Fishing simulator games are especially popular on Nintendo's Wii console due to the console's motion controller. Some games are also available for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360; these games use the normal console controllers, meaning that players have to press triggers and buttons to simulate the fishing experience. While most games offer freshwater fishing, some games offer both ("Reel Fishing: Angler's Dream") or focus on saltwater sports fishing ("Virtual Deep Sea Fishing").
Rapala: Tournament Fishing
Designed for Nintendo's Wii console and Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, "Rapala: Tournament Fishing" takes advantage of the Wii's motion controller to simulate rod-and-reel action. Xbox 360 owners must use a regular controller. This fishing simulator includes several different game play modes, including tournament mode and free fishing. Because it is a Rapala-branded game, players should expect a large contingency of Rapala lures.
In-Fisherman: Freshwater Trophies
Bold Games' "In-Fisherman: Freshwater Trophies," a PC-based game, blends tips and tricks from In-Fisherman magazine editors with 3D game play. It includes a "Pro Tips" virtual library with freshwater fishing information and tactics. The game features preconfigured pro bass and walleye tournaments and allows the player to design catfish, musky and panfish tours. Fish in 10 different lakes for 30 different species of North American fish, including salmon, trout and bass. "In-Fisherman: Freshwater Trophies" offers 70 different lures and live bait types to cast. The player can adjust fishing simulator settings by configuring weather conditions, time of day and seasons.
Reel Fishing: Angler's Dream
Another game designed for Wii's unique motion controller, Natsume's "Reel Fishing: Angler's Dream" includes both freshwater and saltwater fishing. From lakes to oceans, gamers can engage in single-player fishing or multiplayer action against three other gamers. Players can raise fish in aquariums and battle the "legendary" fish.
Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009
Released for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360, "Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009" focuses on freshwater fishing. Players can cast 30 lures in seven different lakes. The game features 21 species of fish that can be caught in three different play modes: tournament fishing, open fishing and quick challenge.
Virtual Deep Sea Fishing
Designed for PCs, TaffSystem released "Virtual Deep Sea Fishing" in 2000. The saltwater sports fishing simulator touts single and multiplayer modes. Multiplayer supports 2 to 8 players via modem, LAN, IPX or Internet connections.
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