Mario Golf: World Tour 3DS

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 73 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
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  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. May 11, 2014
    90
    Thanks to Mario Golf World Tour, golfing has never been this fun!
  3. Apr 30, 2014
    90
    Mario Golf World Tour is not only the best golf game available on Nintendo 3DS, but also the best game in the long running series since the heights of Mario Golf 64: it is suited to every kind of gamer, and thus it is recommended to everybody who owns the small stereoscopics console.
  4. Apr 29, 2014
    90
    Forget all the boring simulator golfing games, this is how the sport was meant to be played.
  5. Apr 28, 2014
    90
    Mario Golf: World Tour delivers, most notably right out of the box, a lengthy and involving experience.
  6. Apr 26, 2014
    90
    One of the best Mario Golfs ever and maybe one of the finest arcade golf titles in years.
  7. Apr 24, 2014
    90
    Mario Golf: World Tour is a great golf game that gets even better with its online modes. It's very good looking and extremely fun to play.
  8. Apr 29, 2014
    88
    Accessible and funny, World Tour is one of the best arcade Camelot ever created: it takes the brilliant approach of the first Everybody's Golf and brings it to the Mushroom Kingdom.
  9. Apr 24, 2014
    87
    Quotation forthcoming.
  10. 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.
  11. May 6, 2014
    85
    Nintendo’s take on golf is as charming as ever and remarkably full-featured, even if the way things are organized keeps you from seeing just how much is really here right off the bat. You don’t have to like the real life sport to have fun with World Tour. If you can appreciate a “nice on”, the variety and challenge here should keep you playing for a long time.
  12. 85
    With a nice variety of courses and lots to unlock, this is another fine entry in the long line of Mario sports games.
  13. Apr 24, 2014
    85
    It has been worth the wait, as Mario Golf: World Tour took that next step and brought us an outstanding online golf experience. The learning curve is steep, and there are some issues with the camera and aiming control, but working through them is worth it as the online play is outstanding.
  14. Games Master UK
    Jun 7, 2014
    83
    The standard of golf is terrific, but more tournaments in the single-player game would be welcome. [July 2014, p.74]
  15. With six fantasy courses, Mario isn't taking his golf that seriously, but tournaments and challenges ensure there's plenty for serious sports fan to enjoy.
  16. Apr 24, 2014
    83
    Not short on content, delivering a robust Mario Golf experience, and implementing the Mii character in the Castle Club mode lay down the groundwork for what could be the most complete Mario Golf experience so far. Whether or not that's your cup of 'tee' is up to you, but I've found a decent bit of distraction from my normal Hot Shots hold.
  17. Pelit (Finland)
    Jun 12, 2014
    82
    An entertaining golf game, which can't quite decide whether its focus is Mario or golf. [June 2014]
  18. Apr 29, 2014
    82
    A great golf game, with the quality Camelot guarantees. The only thing we don't like is those DLCs that feel like they have been taken away from the game to be sold separately.
  19. Apr 29, 2014
    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.
  20. CD-Action
    Jul 23, 2014
    80
    Camelot managed to develop a game that will please golf enthusiasts as well as engage those who fall asleep as soon as the conversation about this sport starts. [06/2014, p.65]
  21. Hyper Magazine
    Jun 7, 2014
    80
    A great golf game. [Issue#249, p.64]
  22. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jun 5, 2014
    80
    Looks simple and boring but when you give it a shot (pun not intended), it’ll hold your attention even if you couldn’t care less about golf – or Mario. [Issue#242]
  23. May 19, 2014
    80
    There's so much to do and discover in Mario Golf: World Tour. Because of all the variety it doesn't matter that all the systems are very traditional. The clumsy menu system doesn't hurt the relaxing, challenging games of golf.
  24. May 15, 2014
    80
    Mario Golf: World Tour simulates many of the elements a golf player in the real world must consider before taking a shot. Wind, weather and terrain affects the ball in realistic ways and makes every shot different from each other. Mixed with incredible graphics, this game will surely please both non-golfers and golf pros.
  25. May 7, 2014
    80
    World Tour does so much right and mixing it with the familiar Nintendo universe seals the deal. Anyone with a 3DS has yet another must-own title to pick up for the handheld.
  26. May 7, 2014
    80
    World Tour is a fun experience, and while I do miss the deeper RPG mechanics from previous games, this version offers more than its share of fun, whether with others or alone.
  27. May 5, 2014
    80
    Overall, it is easy and intuitive for newcomers, with elements of added depth for veterans.
  28. 80
    Compared to Camelot's previous 3DS effort with the tennis game, this is a massive step up.
  29. May 5, 2014
    80
    Mario Golf: World Tour is hardly progressive and rarely creative on the level of its predecessors—and in some ways, it actually feels somewhat regressive. However, the core appeal of the series is still alive and well nonetheless, and with the added extensibility of online play and tournaments—as well as downloadable courses—it’s hard to deny its appeal if you ever enjoyed what the series had to offer from the start.
