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Video Game / Mario Golf
aka: Mario Golf Advance Tour

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

Games in the series:

Camelot also developed the golf portion of Mario Sport Superstars. Another golf-related Mario game was NES Open Tournament Golf (developed by Nintendo R&D2), known as Mario Open Golf in Japanese, released for the Nintendo Entertainment System.


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.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space:
    • A rather ridiculous example in World Tour, which feature underwater courses. The characters simply play through them as normal with no breathing apparatuses or anything. Lampshaded by bubbles issuing forth from their mouths whenever onscreen.
    • Diddy's eagle animation in World Tour involves him taking off with his jetpack, except he overshoots it and finds himself in planetary orbit. His reaction is more surprised than panicked.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Tiny in the GBA version.
  • Butt-Monkey: Wario and Waluigi suffer a huge amount of abuse in the opening of Toadstool Tour, while Luigi is the lone player to have a bad shot in the openings of 64 and World Tour.
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  • Camera Abuse: Many characters in World Tour. Bowser routinely grabs the camera and mugs (or in worse cases punches it out), Birdo kisses or eggs it, Bowser Jr. paints the lens....
  • Canon Discontinuity: The Japan-only Mobile Golf is not referenced in Advance Tour.
  • Company Cross References:
    • The icon for the "Links" Club in the portable games is a Triforce.
    • When you hit the ball into a flower patch in Toadstool Tour, Pikmin can be seen flying out.
    • The leaderboard in 64 features several character names from The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox.
  • Corner of Woe: Luigi's bogey animation in World Tour. If he double bogeys or worse, Boos take advantage of the unexpected darkness.
  • Defeat Means Playable:
    • The Get Character Mode in the N64 version. Also how you unlock the champ characters in the handheld versions.
    • Defeating a character in a Match Game challenge in World Tour unlocks the Star Player version of that character, who is identical apart from a much harder AI.
  • Dummied Out: The Virtual Console ports currently have no means of connecting the GBC and N64 games, thus the functions relating to the connection aren't accessible.
  • 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.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • For the N64 version, which was the first in the series, it had playable normal human characters, which seems rather bizarre when you put them side by side with the more colorful cast of characters from the Mario universe. The concept of having human characters was kept in the GBC and GBA titles (which revolve around building characters with RPG Elements), but not in Toadstool Tour or World Tour.
    • The N64 version is the only installment where Mario, Luigi and most of their main friends are unlockable.
  • Fantastic Fireworks: In the N64 version, if a Match Game is tied after 18 holes, the sun will set and holes will be replayed in Sudden Death format into the night. Scoring par or better at night will trigger some fireworks in the shape of a character related to the course being played on.
  • 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: Exemplified in World Tour, where Peach and Bowser can be found sitting side by side in the VIP room.
  • Green Hill Zone: Lakitu Valley in Toadstool Tour and Toad Park in 64 and World Tour.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Wario mutters this in the opening to the N64 title.
    "Should've been called Wario Golf. You gonna love it!"
  • Idiot Hair: Neil.
  • Insufferable Genius: Gene. Putts is a very mild version.
  • Interface Spoiler: Of a very short-term sort in Toadstool Tour and World Tour. When you make a putt, you can tell instantly if you're about to sink it or not by whether the camera focuses on the hole or not.
  • 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 surprisingly 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 existence may disqualify her from this. The Mii in World Tour with no stat-altering clothing is a textbook example.
  • Kiss of Death: Getting an eagle with Birdo in World Tour results in a kiss that knocks the cameraman out.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero Found Underwear: Checking Ella's locker when playing as Neil in Advance Tour will result in this.
  • Large Ham:
    • In World Tour when Bowser gets an eagle, he grabs the camera and breathes flames at it.
    • Rosalina through and through. Scoring a birdie will prompt her to flash herself into space for a cosmic fireworks display, while shooting over par will make her swoon dramatically.
  • 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.
  • Macro Zone: Wiggler Park from World Tour.
  • 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.
  • Nintendo Hard:
    • Any "One-Stroke, One-Putt" challenge in the franchise, often required to unlock the par three course for normal play in that game. You must complete 9 holes with heavily random winds, using a maximum of two strokes each. This would be tricky enough - but the first stroke MUST reach the green, and the second stroke MUST be a sinking putt. Even ending on the fringe on the first stroke is deemed a failure, and - regardless of the cause - failure in general means starting over from the first hole. Combine this with what are often lengthy sequences of text, saving, loading screens and animations before getting to try again, as well as the fact that since this challenge unlocks the course this takes place on, you cannot practice individual holes that give you trouble, all in all makes for a brutal, patience testing experience if you want to unlock every course for general play.
    • The fourth putting challenge in Castle Club requires the player to sink seven out of ten putts that, unlike the above challenge, are randomly generated. It's already more demanding than the other putting challenges, which reward close approaches as well, but most of them are over fifty feet long and involve multiple significant slopes on the green. And also unlike the above challenge, this one does not allow you to use any mulligans from Kamek.
  • No Stat Atrophy: Averted in the GBC and GBA games, where not leveling a stat 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 GCN versions respectively. The GCN 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:
    • For the portable games, 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...
