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The last game I played by Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka was Ivy the Kiwi? for the Nintendo DS. That game was a fine on-rails 2D platformer that featured slick touchscreen controls, a wonderful soundtrack, storybook visuals, and all the appeal an indie game fan like myself could want in a game. Yuji Naka is back, but this time he's at the forefront of Fishing Resort, the latest family-friendly Wii exclusive. I'll admit that I was terrified at the idea of playing a fishing game. I've never been a fan of fishing as an activity, and I've never actually gone fishing myself. When I started playing Fishing Resort, however, I was surprised at how much attention was put on the act of fishing. You start out by selecting a character and editing him or her. There's no Mii support, which is odd, so you're stuck using Mii-like characters instead. Once you pick a character, it's off to the game's first tutorial. Thankfully, this is a short sequence that teaches you the basics of fishing. There's really nothing to it. Simply press the A button, tilt the Wii Remote back, and then launch forward to send your line into the water. After that you have to play the waiting game in the hopes that the fish will bite. Reeling in your game is simple, too, but there are different layers that make it pretty fun.
Closing off my first virtual day on the paradisal island of Penangkapan, I reflected on the happy circumstance of having taken this vacation alone. On the one hand, I could better enjoy the peaceful settings—thanks to the use of nature sounds over music and a pleasantly minimal HUD—that Fishing Resort offers. More worryingly, I thought, "Good God, if I had friends or family, would I feed them?" By sundown, I'd captured two small fries in the game's starter tutorial, a clump of seaweed, and a piece of record-breaking driftwood (the record was for, um, length of previously-captured driftwood). Yes, the waters of Fishing Resort, for no particularly good (or rewarding) reason, make for a harsh mistress. It might not seem so when you first start the game. The whole vacation experience—not just the fishing—is recreated: leave your bag in your hotel room, breathe in the salty air wafting through your balcony window, and head to the lobby. There you can register for activities/challenges via the bulletin board or strike out into a world of leisure, graphically akin to the Wii's tie-in titles like Wii Sports. If you're a free spirit, you can cast a line just about anywhere you see fit or take on some uninspired fetch quests from your fellow vacationers. But there's room for ambition here on Penangkapan.
Of all the sports in the world, fishing isn't exactly the most exciting. So to most gamers, a fishing game, no matter how well-executed, is going to have a hard time keeping their attention - especially with an ocean full of amazing gaming experiences out there. But despite building on an already rather dull premise, developer Xseed's latest Wii game, Fishing Resort (produced by the creator of Sonic, Yuji Naka, funnily enough) does a remarkably good job of making this a full, fun experience. You can probably guess the basic idea of this title. Like most fishing games, you go from location to location trying to catch all the biggest, best fish in each area. The Wii's controllers makes for a fine fishing simulator - you use the remote to cast the fishing line, reeling it in by spinning the nunchuk like a reel. All the while you must tilt the remote in whatever direction the on-screen icon indicates and keep an eye on your tension meter to prevent your big catch from getting away. If you're successful, your fish will be measured, given a letter score and then added to your collection. The fishing itself works decently well, though the tension meter could have used more explanation and at times seemed a little glitchy.
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