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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.
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  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. 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.
  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: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  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. Mar 23, 2016
    10
    Mario Golf on 3ds is my favorite handheld game. All of the courses are rad. There are "power ups" that you can use on your stroke that do aMario Golf on 3ds is my favorite handheld game. All of the courses are rad. There are "power ups" that you can use on your stroke that do a variety of things to your advantage. There is a definite sense of accomplishment when you knock in a birdie or an eagle under par. I've knocked in 5 "hole in ones" myself.
    They money maker on this game is definitely the online tournaments. They are competitive and highly rewarding. This game is a must have for anyone looking to veg out with a nintendo 3ds.
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  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. Expand
  4. Mar 18, 2016
    9
    I've had a soft spot for Mario Golf since Toadstool Tour on Gamecube, which had many many hours of play way back when. The GBA game, with itsI've had a soft spot for Mario Golf since Toadstool Tour on Gamecube, which had many many hours of play way back when. The GBA game, with its RPG stylings, was also fun though predictably scaled back compared to the Gamecube version.

    In comes the 3DS World Tour, the latest in the series. Bringing the Gamecube's 3D gameplay to a handheld this is probably the best version of the game yet. Controls are tight, and work well in an arcadey fashion - no Tiger Woods style swinging your club with the analogue stick - here you take A then hit it again at the right point to set the power of your shot. Tapping B instead of A activates manual mode, which then requires a second tap to set the accuracy of the shot - A or B creating a standard shot, and AA, BB, AB or BA creating various top or back spin variations. Its deep without being taxing.

    Each character from the Mario universe (or your Mii) has different shot types and powers which subtly affect gameplay. The courses are imaginative and fit into the Super Mario universe. Additional courses are available as DLC and for myself represented good value, with several extra courses available.

    Skill courses are also available that require you to perform tasks whilst making par, in order to gain coins that unlock further courses and holes.

    Online play exists where you compete across courses against any and all. These play out much like a single player game, except that you can see other shots from players' ghosts occurring around you.

    Amongst my favourite 3DS games, and certainly my favourite "sports" title on the console (excepting Mario Kart....)
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  5. Sep 18, 2019
    8
    One of the best Mario golf games, but that isn't saying much. I still recommend it for any fan though
  6. May 15, 2014
    8
    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 toI'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.
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  7. Apr 9, 2022
    3
    Forcing the player to suffer through the terrible challenges just to unlock the courses is such an brain dead idea and I shouldn't beForcing the player to suffer through the terrible challenges just to unlock the courses is such an brain dead idea and I shouldn't be surprised considering this is Nintendo and Camelot. The challenges are infuriating. Often, they aren't difficult. It is more about knowing the exact pinpoint pixel to hit an objective and also getting lucky. This results in constant retries, constantly hearing the bland as hell announcer telling you that you failed and hearing the characters forever saying the same few lines every 3 seconds. The challenges become so incredibly stupid that they are not even close to fun. By the time you unlock the courses by doing these challenges, you won't want to even bother playing the game again anyways. The rest of the game is standard, nothing special, but the challenges are downright horrible and yet are required to unlock the courses. **** that. Expand

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