So Far, The Most Inventive-Looking Nintendo 3DS Game Of 2018

[Image: Bandai]

This is Baku Tsuri Bar Hunter. It's for the Nintendo 3DS, and it looks wonderfully peculiar.

In English, the title means "Burst of Laughter Fishing Bar Hunter." If the fishing-reel peripheral that encases the Nintendo 3DS wasn't self-explanatory enough, this is a fishing game.

But here's the catch: You are fishing for barcodes — not, you know, bars to drink at. This is an AR kiddy game, based on a manga debuting this spring, and the trailer below shows how it works: You scan in barcodes, which are then turned into in-game sea creatures. Then, using 3DS motion controls, you fish.

No idea if the actual game is going to be as good as this proof of concept ad, but when I showed it to my two youngest kids here in Japan, they were extremely interested. I am, too.


    I have no idea what I just watched but it was awesome.

    Just noticed's designed around the Original 3DS (at least the pictures and ads are). Do they have XL or even 2DS ones? Seems weird the marketing is all around the OG 3DS

      I noticed in the trailer there's small text that it says it supports 3DS, 3DS XL, New 3DS and New 3DS XL, so presumably the peripheral can be taken apart and extended with different configurations.

    Good to see Japan still loves their barcode scanner games! So strange the the advertising material uses the original 3DS in 2018 though.

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