Yuji Naka’s ‘Fishing Resort’ is coming to North America!

The people over at Xseed have decided to localize Yuji Naka’s latest game for North America! Xseed is mostly known for picking up smaller titles from Japanese developers, so this seems to be a nice fit! The more I see from the game, the more I get interested in it and I hope the game meets some success when it comes out this Fall. You can see some gameplay footage in the video here! Check out the full press release right after the jump!

[Source: Nintendoeverything ]

Torrance, Calif. – 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.

  • Stooball

    There is definitely something about this game that seems more and more attractive as it progresses. Great news, I might have to get it for my inlaws (who own a Wii)

  • grolt

    Nice, XSEED proves once again that they’re top of the pack when it comes to localizations. They must have a nice relationship now with Naka after doing this one and Ivy the Kiwi. Will definitely check it out.

  • Stooball

    Wish I had similar relations with Yuji Naka lol

  • Manic Maverick

    I really really really want this game. It’s so adorable. I love the open/breathing world feeling, like Harvest Moon. Interesting how they compare it to Endless Ocean. I don’t really know much about EO (and actually made fun of it because of the phrase “You can swim with your friends!”), but if it’s like this game then I might like it. Hmmm..

    Also, I find it hilarious that the XSEED guys were just as surprised with certain elements as the guys playing. XD

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