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Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version seeing English localization in Asia as "Ace Angler: Nintendo Switch Edition"

Angling for an English release

If you've been wanting to play Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version but couldn't due to the lack of English translation, we've got great news for you. Bandai Namco is giving the game an English release in Asia, where it'll be called Ace Angler: Nintendo Switch Edition. You can check out a full English overview for the game below.

In the Nintendo Switch version, enjoy the realistic force feedback of casting the line and reeling in the fish with Joy-Con “Rod Technique.” More fun is also added in with responsive HD vibration, where the rod responses when the fish takes the bait as though you’re fishing for real!

Under the supervisor of the Ace Angler team, the “Medal Mode” of the arcade fishing simulation game will be followed closely and implemented into Nintendo Switch to enjoy the fishing experience fully! Furthermore, set sail on a journey with the Kappa brothers in the single-player ‘Adventure Mode’ to capture all the big fishes.

Have fun with your family and friends in “Competition Mode” in which Joy-Cons can be split up and played up to four players! The three modes can be selected accordingly to the meet players’ playstyle and needs! There are also 50 new species added into the game, giving a total of 220 fishes to be caught! Take on the challenge and reel in all the fishes!

About Ace Angler

Ace Angler is a popular fishing stimulation game in arcades all over the globe.

A fishing stimulation game where you reel in small fishes such as clownfish and boxfish as well as the big fishes such as angler shark, giant squid using a “Rod Controller”! Acquire medals when you catch a fish and get even more medals when you reel in the big fishes!

The Asian release of Ace Angler: Nintendo Switch Version will feature English subtitles while retaining the Japanese voice work. The game is set to launch on July 21st, 2020.

Along with that news, HORI announced that they're working on an “Ace Angler Dedicated Joy-Con Attachment for Switch,” which will release in Japan on July 21st, 2020. The peripheral is priced at 2,480 yen, and it does seem there will be a release for it in Asia as well. Customers will be able to grab the game solo, or a bundle with the peripheral.

Finally, Ace Angler is going to get a big Summer update that adds in a party mode. Details on this mode will be shared at a later date.

Fishing Spirits: Switch Version will be playable at World Hobby Fair Winter 2020

Catchin' reelings

Bandai Namco is bringing Fishing Spirits: Switch Version with them to World Hobby Fair Winter 2020 for a special 4-player tournament. Those who participate in the tournament will get to take home an original mini hand towel, and the winner of each round gets a bonus original sakosshu bag.

Fishing Spirits gets another pair of Japanese commercial

Fishing for new customers


Fishing Spirits has been available for Switch in Japan for awhile now, but Bandai Namco is giving the game another push for the holiday season. Check out two new spots for the arcade fishing experience above.

Fishing Spirits: Switch Version and Dragon Quest XI S hit sales milestones in Japan

Great sales for both!

Two recent Switch titles in Japan have hit some major sales milestones. The latest sales data shows us that Fishing Spirits: Switch Version has now sold 200k physical copies, and Dragon Quest XI S has moved 400k physical copies. It took Fishing Spirits 3 months to hit the goal, and Dragon Quest XI S less than a month to reach 400k.

Fishing Spirits: Switch Version gets a controller update

Button controls added

Bandai Namco Entertainment has updated Fishing Spirits: Switch Version to Version 1.1.2, which adds in button controls. This update was made to allow Switch Lite players to play without needing another set of Joy-Con. There's now also an option to play using two Joy-Cons held vertically in multiplayer.

Another update is also coming, which will add in a new stage and fish, but no date was given.

Fishing Spirits: Switch Version hits 160k sold in Japan, demo released

Catch of the day

Fishing Spirits: Switch Version has been quietly racking up some decent sales in Japan. As of this week, the game has hit 160k physical sales, but data on the digital version is not known. In order to woo in even more customers, Bandai Namco has published a demo for the game on the Switch eShop. The demo can be accessed with the code D3GM3303T42BVWLB.

Fishing Spirits: Switch Version gets a new promo video

Bandai Namco has released a new promo video for Fishing Spirits: Switch Version. The game was recently facing stock issues in Japan, so hopefully that problem has been taken care of.

Fishing Spirits: Switch Version hard to find in Japan

Hard to catch

Looks like Bandai Namco might have underestimated the stock necessary for Fishing Spirits: Switch Version in Japan. Multiple customers are saying that they can't seem to find physical copies of the game anywhere. The title is currently sold out at all Bic Camera and Yodobashi Camera locations. As of right now, Amazon Japan has the game on backorder, saying that a new shipment should come in on Sept. 3rd, 2019.

Fishing Spirits: Switch Version gets another promo video, and a commercial behind-the-scenes featurette


Fishing Spirits is a fishing medal game popular at arcades all over Japan. The game has players using medals, choosing a rod, and fishing to earn more medals. Fish in locations such as Huis Ten Bosch, Nanja Town, and Nagashima Spa Land.

Fishing Spirits: Switch Version will hit the Switch in Japan on July 25th, 2019, and is priced at 5,700 Yen.

Fishing Spirits: Switch Version gets a second commercial

Fishing Spirits is a fishing medal game popular at arcades all over Japan. The game has players using medals, choosing a rod, and fishing to earn more medals. Fish in locations such as Huis Ten Bosch, Nanja Town, and Nagashima Spa Land.

Fishing Spirits: Switch Version will hit the Switch in Japan on July 25th, 2019, and is priced at 5,700 Yen.

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