I only had a little bit of time to try it out, but Mario Golf World Tour is actually my first experience with a Mario Golf game, or actually any Mario sports game outside Mario Kart. It’s not really what I expected but I think I understand the franchise’s appeal.
Mario Kart has set a certain expectation for Mario sports games for me. Going into Mario Golf I didn’t really expect golf but some extreme toy-like thing resembling golf. I expected a game where you sling fireballs all over obstacle courses balanced around insane items that keep competitors on their toes. Mario Kart is nothing like actual kart racing, so why should Mario Golf be anything like real golf?
What I was able to see over the course of 36 holes was… well, a golf simulation. It’s a golf simulation where you can turn on Mario-themed items and coins but at its base I still see a golf simulation streamlined for the accessibility that defines Nintendo’s games. The courses are golf holes, not Mario levels with golf holes in them. It’s quick and easy to play while taking some mastering, but at default settings it’s still quaint golf, not a frantic mutation of golf.
I guess the meat comes in the single player competitions which are laid out like a quest mode, complete with an explorable area filled with NPCs to talk to. This makes Mario Golf a rather involving progression of a golf simulation rather than a quick-fun frantic game like Mario Kart.
Maybe it’s because the games are developed not internally by Nintendo, but by Camelot — the makers of the original Everybody’s Golf. Maybe Nintendo would have in fact created a much more “gamified” version of golf instead of an accessible simulator.
And I don’t even know about the other Mario sports games: Super Sluggers, Strikers, Tennis, or Hoops. Are those all Nintendo-made exaggerations on the order of Mario Kart? Or are some of them merely Mario-branded streamlined simulators? Does this have anything to do with why Mario Kart is way more popular than all those franchises?
- This article on the new Pokémon announcements is on-point. http://t.co/328zCLZ0CN