I like the New Donk City course just for pure golf. A par 3 course is a fun quick play, and playing online is fun. Not the best Mario Golf game, but I enjoy it more than Pokemon Shield (which is what I traded in to get it).
The two new 18-hole DLC courses are as kick-you-in-the-balls hard as New Donk City was simple and refreshing. Just my initial impressions. But people looking for more crazy in their Mario Golf courses will certainly find it here. I kind of like the vibe of the icy course, too. And Ninji is super-cute!
I dunno how many more holes we can expect from Camelot going forward, but the current game does have a ton of content. More courses and characters would be nice, but I hope that Camelot focuses on adding more modes (like Ring Shot) and refining the game balance.
Turning the special shots off in Standard Golf ranked mode was a big step in the right direction, that's for sure. That was horseshit!
They also added CPU difficulty levels in this update. Keep it up, Camelot!
It kind of seems like the ranked online is starting to die, though. Maybe this update will give it a shot in the arm.
@Anand They are adding a ton, this will probably be the most packed Mario Golf ever.
And yet... everyone hates on the game because of the simplified controls. I don't know how easy it would be or even worthwhile at this point, but I feel like some kind of update that brings back traditional controls (as well as the traditional way to view the holes) would go further towards getting people interested in the game again over just adding more content. And it wouldn't even be that tough to add! Probably! Though I'm not sure how that would tie into ranked modes and such.
It just feels like a shame, most everything about this game is great other than the core controls.
@Zero Yeah, I'm not even sure that I dislike the control change. I mean, the controls are different, but are they bad?
The new courses are still challenging. And I kind of like that they removed the ability to pinpoint your ball's trajectory, as a tradeoff. The range finder is cool, too. I feel like they're just emphasizing different stuff this time. Mario Golf wasn't as broken as Mario Tennis before Aces, but I still appreciate the novelty.
But, yeah, why NOT just optionally add the three-click system, for those who want it? The extra challenge would be compensated by the decrease in uncertainty for a perfectly timed shot. They just need to balance the required timing precision to allow the two types of controls to compete evenly online.
They should add tournaments, too. Ranked is fun for a quick match, but tournaments would have a different kind of pace and feel.
@Anand I'd say they're worse. It's basically impossible to accidentally slice / hook a shot now. Even when the "auto" meter looks like it totally chunked it, it barely affects the ball. So you can hit straight shots every time without much trouble. You still have wind to account for, but that's about it as far as the left / right aiming.
And then we have the up / down. You used to be able to kind of use the shot line to craft these intricate shots. Now you just kind of have to look and be like... can I or can't I? Who the F knows? This is probably more realistic, but it's not more fun.
Just feels way too basic now in some ways, while making it harder (but not more fun) in others. You can curve shots in interesting ways, which is cool, but that doesn't really make up for it.
@Zero I dunno, I feel like it kind of makes up for it. But I'm still undecided. I kind of like the lack of a shot line. I just played that XC challenge. Probably the toughest test of that choice. It was mostly alright.
In the single-player, at least, it seems pretty easy to hook or slice by accident before you level up. But it's more random. Also, it's much more rare outside of the campaign.
They could adjust the balance of that stuff, but the question is: does randomness have a place? Maybe not. But it's probably more n00b-friendly, overall. And the swing mechanic is breezier and less stressful (unless you use the optional shaping and spin).
I mean, real golf isn't supposed to be stressful, right?!
Long story short, I'd definitely rate it higher than 5.43!
Finally finished Story Mode. The back half was actually really fun! In fact, it felt like an almost entirely different game.
The first half is all: play three holes of this course; now play nine; now play the other nine in this other mode; You've unlocked the next course!
But then the back half introduces some Wario & Waluigi treasure hunting hijinx and is chock-full of interesting campaign-specific mechanics and encounters (and even course variants). I can only imagine that these mechanics were considered for multiplayer, but eventually cut to keep the experience accessible?
Anyway, Super Rush's Adventure Mode isn't an "RPG", or whatever, but it left me with a surprisingly positive final impression! And I haven't even tried the new courses yet. I do wish this game had Ring Shot and online Tournaments (and maybe even a classic shot mode option), but I am still firmly on the Super Rush Is Underrated train.
I'm intrigued by their wording that 4.0.0 was their last "free" update. DLC, perhaps? I think this is already the best-selling Mario Golf game.
I just tried the new target mode that they added. It's awesome! Similar to the target mode in Tiger Woods ...2003 on GCN? And also similar to the Fronks game in Game & Wario.
Which can only be a good thing!
I also finally tried the new courses. Shelltop Sanctuary is almost like a chipping challenge. It's all Par 3s, but, like, 100' Par 3s. And there are options for Pro and Amateur layouts, which change it up a bit. Pretty unique course.
And the All Star course is freaking Bizarre. It's basically playing golf across the sculpted bodies of Mario characters which are floating in the sky. And the different colors are all different surfaces. So Mario's body will be the fairway and the lines that delineate his overalls will be short rough. And then his mouth will be a sand trap. And there are other colors which are solid rock that you can bounce the ball off of/across. The distribution of surfaces is very non-standard, and there are clusters of bricks (and coins) in the air, so you really need to put some thought into planning your shots out. It's actually really cool. The sand traps are a bitch and a half, though.
I've gotta say, this game has grown on me quite a bit. The patched version is almost bursting with content. And I haven't even tried the one-on, one-putt challenge yet!
Hey, it's me! The last Mario Sports fan! Just wanted to check in from the virtual greens.
My nephews were in town and, surprisingly, we played more Mario Golf Super Rush than anything else. As newcomers to the world of Mario Golf, they were absolutely enthralled. I had to break it to them that the internet despised the game and mocked it relentlessly, and they were, like, "What?! Why??? Wryyyyy!!"
I also finally got them into Mario Kart! It took, like, a decade+ to wean them off of Blur...