver instead. Or simply pre order Orcarina of time or Kid Icarus. Im going to stop this review now, because writing anymore will remind me of the $40 i lost buying this piece of **** Full Review »
  3. Apr 5, 2011
    8
    The 3D is really stunning. It's easy to measure the distance between objects in the world. Speaking of the world, the graphics are about Wii quality but a little sharper, which is impressive for such a small handheld device. I thoroughly enjoyed this game and will keep it in my collection now even though I've gotten 3 stars in all the missions because the graphics are just so beautiful in 3D.

    The only negatives are that it's short and that it's not as varied as Pilotwings on the SNES. The unlockable dioramas are also nothing to write home about.

    If you want a game that really showcases the future of video games, this is the one to play.
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