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Platform 3DS Publisher Nintendo Developer Camelot Software Planning Release Date 2014-05-02

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Mario Golf: World Tour review: mixed greens

The Mario Golf series' handheld and console installments are wildly different, occasionally to the point of not even resembling each other. The series' Game Boy Color and Advance iterations had surprisingly deep character progression and a meaty single-player campaign, while the console titles featured more gameplay modes and multiplayer offerings to dig into. World Tour feels like an earnest attempt to incorporate all of those elements and more. It does this with mixed success. Though the game's story mode and progression mechanics fall flat, Mario Golf: World Tour holds firmly to the series' solid mechanics, providing a plethora of modes, unlockable content and some of the most robust multiplayer capabilities I've ever seen on the 3DS. The core mechanics of World Tour are as sound...

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Mario Golf: World Tour trailers detail powered-up golfing action and DLC

Mario Golf: World Tour is available on Nintendo 3DS as of today, and Nintendo released a couple of videos alongside the golf title: a launch trailer, and another one for the game's add-on content. The launch trailer, which you can watch above, takes viewers through the features of World Tour, including its online play. Nintendo also put out a trailer (see below) highlighting the DLC offerings that are being rolled out over the next couple of months. The company announced its DLC plans for World Tour last week — three $5.99 expansions will be released between now and the end of June, with a $14.99 season pass available for players who want to pick up all three. Each add-on contains a new playable character and two extra 18-hole courses. For more on Mario Golf: World Tour, check out...

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Mario Golf: World Tour season pass consists of three DLC packs for $14.99

Nintendo will be offering a season pass for Mario Golf: World Tour that bundles together three add-ons for $14.99, the company announced today. Mario Golf: World Tour, which launches May 2 on Nintendo 3DS, includes 10 courses with a total of 126 holes of golf. Six additional 18-hole courses, for a total of 108 extra holes, will be released in the three downloadable content packs Nintendo is working on. Each of the DLC packs will contain two new courses and one new playable character. The season pass will kick off with the Mushroom Pack, which comes with Toadette, on May 2. Later that month, Nintendo will release the Flower Pack, which includes Nabbit. And June will see the launch of the Star Pack, which features Rosalina. Each add-on will be sold for $5.99, which means the season pass...

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Mario Kart 8, Kirby Triple Deluxe, more playable at WonderCon 2014

Nintendo is bringing five new titles from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS libraries to WonderCon 2014 this weekend, including Mario Kart 8 and Kirby Triple Deluxe, the company announced today. Two of the games — the 3DS titles Yoshi's New Island and Disney Magical World — are already available. Nintendo's WonderCon lineup also includes Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario Golf: World Tour, both of which are launching May 2 on 3DS, and Mario Kart 8 (screenshot above), which is set for release May 30 on Wii U. WonderCon 2014 takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., from April 18-20. For more on the aforementioned games, check out our recent previews of Mario Golf: World Tour, Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario Kart 8, and our full review of Yoshi's New Island.

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Mario Golf: World Tour's simultaneous play makes multiplayer a quick shot

In a sport that usually requires patience — along with good judgement and wicked aim — it's a pleasant change to skip past the waiting period and get on with your swing. During a recent demo in San Francisco, I spent some hands-on time with the game's local multiplayer. World Tour, which is slated for launch on Nintendo 3DS May 2, allows players to pick from realistic courses, or more off-the-wall levels befitting the longstanding property, as well as favorite characters from the series. I geared up as Bowser, Mario's long-standing nemesis, against three other players in a six-course tournament. Each character revolves around a slightly different playstyle, which mainly boils down to their power. Additionally, players can choose to putt as a Mii; a Nintendo spokesperson said that...

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Mario Golf: World Tour coming May 2

Nintendo 3DS golf game Mario Golf: World Tour will ship May 2, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced today in a Nintendo Direct event. The golf title includes a single player feature called the Castle Club, a clubhouse hub where players can customize their Miii and develop their golfing skills. Players can customize their Miis using items sold via the in-game store, such as clubs, golf balls and clothing. As items and various combinations affect Miis abilities, users can tweak their characters to suit their playstyle. The clubhouse also includes a training area where players can develop and polish their golfing skills, such as putting or driving. Players also have access to golf courses, tournaments, shops, locker rooms and a café Mario Golf: World Tour features both real-time...

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Mario Golf: World Tour shipping with online multiplayer, tournaments and community features

Mario Golf: World Tour will ship with online multiplayer and a focus on community play, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced today in a Nintendo Direct event. The 3DS golf game will include real-time online and asynchronous, score based tournaments and "large scale tournament competitions" with scoreboards. Iwata also said that Mario Golf: World Tour will include community play features, which he likened to those in Mario Kart 7. "This game will also use the community feature that so many of you have used in Mario Kart 7, that will allow you to connect and play with like-minded players or create and recruit players to communities based on particular themes," Iwata said. Mario Golf: World Tour's multiplayer community features will allow players to set up conditions for joining...

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Mario Golf: World Tour announced for Nintendo 3DS, coming this summer

Mario Golf: World Tour, a new installment in Camelot's Mario-themed golfing game franchise, is coming to Nintendo 3DS this summer, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation this morning. Few details about the title were revealed during the presentation, though Iwata promised that those familiar with the sport would be welcomed in by straightforward controls. The game will play host to a number of courses, some of which are designed to look like real-world courses, and some of which will look like environments pulled from the Mario universe. No firm release date for the title was revealed, but Iwata said that it would be released sometime this summer.

Mario Golf: World Tour Releases
North America
  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Released 2014-05-02
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Camelot Software Planning
    • Score 8.0
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