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Video Game: Mario Golf
A series of Sports Games by Nintendo and Camelot Software starring Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom gang.

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Game series provides examples of:

  • All or Nothing: The "Risky" clubs in Advance Tour either give you a crazy drive distance, or make you go off course horribly, depending on if you get the swing meter perfectly or not.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Tiny in the GBA version.
  • Butt Monkey: Wario and Waluigi in the opening of Toadstool Tour.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The Japan only Mobile Golf is not referenced in Advance Tour.
  • Defeat Means Playable: The Get Character Mode in the N64 version. Also how you unlock the champ characters in the handheld versions.
  • Dummied Out: The Virtual Console ports obviously had to remove the interconnectivity of importing the GBC playable characters into the N64 game.
  • Dump Stat: Spin in the GBA handheld version. If you are planning to transfer your characters to the GameCube version however, it is preferable to put at least some points in Spin, but it is still the stat that decays the least out of all the stats in the game, meaning that you can ignore it to an extent and still end up with a decent spin if you level up correctly.
  • Game-Favored Gender: Toadstool Tour and Advance Tour favors a different gender each when it comes to character customizing, between Neil (male) and Ella (female). Ella in Advance Tour has a drive that naturally decays into a low height while Neil's "decays" into a high one. As the latter stages have very high wind, and obstacles never really get taller (Very much so if the characters are not transferred to Toadstool Tour), Neil is at a heavy disadvantage despite his slight power advantage. You can work around the wind, but it's still more effort than Ella has to make. However, Ella's low shot, while great in the GBA version, becomes a liability when imported into the Gamecube version with its 3D environments. With a very low shot, it is sometimes impossible to hit the ball up cliffs onto fairways above. This means that Neil gets the advantage in Toadstool Tour with his naturally high shot and powerful distance as he can take some really good shortcuts on top of it. Extra points if your Drive and Impact/Control are high enough to turn him into a Lightning Bruiser. You can work around the terrain sometimes, but it's still more effort than Neil has to make.
  • Go Karting with Bowser
  • Green Hill Zone: Lakitu Valley in Toadstool Tour.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Wario mutters this in the opening to the N64 title.
  • Idiot Hair: Neil.
  • Insufferable Genius: Gene. Putts is a very mild version.
  • Ironic Nickname: Assuming "Tiny" is a nickname, he counts as this. "Putts" to a lesser extent, since those who have played the game know that his putting skills range from so-so to pitiful.
  • Jack of All Stats: Mario is not this for once, being a high power low control instead. In fact, the only Jack of All Stats to be found is Yoshi, who has average stats all around. Diddy and Birdo however, can also fit the trope, except that Diddy leans a bit more towards Weak, but Skilled and Birdo towards Unskilled, but Strong. Maple leans towards this due to her super straight drive but the fact that her shots are pretty long and divot fairways are the bane of Maple's existance may disqualify her from this.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero Found Underwear: Checking Ella's locker when playing as Neil in Advance Tour will result in this.
  • Lightning Bruiser: You have enough level up points (and distance boosting drinks) to make your character into one of these, completely overshadowing the other golfers, including Bowser, Metal Mario, and Petey.
  • Mirror Match: 64 only.
    • Somewhat possible in the sequel, if multiple Advance Tour saves are loaded to Toadstool Tour, and stats are similar.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: As a result of letting Motoi Sakuraba (best known for battle themes making heavy use of electric guitar) compose for a golf game, the music is very peppy for a golf game. Combined with the standard casual ignorance of the laws of physics of a Mario title and the announcer, golf has never been so epic.
  • No Stat Atrophy: Averted in the GBC and GBA games, where not leveling a stats will make it fall.
  • One Game for the Price of Two: Both the GBC and the GBA versions allows you to transfer your Story Mode characters to the N64 and GC versions respectively. The GC version also get the GBA version's stat boosting clubs while the GBA version nets you more Star Courses and 4 Secret Characters: Luigi, Waluigi, Wario, and Bowser.
