Sega Bass Fishing is an arcade fishing game where players attempt to hook and reel in fish with different lures. Consisting of four stages at different times of the day, the game requires the player to catch a certain weight of fish within a time limit in order to move onto the next stage. The final stage allows only for one fish to be captured, but are among the largest in the game and most difficult to catch. Fish are measured under four weight classes: Small One, Average, Big One, and Huge.
The game was an early title on the Sega Dreamcast, and was compatible with the Sega Fishing Controller for more realistic play. The game struggled with critics due to its narrow nature. However, it did showcase the amazing graphical capabilities of the Sega Dreamcast with the fish moving fluidly to create a smooth fishing experience. It sold well and became one of the few Sega All Stars titles.
The Sega Dreamcast port included a practice mode and a tournament mode, where players could unlock more lures. In addition to the arcade game's four stages, four new stages were also included. Each stage could now be played with different fishing conditions, such as the season, weather and time of day. The PC version of the game released in 2001 was based on the Dreamcast version.
An enhanced port of the game was released for the Wii on February 26, 2008. The game utilizes the motion controls of the Wii Remote and optionally the Nunchuck to replicate the Sega Fishing Controller. The game's graphics have been enhanced and includes the modes, features, stages and unlockables found in the Dreamcast version. The Wii version also introduces seven more stages, bringing the number to fifteen. Arcade mode now consists of courses, with the final course unlocking the original four arcade stages. Nature Trip mode is also introduced, allowing players to practice without the background music playing.
The Sega Dreamcast port of the game was featured in the compilation game Dreamcast Collection released in early 2011 for the Xbox 360 and PC, and as a separate digital download with for Steam in March 2011, the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Arcade on October 2011.
Sega Bass Fishing received mostly positive reviews upon original release. The Xbox 360 and Wii ports received mediocr