Condemn O.R. Condone – Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS)

Mario is back on the green to deliver yet another solid arcade golf experience.

When it comes to the sports genre in gaming, I tend to avoid it all together. I’ve owned many of them in the past, but there’s only so much that can be done before the whole genre gets very stale. Sure, you get your prettier graphics and your annual roster update, but if you’ve played one game in a particular sports genre then you’ve basically played them all.

There is one exception to that rule, however, and that is the Mario sports series. When I hear that I will be able to do all kinds of crazy stuff in a typical sports genre, that’s where I get interested. My first foray into the Mario sports series was with none other than Mario Golf 64. It was a pretty simple game, as you just picked a player and you were off to face other golfing rivals on a variety of different courses, enter a tournament and what not. It was a golf game that was ridiculously fun, and as such kicked off my love for the Mario sports series.

Which brings us to Mario Golf: World Tour. This 3DS game is the first in the Mario Golf series in about 10 years, so I was obviously excited as heck to hear that Mario would be hitting the green again. The major thing that World Tour adds to the series is the online function, which allows you to play with others all around the world in vs matches or tournaments. This gives the game a lot of replay value, as the gameplay is so sound that it’s always a blast to face off against others.

Pretty much everything else that is on offer by Mario Golf: World Tour is essentially a new version of what we usually see in the series. Like the┬áportable titles, you are given a hub world that is full of many of the characters from the Mario world all standing around just waiting for you to talk to them so they can tell you relevant or completely irrelevant information. The hub world is a feature that I’m glad to see back, as it adds some meat to the typical sports formula and the Mario world is always full of charm.

At the start of the game it is your mission to begin a practice round so that your handicap can be calculated. Once your skill has been tested you are then eligible to enter the first of the 3 major tournaments that the game has to offer. The first one is pretty straight-forward and contains courses that lack any major wind, obstacles or uneven terrain. It’s essential that you master all of the intricacies of the gameplay here, though, because it won’t be long before the game throws everything and the kitchen sink at you.

World Tour offers noobs of the series a pretty forgiving swing mechanic that only requires you to press the button once when you’re swinging the club. This means that you won’t have to worry about missing the marker when the meter comes back and your ball goes flying off target. Though you can use this feature and do relatively well, I find that the traditional style is the most rewarding, as it also allows you to add some spin to the ball and control what it does when it lands on the green.

Outside of the traditional 9 or 18 hole scenarios there are challenges that ask you to collect as many coins as you can, hit the ball through all of the rings in a course or complete each course in just 2 shots. They add a nice amount of variety, but none of them are as fun as the traditional mode. They do allow you to unlock new equipment for your characters, though, so it is important to give them a shot at some point.

Speaking of equipment, World Tour allows you to unlock and purchase new clubs, balls and gear by completing challenges or spending coins at the shops. This equipment will improve various stats like power, control and trajectory, which is definitely important if you want an edge once you hit the online world.

Mario Golf: World Tour doesn’t do much to really re-invigorate the franchise and the online function is pretty bare-bones. However, the gameplay continues to be very addicting and rewarding as you improve your game and master the effects of wind, obstacles and angles, making it an extremely satisfying experience. It may be a little light on features, but Mario Golf: World Tour is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for a non-traditional golf experience.

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‘Mario Golf: World Tour’ Getting Over 100 Downloadable Courses Via DLC

Nintendo has revealed that gamers will be able to receive an additional 108 courses and several new characters via DLC in the upcoming Mario Golf: World Tour.

These new courses and characters will be coming by way of three separate packs. The Mushroom Pack will be available to download as soon as the game releases, the Flower Pack arrives later that month and the Star Pack releases sometime in June.

Each of these packs will include two 18-hole courses and a new character. Toadette comes with the Mushroom Pack, Nabbit comes with the Flower Pack and Rosalina comes with the Star Pack.

These packs are available separately for $6 each, or you can get them all by paying $15 for the season pass. Nintendo also revealed that they will hold special trial tournaments for those who want try the new packs before buying them.

Mario Golf: World Tour releases for the 3DS on May 2nd.

Condemn (OR) Condone:

I’m actually really excited for Mario Golf: World Tour, so it’s always cool to hear that a bunch of new courses will be available within the first month of the game being released. I also think its a really good move on Nintendo’s part by letting gamers get a little taste of the new packs before buying them.

Full Mario Golf: World Tour Character Roster Revealed

Famitsu has revealed all of the playable characters that will appear in the upcoming Mario Golf: World Tour. The list includes both the default characters and unlockable characters, adding up to 17 in total.

The following are the 13 default characters:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Yoshi
  • Wario
  • Waluigi
  • Donkey Kong
  • Diddy Kong
  • Boo
  • Bowser
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Mii

The following are the 4 unlockable characters:

  • Toad
  • Birdo
  • Paratrooper
  • Kamek

Condemn (OR) Condone:

That’s a pretty standard roster for the type of game that we’re dealing with here. It’s interesting that Toad is an unlockable character, but other than that everything else looks as it usually does. Good enough for me!

Mario Golf: World Tour Release Date And Trailer Revealed

Gamers will be joining Mario on the green in a few months.

Mario Golf: World Tour

The upcoming installment in the beloved Mario Golf franchise has been pushed back several times now, with fans still wondering when they will be able to take Mario and the gang on the green. Well, it looks like we finally have a release date, thanks to Nintendo of America making the announcement on their Nintendo Direct show last night. Mario Golf: World Tour will be out in North America on May 2nd. Continue reading “Mario Golf: World Tour Release Date And Trailer Revealed”

My Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2014

These are the 10 video games that have me giggling with anticipation for year 2014.

My Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2014

 

So… most people usually publish these kinds of lists at the very beginning of the year, but hey, I’m not most people (and let me tell you, that’s a good thing for society as a whole). Anyways, the first month of the year was pretty slow, and now there’s finally some potentially awesome games on the horizon for gamers. So, without further ado (or adon’t), here are my most anticipated video games of 2014. Continue reading “My Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2014”