When it comes to arcade-style, Mario-centric sports games, Camelot’s dueling Mario Golf and Mario tennis franchises are the grandfathers of the subgenre. Personally, I will prefer golf to tennis every weekday, both in video games and in real life. However, I’ll try any sports game that doesn’t waste time being “realistic”. Fortunately, for $ 59.99, Mario Golf: Super Rush continues the fun gameplay of the series and introduces lots of fantastic and inventive ideas into the arcade golf formula. This Nintendo Switch game is a great time on the green whether you’re playing online, multiplayer matches, or solo adventure.
Mario, lawn master
Actual golfing may be little more than a boring excuse to flaunt wealth, but arcade-style golf is a different story. Mario Golf: Super Rush is more like mini golf, shaped by a child’s wild imagination.
Before hitting the ball, angle your character in a chosen direction and optionally open the map to view wind conditions, terrain elevation, and distance to the hole. Then choose your club; After all, a driver is very different from a putter. Once selected, with the touch of a button on the power meter you determine the strength of the shot. As a nice touch, the meter displays a sweet spot that places your shot as close to the hole as possible. Finally, press a final button to take a swing and tilt the analog stick to determine the trajectory of the ball.
Alternatively, you can use a single Joy-Con as a motion-controlled golf club. The motion controls feel great, much better than Mario Tennis Aces’ separate swing mode. You will have great Wii Sports flashbacks. Ironically, the lack of precision makes swinging more satisfying; You need to guess how much force to use and the right angle to hit the ball where you want it to go.
Mario Golf: Super Rush has a wide variety of Mario characters that can be played from Mario to Pauline to Chargin ‘Chuck. Each character also wears a stylish new golf outfit. You didn’t live until you saw Wario dressed up like a Texan oil baron, the kind of person you would see on a private golf course.
Unfortunately, the rest of the game could use more of that personality. The first courses are pleasant, but boring, green parks that resemble a mediocre resort. I understand that crazy barriers are being removed from beginner courses, but the courses could still have crazy graphics. Even later courses with fantastic Mario elements like towering pokeys and meandering piranha plants are strangely conservative in their visual design. Nintendo announced that more courses are coming as DLC, including an exciting New Donk City course, so hopefully these greens contain a lot of silliness. On the subject of graphics, I noticed slight drops in resolution when playing the game in handheld mode.
Faster than the speed of golf
Mario Golf: Super Rush is more than just standard golf, however. Whether you play online or offline, you can also opt for Speed Golf and Battle Golf modes. These modes are absurd and great.
In speed golf, after hitting the ball, you have to physically run to where the ball landed for your next swing. Forget about golf carts; Everyone makes a crazy jump on foot. The hilarity of it all aside, speed golf requires strategic thinking about when to sprint and when to conserve stamina. You can also drift behind other Mario Kart style characters for a boost. The goal is to beat the course in the fastest time, but each additional beat increases your clock. So you have to play well, not just fast.
Battle Golf takes many of these ideas and puts them in an even more combative context. Here every time you finish a hole you claim it as your own. The neon colored card only has so many holes that you have to be quick and sly to get three holes and the win. Your character’s special attack, like turning the ball into a projectile that hurls other balls, comes in particularly useful in Battle Golf.
When games like Mario Tennis Aces and Knockout City turn their respective sports into fighting games, Mario Golf: Super Rush turns golf into a racing game. The pressure that arises from the balance between speed and intelligence feels like a golf variant of rapid chess. It’s clever and fresh.
Punch in one fell swoop
People loved the older handheld Mario sports games developed by Camelot because they featured quaint, RPG-style single player modes. If you’ve played Golf Story on the Switch, you basically played an indie imitation of Mario Golf on the Game Boy. Like these games, Mario Golf: Super Rush has a solo adventure mode. While it’s a glorified tutorial (even something as casual as Miitopia is more of an RPG), it offers a lot of content if you’re looking to play golf on your own.
In contrast to the Mario Tennis Aces basemap, Speed Run’s multi-hour journey takes you to various themed centers. You’ll speak to locals, buy new equipment, and learn about the local challenge you must complete to earn your next badge. The challenges are varied. In the desert, you must take a speed golf course before you run out of water. The cross-country golf course places you on a contiguous map with all available holes at once. It is up to you to determine the correct order to tackle the holes without going over the stroke limit. You will even make meta-decisions, e.g. B. carry less heavy clubs to swap shot options for a higher running speed.
Golf is inherently a slow sport, even in this turbo version, so it works as an RPG. However, some challenges are more arduous than pleasant. It’s annoying to lose all of your progress at the end of a long mission due to a bad shot. On the other hand, you will earn experience points during these failed missions so that you can improve your character’s control, strength, endurance and other skills. Still, golfing is so much fun that setbacks don’t sting too much. Playing more Mario Golf is nowhere near the worst of the punishment.
On the green
If golf is your favorite arcade sport, Mario Golf: Super Rush is sure to be a great time. The speed and battle modes breathe fun and hectic new life into the classic golf formula, even if the graphics could use more of this exciting energy. The lengthy solo adventure will also keep you busy as you take on challenges and improve your character. You have helped Mario save the Mushroom Kingdom on several occasions, so you deserve to relax and find the links.
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Mario Golf: Super Rush (for Nintendo Switch)