For a 90’s kid, the first encounter with Super Mario would be in old models of Game boy or Nintendo. There would be the princess to save in a castle while avoiding the evil mushrooms and turtles on the way to the tower. For those few lucky ones to survive all of the levels, the last stage consists of a ridiculously designed dragon that shoots fire at poor Mario. Once defeated, the princesses finally saved and plants a big kiss on Mario’s head.
Technology is constantly improving the quality of video games. What started as pixels and thick lines for Mario turned to a 2D animation of the beloved game character and his whole world, the evil mushrooms and turtles involved. What’s more, game makers and developers have been looking for new gimmicks that Mario can do. Nintendo has released Super Mario Bros, Super Luigi, and Nintendo World Championships. With the developments regularly being released, kids, whether from the 90’s or the 00’s, can still enjoy Mario and his adventures.
For this year, Nintendo 3DS has released its fifth installment of the Mario Golf series. The “Mario Golf: World Tour” is the newest game of the installment. Released last May 2014, the Mario Golf: World Tour is pretty much the same as the past Mario Golf series.
The game is almost the same as real-life golf. The players hit the ball to a hole with the fewest number of strokes possible. There are a lot of levels with a lot of courses on each level. There are a total of 16 courses in the whole series.
Castle Club and Mario Golf are the two game modes available in this series. Castle Club is basically the story mode, where the character Mie has to win the different tournaments in the game. Online and world tournaments are added to this mode, a new feature of the series, in cooperation with Callaway golf. The Mario Golf mode is kind of like the quick play. Players can compete with the computer on Single Player mode, compete with other players in the VS mode, or join the Tournament and compete with players all over the world via online.
Characters from the Super Mario franchise are available for playing. There are 21 characters, plus a couple of downloadable and unlock able characters throughout the game. The characters’ profile could be viewed, with ball trajectory and speed indicated.
What’s interesting about this new series is that Nintendo has teamed up with the leading manufacturer of golf equipment Callaway golf and organized the Callaway Tournament. The Callaway Tournament can be joined by any player with the Mario Golf: World Tour. The winners will receive Callaway golf sponsored items and equipment that can be used by their personal Mie characters to play with.
So far, there are five tournaments scheduled, from May 22, 2014 to Sept. 3, 2014. Prizes consist of virtual golf clubs and golf balls, as well as the Callaway Combos 1 and 2.
On the Mario Golf: World Tour, kids can play by themselves with the challenges the game offers, as well as with their friends with the VS game, or players from all over the world with the Wi-Fi powered feature of the different tournaments. Bonus packs can be purchased online (with real money).
This is a first collaboration between Nintendo and Callaway golf. Besides getting involved with a popular video game, the cooperation can also get kids interested in playing golf for real, since the company makes golf clubs suitable for kids ages five to eight. Playing golf can be enjoyable both in video games as well as in real life.