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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.
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.
The best golf game available since Hot Shots on Vita, Mario Golf: World Tour brings a great presentation, replay value, and surprisingly fun online play with friends across the globe to gaming on the go.
Mario Golf: World Tour delivers, most notably right out of the box, a lengthy and involving experience. There is impressive depth not just in the level of content and diversity of options, but in the golf mechanics themselves; the catered options for beginners and stronger players are impeccably implemented. A minor quibble is that attempts at zaniness with items feel rather superfluous, while well-designed courses would have benefited from some less conventional designs. Aside from that, however, this is a truly excellent addition to the 3DS library, and offers a fresh experience from its contemporaries. Whether you want to settle in for a 15 minute blast around some challenges, or a longer spell carefully constructing a new record score, this satisfies either desire. On top of that, it has possibly the most impressive online setup we've seen to date in a first-party Nintendo game.There's little doubt that this is a long-tail game for 3DS owners. The core content and Mii customisation delivers the fundamentals, and then those with a love of the Links can keep going through pre-arranged online tournaments or simply by arranging their own. The round ends when you want it to, and that helps to make this a must have for the 3DS.
If you loved Mario Golf Advance World Tour on the GBA than Mario Golf World Tour is the evolutionally predecessor of this series that features sturdy gaming mechanics with plenty of Nintendo love thrown into the mix. Even if you don't like golf, the developers have created this really fun game that can actually be quite a challenge as you progress through Castle Club.
Mario Golf: World Tour is an excellent golfing title that combines the strategy and depth of golf with the personality and fun of the Super Mario series. Whether you're a beginner or advanced player, child or adult, there's something for everyone here.
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.
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.
If you're a fan of Mario-oriented sports games – or just want something breezy and fun to play this summer season – pack up your golf bag and report for the World Tour. You won't be sorry.
Mario Golf: World Tour succeeds in crafting a stellar golfing experience, one that will likely become a mainstay in multiplayer circles for a long time. The single-player portion doesn't seem fully realized, but the golf gameplay in World Tour is top notch and the stellar online tournaments have the potential to keep the experience fresh for a long time. With a nice variety of courses and lots to unlock, this is another fine entry in the long line of Mario sports games.
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.
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.
Niggles aside, I've really enjoyed my time with Mario Golf: World Tour. Despite feeling a little light on main courses, there's more than enough content on offer, coupled with a great online mode and the usual Nintendo visual flair. This is a game that will keep you busy for quite some time.
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.
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.
There is a lot to love about Mario Golf: World Tour. For those that really enjoy the more light-hearted approach to golf that games like this and Hot Shots provide, this is a no-brainer. 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.
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.
The single player portion of the game may feel hollow, but the excellent online integration, Royal Garden courses, and challenges more than make up for the Castle Club's shortcomings. Mario Golf: World Tour is everything I would expect from a Camelot golf game. Like previously mentioned, Camelot just knows how to hone in on what is fun about golf; they extract those pieces, make them approachable, and most importantly, enjoyable.
On the whole, "Mario Golf: World Tour" provides an easy to pick up and enjoyable arcade golf experience with loads of content for Nintendo 3DS owners. The rotating tournaments, online play and unlockables give you a reason to keep coming back and competing. Meanwhile, the line-up of playable Mario characters combined with item drops and colorful courses liven up the normally staid sport.
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.
Nintendo and Camelot have created an extremely accessible game that pulls you in early and doesn't let go. It's a great experience for golf lovers and novices alike and, despite small issues, one of the best sports games on the console. With a wealth of single player options and a well tuned online experience, not to mention the impending DLC packs, Mario Golf: World Tour is a game that begs for a permanent spot in your 3DS.
How much value you get from this game largely depends on how comfortable you are with online challenge and competition. Taken as an single player experience, Mario Golf: World Tour is either expensive with all its DLC, or a little too light in raw content for its own good from the base package. But either way, compared to Camelot's previous 3DS effort with the tennis game, this is a massive step up.
Choosing to ease off on the weird and wacky antics of previous outings, Mario Golf: World Tour is a resounding success, harking back to the original pure fun of the Nintendo 64 outing, whilst still keeping the 'out there' elements for fans of the GameCube edition, just having them in the background now instead. Whilst lacking in any real innovation, and sadly missing a much desired return of the RPG mode, this almost back-to-basics golfing title is one that Nintendo 3DS owners should seriously consider looking into. Overall, it is easy and intuitive for newcomers, with elements of added depth for veterans.
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.
Mario Golf: World Tour is a mixed bag. On one hand, it is an almost perfect golf game with interesting and compelling online options. On the other, it adds in a bunch of gimmicks and lacks enough actual golf courses. Still, my complaints are more related to the lack of content that I was expecting, not the quality of the gameplay, which is pitch perfect.
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. The collectibles beg to be purchased, and the bragging rights through the multiplayer features are beyond anything we've seen in prior Mario Golf titles. It fits the system perfectly, it will fit your schedule perfectly, and it always has something enticing to come to back to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A very solid golf game is buried in this somewhat sterile experience. Mario Golf: World Tour is like the Disneyland of golf games, offering plenty to look at and do, but wearing you out with quirks in its navigation and design.
Where Mario Golf World Tour hits the sweet spot is in its online modes, which range from private match-ups with your friends to scheduled international tournaments. There's a lot of variety and flexibility here, it's just a shame that it comes at the cost of a more fully fleshed-out solo mode, lacking the kind of deep, addictive hooks that a golf game should have.
Mario Golf: World Tour isn't set up as well as it could be, and fails to live up to the rest of the series. It is still very well executed where in matters, and it's consistently fun to hit the links of the Mushroom Kingdom.