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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: Fishing Resort

It was THIS big!

Throw out a line and hang back for a while.

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s surprise is Fishing Resort, a budget priced gem of a game made by Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka.

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N0t Hyped: Fishing Resort (Wii)

Rating Pending? Did the ESRB really think this game was going to contain brutal shark attacks and drug smuggling?


So when I got a Wii, one of the first games I played was Twilight Princess. It didn’t really leave much of an impression on me, but I do remember really enjoying the fishing section. You get to row out in the middle of this picturesque lake and just cast a line out for some bass. You flicked the Wii remote to cast and spun the nunchuck around to reel in your catch. I liked it.

I’ve seen a lot of gamers complain about motion controls on a system that heavily advertised motion controls as its main feature for some reason. Apparently the concept of mimicking actual movements to do things is a little too foreign a concept for people who’ve trained themselves to equate running around and shooting people with twiddling your thumbs on a couple plastic sticks while mashing some small buttons marked with letters or colorful shapes. I’m guessing if we ever did get holodeck technology these people would just use it to make a bigger T.V. so they can sit on their ass and play some games with their thumbs.

Anyways, I enjoyed the fishing in Twilight Princess enough to consider buying a fishing game. But since I’m really picky, I never really found one I was willing to invest in. Lots of fishing games were made, but they all usually seemed a little too cheaply made for me to jump in. I guess it’s more my fault than anything. I’m just not a big enough fishing fan to ever even try a fishing game that didn’t seem like the perfect fit for me, or for expecting game companies to pour big budgets into such a niche market. Yet, I finally seemed to have found my perfect fishing game in Fishing Resort, and only five years after Twilight Princess.

It looked pretty simple from the box art, but I did notice a few things about it that made it stand out. It was created by Yuji Naka, the guy who invented Sonic the Hedgehog. It was also published by XSEED, a company who goes out of its way to translate and release obscure Japanese games for just me apparently because almost no one else ever buys them. And lastly I needed another game to take advantage of a sale on Amazon and I figured what the hell, this is only twenty dollars. Wouldn’t you know it, this is one of the rare occasions where my impulsive spending habits actually worked out for the better.

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