|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hudson Soft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Hudson Soft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan. 6, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The second entry in the Fishing Master series, World Tour, takes the most interesting bits of the original and expands upon it greatly. There is no doubt that this is a far better offering than the majority of fishing shovelware out there.
However, before you run out to your local gaming retailer - giddy with the prospect of a decent Wii fishing title - know that this is less of a fishing game for sportsman gamers and more of a fish collection title for youngsters who dig an anime vibe. This is largely due to the extremely simplistic cast-and-reel control mechanic that is only slightly more engaging than what you'd find in an Animal Crossing title. That said, with over 200 species of fish, a multitude of international locales and fishing locations, leaderboard support, and a rewarding point system, Fishing Master World Tour is an enjoyable experience youngsters could fall in love with.
Starting a new game, you will have to mash the A button, wading through a series of meaningless drivel, until "Gramps" finally shuts his Muppet-like yapper. Then, you will be able to choose between a boy or girl angler and a dog or cat fishing companion. You will then be transported to a fishing boat that looks like a cruise liner, which is appointed to shuffle you around the world to the best fishing havens, as you acquire the skills and prestigious titles of the trade. However, the Captain will let you know that you're stuck in Japan until you can find his keys. After learning the ropes and fishing the keys out of a river, you will then be able to move on to the next region of the world. Needless to say, the plotline employed by Hudson is utterly shambolic.
Thankfully, the game does not rely on its story to entertain. True to its name, the game will take you on a fishing world tour. That means players will have the chance to visit a host of environments and locales that keep the experience fresh. From casting in sheltered, saltwater bays and trolling in the open ocean, to hucking bait in freshwater lakes and rivers, players will likely enjoy the varied locations and the various fishing opportunities that abound.
On that same note, there are over 200 species of fish to be caught, including rare fish that serve as mini-boss battles. I found filling up my journal with the different varieties, seeking out rare catches, and improving the size of the fish I caught to be very addictive despite the overly-simplistic control scheme (more on that later). Also, after each day of fishing, you will be rewarded with points for your haul. Points can then be used to buy new types of bait and equipment, which will give you access to the more elusive and sought after species. Submitting your point totals and record-sized fish to the leaderboards via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection further enhances the collection and point-gathering aspects of the title.
To top it off, players will be given a series of quests to complete. These quests are mild challenges that are commensurate with your character's skill level. The more quests you complete and points you accrue, the more titles you will garner. After all, becoming a fishing master is the name of the game.