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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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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: Excite Truck

Beep beep'm beep beep yeah!

Crank the Molly Hatchet and go to town!

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 Excite Truck, a racing game that was a launch title for the Wii and one my personal favorite games of this generation.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: Boom Blox

"Go head. Make my day."

Forearms at the ready!

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 Boom Blox, the simple yet surprisingly entertaining puzzle game that has Steven Spielberg’s name on the case.

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Øverhyped Fishing Resort Giveaway

All this and more could be yours if the price is right!

(UPDATE: This contest ended on August 20th, 2012. Click here for the results. This post left for posterity.)

A.K.A. TESTING THE WATERS FOR A POSSIBLE COMEBACK

So I’m (somewhat) pleased to announce a new contest here at 0verhyped.com. I’ll be giving away a (mostly) new copy of the Wii game, Fishing Resort. My apologies to anyone who thought this was a contest for a trip to an actual fishing resort of some kind, because it is not, it’s for a video game named Fishing Resort.

Now if anyone thinks that a game like Fishing Resort sounds like a terrible prize, I recommend reading my N0t Hyped post on the subject, or any of the few dozen of happy customer reviews on Amazon.com, many of which were surprised that despite the name and cover art, this game was not shovelware in any way shape of form, it was awesome.

For those of you who are too lazy to do either, Fishing Resort is the kind of game where if you have ever liked any kind of fishing experience (virtual or real) for any reason, you would probably have a great time. My only fishing experience is once with my dad over a decade ago and two Legend of Zelda games and I loved this game so much I’ve got a spare copy to giveaway today.

So for everyone who wants the game (or just curious to win a free copy so they can find out why I like this game so much) here’s how to enter. Mail me a fishing story of your own creation or recollection to JadedXGamer@gmail.com with the words “Fishing Resort Giveaway” plus whatever the title to your story is in the headline.

Said story can be an actual fishing story you experienced, completely fictitious or somewhere in between (i.e. It was THIS big). Your story can be a Hemmingway like ordeal, an absurd fantasy about fighting robot ninjas for fish or just an account of an actual fishing trip you had. Go crazy, or exercise careful restraint in your story telling method.

Whatever you want, as long as it’s tangibly related to fishing in some way I’ll consider it a valid entry. And as long as it’s well written, you should have a good chance at winning (Actually just entering at all would give you a good chance to win considering how few people visit this blog). You can send in multiple entries as well if you come up with better ideas at a later date.

Just note that It’ll be my favorite entry that wins, not whoever sent me the most. And spamming me is a good way to wind up on my blocked list, which would kill your chance of winning anything. Also, if I discover you plagiarized someone else’s story, you’ll be disqualified.

First and only prize is a new North American copy of Fishing Resort for the Wii. Winner also can elect to claim a bonus prize, a (slightly) used Fishing Resort Rod and Reel add-on for the Wii-remote and Nunchuck (pictured above). Personally I find this hunk of plastic just makes the game less fun, but if you win you can choose to take it as well so you may judge for yourself.

All though I only have a North American copy of the game, I will entertain entries from other continents. But do note, Wii’s are region locked, so this game won’t play on Wii’s not made for North America by default. If you have an imported Wii or a modded Wii that plays NA games, then go ahead and enter, and we’ll figure out the international shipping at a later date. But don’t blame me if the game doesn’t work, it wasn’t meant to be played on a Wii from another region.

Contest ends August 19th at midnight, Central Standard Time. The winning entry will be posted here at 0verhyped for everyone to see, so don’t e-mail me anything you don’t want reprinted on the web (all though I’m happy to omit personal information such as names, addresses, etc). I reserve the right to cancel this contest for any reason, the most likely of which would probably be a lack of interest.

Good luck. If you have any questions you can e-mail me at JadedXGamer@gmail.com or just leave a comment on this post. For anyone (i.e. John Weeren) interested on why I’m suddenly announcing a contest after a month of silence (minus one colossal bitch fest on a movie I didn’t like), do read on. Just know, it won’t help you win the contest.

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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?

A.K.A. DON’T JUDGE BOOKS BY THEIR COVER

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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