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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
    91
    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
    86
    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
    80
    Mario Golf: World Tour offers little in the way of surprises, but it’s still an entertaining and accessible golf game for the masses, with a decent amount of content for the price.
  5. Apr 27, 2014
    80
    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
    75
    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
    60
    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: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. May 24, 2014
    10
    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 giveI 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
  2. Jun 13, 2015
    10
    I'm giving this game a ten out of ten because it delivers everything this game needed. The character roster is fantastic and the charactersI'm giving this game a ten out of ten because it delivers everything this game needed. The character roster is fantastic and the characters are given tons of personality all over the board. Plenty of courses with many designs with even more as DLC. A shortish but good single player campaign in the castle mode. A ton of collectible gear to acquire. This game was bright & colorful and full of charm. A perfect golf game. Expand
  3. May 2, 2014
    10
    So excited to have Mario Golf back from Nintendo and Camelot. The game has some of the best online options Nintendo has ever made. TheseSo 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 pal...no way. Great all around game here! Expand
  4. May 4, 2014
    9
    World Tour is a worthy advancement for the Mario Golf franchise: it leverages the services of the 3DS platform well with both StreetPass andWorld Tour is a worthy advancement for the Mario Golf franchise: it leverages the services of the 3DS platform well with both StreetPass and SpotPass content and offers online tournaments with a variety of modes and customizable rulesets. These tournaments offer a competitive feel while providing rewards and incentives even if the player doesn't win or isn't even very successful.

    The golf play itself is wonderful. The environments and visuals are universally appealing, though the lower screen controls are busy and initially confusing to the player; the tutorials are almost mandatory for the average gamer. Despite some complexity in the controls, they are accurate and put the player fully in control of where his or her ball goes minus environmental influences like wind, grass type (fairway, rough). I've only gotten myself stuck on the side of a hole beyond the rough once; it's still nearly impossible to recover from those situations but they are infrequent.

    Detractors for me included misleading ball behavior as indicated by the HUD when driving/approaching and the lack of a personable feel in online tournaments (though this is probably a necessity to maintain pace of play) as players are only represented by their balls and there's no communication between player in these online tournaments. Maybe the Mario Golf - Versus modes will offer a more group play-like atmosphere unlike the online tournament play.

    The pay-for course packs are unappealing to me and are very unfamiliar on the 3DS platform, though the concept was introduced in the Mii Plaza application last year. Pricing for these packs is reasonable, however, but we've been relatively free of pay-for DLC on the 3DS platform for this long and have to get used to the idea now starting with World Tour.
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  5. May 2, 2014
    8
    I remember the good old days of Mario Golf and Mario Tennis on Nintendo 64 pretty vividly. I couldn't be happier to have both on the 3DS. II remember the good old days of Mario Golf and Mario Tennis on Nintendo 64 pretty vividly. I couldn't be happier to have both on the 3DS. I was pretty surprised at how challenging this one is, I'm glad they made a difficulty level so all gamers can enjoy and not be bored of sinking eagles and birdies every hole. The menu is pretty standard and easy to maneuver around. Really all I can say about it at the moment since I've only put about 2 or 3 hours into the game, but so far it's worthy of donning the Mario Golf name. Replay value is awesome, gameplay is solid, definitely a good addition to anyone's 3DS lineup. Expand
  6. May 3, 2014
    8
    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, andI 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.
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  7. May 10, 2014
    5
    First off I want to say this game was addicting and fun. the 5 i gave it comes from the fact that there is only 3 trophies to win as part ofFirst off I want to say this game was addicting and fun. the 5 i gave it comes from the fact that there is only 3 trophies to win as part of the campaign. Also, since camelot was involved in developing the game I thought there would be much more leveling up components but all there is are some different clothes that increase very little of your golfers attributes. After the campaign there is online but it gets old, and online tournaments are a dead end (master gamers whose score is -24 will always win the prize).
    Other than that its a fun game but not really packed with content that Nintendo is known for in their games. I can see why it costs 10 bucks cheaper than their other games. I recommend buying the pysical copy in case you want to resell it. I made the mistake of buying the digital version but I beat the campaign in a couple of days.
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