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Mario Golf: World Tour Features Online Play And Communities

Posted by Andy Green

Tee-off in large scale global tournaments

Mario certainly loves his sport. Over the years he's tried his hand at football, basketball and tennis to name a few - he's even competed in the Olympics with a certain blue hedgehog.

One Mario sports title many people are fond of is Mario Golf and this Summer will see a 3DS iteration of the series emerge in the form of Mario Golf: World Tour.

More details on the portable game emerged during today's Nintendo Direct presentation, with the main announcements involving online modes and community features.

As the name suggests, you'll be able to take your game online by connecting your 3DS to the internet. You can compete against others either in single exhibition matches or in "large scale" tournaments and depending on how you do you'll pick up or lose points. This scoring system is designed so you can tee-off against people with roughly the same ability, just in case a novice comes up against a 3DS wielding Tiger Woods.

There will also be a community feature, similar to the one found in Mario Kart 7. This allows you to connect and play with like-minded people or create and recruit others to communities based on particular themes.

Of course, Mario Golf: World Tour isn't all based online, you'll still be able to play local multiplayer too.

You can also set special conditions for joining these matches. Satoru Iwata gave three examples: one where you play with traditional golf rules with no special shots allowed, one where you compete in short courses at certain times and you can also create a tournament where you can only play as Luigi. There certainly was a lot of Luigi love in today's presentation; the New Super Mario Bros. U DLC called New Super Luigi U was also detailed by Nintendo's president.

What are your thoughts on Mario Golf: World Tour? Will you be taking your game online? Let us know in the comments section below.

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User Comments (43)

Giygas_95

#2

Giygas_95 said:

Not interested in this game, but seeing Waluigi in it really makes me wish he had his own official game. He's way better than Wario and the Mario Bros. in my opinion.

TheXboxHero

#3

TheXboxHero said:

Possibly getting it. I had never tried a Mario Golf game before so I would consider it right now.

NintyMan

#5

NintyMan said:

Sounds good to me. From the sound of the vague release window, it'll probably release pretty late this summer and after Mario & Luigi.

Lalivero

#7

Lalivero said:

@Five-seveN That's something I've been thinking about for a while, too. The guy has nothing pretty much; I guess it's nice to at least see him with more appearances.

HaNks

#8

HaNks said:

can't wait. i'm all about mario golf 64/gc so the online this time around will be great fun. i only wish there was a new console mario golf too.

Gridatttack

#11

Gridatttack said:

I hope Petey Piranha will appear hear.

Also a mode in which you cna only play as luigi? O.o

SuperSah

#13

SuperSah said:

Seems really boring. Mind you, I don't like golf. Would this be worth trying anyone?

Lin1876

#14

Lin1876 said:

Hope it finds a middle ground between the N64 and GameCube games. Both were fun but the former too bland and the latter too gimmicky.

Online features sound epic though.

HawkeyeWii

#15

HawkeyeWii said:

Jeez! it has been since at least 2005 since the last entry in this series!
I can't wait, I had such a blast with the GCN version.
When the Wii came out I thought for sure that it would have at least one of both the mario tennis and golf series games for it, and yet it had neither. Kind of ironic really

Windy

#17

Windy said:

@SuperSah if you get a chance download and play Pangya. This should be similar with the Mario toons instead of anime toons. If you don't like pangya chances are you won't like this

Doma

#21

Doma said:

I kinda did like the look of this game when i first saw it, the graphics are pretty nice. Why is it that so many of their other 3ds titles look like turds in comparison?

Joffy

#22

Joffy said:

Let's hope it's got a bit more to it than Mario tennis open, that was awful truth be told

XCWarrior

#24

XCWarrior said:

Can't wait for this release. Portable golf is going to be fun, especially with online play.

aronatvw

#26

aronatvw said:

I used to love hot shot golf until I played mario golf for game cube, it was so fantastic, but please nintendo voice chat, you know how pissed it makes me that I have to f'ing skype with "friends"!!!!!!! just to be able to talk. What is the god damn point of playing online with my friends if I cant talk to them, come on, break the god damn mold all ready!

Supremeist

#27

Supremeist said:

Finally! Honestly, Mario Tennis Open didn't turn out to be all that fun. Hoping this ends up alot better.

RADencker

#29

RADencker said:

I've been waiting for this since the 3DS launched. Add in online play, and it's going to be great!

To those that were underwhelmed by Mario Tennis Open, what didnt you like? The online challenges were fun. My main gripe was online was region locked. Other than that, its a solid Mario sports title

WiiLovePeace

#30

WiiLovePeace said:

I'm heaps pumped for Mario Golf: World Tour! :D I'm so glad its got Worldwide online (that was the reason I didn't buy Mario Tennis Open, sadly) I'll have to give Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour another go in preparation for the next game in the series, for some reason the game just didn't sit right with me (despite hugely loving Mario Golf on N64).

DaemonSword

#32

DaemonSword said:

@SuperSah Trust me, you will like golf playing this. I wasn't a fan either, mostly because I didn't understand the rules, and then I picked up this game for the GBColor. You will learn playing this game, and you'll get a new appreciation.

HaastMK7

#34

HaastMK7 said:

If it will be as good as MK7 ( *Online play & Communities) then its a buy for me

RetrogamerFan

#37

RetrogamerFan said:

Really excited about this, loved Mario Golf 64, and then Toadstool Tour. Hoping this turns out good too.
Toadstool Tour is a bit of a slow burner; when you first start with it, it doesn't seem much different to Mario Golf 64, but once you've put in some time, you really start to notice to all the little improvements and refinements to the game, it really adds up to a brilliant entry in the series.

KnightRider666

#38

KnightRider666 said:

@Everyone: Anybody who hasn't played Mario Golf Toadstool Tournament on the Game Cube should check it out. It is the best Mario golf game ever IMO.

Windy

#39

Windy said:

@KnightRider666 I hope you'll join me for some Golf when this comes out. Man the online play is going to take away some of my life. I played an online golf game called Pangya and got pretty hooked.

Windy

#40

Windy said:

BTW if anyone is interested there is a Golf game on Wii made by Camelot the same company doing this game called We Love Golf. It's a wonderful golf game with Online play and you can Open up Characters from Street Fighter and outfit your characters with power ups and the works. Let me know would love to dust off we love golf Also guys Gamestop is selling We Love Golf for 2.49 We Love Golf Don't let that Rating fool you at Gamestop its a good Golf game

KnightRider666

#42

KnightRider666 said:

@Windy: I picked up We Love Golf tonight just for you because you kept raving about how good it is:) I'll give you my thoughts at a later time.

Windy

#43

Windy said:

KnightRider666 Sweet! I wish it had the option to use the classic controller. But it works and its a pretty golf game with a lot to open up

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