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Mario Golf World Tour Review

Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS) Review – Glad To Be Back On The Green With Mario

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 portable 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.


Pokémon X & Y

Seven New 'Pokémon X & Y' Competitions Coming This Year

There’s more Pokémon madness coming for all you Pokémon fans, as the Pokémon Company has revealed that seven more competitions are on the way for Pokémon X & Y. These are in addition to the Pokémon World Championships and the Pokémon International May Challenge.

These online competitions are all essentially battlegrounds for Pokémon trainers to duke it out with one another and improve their skills. Trainers who do well may even get the chance to compete in the World Championships.

Below is the complete schedule for the competitions for Pokémon X & Y:

May 16–18: 2014 International Challenge May. Registration is closed.

June 6–8: Think Fast Competition: Single Battle.

Late June: 2014 International Challenge June.

July: Eevee Friendly Match [Name TBD].

July: All Star Battle [Name TBD].

August: Think Fast Competition: Double Battle.

Autumn: Fairy-type Cup [Name TBD].

Autumn: Halloween Party [Name TBD].

Moon Chronicles

'Moon Chronicles' Starts Floating This Week

This week the DS game Moon will be getting an episodic 3DS revamp in the form of Moon Chronicles. It’s being released in 4 parts, and the first part releases on the 3DS eShop on May 15th.

The first episode contains the first 4 episodes and 6 training missions which will cost $8.99. All other episodes will contain 3 chapters apiece and will cost $1.99 each.

Moon originally released for the DS on January 13th, 2009.

Nintendo Struggling

Nintendo Posts Huge Loss Thanks (Or Not) To Wii U

Nintendo’s fiscal year ended on March 31st and since then they have been gathering the exact numbers that the company posted in the past year. Unfortunately for Nintendo, the numbers are, again, pretty bad.

Nintendo posted a 46.4 billion yen ($457 million) loss at the end of their most recent fiscal year, which makes it 3 years in a row that the company has come up negative.

This (obviously) is due to the still struggling Wii U system. Originally, Nintendo was estimating that the Wii U would sell 9 million units in the most recent fiscal year, but then they gave that estimate a huge downgrade when they dropped it to just 2.8 million. Well, the exact numbers even came up a bit short of the downgrade, with the Wii U selling just 2.72 million units.

Nintendo said the following in a financial statement:

“The Wii U hardware still has a negative impact on Nintendo’s profits owing mainly to its markdown in the United States and Europe and unit sales of software, which has high profit margins, did not grow sufficiently.”

Luckily for Nintendo, the 3DS continues to sell exceptionally well. The hardware sales for the most recent fiscal year were 12.24 million, bringing its total to a very impressive 43 million units.

Bound By Flame

New Video Game Releases (May 5th – 11th, 2014)

The first week of May is upon us, though nothing all that attention-grabbing in the world of video games is  coming along with it. The most notable releases are the highly-anticipated PlayStation 4 version of MLB: The Show 2014, the God of War Collection on Vita and Bound by Flame for the PS3 and PS4. Scroll down to see a complete list of what is coming out from May 5th to May 11th, 2014.


  • Mega Man 2 (Virtual Console – Game Boy)
  • Mega Man 3 (Virtual Console – Game Boy)
  • The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll (eShop)
  • Grinsia (eShop)

PlayStation 3

  • Bound by Flame
  • Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi
  • Sportsfriends (PSN)
  • Titan Attacks (PSN)

PlayStation 4

  • MLB 14: The Show
  • Bound by Flame
  • Sportsfriends (PSN)
  • Stick It to the Man! (PSN)
  • Titan Attacks (PSN)


  • God of War Collection
  • Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (PSN)
  • Titan Attacks (PSN)

Wii U (N/A)

Xbox 360

  • Bound by Flame
  • Peggle 2 (XBL)

Xbox One (N/A)


News Judgment: 'The Great Ace Attorney' Starts New Series

A new Ace Attorney game was recently announced called The Great Ace Attorney, and the announcement revealed that the game would be a pretty big departure for the series. The game is set to take place about a century before the current Ace Attorney games and will star an ancestor of Phoenix Wright. Now, the series creator Shu Takumi and producer Shintaro Kojima have revealed that this will be the start of a new series.

Kojima said the following in an interview with Famitsu:

“While it’s not a main-numbered Ace Attorney title, it’s the start of a new series called The Great Ace Attorney. I believe that it’s becoming something that can show that it’s not simply just a derivative title. We can’t say too much about it for the time being, but we’ll be revealing more on the characters and their backgrounds next time, which we hope you all can look forward to. It’s really becoming something that we have high expectations for, so please look forward to it!”

Condemn (OR) Condone:

I really like that the series will be going in a new direction without casting aside the original series. It’s really good news to hear that this won’t be a one-off effort, and we’ll actually get to see a less technologically-advanced world be fleshed out. Judgment: Condone.

Ace Attorney

New Ace Attorney Game Set A Century Before Current Games In Series?

The Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi is working on a brand new Ace Attorney game called The Great Ace Attorney, but has revealed that this one will be set 100 years in the past and will star an ancestor of Phoenix Wright.

Famitsu (via Siloconera) revealed that the game is set during the late 1800‘s and stars a character named Ryunosuke Naruhodo, though it is expected that the character’s name last name will be Wright in the American release.

The Great Ace Attorney is set to release for the 3DS, although an official release date has yet to be announced.

Condemn (OR) Condone:

This sounds like it could be a breath of fresh air for the series. Imagine having court cases and investigations without the technology that exists today. Now *that* would be pretty cool to see!