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
Designer(s) Hiroyuki Takahashi
Shugo Takahashi
Composer(s) Motoi Sakuraba
Series Mario Golf
Engine Everybody's Golf Edit this on Wikidata
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color
Release Nintendo 64
  • JP: June 11, 1999
  • NA: July 26, 1999
  • PAL: September 14, 1999
Game Boy Color
  • JP: August 10, 1999
  • NA: October 5, 1999
  • PAL: October 26, 1999
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Mario Golf (Japanese: マリオゴルフ64, Hepburn: 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 is "Tee up with Mario and his friends!"

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.

Gameplay[edit]

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

Players choose from 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 (except 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 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. These characters are then playable in full 3D. Additionally, data from the Nintendo 64 version is saved onto the Game Boy Color version of the game.[1] 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.[2]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
GBCN64Wii
AllGame4.5/5 stars[3]4/5 stars[4]N/A
EGMN/A8.12/10[5]N/A
EurogamerN/AN/A9/10[6]
Famitsu30/40[7]30/40[8]N/A
Game Informer8.75/10[9]9/10[10]N/A
GameProN/A5/5 stars[11]N/A
GameSpot7.2/10[12]8.7/10[13]N/A
IGN10/10[14]8.3/10[15]8/10[16]
Nintendo Life7/10 stars[17]8/10 stars[18]N/A
Nintendo Power8.7/10[19]8.5/10[20]N/A
ONMN/AN/A89%[21]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings87.65%[22]87.32%[23]N/A
MetacriticN/A91/100[24]N/A

The Nintendo 64 version received "universal acclaim", according to review aggregator website Metacritic.[24] In Japan, Famitsu gave both console versions of the game a score of 30/40.[7][8]

Sequel[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN Staff (March 3, 2000). "Mario Golf Transfer Pak". IGN. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ van Duyn, Marcel (October 6, 2008). "USA VC Releases: Mario Golf and Shining Force II". NintendoLife. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ Miller, Skyler. "Mario Golf (GBC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ McCall, Scott. "Mario Golf (N64) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mario Golf (N64)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 1999. 
  6. ^ Whitehead, Dan (April 12, 2009). "Virtual Console Roundup (Page 2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "ゲームボーイ - マリオゴルフGB". Famitsu. 915: 110. June 30, 2006. 
  8. ^ a b "ニンテンドウ64 - マリオゴルフ64". Famitsu. 915: 27. June 30, 2006. 
  9. ^ Anderson, Paul (November 1999). "Mario Golf (GBC)". Game Informer (79). Archived from the original on October 21, 2000. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ McNamara, Andy; Anderson, Paul; Reiner, Andrew (August 1999). "Mario Golf (N64)". Game Informer (76): 36. Archived from the original on March 11, 2000. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ Scary Larry (1999). "Mario Golf Review for N64 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on August 19, 2000. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ Fielder, Lauren (January 28, 2000). "Mario Golf Review (GBC)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ Mielke, James (July 30, 1999). "Mario Golf Review (N64)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  14. ^ Harris, Craig (October 5, 1999). "Mario Golf (GBC)". IGN. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  15. ^ Boulding, Aaron (July 28, 1999). "Mario Golf (N64)". IGN. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  16. ^ Thomas, Lucas M. (October 6, 2008). "Mario Golf Review (Wii)". IGN. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ Reed, Philip J. (October 15, 2012). "Review: Mario Golf (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ van Duyn, Marcel (October 6, 2008). "Review: Mario Golf (Wii Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Mario Golf (GBC)". Nintendo Power. 126. November 1999. 
  20. ^ "Mario Golf (N64)". Nintendo Power. 123. August 1999. 
  21. ^ Scullion, Chris (January 23, 2009). "Mario Golf Review (Wii)". Official Nintendo Magazine. Archived from the original on October 7, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Mario Golf for Game Boy Color". GameRankings. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Mario Golf for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Mario Golf for Nintendo 64 Reviews". Metacritic. 

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