Once you grasp the controls, it’s really just a matter of getting used to the effects of wind, sloped ground, and other elements as you shoot for low scores. There are loads of tutorials and practice modes to help you hone your shot. And if you've played Mario Golf before, you can skip these altogether and hit the greens right away.
Many familiar Mario characters are available to use in the game. Of course, you can expect to see Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Bowser. But there are some new faces this time around, including Toad, who is the greatest Nintendo character of all time, and has strangely never been a playable character before now. Each character has amusing animations depending on how well you do on a hole. The voices can get rather repetitive and annoying after a while, though.
In terms of play locations, the game comes with four 18-hole courses and six 9-hole courses. Many of these are themed courses, such as Yoshi Lake, which has plush fabric textures and giant Yoshi egg obstacles. You will sometimes have the option of using items as well. Use a Bullet Bill to keep the ball right next to the ground as it travels, or use a Boomerang Flower to add some serious English to your shot.
To keep things exciting, Mario Golf World Tour includes a Challenges mode. Each course has ten challenges to complete. Some of them are easy, such as achieve a score of -2 on a course. Others are near-impossible, like the One-On, One-Putt Challenge, which requires you to get on the green on the first hit and then in the hole on the second for an entire course. Completing challenges will earn you new characters, new courses, and new gear.
The game is a ton of fun and has loads of replay value, but there are a couple of things that were overlooked. In previous games (and in many other golf games, for that matter) you had the option of viewing your best shots. So if you scored a hole-in-one or some other crazy or cool shot, you could show it to your friends. Sadly, this feature is non-existent, which is really unfortunate. There is also no Skins match option, which is also annoying, but a little less notable.
Mario Golf World Tour is an excellent game. There is a ton of replay value with lots of challenge if you want it. While there are a couple of things missing, there are a lot of new features that help make up for that. I've found that Mario Golf can be one of those games that almost anyone can enjoy, and this one is no exception. It’s simple enough that newbies could pick it up in a couple of hours, but there is enough difficulty to keep seasoned veterans entertained.
- Excellent, polished gameplay
- Loads of courses and challenges
- You can play as Toad!! :D
- No shot replays :(
- No skins matches
This game has earned a Blatantly Biased: