• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Feb 26, 2008

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
Buy On
  1. It's a shame that SEGA opted for a simple port rather than properly updating the series, but this is still a fine game - if extremely niche in its appeal.
  2. AceGamez
    I'd happily blow a couple quid on this game down at the amusement arcades, so why not pay a bit more and own it? It's a good catch, all things considered!
  3. Various lures like to be jerked and jiggled at different speeds, but it’s still pretty easy for any gamer to pick up and start snagging bass in only a few minutes.
  4. SEGA Bass Fishing is actually not that bad. For newcomers the game will be tasty. People who have played the game before will not find this one anything more special. If fishing is your thing then this title will be fun to play. For a fishing game on the Wii, this is your best choice.
  5. SEGA Bass Fishing is a game that needs no introduction, as most people (gamers, at least) will probably have heard about this game series at some point in their life. The Wii iteration of the title is a good throwback to the 90s, but is ultimately a little tired and needs a revamp.
  6. Aside from the more natural controls afforded by the Wii Remote, Nunchuk and one new gameplay mode, SEGA Bass Fishing's Wii debut doesn't tread any new water.
  7. It's great for quick bursts, it works as advertised, and it has that "one more game" addictive quality.
  8. The controls and the lack of a career mode and no multiplayer options do leave quite a bit to be desired, but all in all it is a very fun game that does a good job of recreating the fishing experience in your living room.
  9. SEGA Bass Fishing can still provide some mild entertainment, even if it is basically a Dreamcast game with Wii controls. Despite its fair share of flaws, it’s the best currently available fishing game on Wii.
  10. Sega Bass Fishing does a lot of things right. It's easy to pick up and play, yet tough to master, and it emulates the art of fishing quite well thanks to the Wii remote.
  11. I really can’t believe that they didn’t include a multiplayer option. The option of competing with other people would have really made this game a whole lot more fun.
  12. Despite a selection of new courses and modes, this feels dated. The tournament mode is enjoyable, but with no multiplayer you'll struggle to have a reely good time.
  13. This shallow fishing sim offers nostalgic fun for a moment, but its dated look and lack of new features make it a hard sell.
  14. There are some minor tweaks here and there for this Wii remake, most notably the use of the nunchuk for reeling in the lunkers, but nothing that stops this game from being extremely dated and lacking in content and variety.
  15. If fishing in your underpants is your idea of a cool way to kill some time, or you’re just trying to get your dad into playing the Wii you could do a lot worse than Sega Bass Fishing. Otherwise I’d kiss this one and throw it back.
  16. Talk about a blast from the past. SEGA Bass Fishing harkens back to the days of the Dreamcast and when arcades were still clinging to life. This Wii port barely changes the original formula which turns out to be unfortunate in regards to the presentation.
  17. 40
    Sega Bass Fishing is worth a few quarters in the arcade, no question, but just doesn't cut it over the long haul.
  18. 67
    While it might not be worth the asking price for veteran Sega Bass junkies, this is a great opportunity for all you would-be Wii fisherman who happened to miss the boat the first time around.
  19. Although publishers like SEGA shouldn't slip into a habit of shoveling their old games onto the Wii with minimal updates, SEGA Bass Fishing does provide a satisfying solo experience at a budget price.
  20. The controls aren't as specific as a fishing game's controls could be expected to handle.
  21. Sega could've put more effort into making this a completely new game, rather than a simple port. With that said, it beats the crappy alternatives, so don't throw this one back.
  22. Want a title you can dip in and out of for quick sessions or have a passing interest in fishing as a sport? Maybe you should head to the store and reel in Sega Bass Fishing.
  23. 60
    All in all, it’s not a bad game, and certainly is a better catch than other fishing games in the market.
  24. games(TM)
    The Wii Remote – while no substitute for the original Dreamcast controller – is extremely responsive, and it’s still immensely satisfying to land one of the bigger fish. [June 2008, p.120]
  25. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    We're putting our foot down. Please Sega, no more 10 year old ports. [Apr 2008, p.81]
  26. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    Still decent fun on the Wii, but it hasn't advanced during the decade since it appeared in arcades. [Issue#21, p.84]
  27. Games Master UK
    Solid fishing challenge, but even considering its arcade heritage this isn't anything special. [May 2008, p.80]
  28. 60
    Tired fishing puns aside, Sega Bass Fishing is a tasty, if dated and flawed kettle of arcade angling.
  29. Nintendo Power
    In the end, unless you're really into bass fishing or want a throwback to the Dreamcast days, Sega Bass Fishing isn't worth your time. [Apr 2008, p.88]

Awards & Rankings

#85 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
#48 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Feb 25, 2015
    Wish there was more variety of fish, not enough content to keep you into this game. The fishing itself is tedious and can take a very longWish there was more variety of fish, not enough content to keep you into this game. The fishing itself is tedious and can take a very long time to reel a big one in which I guess represents real life. Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2014
    wow where to start... i guess at the beginning. is this the best video game ever made? probably. sega bass fishing is an intense simulatorwow where to start... i guess at the beginning. is this the best video game ever made? probably. sega bass fishing is an intense simulator that puts you in the shoes of an amateur bass angler looking to hit the big time by catching all the fish. everything about the game, from the fish to the fish to the fish to the fish, is amazing. i am so impressed by the fish in this game. when i play games with fish, so often i find that the fish just dont suit me, but that is not so with sega bass fishing. one of my favorite features of the game has to be the fish, though, i mean wow, the meticulous detail that the fish have been fished with. you can tell when you play this that the designers are true fish lovers. no other game brings you the whole package like sega bass fishing does - so often we get fishing games that are watered down with too many boring RPG/adventure elements (harvest moon, dark cloud, ocarina of time, etc) but sega has really delivered the fish here. sega knows what we want, and that is working up a mean sweat trying to get both hands wrapped around a big one. the only thing that i wish tehy had included was some sort of leaderboard feature so we can all compare our big ones online. but hey when god gives you a fish dont ask for bread right? thanks sega for this great game, i will pass it on to my children and my children's children - i really want them all to feel the power and weight of a true big one like i have. enjoy your fishing : ) Full Review »
  3. Dec 26, 2010
    I've fished so la for a long time. This game is fairly realistic in the way the bass hit nad the way the bait work in the water. Once theI've fished so la for a long time. This game is fairly realistic in the way the bass hit nad the way the bait work in the water. Once the fish is on, all reality goes out the window. You can't control your rod. Nor the speed of tghe reel. And I've never broken lines or not been able to set the hool like in this game. Nor have I had very many fish get off the hook once it was hooked. Lost 7 fish in a row to one or the other. This game needs a lot more work. Full Review »