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I dread to think how many hours I have spent playing this game, it is just so much fun! What makes this game so good is that it´s just as fun to play on your own as when you play it with your friends. You can choose to play tournaments, against the nintendo characters (if you win, you can play with that character) and choose from a range of fun mini-games. If you have the gameboy version of this game, you can upload your character you have made there to the big game - which is very cool. At first you can only play a handful of characthers, but as you unlock them in the vs. mode you will soon be able to play a range of different nintendo superstars such as princess peach, yoshi, luigi, waluigi, bowser and last but not least - mario. Each character has a description, how long they drive and if they play with a draw or a fade (curving the ball from the left or from the right) the minigames includes shooting through rings, mini-golf, clearing holes in certain ways and a few other ones. There´s also a driving range where you can practice your swing. It uses a 3-click swing control, you basically press the button to start the swing, try to press it as its just at the top of the meeter and then when it goes back down, try to press it from where you started it. If you manage to hit the exact top and exactly where you started, it´s called "nice shot" and you will get a couple of extra yards. You can also youse the "power" mode, you get 6 chances in an 18-hole round and unless you get a "nice shot" you will loose a power shot every time you use it. So if you have learned to time your swing well - there´s plenty of extra yards for you to be had.
Yet another title featuring everyones favourite Italian American plumber. Isn't everyone getting sick of seeing this dungaree wearing, four foot tall moustachioed man? The answer is an emphatic NO!!! For there is a reason why there are so many Mario games available, simply put, it's because Nintendo just keep getting it right. Mario games are fun and addictive pretty much accross the board, with Mario Golf being no exception. On first impressions, one may expect this title would be more geared towards Mario fans than Golf game fans, this isn't entirely the case. Mario Golf manages to feel pretty real, the ball physics feel quite genuine. I mean it's not exactly a pro golf simulator but neither does it feel as if your hitting a ping pong ball with a wet fish, it nestles snuggly somewhere imbetween. Basically you pick your club, position your shot, when your satisfied with the direction you then push a button to start the power meter with the idea being to push the button a second time as close to a completely filled bar as possible, then the gauge starts to go the opposite direction (back down) and you must push the button a third time to stop the gauge just as it passes between two closely spaced lines, this will control the accuracy of the shot. Alongside regular shots each player gets six power shots which if timed perfectly will add length to your shot along with a colourful trail. The real strength of this game lies in it's unlockable content, there are loads of characters and courses to unlock which gives a high replayability factor, in my opinion perhaps the most important criteria of any game. There are several fun and different modes of play including head to head, where you must beat a computer opponent in order to unlock them as a playable character, ring shot which sees the player challenged to hit the ball through a varying number of rings before completing the whole in or under par, this mode is very challenging and very interesting. There is also the oppertunity to get your mates round and compete in multiplayer which is a definate plus with this sort of game. The game is addictive, fresh and fun. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses and the courses get quite unusual (later on in the game they take on an almost fantasy element). A must play for Mario fans and golf gamers alike. A great game for getting some mates round and a couple of beers in. The N64 in general is a brilliant 'Night in with the boys' type console.
>> Background Info << Mario is the main dude at Nintendo, and his golf game is really a brilliant piece of work! Lauched in 1999, it has played a part in keeping the N64 afloat. >> Graphics << The graphics are excellent, and not a million miles away from those of PGA gold on the Playstation. They are typical of any mario game, with bold colours to make the game simple. The cartooney charachters alos work excetionally well. >> Gameplay << This is the main "pro" of any mario game, its basically a pick me up and your off sought of game. From the moment you pick up the controllers, it feels great. Its as if your fingers already know which buttons to press, and where they are located! *Same for any mario game* >> Price/Where to buy << Brand new, this game will still set you back 45 big ones in your local shop, however have a rummage through the bargain bin at any second hand games shop, and I am sure a copy of this will be lurking within the depths. A preowned copy of this delighful game will cost you between £22 and £30, depending on what sought of condition it is in. >> Longitivity << I have had this game for about half a year now, and I am no where near completing it. You do all the tournaments, and then another secret mode pops up, I have not got a clue where it will end. You will not finish this in a hurry, at least 250 hours worth of gaming in this baby. >> Sound << The sound is okay, the misxture of randon jingles and childish bleepy sound creates a very friendly atmosphere, sound good in both mono and stereo, not sure about surround sound speakers though. >> Summary << If you have children in the household then this is the game to get, and its also the perfect excuse for you to play it! Go out and buy it, second hand though! Also consider gettin Mario Tenn is, that game is a replica of this one, with all same modes, except the subject sport is Tennis!
Many big magazine critics have given this game 90%+ and to be honest I would not be one to disagree. This game dishes out just as much fun as the lately released Mario Tennis and has quite a lot to boast about. The best factor of the game is that there is not a main 1-player mode, there are many different ways to play and all are just as much fun as each other. You can play a match mode, skins mode, mini-golf and many others all of which are great fun and see Mario and co. at their very best! The game, Like Mario tennis makes you work long and hard for extra characters and courses and despite the fact that there are only 6 courses in total this is plenty seeing as you need to earn yourself loads of course points by beating the computer quite a number of times. All the courses are trademarked by their owner, Shy Guy has a desert and Toad and Yoshi amongst others have their own special courses that are designed perfectly and are all completely unique. To get extra characters you have to earn them, you have to 'get them' you can play against the character you want and if you successful beat them they are yours to treasure forever. Each character has his/her own strengths and weaknesses. For instance Mario has one hell of a drive but he pays for it as his shots suffer from the wind more that Charlie’s who has only a 210 yard drive compared to Mazza's whopping 260! Bowser and a few other characters can't just be ‘got’; they can only be accessed by getting a certain number of stars through games such as ring-shot mode. With this the game takes different holes and puts rings around the course and you have to hit your ball through the rings, but if you don’t get a Par as well as getting you ball through all the rings there is no star for you and no star means no extra characters.... and that IS a bad thing! Over all the game boasts great last-ability, great graphics and just like Mario tennis it incorpora tes the official rules of the game very well as well as sprinkling the game play with that incomparable Mario fun! A great attempt from Camelot they certainly have got this one…down to a tee!
