Sometimes you wonder how companies come up with some of these games, but I guess if it works don’t fix it, right?. Well, Mario Golf was released for the Nintendo 64 quite a few years back and I personally really enjoyed the laid back approach in which the game took. It was just a game you could pop in sit down and play and just have a good time. Now Nintendo has brought the title to the Cube with Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, a game in which you can take the wacky Nintendo crew and hit the links.
Most non-golf fans find the game of Golf to be to slow, or to hard to play in real life. But what if you make ways to advance the game of golf to become a much more fast pace game where you can finish a round of eighteen holes in under twenty minutes. Well this is exactly what Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour is, it combines a fun golf experience with some little tweaks to further enhance the game of golf.
The game modes of Mario Golf are all over the place from just playing nine holes, or eighteen holes to playing a host of mini games. Along with a bunch of mini games you have the tournament mode and then you also have a lot of multiplayer options to choose from. There are quite a few modes to choose from, and most of them are pretty interesting.
The main mode being the Tournament mode in which you go up against a whole slew of different characters trying to win through each course. The disappointing part about the tournament mode is that it is really a short mode. Being the main mode you would expect this to be a much more complex gaming experience. Instead the mode is really too easy and will only take a very short amount of time to complete. Right when I started the tournament mode, after only playing nine holes before that I went through the first three or four tournaments without losing. Maybe I just got lucky or maybe this game is just a little too easy. It will only take you a short amount of time to really get the hang of the game and then you will easily be able to get through the tournament mode.
What really disappoints me about Mario Golf is that the Gameboy Color version of Mario Golf had a much deeper main mode that would take a lot more time to get through then in the Cube version. With that being said, Toadstool Tour does have a lot of other nice interesting little modes to keep you, but it still would have been nice to have been engrossed in a deeper main mode.
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour plays pretty similar if not exactly like the N64 version of the game. Did. It is a pretty straight forward game where you aim, and the use the ’meter’ system to see how far you want to hit it. There is not a whole lot of skill involved in the game (like in Tiger Woods) but more of a pretty straight forward, easy game to work with.
One of the more impressive parts about Mario Golf is the fact that the courses are all pretty different, so you won’t get bored of seeing the same holes over and over again. Instead you will see a lot of variety from different landscapes to just mixing things up.
Mario Golf plays like a solid arcade golf title, which is just missing that main mode to really put it at the top of the golf market. There are a lot of things to do in this game, but it’s not a title that you can sit down and play for a long period of time.
One of the great things about the game of Golf are the beautiful courses around the world that we get to witness over the TV every weekend. With this being said the courses of Mario Golf are totally different in appearance from that of the real world.
Mario and the gang basically look exactly how you would expect them to look on a next generation console. They are heavily detailed with quite a bit of emphasis on the detail of each individual character to show there own unique personalities. Each character looks pretty solid with some good animation it makes the game look pretty good.
One of the best parts about Mario Golf’s graphics are the course designs that are so fun to play that it really gives the game it’s flare. With the fast fairways, and all of the other obstacles that are placed in your way, the courses are always fun to look at. Although there isn’t a whole lot of detail, the courses look very solid.
Overall the graphics of Mario Golf are very solid. There isn’t anything about them that will get them any notoriety, but they are done well enough to where there is really nothing to complain about.
The one thing about Mario Golf is that it is an Arcade Golf title, which means where you aim the ball it will go. This also brings a little less challenge but a lot more fun to the game. This is one of those games that you can easily make birdies and I even have made a few hole in ones, this really makes the game a lot more enjoyable to play. Rather then in a game such as Tiger Woods where there is a lot of skill involved but also frustration, Mario Golf is just smooth sailing.
Mario Golf is just a solid golf title for the Cube that doesn’t do anything wrong but fails to do anything to make it a for sure buy title. I would probably say this would be a perfect rental title, because once you have had it for a rental period you would have already beaten the tournament mode and have played through most of what the game has to offer.
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