One of the launch titles for the 3DS is Pilotwings Resort. For those with a Wii, this was part of Wii Sports Resort but now it has been adapted for the 3DS in glorious 3DS.
The basic gameplay aspects are the same as the Wii version.You fly a plane around an island and complete certain tasks, with a free mode being accessible from the start. In the 3DS version however, you can pilot a Jet Pack and a Hand Glider as well as the Plane. On top of this, there are challenges for each vehicle which you get scored on. The control system is pretty basic, you use the Circle pad to control the vehicle, A button to boost and B to brake. If you don’t like looking at your plane fro behind, you can press X to go into first person mode or Overhead mode. I personally like looking at my Mii in his plane, so i leave it like that. The map is shown on the bottom screen which is really handy and gives you a lot more screen space on top for flying.
The free mode is pretty good, the only annoying thing is that you only get 2 minutes. This mode would be a lot better with a longer time, but it’s pretty solid as it is. You fly around the island in your respective vehicle with the main ambition of collection as many locations as possible. By collection, what i mean is to fly through the rings by each location. There are 75 to collect, so it’s going to take a while to get them all, i can promise you this. This mode is pretty fun, but can get old fast if you keep crashing in to the same place over and over again. If you take breaks every now and then though from it, you should be able to get better each time.
Mission modes sees you putting your flying skills to the test in different challenged varying across 5 difficulty levels. The challenges require many things for you to complete such as flying through rings as fast as possible, landing your craft at see and popping balloons with your face. However, these are just the novice level challenges, they get progressively cooler as you get better at the game. The better you do at each challenge, the more stars you get given with the potential of earning up to 3 on each challenge. You can also score a perfect which just means you can fly a plane with super skills.
Graphically, this game looks pretty swish and very similar to the Wii version. When in 2D mode, you can see the plain graphical power of the 3DS, which does look pretty awesome, but the real fun comes when you put it into 3D mode. With the 3D on, you can really see the potential of the console itself and where games can develop. In full 3D, you get a huge sense of depth in the game, and it really helps with the gameplay, however, I found it best to have the 3D on just over half setting, this way you get the added depth with it all being easier to focus on. One thing i really like is the tails from the wings come out of the screen at you, that really added to the game.
As an overall game, this doesn’t stack up too well against some of the other launch titles because of the lack of variation in the gameplay and almost no features, however it is great for showing off 3D to mates and competing with each other. It doesn’t feature anything with StreetPass or SpotPass which would have been a nice feature but what is there is great fun.