If you have any interest in video golf whatsoever, you need to get this game. Nintendo has succeeded in making a golf game that is fun and challenging for young and grown-up people alike. There are several different types of play in the game. You can play by yourself in tournament mode, in head-to-head mode against the computer or other golfers, in ring mode, speed mode, or in mini-golf. Tournament mode is the big one - you start with a variety of Nintendo characters to choose from and one course to play on. Completing rounds earns you experience points, which are used to unlock other courses and characters. You also get trophies for finishing in the top three and Birdie Badges for getting a birdie (or better) on a hole. As with similar games, your goal is to unlock all courses and characters and collect all the badges. Head-to-head mode provides another method of unlocking characters. Beating a character in match play enables you to use it in the other modes. The game also saves your records with each character against all the others. The best play with this mode, though, is against other players. You can set handicaps, bet on each hole, the front nine, back nine, closest to pin, longest drive, and you can even play slot-machine golf, where each player gets only a random wood, long iron, and short iron for each hole - if you're lucky and get three stars, you get the full complement, but if you only get one star, you get one fewer club. Try playing a par-5 hole with your longest club being a 4-iron! The ring-shot mode is challenging as well - you must hit your ball through one or more rings on the course and finish the hole in par or better. Clearing rings will unlock characters as well. If you think the first few tasks are easy, they will get tougher as you advance! Character by-character progress is saved for this as well. Speed golf is interesting - your fastest times on each course are saved, along with your corresponding scores - but not quite as much fine. Mini golf is included as well, but without any rewards I noticed. If you think this is a good game so far, wait till you play the Game Boy version as well. You can use the Transfer Pack (sold separately, for some reason) to move your Game Boy character to the N64 version, where you can use your experience to build your character. This is essential for mastering the harder courses and beating the top golfers - your GBC character can become stronger than Wario and hit the ball straighter as well. You can also pit your characters against your friends' characters or trade them (if you're so inclined). Finally, you can send your N64 status back to your GBC and view it in more detail there - you can see each character's best score on each course. Even without the GBC version, this is a top-flight golf game in its own light. Add the Game Boy Color version and a Transfer Pack and you have a keeper. This is by far one of the most addictive games that I have ever played on the Nintendo 64. Mario Golf takes the simple game of golf and creates a unique gaming experience that you will suprisingly find yourself coming back for more and more of. The game starts by giving you one course to play on with a handful of characters to select from. Your goal is to accumulate experience points by playing in tournaments and playing against other characters in match-mode. After attaining a certain number of points, you can unlock a new course. To unlock new characters to control (such as Mario, Wario, and other familiar favorites), you need to beat them in one-on-one play. Other characters can also be unlocked by completing other game modes such as the "Ring Play" here you have to hit the ball through floating rings on the course and make par. Of course Mario Golf also provides multi-player mode where you can tee it up with your friends on any of the available courses. The learning curve for this game is minimal, providing an easy-to-use interface which allows you to select clubs, survey your shot, and put spin on the ball with little effort. The hardest part of the game, which it well should be, is judging the length of your shot and accounting for the wind. There are a lot of hidden "easter eggs" inside this game and I won't spoil it by revealing them. The great thing is that playing the game over and over to open these secrets hasn't gotten boring and I've logged over a hundred hours playing this game!
I bought my children a Ninentdo 64 game console three years back and during that period the only game that I’ve actually every played with them was Fifa2000 (I always choose Brazil). However that was not until Mario Golf came along. They insisted that I play a game with them and after playing just once I am now an addict. I never really liked golf and found it rather boring, but after playing this game you get to understand what golf is about and I have now taken an interest in the game and watch it regularly on television. You select a character and the more you play the better he gets and the more enjoyable it becomes. The game offers match play, tournament play and practice rounds. The interaction between the players is humourous. The more rounds of golf you play, you gain experience points and then can customize what you want your character to improve on. There are many games available today but only a few get you addicted like this (especially to 37 year old’s like me). This game would genuinely help you play real golf, if you ever decided to take it up, as you begin to understand other things other than just hitting the ball, such as wind speed, wind direction and type of club to use, ground slopes etc etc. I give this one a Thumbs Up.!
When I think of a golf game, I used to think ‘boring’, but Mario Golf has changed my opinion! This is supposed to make golf fun, and it succeeds in doing just that. The game is easy to pick up, because if you want you can just aim and hit. However, if you want to go into more detail, you can choose clubs, strike the ball at angles and even try to counteract the wind! There are also several play modes, including a speed mode (fastest to finish wins) and a ring shot mode (hit the ball through rings). This versatility makes the game last, and ensures that you endure to become a golf master! Also, if you have a game boy and a transfer pack, you can import your gameboy golf characters onto your N64 to increase tour EXP points. This is a very clever idea, and ensures that you keep coming back for more! The multiplayer mode in golf has each player going in turn, which makes it less hectic that some games! You can try most of the games available in the single player, including the mini golf, which is fun however many players you have! Not only is the game fun, but the graphics are colourful and sharp. Each of the characters only have a small amount of animation, but the animation that there is remains smooth and fast throughout the game. Golf if one of these games that will last forever! Once you have got all of the characters, completed all of the ring shots and unlocked all of the courses, you can still try and get a ‘birdie badge’ on each course to get an extra special surprise. Overall, golf is a highly recommended purchase.