Both of these games are fun if you want to go fishing… without actually going fishing. While it's more expensive, Bass Pro Shops the Strike Championship Edition is the better option since it offers more game modes, replicas of famous North American fishing spots and — for Switch owners at least — a fishing rod controller.
|Rapala Fishing Pro Series||Bass Pro Shops The Strike Championship Edition|
|Fishing controller||No||Yes, for an extra $10|
|How many fish species||17||11|
Both of these games would be fun to play, but Bass Pro Shops The Strike Championship Edition is the winner if you're only going to get one fishing game. You have more game modes to choose from, including a quick start, career mode and tournament. You also get simple arcade games like racing boats and casting competitions. There are less varieties of fish, but more fishing locations are available in the game.
Both games let you use the Joy-Cons to cast your line, but Bass Pro Shops takes it to a whole new level. The deluxe edition of The Strike Championship Edition includes a fishing-rod shaped holder for your Joy-Cons, so it feels that much more like actual fishing. That bundle costs $10 more than the base model of the game, but it's well worth it if you want to do a lot of virtual fishing.
Plenty to keep you busy.
Rapala's Fishing Pro Series offers players different challenges each day and week to keep things fresh, and offers more fish species than the competition. But, it doesn't have that sweet fishing rod Joy-Con holder.
Strike a chord
Great game with a cool controller.
If you want the most immersive fishing experience, you want Bass Pro Shops The Strike Championship Edition. Switch owners can get a fishing rod holder for their Joy-Cons, and everyone gets more game modes and more lakes to play in.
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