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Mario Golf: World Tour Review

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 6:00 am by Justin Cavender

Mario Golf: World Tour Review

In our Mario Golf: World Tour review, we’ll try not to use too much golf terminology to convey our excitement for this latest installment in the franchise. Honestly, you need little golf knowledge at all in order to enjoy this game, and you’ll likely consider yourself a pro after your first full round of play. Normally in the game of golf, players are often encouraged to hit the ball in one direction with the least amount of resistance. However with Mario Golf, you’re loaded with tricks, powershots, and items to plow your way onto the green and into the cup.

Players have several options for a quick round of golf. In single player mode, you can shoot for the lowest strokes in Stroke Play, win the most holes in Match Play, race for the fastest course-completion time in Speed Golf, or compete for points based on your stroke count for each hole in Point Tourney. Players can square off with their friends in Vs. Mode, or compete with golfers around the world by uploading your score in Tournament Mode. Using the Quick Play option also allows you to play as one of 13 classic Nintendo characters, including your Mii. It’s worth noting that purchasing the game’s DLC via the Season Pass will net you four more playable characters.

I spent most of my time playing with my Mii, getting a feel for the courses and ultimately participating in several tournaments. Upon completing each round of golf, new items were unlocked in the pro-shop located in the Castle Club. Mario Golf: World Tour teases players with tons of unlockable items, including new courses, clothes, gear, and upgrades to improve your game. Here’s where that bit I mentioned earlier about least amount of resistance goes out the window. You’ll quickly discover that the greater the risk, the greater the reward.

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Each course has its own theme and different levels of difficulty. The Forest Course features lush fairways and few hazards with wind speeds reaching a gentle breeze—basically a perfect day for a round of golf. Venture off to the Seaside or Mountain Course and you’ll see obstacles, bunkers, and wind-tunnels. Don’t forget, your golf bag carries more than clubs, and you’ll have opportunities to use power items to make these hazardous holes a bit more tame. The Bullet Bill will allow your shot to go in a perfect straight line, or the Bob-omb causes an explosion to ignore the effects from the terrain. Even water won’t stand in your way with the power of the Ice Flower, which creates a patch of ice to help you across treacherous fairways.

Mario Golf: World Tour is loaded with content to assist players in their quest for greatness. Those of you willing to take extra time in perfecting your game can choose to take lessons on uneven terrain and windy conditions. There are tons of in-game challenges that take place on the driving range, or with approach shots, and even on a practice putting green. Players are awarded coins for completing challenges and given a sense of accomplishment. In other words, practice isn’t a giant waste of time.

I will say I had the most fun competing in tournaments. Watching the scoreboard closely and seeing where I ranked against this eclectic group of characters was a blast. I must confess, however, to having a few daydreams about playing on actual courses like the ones featured in Mario Golf: World Tour. One course in particular (Sky Island), really got my goat and had me throwing my virtual clubs at my caddy after I fired his ass. You have one-shot to get on the green and only one-putt to get the ball in the hole. Failure to do so will disqualify you from the challenge, and you have to start over. Wha-wha.

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As far as complaints go, there are really only three that come to mind. The first would have to be the map. Sure you have one, but absolutely nothing is labeled. It’s a complete waste of the screen. Your first time playing the game, you’ll have to talk to each NPC to figure out what’s what. My second complaint has to be the gear. It’s great to discover new unlockables, but it’s a total buzzkill to unlock items with the same stats. Certainly not a deal breaker by any means, but unfortunate nevertheless. Furthermore, I would like to see this game on the Wii U. I absolutely love the portability of the 3DS and 2DS systems, but I know my friends and family would have a field day in my living room playing on the Wii U.

Mario Golf: World Tour is fun for all ages and will provide players with countless hours of entertainment. Whether you’re a rookie on the links or scratch golfer, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for amazing shots and frustration. The learning curve is surprisingly fluid, and you’ll notice immediate improvement each time you play. There’s plenty to keep you busy right out of the box, but I’m willing to spend the extra $15 on the Season Pass for 108 more holes and 4 extra playable characters.

Presentation: 8

Gameplay: 9

Replay Value: 9.5

Legacy Score: 8.8

Geek Legacy’s review scores are on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest possible score.

This review is based on a pre-release copy of Mario Golf: World Tour, provided by Nintendo.

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    • Wario Time

      Awesome review, I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.

    • Marcus

      The season pass seems like a good deal. For the price of a normal DLC you get 3 packs.

    • Jennifer

      Great review! Sounds like a fun game! My family loves sports games. Hopefully it’ll be available on WiiU soon. I know my kiddos would play it regularly. Who wouldn’t want to play a sports game staring Mario? Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    • MrJukes

      Nice! I have been considering getting a 3DS recently and this one might just push me over the edge!

    • Eliceo

      Really great review, glad to see another addition to the Mario golf series. Love to see the return of some similar features from Mario tennis on 3DS. I can’t wait to get my hands on this since that Mario twist in a sports game always makes it a super fun game to enjoy. I will definitely be buying that season pass if I get that much content

    • Snackbar

      I played it at WonderCon last month, and found it a ton of fun! It was fun and detailed for for me, but easy enough for my seven year old to really enjoy. Great review Justin!!!

    • LC

      I’m terrible at actual golf (even the miniature kind!) but I can’t wait to get my hands on this to try my luck. The game looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    • Scythe

      Great review, been itching for some Mario golf action!

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