The Wii game puts equal emphasis on both the "fishing" and "resort" aspects -- of course you'll be able to cast for over 200 varieties of fish (and play fishing-related minigames), but you're also given the choice to explore your island surroundings at your leisure, finding spots in different locales from which to fish. And should you develop some skill at the art of virtual fishing, you can take part in competitive play for up to four, and tell the world an incredibly accurate fish story via the leaderboards.
New Title from NAMCO BANDAI Games and PROPE, Studio Founded by Yuji Naka, Creator of Sonic, to Deliver Arcade Fishing-Themed Fun for Gamers of All Types
Torrance, Calif., (July 22, 2011) – XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, today announced a partnership with NAMCO BANDAI Games that will bring Fishing Resort, a new title themed around arcade-style fishing and recreations, to North America exclusively for Wii™. Developed by PROPE in Japan, the studio led by celebrated visionary and creator of Sonic, Yuji Naka, Fishing Resort drops players into a tropical island locale which they can explore as they see fit – this is a vacation after all! The agreement with NAMCO BANDAI Games grants XSEED Games exclusive publishing rights to Fishing Resort in North America when the game ships this fall.
"We appreciate NAMCO BANDAI Games giving us the opportunity to once again work with PROPE and Yuji Naka's team of visionaries on another original game property that delivers an engaging entertainment experience," commented Jun Iwasaki, President of XSEED Games. "Fishing Resort is an especially interesting title, blending accessibility with more complex game mechanics that players of all abilities can appreciate."
In Fishing Resort, players are put in control of their own island vacation and free to do as they please – get up early in the morning and try to grab massive fish in the deep sea, or rent a bicycle and travel to a remote lagoon. Players are free to fish wherever there is water, and a variety of locales are available, from tropical ocean fishing on the high sea to ice fishing atop the island's mountains. With over 20 fish-related mini games and over 200 varieties of fish available – not to mention four-player competitive modes and online leaderboards, which show players how they stack up against other anglers around the world – there's plenty of content for both casual players and completionists alike.
Players start out in Fishing Resort by customizing their own unique character, and can choose to make a cartoon-style character of themselves, or someone entirely different. Add in over 200 items such as shoes, clothes, sunglasses, backpacks, hats and much more, and each player is given the tools to create an entirely unique character with which to explore the island. Fishing is accomplished by mimicking real-life fishing motions using the Wii Remote™ to cast and moving the Nunchuk™ in a circular motion to reel in fish, which range from pond guppies to massive marlins over 10-feet in length!
Developed by PROPE in conjunction with NAMCO BANDAI Games and published by XSEED Games, Fishing Resort is currently in production and will be released this fall on Wii. The game will be released in Japan later this summer under the name Family Fishing. More details on Fishing Resort will be announced in the coming months.
About XSEED Games:
XSEED Games was formed in November 2004 by a small group of industry veterans led by president Jun Iwasaki with a common vision: to cross-pollinate the avid gaming cultures of Japan and North America. Delivering unique, innovative titles across multiple platforms and genres, XSEED Games is dedicated to publishing products that appeal to and enrich the North American market. More information on XSEED Games can be found at http://www.xseedgames.com
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