I’m gonna go ahead and tell you this isthe best damn fishing game I’ve played sinceOdell Lake. And that wasn’t even a fishinggame, so that doesn’t even make sense. I just really like Odell Lake. The MECC waslegit. I should probably also tell you that, whenit comes to games like this, everything’srelative. Which is to say. . . yes, Rapala ProBass Fishing is actually a decent fishinggame. But that doesn’t mean it’s a goodgame. Just released to the Wii U, Rapala Pro BassFishing is the latest entry in the Rapalaseries of fishing games. . . that sell most oftheir copies at Walmart. You set sail as somehotshot young angler who’s out to make aname for himself. Or herself, to be. . . fairand equal. Although to be honest, girls probablyhave better things to do. So there’s tournament play, which puts youin competitive professional tournaments, whichare evidently a thing. And there’s alsofree play, which is where the true essenceof fishing comes out. You just pick a lake,jump on the boat and. . . sail around. So muchfreedom in this game, it’s inspiring. No matter how you choose to play, though,the fishing is pretty much the same. And tothe game’s credit, it really uses the GamePad. Like, almost too much. Steering is done withtilt. Casting is done by flicking the GamePad. Reeling in a fish is a minigame with tiltand flicking. And the GamePad screen actsas your tackle box and fish radar. And some of that stuff actually works. Specifically, anytime the game uses the GamePadas a second screen, it’s usually a goodthing. Having the fish radar thing on theGamePad as you’re sailing is awesome, andbefore you cast, you can use the touch screenas your tackle box to change your rod andlure. That stuff is awesome. . . what’s lessawesome is tilting to steer, which is pointless,and all the motion involved in casting andreeling. In fact, I think that’s probably the game’sbiggest problem. It feels so gimmicky withthose forced motion controls. . . like an earlyWii game that didn’t know any better. It’snice to see developers of a niche game likethis actually try some things with the GamePad,but next time. . . a button press will work justfine, thanks. Um. . . there are also some presentational issues. The game looks. . . meh. But, uh, it’s something about the narrator. Can’t really put my finger on it. Oh, that’s right! He keeps. . . using a weirddialect. It’s Rapala Pro Bass Fishing, asurprisingly okay fishing game for the WiiLou.