Instead, it didn't. Mario Golf: World Tour is staggeringly similar to its predecessors, offering a simplified or even arcade-like version of golf. The core golf experience is retained, with played playing through courses while attempting to garner low scores by putting in the ball in a minimum number of swings. Even the courses, which fairly said are located in various areas of the Mushroom Kingdom, are still almost identical to their real-life counterparts. Mario Golf: World Tour is a golf game through and through.
That isn't to say that Mario Golf: World Tour doesn't add some flair to the experience. Each character on the Mario-exclusive roster has the ability to use assorted power-ups to give their shots a little magic it'd otherwise be lacking. There's also an online multiplayer mode in the game, a first in the series, allowing players to go through asynchronous tournaments against friends and strangers.
Altogether, however, Mario Golf: World Tour is exactly what it makes itself out to be. A simple and friendly golf title starring Mario and his friends as they take a break at the Mushroom Kingdom's golf club and shoot a few rounds.
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- Genre: Golf (3DS)
- Perspective(s): Third Person
- Developer: Nintendo
- Publisher: Nintendo
Released North America May 2, 2014
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