Retro Vault: PlayStation ads, Pilotwings 64, Mickey Mania

Plus: concept sketches for Shadow Of The Colossus

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1996: Pilotwings 64 world maps

Though Super Mario 64 was undoubtedly the Nintendo 64's killer app, another of the system's small selection of launch games also caught many a gamer's imagination. Pilotwings 64 was a sequel to Nintendo's SNES flight sim game, and at the time it was stunning.

Ditching the original game's Mode 7 sprite-scaling effect and replacing it with fully polygonal landscapes, Pilotwings 64 was that rarest of beasts - a genuinely fantastic console flight simulator. Taking control of a hang-glider, rocket belt and gyrocopter, players had to perform various different missions designed to show off the capabilities of the Nintendo 64 controller and its snazzy new analogue stick.

Best of all though was the unlockable Birdman mode, in which players could don a pair of wings and freely fly around the four main islands - Holiday Island, Ever-Frost Island, Crescent Island and Little States - to their hearts' content.

There has only been one Pilotwings game since - the entertaining Pilotwings Resort on 3DS - but it's widely agreed that Pilotwings 64 remains the series' high point. Any chance of a Wii U version, Nintendo?

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