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Mario Golf (Nintendo 64) review


"When people have too much money then they can handle, they start buying a few rediculous games. With $60 and nothing to do with it, I went out and bought Mario Golf. Why? Cause I had money, and decided why not get a golf game, even if I hate golf. And it turns out Mario Golf is one of the best games on the Nintendo 64 for good reasons. I guess this excess money is not such a bad thing. hehehe. "



When people have too much money then they can handle, they start buying a few rediculous games. With $60 and nothing to do with it, I went out and bought Mario Golf. Why? Cause I had money, and decided why not get a golf game, even if I hate golf. And it turns out Mario Golf is one of the best games on the Nintendo 64 for good reasons. I guess this excess money is not such a bad thing. hehehe.

GRAPHICS (18/20): Now Cartridge based systems in modern days are weak and not capable of the best graphics. Mario Golf looks better than most Playstation games out at the time, for all the characters look exactly like they do. Now you have your classic Mario characters in this game, along with good ol' nobodies like Plum and Maple (Go Maple). Sure they graphics may be good, cause there is little to no onscreen action besides the ball rolling and the swing of the club, but still the visuals of the characters and the courses are wonderful.

SOUND (9/10): The birds chirting, the nice sound of the ball rolling, your beloved characters yelling fore. It's a nice happy round of golf, until the taunting begins. ''Hurry Up'', ''Hmmmm'', are frequently heard on the Mario courses to distract the opponents, cause well, your opponents are evil. However this gets humorous when people try to out taunt eachother. Maybe now and then someone will even say Goodshot. Below par music, but the funniest sound effects ever.

GAMEPLAY (42/45): Mario Golf is a very entertaining golf game. You play through 6 different sets of courses, and by being succesful you can open up the next set. You do this by winning money in the tournaments. There are a variety of characters all with their advantages in disadvantages. Also some of the courses are visual splendors, and entertaining to. You can use the huge rock walls to skim some area and get a birdie, so strategy is key to. Also the only mode is not tournament, for their is also Minature golf mode and versus. Minature golf mode is definitlely a fun experience also, while you will need to do the rings if you want a very interesting character (a one handed swinger). The controls are very smooth in Mario Golf, as the control and power is very well set. They won't screw you up, however timing is crucial. You can enhance your drive with a perfect shot, and this may even lead to a hole-in-one {YOSHI :-)} Definitely a memorable game for the competition is tough, and the courses are even tougher but in an entertaining way. Mario Golf is a winner.

MULTIPLAYER (8/10): Now golf is not really known for Multiplayer. At least not normally. But this game is the one exception. My friends and I have on frequent occasion popped this game in the Nintendo 64 over Perfect Dark. Believe it or not this game has so much to do and the competition is heated. Anyone can learn to play, or at least touch the taunt buttons.

REPLAYABILITY (8/10): It is no easy task to open up all the courses and all the characters in the game. You will have to birdie every whole in the game to get Metal Mario and Maple, and play through the ring contests to get Donkey Kong. You also have to play through vs matches to open up many other characters, including Bowser. This game is very hard later on, and you will have to use a little cheap tactics. But there is alot to do, and a fun time doing it.

DIFFICULTY (3/5): To get all the characters is just too hard. I still have 4 to open up in single player, and well I have basically forfeited trying. The opponents are too sick, and you will have to use a minor cheat tactic to win against most of them. Unless you can Eagle every hole, don't expect to get Bowser.

OVERALL (88/100): Golf is not a sport, lets understand this right now. However Mario easily shows why it is a pastime. Our red-shirted plumber has brought all his friends together for some good ol' fun, and they are taking you along for the ride.

Rating: 8.8/10

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Community review by ratking (July 18, 2002)

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