Mario Golf: World Tour
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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.
World Tour is more than a match for Everybody's Golf in the quality of its courses and the breadth of its options.
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.
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.
Yet another fun three-click golf disciple that offers a breadth of modes and experiences
Mario Golf: World Tour delivers on its pedigree
Mario Golf: World Tour is built upon strong mechanics, but too often relies on novelty value.
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.
Mario Golf: World Tour retains the charm and cleanliness that the series and the genre are known for, but places too much emphasis on its online offerings and Mii avatars at the cost of full courses and attention to the central cast of Nintendo characters. Luckily, it's those same online offerings, along with the offline challenges and Sky Island course, that should keep fans of golf titles occupied for several months. 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.
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.