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Mario Golf
Mario Golf
Mario Golf's Coverart
Developer(s) Camelot Software Planning
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario Golf
Release date JP June 11, 1999
NA July 16, 1999
EU September 14, 1999
Genre(s) Party
Mode(s) Single Player, Multiplayer
Ratings ESRB: E (Everyone)
Platform(s) Nintendo 64


Mario Golf (also known as 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 Virtual Console in Japan on September 30, 2008, in North America on October 6, 2008 and in Europe on January 23, 2009.

Gameplay

Players can play as a variety of characters including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi. This game also included new characters including Plum, Sonny, Harry, Maple, and Charlie. 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

This game features Transfer Pak compatibility with the Game Boy Color version of Mario Golf. Players can 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. 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. After playing a round with a Game Boy Color Character, that character will earn experience points. Transfer Pak functionality is not included in the Virtual Console version.

Playable characters

Courses

Reception

GameSpot describes the game as easy to play, by having simple features and by "removing the guesswork for gamers who are not familiar with the subtle nuisances of golf" that may put off many players.

Sequel

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

Trivia

  • On the course Yoshi's Island, sounds of Donkey Kong can be heard throughout the 18 holes. Most of these sounds comes right from the game Mario Kart 64.
  • This is the only Mario Golf game to show Bowser hitting his shots with only one arm like Donkey Kong.

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