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Mario Golf: World Tour
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by Mark Brown 29/4/2014
Product: Mario Golf: World Tour
Developer: Camelot
Publisher: Nintendo
Format: 3DS
Genre: Sports
Players: 1
Networking: wireless (network), Bluetooth
Version: Europe
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The thing I like best about Mario Golf: World Tour is the way it so expertly balances its playful arcade buffoonery with more grounded golf realism.

In some modes it's a game of ghosts thwacking missile-powered balls on an underwater golf course, and in others it's a sharp sim that takes the sport seriously and leaves the novelty items at the clubhouse.

Even in the mechanics itself, there's a sharp blend of bouncy ball-whacking fun and more tactical play. You've got the twitchy rhythm-driven fun of acing the three-button stroke system, but it's backed up with fathoms of tactical depth. ...
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This is a tremendous golf game with a smart balance between realism and zaniness. But a short campaign and spotty online play can let it down
Audio/visual: 8
Gameplay: 9
Value: 8
Innovation: 8
Overall: 8
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