Mario Golf Nintendo 64

Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
Buy On
  1. 100
    Even while he's just holding a golf club, Mario still has plenty of style and charisma - as do his similarly golf mad companions that join him. Forget all the so-serious golf sims and have a round of Mario Golf.
  2. 100
    Enormously fun golfing with a variety of modes to satisfy everyone from the weekend golfer to the maniacal miniature-putthead. You couldn't ask for a better tee time than Mario Golf.
  3. If you enjoy a true challenge and great depth in your games then you'll love Mario Golf. If you are an impatient ninny that finds "San Francisco Rush" to be a rewarding challenge then please go buy something else.
  4. Wow! What an excellent game! What's surprising about Mario Golf is just how sophisticated the simulation is. Fans of the real life sport will not be disappointed by Nintendo's cartoon interpretation of it, nor will fans of the Mario games be turned off by the complexity and "just one more time" challenge found on this cartridge.
  5. Simply the best console golf game ever made. Mario Golf will surprise you because it's much closer to a simulation than its appearance lets on. Older gamers or golf enthusiasts should definitely do like we did and put aside prejudices and give the game a shot. I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.
  6. An amazing number of modes, a superb physics engine, a natural learning curve and some exciting multiplayer are all par for the course (sorry, so sorry). To put it succinctly, Nintendo does it again.
  7. Don't care for golf? Give Mario Golf a try anyway. It is an incredibly well crafted game, and it is one of the deepest sports games available. Even for those of us who would rather undergo all sorts of pain rather than pick up a set of golf clubs, Mario Golf is a blast to play.
  8. There are two kinds of video-game fans who play golf games: the kind who play hard-core golf simulations and the kind who play everything else. Mario Golf is, amazingly, the kind of golf game that could appeal to both. Anyone who would turn a blind eye to Mario Golf because of its exterior qualities will be missing perhaps the best golf game on a console.
  9. Possibly the best sports title for N64, and one of the best golf games to date. Most gamers and many non-gamers will find much to enjoy in this game if it is given a chance.
  10. Beautifully conceived and packed chock-full of garish Mario-isms. This is far better than any other golfing effort the N64 has spewed up in the past and we had to wait for the trusty little plumber to prove again just why he's the dog's danglies at almost everything he does.
  11. 83
    When it comes to the intricacies that make golf the most loved and frustrating game on the planet, Mario Golf has it all. Challenging, but you will be drawn into it because of the nature of golf and your fear that the "little cartoon game" is mocking you.
  12. Although I feel it is sufficiently simple for anyone to jump into and enjoy, there are those who simply don't like golf. If you really don't like golf, this is obviously not the game for you. However, to anyone else, Mario Golf is a truly fantastic title that you must try. It's simple and fun, while still being true to the game of golf.
  13. It manages to be one of those rare simple-to-learn but hard-to-master games that, for the most part, end up becoming classics. Mario Golf deserves to join them. Despite the game being such fun to play, it's a bit of a shame that the courses stay soundly within the realms of the possible.
  14. Nintendo has done it again. Mario Golf takes the sport and makes it more entertaining while retaining realism. Both golf fans and non-golf fans alike will find the game highly enjoyable.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed N64 Game of 1999
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 26, 2015
    8
    This game is okay. I have it on the Wii, and played it once. I haven't played it in AGES but is still a good game. The graphics are great forThis game is okay. I have it on the Wii, and played it once. I haven't played it in AGES but is still a good game. The graphics are great for the N64. The controls are mediocre but got used to it. The character selection is okay. The course designs were fine. Mario Golf 64 is good overall but not the best. It is wourth playing. Full Review »
  2. Jun 30, 2014
    7
    I remember playing this on lazy days in with the family. A great multi-player game if you're after a chilled out affair! Never did reallyI remember playing this on lazy days in with the family. A great multi-player game if you're after a chilled out affair! Never did really enjoy playing it alone though. Full Review »
  3. RobertA.
    Jul 15, 2004
    9
    Yes. this is the greatest mario sports game. ever. Mario tennis very close though.