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Mario Golf is a series that has been around perhaps longer than anyone realizes. In America anyway, the first game released June 30th, 1999 for the N64. Just two months shy of it's 15-year anniversary, Camelot Software is bringing another entry back into the limelight on 3DS. In fact, it's been nearly ten years since the last Mario Golf game (crazy to think about). The original game's tag-line was "Tee Up With Mario and His Friends". Here you'll get to do just that, and this time in glorious 3D graphics.
Mario Golf brought us the mechanics and the initial characters. It brought us the premise and set the bar high. A few months after the N64 release a Game Boy Color title released. Then Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, a GameCube gem released in summer of 2003, took things farther with higher-fidelity graphics as well as more Mushroom-Kingdom-esque courses. I'll never forget the joy brought to me by that game that summer and for many years there after. Finally, the last time we saw a club-clad Mario and friends was in June 2004 with Mario Golf: Advanced Tour on the GameBoy Advance which expanded things in a specific direction... RPG-like qualities for character building.
In just two short weeks Nintendo fans will finally be able to play the next installment (which receive an initial year-long delay when it was originally intended to be released in Summer 2013). This title looks to expand on the formulas that made it great while finding a middle ground between the two different tiers that have developed over time.
This title looks to have a ton of features in store and a ton of gameplay opportunity. It keeps it's arcade-appeal with the classic Power-Bar which allows you to decide just how far to hit the ball, and if you're savvy enough, it allows you to put some hook, draw, or angle to the ball as well. For those who are less versed in these mechanics or just want a more simplified experience, you can once again choose to automate the latter portion of the swing. This time around, being on 3DS and all, you can opt to use the stylus to tap the screen in leu of using a button and also you can use the stylus to decide how to affect the ball post-launch.
As you can see from the above screenshots, the game has taken a significantly stronger focus on creative levels inspired by the Mushroom Kingdom, which means I should be getting exactly what I want most from the series. It's uncertain who the final roster will be in the game as playable characters but it is known that you can play as your own Mii and do all sorts of cool stuff. By using your Mii, you can engage in a somewhat altered version of the RPG-like qualities of games' past. Customize your Mii with headgear, clubs, pants, and other features which not only change the design of your golfer but the attributes as well. I'm quite excited to have this customized experience.
Check out the game in the Game Database to find all sorts of videos (though I'll post them on page one of this thread as well) and don't forget to add this to your collection come May when the game releases. Also, if you're still finding yourself without a pre-order, Amazon.com still has the game for $29.99 with the pre-order price guarantee. At three-quarters the original price, there's no excuse not to nab this up day one!
Check out the main website at mariogolf.nintendo.com and see even more content. There you'll also find more details on the online-component to this game which better explains the 'world' in World Tour. You'll be able to play matches online against opponents from anywhere on the planet. This key feature should give Mario Golf fans abundantly more play-time from their cart or download. You can also check out this great impressions article from Daan Koopman over at NintendoWorldReport. It'll detail even more about courses and gameplay, etc.
Now that the game is out, it's time to hit the green and find ourselves in some tournaments! Below are the codes for various Negative World Tournaments. I'll do my best to keep up on these as they change.
I was going to hold off until I found a deal but F that I don't want to miss these tournaments! Probably buy this up tonight.
Besides, I got buy 1 get 1 half off eShop cards awhile back so if I buy digitally I'm basically getting it for 25% off. Albeit eShop card deals are rare so I was planning on saving those points for eShop exclusives (since those are hard to get good deals on and you have to wait forever for it) and trying to stick to finding retail deals for games you can get at retail but... what the heck.
After beating the 3 main courses in the Mii mode, I wandered all the way to the right, and was asked to do a challenge where I had land on the green first shot then make a putt in on 9 holes in a row. 8 birdies in a row, and then I missed the green by a tiny bit on the very last hole and failed the whole thing D:
I am officially addicted. I've been waiting for this game for about a year at this point (really WAITING, not just "on my radar") and it has surpassed my expectations so far. I am so, so glad they put in the Castle Mode, it is what sets apart Camelot sports games from all the others. True there's no full-RPG aspect like the old days, but this feels just as nice, and I'm thrilled with it so far. I will spend many, many hours with this game, I'm sure. And I haven't even tried out online play yet!
I also love that I bought it digitally. No need to go to the store, or wait for a package from Amazon in the mail, and the brilliant little gem lives on my 3DS with no need to swap out carts. I'm honestly not sure I'll ever buy a handheld game from a shelf again, unless it's a really good sale. This is just too awesome, carrying my collection without any extra baggage.
Yup, glad I went digital with this game, too. Just makes too much sense to have it available at all times.
It's been a blast so far, but man! I didn't realize I was as bad of a gopher as I am in World Tour. I struggle to meet par most of the time, and getting a Bogey or two isn't uncommon. Apparently Ill need more practice than I anticipated...
I don't have any idea where to join NW tournaments. I see the "Americas" and "World" tournaments but that is it.
Speaking of, what are the "Americas" and "World" tournaments? I'm assuming these are just anyone can join type deals? But when I joined it just showed a blank screen for the leaderboard...
Speaking of, is there a way to set up tournaments where everyone has to use the same gear? I feel like it is sort of pointless to join tournaments and play against people with better gear until I get better gear, but that could take weeks and blah blah blah I'd rather just play something truly fair.
I think the leaderboards only show up after you rank on them.
As for the NW tournament... is there even one created? I don't think there's a way to limit gear that you use but going by other tournaments, we could always limit it to a specific character. Since your Mii is the only one you can gear up, we can exclude it from entering.
@Koovaps For the community, you have to go to the community section, not tournaments. And we need to all go in at the same time to start a game...not ideal without proper communication. Maybe we could use the chat room to set up a match.