Who knew golf could be so aggressive?
Golf video games have been around for as long as video games have been around, though there’s been a gradually rising interest in them primarily in the last few console generations. There’s official PGA-licensed golf games, but no one cares about that; people want the fun stuff, the wacky stuff. I’m talking Ribbit King, 100ft Robot Golf, Golf Story, and of course, Mario Golf. The last Mario Golf game was Mario Golf: World Tour on the 3DS, and the last console game was Toadstool Tour all the way back on the GameCube. It’s time to bring back that golf-y goodness, and get nice and weird with it.
A couple of months ago, Nintendo announced the development of Mario Golf: Super Rush for the Nintendo Switch, and yesterday, they released a new trailer outlining what the game is all about. Obviously, it’s all about golf. It is, at its heart, a traditional golf game, though with some new quality of life features like a shot gauge that curves slightly to show you the curvature of the course. It’s those simple mechanics, however, that gradually bloom into something really wild. Multiple courses, from deserts to Bowser’s castle, feature all manner of crazy hazards to play around.
The big draw are the two new multiplayer modes: Speed Golf and Battle Golf. As the trailer puts it, in Speed Golf, it’s always your turn. As soon as you hit the ball, you have to race your way to where it landed and hit it again, all while contending with three other players all trying to get to their balls first. It’s not unlike Mario Kart, as there are various power-ups you can employ to trip up your foes and block their path. Battle Golf uses a similar principle, placing players in an enclosed arena filled with multiple holes. Players race to capture holes by sinking shots into them with the lowest stroke count, and the first one to successfully hold three holes wins.
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Practice nailing that hole in one, get your swing down with motion controls, or be the fastest golfer of your friends in Speed Golf and more when Mario Golf: Super Rush launches on 6/25! pic.twitter.com/Vws5kEpJWM
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If you’re not a fan of multiplayer, don’t worry; the game also features an entire single-player adventure, which also doubles as a tutorial. You can gradually level up your Mii golfer while taking on quests, challenges, and even boss fights! If you’ve been missing the RPG aspect of the Mario Golf Game Boy games, this’ll be perfect for you.
Mario Golf: Super Rush will release on the Nintendo Switch on June 25, 2021.