Mario Golf (video game)

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Mario Golf
Mario Golf
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
Developer(s) Camelot Software Planning
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Haruki Kodera (N64)
Yasuhiro Taguchi (GBC)
Producer(s) Shinji Hatano
Hiroyuki Takahashi
Shugo Takahashi
Hidetoshi Endo
Composer(s) Motoi Sakuraba
Series Mario Golf
Engine Modified Everybody's Golf engine
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Virtual Console (Wii and Nintendo 3DS)
Release date(s) Nintendo 64
  • JP June 11, 1999
  • NA June 30, 1999
  • PAL September 14, 1999
Game Boy Color
  • JP August 10, 1999
  • NA October 1999
  • PAL October 26, 1999
Virtual Console
Wii (Nintendo 64)
  • JP September 30, 2008
  • NA October 6, 2008
  • PAL January 23, 2009
Nintendo 3DS (Game Boy)
  • JP October 3, 2012
  • NA October 11, 2012
  • PAL May 29, 2014
Genre(s) Sports (golf)
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer

Mario Golf (マリオゴルフ64 Mario Gorufu Rokujūyon?, Mario Golf 64) is a sports game developed by Camelot Software Planning and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 in 1999. In the game, Mario, his friends, and his enemies play golf on a variety of Mario-themed courses. It is the second game in the Mario Golf series (though the first to carry that name). Its tagline was "Tee up with Mario and his friends!" Mario Golf was re-released on the Wii Virtual Console in Japan on September 30, 2008, in North America on October 6, 2008[1] and in Europe and Australia on January 23, 2009.

A portable version of this game for Game Boy Color (known as Mario Golf GB (マリオゴルフGB) in Japan) was also developed by Camelot Software Planning. Unlike the console version, it includes role-playing video game elements. On October 3, 2012, Nintendo ported the GBC version to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console via its Japanese eShop. It was released on the 3DS Virtual Console in North America on October 11, 2012 and in Europe on May 29, 2014.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

Mario Golf is the first game in the series to use 3D computer graphics.

Players can play as a variety of characters including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and Wario. The game also introduces Plum, Sonny, Harry, Maple, and Charlie, new characters created by Camelot specifically for the game, who have not appeared since (save for Plum's appearance as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee and as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl). Players can then select from a number of courses which have features adapted to the Nintendo world. Mario Golf is also very easy to play (also known as a "pick up and play" game) as it makes golf very simple, because it does away with many of the complicated real-life aspects of the sport that are found in games like Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006. Although the game is easy to play and simple in appearance, the game's engine is very deep and there are a multitude of variables that can affect a shot, such as wind strength and direction (indicated by a Boo), rain, characters' individual attributes, spin on the ball, and relief of the land. There is a variety of gameplay modes, including speed golf, ring shot, mini golf and skins match. Every character in the game has recorded voice samples which can be used to comment on opponent's shots.

Transfer Pak[edit]

This game features Transfer Pak compatibility with the Game Boy Color version of Mario Golf. Players are able to upload characters and data found on the Game Boy version to the Nintendo 64 version. That way, you can play as these characters in full 3D. Additionally, data from the Nintendo 64 version is saved onto the Game Boy Color version of the game.[3] However, the characters imported onto the Nintendo 64 version are not saved onto the cartridge; you must upload the characters again to play as them on the Nintendo 64.[citation needed] After playing a round with a GBC Character, that character will earn experience points. Transfer Pak functionality is not included in the Virtual Console version.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (GBC) 87.65%[5]
(N64) 87.32%[6]
Metacritic (N64) 91/100[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame (GBC) 4.5/5 stars[8]
(N64) 4/5 stars[9]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 8.12/10[10]
Eurogamer 9/10[11]
Famitsu 30/40[12][13]
Game Informer (N64) 9/10[14]
(GBC) 8.75/10[15]
GamePro 5/5 stars[16]
GameSpot (N64) 8.7/10[17]
(GBC) 7.2/10[18]
IGN (GBC) 10/10[19]
(N64) 8.3/10[20]
(Wii) 8/10[21]
NintendoLife (N64) 8/10 stars[22]
(GBC) 7/10 stars[23]
Nintendo Power (GBC) 8.7/10[24]
(N64) 8.5/10[25]
Official Nintendo Magazine 89%[26]

The game was met with positive reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 87.65% for the Game Boy Color version,[5] and 87.32% and 91/100 for the Nintendo 64 version. In Japan, Famitsu gave both versions of the game a score of 30/40.[12][13]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel to this game, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, was released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Two WiiWare Games and Two Virtual Console Games Added to Wii Shop Channel". October 6, 2008. Retrieved October 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/37150/mario-golf-world-tour-demo-confirmed-for-europe
  3. ^ IGN Staff (March 3, 2000). "Mario Golf Transfer Pak". IGN. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ van Duyn, Marcel (October 6, 2008). "USA VC Releases: Mario Golf and Shining Force II". NintendoLife. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Mario Golf for Game Boy Color". GameRankings. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mario Golf for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Mario Golf for Nintendo 64 Reviews". Metacritic. 
  8. ^ Miller, Skyler. "Mario Golf (GBC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ McCall, Scott. "Mario Golf (N64) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Mario Golf (N64)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 1999. 
  11. ^ Whitehead, Dan (April 12, 2009). "Virtual Console Roundup (Page 2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "ニンテンドウ64 - マリオゴルフ64". Famitsu 915: 27. June 30, 2006. 
  13. ^ a b "ゲームボーイ - マリオゴルフGB". Famitsu 915: 110. June 30, 2006. 
  14. ^ McNamara, Andy; Anderson, Paul; Reiner, Andrew (November 2, 1999). "Mario Golf (N64)". Game Informer. Archived from the original on March 11, 2000. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  15. ^ Anderson, Paul (October 27, 1999). "Mario Golf (GBC)". Game Informer. Archived from the original on October 21, 2000. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  16. ^ Scary Larry (1999). "Mario Golf Review for N64 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ Mielke, James (July 30, 1999). "Mario Golf Review (N64)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ Fielder, Lauren (January 28, 2000). "Mario Golf Review (GBC)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  19. ^ Harris, Craig (October 5, 1999). "Mario Golf (GBC)". IGN. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  20. ^ Boulding, Aaron (July 28, 1999). "Mario Golf (N64)". IGN. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  21. ^ Thomas, Lucas M. (October 6, 2008). "Mario Golf Review (Wii)". IGN. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  22. ^ van Duyn, Marcel (October 6, 2008). "Mario Golf (Wii Virtual Console / Nintendo 64) Review". NintendoLife. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  23. ^ Reed, Philip J. (October 15, 2012). "Mario Golf (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color) Review". NintendoLife. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Mario Golf (GBC)". Nintendo Power 126. November 1999. 
  25. ^ "Mario Golf (N64)". Nintendo Power 123. August 1999. 
  26. ^ Scullion, Chris (January 23, 2009). "Mario Golf Review (Wii)". Official Nintendo Magazine. Archived from the original on October 7, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 

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