Xseed To Publish Another Yuji Naka Game, Fishing Resort

By Ishaan . July 22, 2011 . 10:29am

Yuji Naka’s next game is Family Fishing for the Wii, which lets you explore a fishing resort and catch fish. Xseed just announced that they’ve partnered with Namco Bandai to publish the game in North America.


The English version will be titled Fishing Resort, and is slated for release this fall. In Fishing Resort, you’re at a vacation resort that has different areas, such as sea areas where you can find tropical fish and icy mountain areas, where you can fish in ice. Actually, Xseed say you can fish wherever you find water.


In addition to exploring the resort and fishing, you can also customize your character, view fish in your aquarium, and compete in online leaderboards. There are over 200 customization items in the game.


You can find more information on Fishing Resort in this older post. This is the second game by Yuji Naka that Xseed are publishing, the first one being Ivy the Kiwi. Naka’s company, Prope, is also working on Rodea the Sky Soldier for the Wii and 3DS.

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  • Shouldn’t this be called “Let’s Fish” or “We Fish” to make a connection to Namco’s/Prope’s other games?

    • Maybe they simply didn’t want to call it that, but the reason that first comes to mind is that Let’s Tap was published by Sega. That could be a copyright thing. :)

      But more than that, I don’t know if “Let’s Fish” or “We Fish” would fit. It isn’t exactly a mini-game compilation, since you can explore the resort and everything. They probably wanted to reflect that in the name.

      • You know what, scrap my first post. “Resort” makes perfect sense. They want people to think of Wii Sports Resort.

        Does “We …” really sound like a mini game compilation though?
        Both We Ski games were more open world games than minigame collections and offered way more freedom and long term appeal than the aforementioned Wii Sports Resort.

        • We decided on “Fishing Resort” because that’s what the game is: it’s basically a virtual resort destination for fishing enthusiasts (whereas despite being an entirely family-friendly game, the main character is staying by him/herself on the island, so it’s not really a family fishing trip as the original title might imply here in North America). Think of it kind of like the Harvest Moon of fishing games, or like the Boku no Natsuyasumi titles (if you’re familiar with them): it’s designed pretty much solely for you to kick back and relax.

          Heck, when I first demoed this game, I didn’t even fish AT ALL for several hours, and I still really enjoyed myself — just biking around the island and taking in the scenery is tremendous fun. ;)

          • I don’t know if you can talk about this Tom, but were there any other titles you thought of before deciding on Fishing Resort? Something more “playful” maybe? Just curious. :)

          • Hey Ishaan, long time no talk. Tom is taking a vacation day today so surprised to see him on here at all, but I’ll go ahead and answer in his place.

            We were thinking about going with “Paradise Fishing” since it seemed to fit the game well, but gave up on that once we heard that Natsume had a title called “Reel Fishing Paradise 3D” for the 3DS to avoid confusion.

            Another finalist was “Big Island Fishing,” which all of us thought had a nice ring to it and perhaps sounded a bit “more playful,” but we didn’t want people to think that it actually took place in Hawaii with real-life locales (since it takes place on a fictional island shaped like a fish), plus there was actually a charter boat company in Hawaii called Big Island Fishing that we were a little worried about too.

            Ken @ XSEED Games

          • @twitter-92126580:disqus Hey, Ken! Thanks a ton for the reply. 
            Yeah, I can see how Paradise Fishing might’ve confused people. It was just something I was curious about, since Tom’s comparison with My Summer Vacation and Harvest Moon clicked instantly. It really does look like one of those out-of-left-field games which don’t cater to strictly one kind of audience. :)

          • Oh my god a staffer replied ^^

          • The Boku no Natsuyasumi series is one of my favourite. I have even suggested the titles on Xseed’s forum.
            If Fishing Resort is just as good as Boku no Natsuyasumi then dear sir, you have my full attention:)

  • This looks fun. Xseed should start a loyalty program, I cant avoid getting their games now.

  • I was hoping this was XSEED’s next game. It looks drop dead gorgeous! I can’t wait to play it.

  • well,i dont want to be a party pooper but i’m disappointed at this news.dont get me wrong they have to make money plus give a bone to the “casual market” but i was expecting something else….

    • Remember, we do multiple games at a time, so it’s not like this is going to be our ONLY announcement…

      Definitely stay tuned. We have several other games in the pipeline!

  • puchinri

    Yay~! I was really looking forward to this game, so I’m glad it’s coming here for sure. Though I’m surprised that Xseed is localizing it.

  • Finally (?).

  • Zero_Destiny

    Well looking at the videos it reminds me a bit of the River King games with he walking around and stuff. I loved those games as a kid. I love the walking around and Harvest Moon-esque interaction bits. So I might just give this game a go. So long as it’s in the budget and all. ^_^

  • gumby_trucker

    Actual responses from XSEED. You guys are really kicking ass lately!

    If you’re still answering questions, I wanted to know if you plan to bring over the awesome-looking fishing peripheral bundled with this game in Japan. That would definitely move this game up the “buy list” for me.

    Also, was wondering if you weren’t worried the game would appear too similar to Namco’s Go Vacation to some customers, and have its sales suffer as a result.

    • We’re not planning on bringing over the fishing peripheral just yet, but if there seems to be a high demand for it, we might reconsider. The game should function with the Japanese version of the peripheral, however, so anyone wishing to play the game with the reel attachment for their Wii Remote can do so with a bit of importing.

      And no, we’re not too concerned about similarities to other games — to be honest, Fishing Resort feels pretty unique once you actually pop it in and give it a playthrough. It’s less similar to other fishing games than you might think!

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    I was a bit surprised by this announcement, but considering Rune Factory Frontier, I didn’t think this was too out of the ordinary.

    Then I saw the screenshot. It all clicked then. I don’t know if this is the game for me, but it’s nice to see XSEED do something like this. Plus, partnering with NB only serves to improve the relationship between the two companies, which is a pretty good deal.

    All in all, it just depends on the release date. My schedule’s is getting pretty full.

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