    • For Toadstool Tour, power is the intended most important stat. Where impact, control, and spin are presented with meters at the bottom of a character's stats card, power is presented at the top with a specific numerical driving distance in a large font. Star characters unlocked in the Get Character mode are recruited according to their power stat in order from weakest to strongest.
  • 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 available golfers in the N64 version. Some of the N64 golfers actually went on to become minor Ensemble Darkhorses which made their absence in Toadstool Tour a little sad for some N64 Mario Golf veterans.
  • Palette Swap:
    • In the N64 game, the same character can be picked by more than one player, resulting in these.
    • In Toadstool Tour, only Neil and Ella can have them, by loading multiple Advance Tour saves into one session.
  • Palmtree Panic: Blooper Bay in Toadstool Tour and the Seaside Course in World Tour.
  • Panty Shot: Peach and Ella in Toadstool Tour.
  • Pass Through the Rings: Ring Attack mode.
  • Rainbow Pimp Gear: Averted in World Tour, where numerous pieces of gear in each category share the same stats. After unlocking enough, you're almost certain to be able to get the exact stats you want and look coordinated doing it.
  • Rare Candy: Hunting these down is one of the main purposes in the overworld for the portable games.
  • Reality Warper: Rosalina takes this to the extreme in World Tour, creating a whole new galaxy just to celebrate whenever getting an Eagle.
  • RPG Elements: The first two handheld games (World Tour on the 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, Mario and Luigi) not be available in the 1-P Mode unless you defeated them in Get Character Mode. It also had completely 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 (unless you use a hacked save). Partially justified in that these characters stats depended on how you had leveled them up in the GBC versions. The GCN version lets you add up to four versions of both the male and female character though, they will be differentiated through Palette Swaps.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bowser grabbing the camera after getting a birdie could be a reference to Happy Gilmore where the eponymous character (played by Adam Sandler) does this after a successful putt.
    • The icon for the "Links" Club in the portable games is a Triforce.
    • When you hit the ball into a flower patch in Toadstool Tour, Pikmin can be seen flying out.
    • The leaderboard in 64 features several character names from The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox.
    • World Tour has a lot of references to previous Mario games, more than you would think at a glance. Wario's animation when you start a game for instance has him perform his shoulder dash attack from Wario Land as he rushes off to golf.
    • DK Jungle is a tremendous love letter to Donkey Kong Country fans. It features a lot of elements from Donkey Kong Country Returns in particular, such as Screaming Statues, Chomps and Barrel Cannons. Not only that, but TNT Barrels, which hail from the original trilogy instead of Returns, are on certain holes, which explode if your ball touches them.
    • For such a "casual" golf series, it contains a LOT of correctly-used golf parlance, and a very in-depth glossary to go with it. There are many little touches; the scorecard shows that tournaments are played in pairs, pin locations change between sessions, and the star (pro-level) tournaments in Toadstool Tour feature faster greens than normal, reflecting the practice of cutting them shorter than usual for a big tournament.
  • Sore Loser: Every character in Toadstool Tour, if they get a bogey or a double bogey. Special mention goes to Bowser Jr., who outright throws an epic kicking and screaming temper tantrum.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Wario and Waluigi's antics (and failures) are what's most focused on in the opening of Toadstool Tour.
  • Steel Drums and Sunshine: Toadstool Tour's main theme is played on steel drums and sets an upbeat mood for the game.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Azalea in GBC and GBA shares quite a few similarities with Daisy (who is non-playable in GBC and GBA).
  • Taunt Button: Pressing the "down" direction on the d-pad while another player is up causes your character to shout something derisive, usually "fore!" This is expanded on in Toadstool Tour and Advance Tour where each character gets four taunts (one for each d-pad direction) and four cheers (A, B, L, and R.)
  • Third-Person Person: Gene.
  • 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.
  • The Unintelligible: Adding an odd twist to the Heroic Mime archetype, the Castle Club in World Tour allows you to talk to Yoshi and DK normally (albeit through parentheses), while a Toad has to interpret for Mario and Luigi.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Notable ones in the N64 version include Harry, Mario, Donkey Kong, Wario, Bowser, and Metal Mario. In the GCN version, the notable ones were Daisy, Shadow Mario, Mario, Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Petey Piranha. For the 3DS version, it's Mario, Daisy, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Kamek, Birdo, Nabbit, and Rosalina. 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 GCN/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.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: All of the handheld games have you customize your own character. World Tour's Castle Club takes this further by using Miis and allowing you to unlock outfit pieces for them.
  • Voice Grunting: Advance Tour as a result of the overworld engine being shared with a more famous Camelot game.
  • V-Sign: Mario, Wario, and Daisy flash this in Toadstool Tour if they get an Eagle or better.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Notable ones in the N64 version include Plum, Charlie, Peach, Baby Mario, and Luigi. The GCN version ones were Koopa, Peach, and Luigi. The 3DS version has Luigi, Peach, Paratroopa, Toad and Toadette. 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 GCN/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.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: When Mario gets an eagle in World Tour, he grabs a Super Star and plowing through several enemies. Particularly dissonant in that two of the enemies, Koopa Troopa and Paratroopa, have been playable characters in the Mario Golf series, with Paratroopa being playable in World Tour itself.

Alternative Title(s): NES Open Tournament Golf, Mario Open Golf, Mario Golf Toadstool Tour, Mario Golf Advance Tour, Mario Golf World Tour


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