  30. May 2, 2014
    80
    Mario Golf: World Tour isn't quite a hole in one, it's just a few inches short of the hole. A quality title none the less, it's got plenty of content for casual fans of golf and Nintendo fans alike.
  31. May 1, 2014
    80
    A solid and honest effort, Mario Golf is a well balanced mix of simple arcade delight and intriguing RPG mechanics that convey the complexity of golf in a fun, accessible and enjoyable way.
  32. Apr 30, 2014
    80
    Mario World: Golf Tour is a good sports title for the 3DS. The combination of the Super Mario universe with the modality is not new, but there is a strengthening of options.
  33. Apr 29, 2014
    80
    This is a tremendous golf game with a smart balance between realism and zaniness. But a short campaign and spotty online play can let it down.
  34. Apr 28, 2014
    80
    Nintendo and Camelot have created an extremely accessible game that pulls you in early and doesn’t let go.
  35. Apr 28, 2014
    80
    Mario Golf: World Tour's single-player experience challenges you to perfect your game. It's a dry process that moves slowly while committing impressive attention to detail, though the inclusion of RPG elements could have made it more interesting. Versus mode lets you cut loose a bit and offers good times with friends.
  36. Apr 28, 2014
    80
    A fun-packed golf videogame with solid values and great accessibility. The addition of a career mode and interesting multiplayer online options makes Mario Golf: World Tour a good swing for Nintendo 3DS.
  37. 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.
  38. Apr 25, 2014
    80
    Its arrival on 3DS made me hopeful for that weird, charming role-playing hybrid from the franchise's handheld past. Castle Club simply isn't that; but my disappointment in its absence didn't take long to subside. World Tour more than delivers on the series' past strength on consoles, resulting in a polished, streamlined and extremely compelling way to hit the links.
  39. Apr 25, 2014
    80
    Despite some of the missteps, World Tour's bedrock gameplay remains a reason to check out the title. The 3DS' touchscreen is used to add draw, fade, loft, and drive to your shots, and it works well. Additions like this and online play show that the series hasn't remained stagnant in its long interval, but they aren't entirely unexpected, either. Mario Golf: World Tour is a welcome but not irrefutably triumphant return.
  40. Apr 25, 2014
    80
    You might not expect it but Mario Golf is an extremely fun game to play. It is filled with lots of content and Mario manages to present Golf as an entertaining sport.
  41. 80
    Essentially it’s just the Everybody’s Golf series reskinned with the usual Mario cast, but that can certainly provide for an enjoyable and relaxed golfing experience.
  42. Apr 24, 2014
    80
    After such a long time away from the green, Mario's clubs could have been rusty. At first indeed, it seems this comeback only relies on the same proven physics engine and subtle gameplay. The swing technique didn't change at all, even with the alternative method intuitively based on touch. But rather than pursuing realism, Mario Golf : World Tour expresses its arcadish approach in an audacious way, through a cartoonish world filled with interactive elements from the Mushroom Kingdom and the addition of power-ups. This arsenal is ingeniously exploited by the courses design, driving golf to a new dimension liberated from the laws of gravity. An amazing and joyful interpretation of this sport that can finally be shared easily with friends or competitors online. Who would have thought that golf was so friendly ?
  43. Apr 24, 2014
    80
    Mario Golf: World Tour brings Nintendo's golf series to the 3DS in quite a competent and compelling way. There's a wide variety of content to unlock and the challenge will keep players with their hands on this for a long time. Less skilled players may find it too difficult though, but anyone willing to invest a bit of their time and effort will be adequately rewarded.
  44. Apr 24, 2014
    80
    The natural comparison is with Everybody's Golf - which, of course, developer Camelot was responsible for in the first instance - and while the Vita game has, by a distance, the superior single-player structure, World Tour is more than a match for it in the quality of its courses and the breadth of its options.
  45. Apr 24, 2014
    80
    Mario Golf: World Tour may lack innovation, but it provides easy-to-grasp golfing fun and a slew of unique stages. It's a solid game that will keep you coming back for more.
  46. 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.
  47. Apr 24, 2014
    80
    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.
  48. Apr 24, 2014
    80
    The best Nintendo sports title for several years and although it offers little in terms of innovation it’s certainly not short of content or addictive fun.
  49. Apr 24, 2014
    80
    The online side of things may not be completely up to par, but World Tour stands as a truly first-rate Nintendo outing. And a must-have for youthful fans of the sport.
  50. Apr 28, 2014
    79
    I have issues with Mario Golf: World Tour, but they are completely unimportant when I’m playing the actual golfing parts. It feels great, it looks very nice, and it plays at a fast pace. And while the campaign packaging is a faint echo of Mario Golfs gone by, that didn’t stop me from loving the 20 hours I spent with this entry in the franchise.
  51. Apr 30, 2014
    78
    Solid golf entertainment for big and small players, for beginners and intermediates alike.
  52. Apr 24, 2014
    78
    Despite a few control issues and the desire for more engaging audio and visuals, the brimming content and excellent gameplay in Mario Golf: World Tour leaves the flaws well behind. The pace is perfect, whether you spend just a couple of minutes on challenges and training minigames, or breeze through eighteen holes in under half-an-hour.
