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First Impressions: Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (3DS eShop)

Posted by James Newton

Shin'en star?

Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! might lay it on a bit thick with its overly exclamatory title, but it does a decent job of summing up the first 3DS eShop game from long-time Nintendo supporter Shin'en Multimedia.

It's worth saying right off the bat this isn't a portable version of WiiWare original Fun! Fun! Minigolf: while that was intended as a party game, this is a single-player only experience, with 81 holes compared to WiiWare's 27. While the first course is the same as WiiWare's nine holes, the new Japan and Europe courses are brand new.

With this now being a single-player experience, Shin'en is aiming to keep you coming back by giving you in-game currency to spend on unlocking new courses and trick shot challenges, novelty clubs and the ability to play as your Mii. It'll take a good few hours to amass enough gold to unlock everything, too.

Naturally the controls have changed slightly since WiiWare. While you can use the buttons to set the direction, power and spin of your shot, there are also intuitive touch screen controls: pull the stylus back to set the power and release in time with a pendulum-like yellow dot to add spin to the ball. It's accessible and works well, and while it's not quite as responsive as button controls it's a welcome option.

One thing that does survive from WiiWare is likely to divide players. Each hole has a marked zone around the pin that's classed as "in bounds" – if you don't land your shot in this area it's classed as out of bounds and you have to retake your shot. There's no play where it lays here; if you can't get it in the zone from your tee shot, you'll have to keep trying. Some will see this as frustrating and repetitive, but it does lend the game an extra air of skill, and it's satisfying to tee off and see the ball nestle just inside the safe area.

Shin'en tells us it's aiming for a lower price point for Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! than its WiiWare counterpart, which costs 900 Points, and with a release in the coming weeks it shouldn't be too long before we see if Shin'en's succeeded in creating a fairway to heaven.

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User Comments (30)

Hardy83

#3

Hardy83 said:

I'll buy this only if they promise to bring Jet Rocket to the 3DS. lol

BenAV

#4

BenAV said:

Might get this but will have to wait for reviews.
As long as it doesn't lag and have heaps of bugs and glitches like Let's Golf 3D, it could be pretty fun.

eviLaTtenDant

#6

eviLaTtenDant said:

These are the games that make me wish for a unified Shop account. If i could get the same games on the 3DS and Wiiu without paying full price for both that would be the most amazing of both worlds. Calm down people, i know it's not the same game in this case. ;)
Might still get this for the 3DS regardless. Sounds and looks great.

Burning_Spear

#9

Burning_Spear said:

I actually liked the WiiWare version of this, and I didn't mind the out-of-bounds thing. But I'm a sucker for mini golf. I do expect to buy this.

Oregano

#11

Oregano said:

I'm definitely buying this. Sounds like a lot of content and polish for this... AND it's cheaper than the original.

May be one of my go to games for some quick fun.

FonistofCruxis

#12

FonistofCruxis said:

@Hardy83 They are bringing a Jett rocket game to 3DSware but it sounds like it might be a wave race style racing game rather than a 3D platformer.

cyrus_zuo

#13

cyrus_zuo said:

Out of bounds is silly and a bad design choice.
I feel that way about significant parts of every Shin'en title I've bought or played which is unfortunate b/c nobody can deny their visuals are pure awesome!

Noire

#16

Noire said:

MINIGOLF

i like minigolf, this looks pretty, i think i will pick this up

LittleIrves

#17

LittleIrves said:

One of the first computer games I really got into was an old Mini-Golf game for Apple II C, I think, around 1987 (?). This could be a fun pick-up-and-play download to always have on the go... before getting this, though, I'll have to finally crack the plastic-wrap on my copy of Nano Assault. One Shin'en game at a time.

bboy2970

#18

bboy2970 said:

Damn...I was really hoping they took out that stupid out of bounds thing....Some holes in the WiiWare game required you to shoot the ball directly into the hole. Very stupid rule IMO...was gonna get this but now it will take some pretty shining reviews and a good price to bring me around...

THENAMESNORM

#19

THENAMESNORM said:

I'd prefer not to have the out of bounds feature, however it was more frustrating for my friends playing than it was for me, so perhaps with this being a single player affair it may be more acceptable! Regardless, the WiiWare version was a good game!

SpriteKing

#20

SpriteKing said:

Actually looks pretty good, but I have some games I've been wanting to get before anything else.

Objection

#21

Objection said:

Looks well-made but the out-of-bounds thing has me concerned.
Seems like a big turn-off, kind of like Jett Rocket's collection insistence to unlock the ending (which I never did.)

TeeJay

#22

TeeJay said:

I was intrigued until I read about the out of bounds rule. Most needless rule I've ever heard of, and it's completely turned me off from the game. Won't be getting this, sorry. Hope the developers read these comments so they'll know what that design choice has done to their sales.

BulbasaurusRex

#23

BulbasaurusRex said:

I'm not buying another one of these until they take out that idiotic out-of-bounds rule.

Did they at least remember to add any kind of high score (or technically, low score) table this time?

Mariokart7fan

#24

Mariokart7fan said:

well this one looks better than the other golf game i have (lets golf 3d) might get it since you can play as your mii....

StarDust4Ever

#25

StarDust4Ever said:

Seriously, enough with the Golf sims. I did not download the first one, nor will I download this.

CrazyOtto

#26

CrazyOtto said:

I hope the NA release isn't too long after the EU release if both territories don't get it on the same day.

Arehexes

#27

Arehexes said:

Wish this was on a golf course, but you know what I want this. May god this look like what Let's Golf should be but good. My god I need this now, I mean slow-mo NOOOOOWWWWWW explosions from behind me go off

And it's made be Shin'rin, DO WANT >:D

WaveyChristmas

#30

WaveyChristmas said:

Pass, i don't do golf, Mini golf however? Maybe! But 'not' with traditional controls no matter how cool the S3D effect is. Did the WiiWare version support wii motion plus?

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