Mario Golf

Game Boy Color

Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 7

Sound: 6

Gameplay: 9

Overall: 8

Mario Golf takes 8-bit golf to an entirely new level. Combining elements of popular RPG's and a simplistic golf engine, the game excels in almost everything is does. This unique approach to the sport innovates, challenges, and increases the overall fun factor for a superb game that is accessible to everyone.

The immediate reaction from most players will be that of confusion. It doesn't take long to realize that the RPG elements play a crucial role in your characters development as a skilled golfer. As the game progresses, characters will offer tips and challenge you to a quick 18. Eventually, your career will progress and you'll be granted the opportunity to challenge the resident pro, none other then Mario himself.

Actually golfing in the game is a simplistic affair, but it gives the game a pick-up-and-play style unmatched by the majority of golf games. Gone is the now standard "swing meter," replaced by an easy to control power bar. Putting is slightly difficult in comparison and overshooting the hole is too easy. It may take a few courses before it becomes natural.

For an ancient 8-bit console, the game certainly holds it's own. The animation is swift and fluid with great looking environments surrounding the players. That unmistakable "Mario look" is preserved here flawlessly. The overhead RPG mode screams simplicity and harkens back to the days of the classic NES. The sounds are nothing spectacular and this is to be expected. The tinny sounding music that accompanies much of the game is standard Game Boy fare and provides a decent backdrop to the on screen action.

Overall, this is a spectacular package. The RPG mode alone would be enough to warrant a purchase. Even the most inexperienced gamer (or golfer for that matter) can pick this one up in no time and have an enjoyable experience. Beefing up your character and tackling the games biggest challenge, Mario, is a thrill and great gameplay is what holds it all together. This is highly recommended gaming, and it's one of the most enjoyable games on the handheld.


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