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Mario Golf

Vital Stats
System(s): Nintendo 64
U.S. Release Date: August 1999
Current street price: $50.00
Save: Battery Back-up
Size: 6 18-hole courses, 2 mini-golf courses
Players: 1-4 Players, alternating
ESRB Rating: E

In a nutshell
Mario and friends go golfing. Choose your club, aim the ball, and swing.

Story
Mario and his friends Luigi, Peach, and Plum are taking a break from their adventures to go golfing. Mario, Plum and Peach both start by hitting great, centered shots, but Luigi's shot goes off into the woods. The others congratulate each other on their shtos as Luigi goes looking for his ball, and ends up finding Baby Mario and Yoshi. Then they all play golf together. Exciting story, huh.

Gameplay Overview
The game is a pretty realistic golf simulator, despite the cutesy courses and characters. Gameplay is simple. First you select your club depending on how far you want to hit the ball. Next, you position the aiming gird where you want the ball to land (factoring in wind and hills, etc.). Then you hit A to pull back, hit it again to set the power, and once more for the accuracy, then swing. A perfect power/accuracy shot gets you a "nice shot" message. Each of the 14 golfers (4 initial, 10 hidden!) have different accuracy and power ratings. There are quite a few modes of play in Mario Golf, including: Playing some modes and geting low scores gives you course points. When you get a certain number of course points, a new course of 18 holes will open up, until you have all 6.

What's the big deal?
The realism
Being a Mario game, you would expect Mario Golf to be full of goofy shots and course hazards such as koopa troopas and such. On the contrary, though, Mario golf is one of the most realistic golf sims out there. The ball reacts to wind, hills, rough, and sand as it really would. When you hit a shot you know where it is going... and if it doesn't you know it was because of bad placement or spin, etc. The courses still have Mario-related names, and they look like something from a cartoon, and of course most of the characters come from Mario. Despite all this, Mario Golf is a good place to look for realistic golfing action.

Notes of interest
After Mario says "Welcome to Mario Golf", Wario says "It shoulda been Wario Golf!"
Baby Mario in 3D, and in pants!
Peach wears a shorter golfing skirt, that pops out to full length on a hole-in-one
New, inexplicable human characters such as Charlie and Plum (Peach's sister?)
Wario's power shots crackle with electricity

Quote
Nice Shot!!
-Announcer

Ending
Each character has an animation of jubilation or despair when they hit in bogeys or birdies, and special ones for hole-in-ones. Other than that, there's no real formal ending.



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