February 2016 Community Game-Along: Fishing Games

Fishing Community Game-Along

Fishing games often get a bad rap, or at the very least largely ignored, which makes them a great candidate for the Chic Pixel Community Game-Along! I love themes that highlight under-appreciated genres and titles, which is why this February is all about celebrating how fun video game fishing can be.

Any and all games that have fishing as a significant gameplay element qualify for this month’s theme, so grab a title that appeals to you and start casting some lines! Share your favorite fishing game picks, experience playing your chosen title, or even some choice fishing gameplay videos using #FishingFebruary on your social media of platform of choice so other participants can see! Whether you stick to classics such as Sega Bass Fishing and Fishing Resort or broaden your horizons to fishing in MMOs, I hope you enjoy this laid-back Game-Along theme!

If you’re stumped for a fishing game to play, here are some options:

Family Fishing 3DS

Family Fishing (3DS) – If you’re looking for a cute, easy to pick up fishing game for your 3DS, look no further than Family Fishing! I’ve also teamed up with Aksys Games to give away 3 copies for #FishingFebruary, so be sure to enter!

Fishing Planet screenshot

Fishing Planet (PC, Mac) – Fishing Planet is an online first-person fishing simulator that is currently available for early access on Steam, and while I normally wouldn’t suggest an early access game, there’s no denying the rave reviews this game has received so far. If you’re looking for a low barrier of entry into this month’s Game-Along theme, Fishing Planet is certainly it, as it’s 100% free to play!

Fantasy Life key art

Fantasy Life (3DS) – This is a great example of a game that isn’t a traditional fishing game, but features fishing as a strong component if that’s how you want to play the game. Play as the Angler life class for an adorable fish-filled RPG experience!

Let's Fish! Hooked On

Let’s Fish! Hooked On (Vita) – Want your fish with a dash of moe? Look no further than Let’s Fish! Hooked On, my personal candidate for best video game title localization ever. If I’m being honest, this title isn’t the best fishing game on the block, but if cute anime characters and a hilarious title are enough to sell you on it, then I certainly won’t stop you!

Fishing Resort Wii screenshot

Fishing Resort (Wii) – I will never stop hollering about Fishing Resort. One of the most overlooked games on the Wii, Fishing Resort is not only an amazingly adorable (and fun!) fishing game, but the resort setting has you dressing up your Mii-like avatar and exploring various islands in a manner not often found in straight-up fishing games. I’m so in love with this title that I even recorded a short gameplay video to illustrate how neat it is.

This month I’m finally going to fire up my copy of Fantasy Life, as I’m in the middle of moving and don’t have access to most of my games. But honestly, I’m overdue to start Fantasy Life anyway, and I’m really excited to see how the Angler class plays! What will you be playing for #FishingFebruary? Share your picks in the comments!

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • Ah, you’re in a treat RE: Fantasy Life, Anne. Or at least I hope you are. I absolutely loved the game myself. And I definitely rocked the angler class for a good portion of my playthrough. As for me, I don’t know if I’m going to participate in this particular game-along, but I’ll do my best! Sadly, I don’t have a copy of the game I’d most like to play as part of this event (Fishing Resort), although maybe I’ll head on over to Amazon to see how much copies are running at the moment…

    • I’m really excited to start Fantasy Life! I probably wouldn’t have picked Angler for my first go if it weren’t #FishingFebruary, but I’m definitely happy to go that route. I actually had a look at Amazon prices for Fishing Resort before posting this and unfortunately it looks like it’s $50+ these days… Which is a shame, because I thought it was down at $20 for a while! I suppose these old games always go up in price eventually…

  • Westraid

    I really like this months theme despite never having played a 100% fishing game before! Fishing Resort for the Wii looked so much fun, immediately started looking for it, only to found out it never made it to Europe. 🙁
    Will go with the previous plan and pick up a River King game, a store here had the DS version for ages and I’ve always been curious about it!

    • Oh no, that’s a bummer! I didn’t realize Fishing Resort isn’t available in Europe. Funnily enough I have a copy of the DS River King game that I got when it was heavily discounted a while back but never actually played it >_< Those games look so cute!

  • I found a fishing game on my phone. It’s a okay game. 😛

  • HotLimit

    I’ve wanted to play Fishing Resort so bad (I think XSeed banned my IP from their forums because I got too excited when they first announced the localization!!), but never owned a Wii.

    I’ve been a fan of fishing games back since Super Black Bass on the SNES (I was terrible at it, probably still am). I personally think the River King (Nushi Tsuri) series is the best, you can’t really go wrong (except the PS2 one, biggest disappointment of my gaming life?). The handheld titles are classic, though probably way too hard to find now (heck, I couldn’t even find copies of the DS game or remakes in Japan!).

    Your best bet for games that are easily accessible is the PSX re-releases of the SNES games, Kawa no Nushi Tsuri 2 and Umi no Nushi Tsuri, both of which are in the Japanese PSN store (standard pricing). They are a little difficult for people that are used to modern JRPGs (you can’t just grind by fishing a million easy fish and then rake in a bunch of money), but very unique experiences none-the-less.

    • Thanks for all of the great recommendations!

  • As Hot Limit said:
    Fishing Resort is good (Wii)
    Also from Hudson:
    Fishing Master
    Fishing Master World Tour (Wii) – Both are fun, not super serious, more cartoony takes on fishing that I’ve enjoyed 😀

    I’d love to hear suggestions for a fishing MMO (they DO exist.. and there’s more than one) as well as a good mobile game.. (tons of those too) 😀