  53. May 2, 2014
    75
    A few curious design choices and a lack of enjoyable single-player content hold World Tour back, but the golf basics are as solid as they’ve ever been, and the online multiplayer does wonders to help breathe new life into the series.
  54. Apr 28, 2014
    75
    Mario Golf: World Tournament has simple and effective gameplay, it's full of content and has good multiplayer options. But Castle Club mode is chaotic and poor and has too many repetitive challenges.
  55. 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.
  56. Apr 24, 2014
    75
    There’s a lot of golf to be had in this game, and it’s damned good golf. Still golf, which isn’t going to be everyone’s taste to begin with. However, World Tour’s charming world and interesting overworld design sets it apart from the other titles in the series and earns a surprising recommendation.
  57. May 20, 2014
    70
    Half of Mario Golf: World Tour is a worthy, delightful addition to the stable of Mario sporting games. The other half is too exacting and too dull to match that, let alone exceed it.
  58. May 16, 2014
    70
    The single player mode is not enough to justify a purchase as it is short and with very little challenge. Gather some friends though and you'll have a great time.
  59. May 14, 2014
    70
    It might be lacking in structure and its online systems seem ancient. As a golf game, though, Mario Golf World Tour is solid beyond any doubt. Its inner mechanics just are some of the best in the genre.
  60. May 12, 2014
    70
    Solid online modes and addictive gameplay makes Mario Golf: World Tour an easy recommendation. But a poor career mode with an unnecessary focus on the boring Mii characters keeps the game from achieving true greatness.
  61. As a guy whose passion for golf games lies mostly in powering through single-player tours and developing a character’s skills and playing style, Mario Golf: World Tour left me a little unsatisfied.
  62. May 2, 2014
    70
    It's gamesome, it's lightsome, and it's enjoyable even for those ignorant of golf. Mario Golf: World Tour won't surprise you at all but its gameplay is very lovely, it has a power to make you smile, and it will engage you for ages. On condition that Nintendo is going to debug its multiplayer servers.
  63. Apr 29, 2014
    70
    Between the varied courses that are available, the multiplayer options and the excellent gameplay dynamic, Mario Golf: World Tour offers a little something to everyone, both pro and casual players alike. What it lacks in innovation (and in some cases, quality audio- your Mii sounds too much like a doofus), it more than makes up for with a swinging good time.
  64. Apr 25, 2014
    70
    There's a lot of fun to be had here, and with classic Nintendo characters backing up the action, World Tour is a thoroughly charming game too. What a shame, then, that it lacks the cohesion and refinement to make those sometimes-brilliant moments easier to digest and access.
  65. Apr 24, 2014
    70
    None of Mario Golf World Tour’s changes are revolutionary – ten years away has brought surprisingly few new ideas – but the core gameplay is as fun and attractive as ever, so if you’re looking for a golf game for the 3DS this will do just fine.
  66. Apr 24, 2014
    70
    World Tour does nothing to advance golf games to wherever it is they need to go next – I think we can all admit the genre has become incredibly stale – but it still manages to entertain. And that, my friends, is no bad thing.
  67. May 15, 2014
    65
    It was alright. Casual handheld game, for sure, arcade-ish and replayable. It’s nothing gripping, not by a long drive (see what I did there?). On the huge plus side though, when you hit a perfectly spun ball with precision timing, the ball does take on a distinctly familiar blue Super Saiyan aura.
  68. Apr 29, 2014
    62
    My problem with Mario Golf games, then, is really a kind of strength; the core game is so competent that a hitting a solid drive down the fairway feels sweet enough.
  69. May 10, 2014
    60
    Those who lost many hours to Mario Golf 64 or Toadstool Tour will find qualms with the blanket changes made to the formula, but, much like golf itself, once the learning curve is passed, contentment can be found in unsuspected places.
  70. May 2, 2014
    60
    Despite the solid core golf mechanics and snappy visuals, Mario Golf World Tour feels a bit scatterbrained, which is surprising given Camelot’s pedigree with Nintendo sports titles.
  71. May 1, 2014
    60
    A little panache and daring can go a long way towards standing out on the real-life fairways, and it would've done so here as well.
  72. Apr 24, 2014
    60
    As a Nintendo game, Mario Golf: World Tour feels uncharacteristically clunky. When the tense thrill of the course takes you, it's a great experience that packs a lot of potential depth, but with confused structures and systems, it takes patience to see the best World Tour has to offer.
  73. 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.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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! Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2015
    10
    This game is awesome. Just got it today Platinum Reward from Club Nintendo. The graphics look amazing. The controls are okay. The CharacterThis game is awesome. Just got it today Platinum Reward from Club Nintendo. The graphics look amazing. The controls are okay. The Character selection is good. The Courses are awesome. The tournaments are cool. The items are awesome. This game is the closest to a Mario Kart game because of the sounds. Mario Golf World Tour is a great game and it is worth buying/downloading. Full Review »