  • One Stat to Rule Them All: Impact/Control. Impact improves your chances of not duffing the ball when it lands in the bunker or heavy rough and gives more room for error (and even allows aiming through not hitting perfectly if you're familiar with how hitting the ball outside of the sweet-spot works), while Control makes the ball not veer off it's path too much, giving better aim. Maxing out both and getting decent distance allows you to treat the rest of the game as a joke! And because both are raised if you decide to spend your level up point on it...
  • Original Generation: The N64, GBC, and GBA versions have this type of characters to serve as opponents, helpful advisors, playable Story Mode characters, and to provide a larger selection of awailable golfers in the N64 version. Some of the N64 golfers actually went on to become minor Ensemble Darkhorses which made their abscence from the GC version a little sad for some N64 Mario Golf veterans.
  • Palette Swap: Neil and Ella if multiple Advance Tour saves are loaded onto a Toadstool Tour game.
  • Palmtree Panic: Blooper Bay in Toadstool Tour.
  • Panty Shot: Peach and Ella in Toadstool Tour.
  • Pass Through the Rings: Ring Attack mode.
  • Rare Candy: Hunting these down is one of the main purposes in the overworld for the portable games.
  • RPG Elements: The first two handheld games (World Tour on 3DS instead plays more like Toadstool Tour).
  • Rubber Band A.I.: Very blatant in the doubles tournaments in Advance Tour. Your partner is insanely gifted if you are in a sandtrap, but an idiot if you are looking to come out well above par.
  • Secret Character: The N64 version was notable for having semi-secret characters (including, among others, Luigi and Mario) not be awailable in the 1-P Mode unless you defeated them in Get Character Mode. It also had true Secret Characters in Maple, Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Metal Mario. The handheld versions included the champion characters and some prominent Mario series characters (Luigi in the GBA version, Waluigi in the GBA version, Wario in both handhelds, and Bowser in the GBA version).
    • Connecting the GBC or GBA versions of Mario Golf to the N64 version for the former and the GBA version for the latter also adds four human characters to the N64 version, and the two human characters (male and female) to the GBA version: the characters that you go through the respective games' Story Mode with. As there is no current way of replacing the Transfer Pack method, you cannot unlock those characters in the VC version of the N64 game. Partially justified in that these characters stats depended on how you had leveled them up in the GBC versions. The GC version lets you add up to four versions of both the male and female character though, they will be differentiated through Palette Swaps.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Wario and Waluigi's antics(and failures) are what's most focused on in the opening of Toadstool Tour.
  • Stealth Pun / Shout-Out: The icon for the "Links" Club in the portable games is a Triforce.
  • Taunt Button
  • Third-Person Person: Gene.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Notable ones in the N64 version include Harry, Mario, Donkey Kong, Wario, Bowser and Metal Mario. In the GC version, the notable ones were Daisy, Shadow Mario, Mario, Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Petey Piranha. They tend to have long drives but a more extreme shot path, and low impact and control. Spin was usually on the high end though. Also, Star Characters in the GC/GBA versions are Unskilled, but Strong versions of Normal Characters that could be unlocked, trading impact for drive. They have the advantage on long Par 4 holes and Par 5 holes. The AI versions kind of subverted it a bit, despite their hard to control drives with pronounced draws and fades, they know how to work with them, get out of trouble areas, and seem to have gotten putting lessons from Phil Mickelson.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Notable ones in the N64 version include Plum, Charlie, Peach, Baby Mario, and Luigi. The GC version ones were Koopa, Peach, and Luigi. They have a short drive, but a not-so-extreme shot path, and they have good impact and control. Spin were usually on the weak side though. Also, Normal Characters in the GC/GBA versions is this when compared to their starred versions, trading drive for impact. They have the advantage on short Par 4 holes and Par 3 holes.
  • The Unfought: Many characters will show up in tournament results lists that will never be seen otherwise. Your "rivals" in Advance Tour are a prominent example.
    • Most of the names in the lists are an Easter Egg to other Nintendo franchises, such as Link and Fox.
  • Voice Grunting: Advance Tour as a result of the overworld engine being shared with a more famous Camelot game.
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