Yuji Naka, former head of Sonic Team where he was responsible for many Sonic the Hedgehog games, hasn’t given up on the Wii. He has a new fishing game, Family Fishing, in the works, complete with its own unique controller.
In development at Naka’s new studio Prope, Family Fishing is more than just a fishing game (and an excuse to sell a plastic shell for one’s Wii Remote and Nunchuk). It’s something of an island adventure, letting players explore a tropical resort while snatching things from the sea, then trading them for goods and upgrades, according to a translation from Andriasang.
Naka’s more recent games include Wii games like Let’s Tap, Let’s Catch and Ivy the Kiwi?, titles you may remember a bit less fondly than Sonic the Hedgehog, NiGHTs and Burning Rangers.
Prope and publisher Namco Bandai are promising hundreds of fish, hundreds of items and a big island full of unlockable stuff, combining elements of Animal Crossing and Endless Ocean with time-tested video game fishing mechanics. At its core, this is still a fishing game, one coming late in the life of the Wii. It’s expected to hit Japan this August.
Family Fishing‘s debut trailer is above. Head to 4gamer for a slew of screenshots and things one might see dangling at the end of a virtual fishing pole.