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  • Summary: Luigi and his Mushroom Kingdom neighbors are teeing up once again in Mario Golf: World Tour. The Nintendo 3DS game includes both simple controls and a deeper experience for golf fans, plus courses that range from traditional to those inspired by the Mushroom Kingdom. The game launches this summer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. May 16, 2014
    Mario Golf: World Tour is a solid mix of great controls, crisp, colorful visuals, great replay value due to its amount of unlockable content, and is ultimately just a flat out great experience. Chalk this one up as another great 3DS title you should add to your library.
  2. Apr 24, 2014
    You don’t have to be a hardcore golf fan to get hooked on Mario Golf: World Tour. It rewards good play, gives plenty to do, and is a great teacher. Its incremental approach to challenge kept me coming back to test myself, and the post-game challenges and multiplayer modes inspired me to play in new ways even after I thought I was a pro.
  3. 81
    With a solid suite of online and multiplayer features, great use of the 3D power, and that simple but yet addictive gameplay, one can’t go wrong picking this game up.
  4. Apr 24, 2014
    Mario Golf World Tour offers a methodical 3DS sports title that fills a niche on the console more than adequately, and it would have been a compelling and satisfying golf game regardless of whether it built courses in the Mushroom Kingdom or not. One of the best plates of chips I’ve had in a while, regardless of the ketchup.
  5. Apr 27, 2014
    So long as Nintendo can build a wide audience and keep its online courses fresh, World Tour should score high enough to move the series toward the next installment.
  6. Apr 24, 2014
    Pretty, deep, demanding, and accurate: Mario Golf World Tour places itself as one of the safe bets of the 3DS. You will keep training again and again to get the infinite amount of subtleties of its gameplay. But not everything is perfect. The crazy items that Nintendo was promoting are simply useless, and there will be some complaints about the price of the DLC's and Season Pass.
  7. Apr 24, 2014
    This inability to decide where World Tour lies among the many paths the series has taken previously is the game’s true problem. It demonstrates both why Camelot is so trusted by Nintendo, and why it has been stuck making sporting spinoffs for so long. Camelot seems unsure of whether it would prefer to be held by the hand or simply set free, and ends up putting the player in that same awkward middle ground.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. May 2, 2014
    So excited to have Mario Golf back from Nintendo and Camelot. The game has some of the best online options Nintendo has ever made. These options GREATLY give the game legs to keep playing for months on end. Nintendo is also offering 6 18 hole courses as DLC and this is great as well. The game is $5 cheaper than other 3DS games so I think this is a great way to give players more options if they want it. OH, and the golf, the golf is solid and challenging. Dont think you can chip your way to a birdie on every hole way. Great all around game here! Expand
  2. May 7, 2014
    This is my first Mario Golf game (coming over from the Hot Shots franchise). It is an excellent golf game with a TON of content -- You just need to know where to look. Naturally, you'd assume that the RPG'ish Castle Club mode would have all of the single player content, but it only has 3 tournaments and some other challenges that periodically pop-up. I think that most professional reviewers didn't spend much time with the game after completing those, I almost didn't. The challenge modes found under the quick play menu and the online tournaments (of which there are plenty) are addicting and varied.

    Total playtime this far: 17 + hours. Great game!
  3. May 24, 2014
    I know this is just another golf game but the graphics and personality it gives is just wow I think this is a little underrated but I'll give it time I give this a ten Expand
  4. May 15, 2014
    I've grown up with Mario Golf since I was a kid. The one on the Game Boy Color was my very first video game in fact and they inspired me to actually play golf as a kid.

    The main thing that's great about this game is the vast improvements that it makes regarding just about everything. One of my main complaints in the past was how Toadstool Tour sometimes had these weird camera angles that sometimes didn't show where your shot or put was going, but this error has been resolved. Better putting and chipping physics make them easier to perform and makes them more reliable as well. There's also a metric ton load of content to the game with numerous challenges and numerous customizations for your mii. I appreciate that rather than throwing you in with some random character that Camelot constructed that you play as your Mii and get to customize him. However there is only so much customization you can do and a lot of the different options are superfluous. It's kind of disappointing that I can't turn my Mii into some overpowered monster golfer like I could in previous iterations, but I understand there is a need for balance with the online gaming community. Characterwise, the game offers a wide choice of options, and the game does a great job of retaining a consistency with the characters in past games with their victory poses/dances.

    As for some of the issues with this game, it's hard not to miss how parallel this game is to others and how a lot of the content is recycled. The game takes a lot of cues from the past, and not a whole lot of this is new to a veteran myself. I breezed through the game and even it's one-on and one-putt challenges and other what not in the first day of play. I still have all the star coin and moon coin challenges to do, but for a veteran, the games content is likely too easy. Aside from some star coin and moon coin challenges that are absurdly dependent on using items which are way too gimmicky for my liking. Also, it would be nice if I didn't have to listen to Mario say "Lets-a play" every five seconds while I line up a shot or hear Waluigi cry out impatiently or Daisy doing whatever Daisy does. It's annoying filler for the silence. Also, when lining up shots, I found that you can't alter the impact point on the ball while lining up your shot anymore. That takes away a lot from me making the best shots in various positions, and is rather annoying having to leave it to guess work.

    There is DLC, but it's based off of the Mario 64 courses, and the wave of nostalgia is palpable. I love this little bit of fan service and the ability to play through the old courses with the significantly improved mechanics. Online tournaments keep things fresh, but don't expect to win :P. It is fun to see how you compare to others though.

    Overall, great game with plenty of challenges and options of play styles. There are a few issues regarding recycled material and too much chatter in between shots, but this is as polished a Mario Golf experience as you can find.
  5. Jul 23, 2014
    This is a fun and entertaining romp in a game that, while all the technical aspects are not quite up to par, is still alot of fun. The technical problems that come up while trying to line up a putt are the biggest problem for me. It's hard to gauge the slope and the curve the ball needs to be hit at on long putts because of the camera. The camera gets in the way of alot of things when hitting the ball and I've suffered a few penalties because of it. But the game has alot of charm going its way. I really wish they would have brought back the storyline aspect from the original Mario Golf on the GBC as just going through and playing these courses can get a little old sometimes. There's no objectives here beyond getting first prize and I was hoping for something a little more robust. That being said, it's a fun and entertaining game that will keep you playing for awhile. However I would say that the most recent version of Hot Shots Golf on the Vita is better than this game. I'd recommend that before recommending this. Expand
  6. May 3, 2014
    I was pretty sure the game would be a tone down version of Mario Golf, from what I experienced with Mario Tennis Open, but I was wrong, and that's a good thing. There's lots of course variety, the gears are actually a better option than leveling up due to Online competitiveness and talking about Online, it is amazing all the options you have for Online play !

    I still have some gripes about the game. First the graphics, while not being horrible, are subpar to Mario Golf : Toadstool Tour, a 2003/4 game. Second, for whatever the reason, Camelot inverted the blue/red colors for everything about the gameplay, like height difference, terrain leveling and even the +- lie percentage, it's very annoying for a long-time Mario Golf player like me.

    Also, I didn't find how to preview spin shots. I think they removed that, which is a little stupid.
  7. Jun 16, 2014
    This is my second(I think) and the last Mario Golf game I WILL EVER PLAYED! Reason: Is Because for some reason I SUCK DICK AT GOLFING NOW AFTER I PLAYED THIS GAME! It is really the hardest and almost HARD Than Dark souls 2. ALMOST HARD Than DARK SOULS 2! Expand

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