Mario Golf: Advance Tour (JP) is the fourth installment in the Mario Golf series and the Game Boy Advance counterpart of Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour for the Nintendo GameCube. It continues the RPG style of the Mario Golf series. It is advertised as being Role-Playing Golf. The game was re-released on the Wii U's Virtual Console in 2014. The game puts role-playing mechanics into a golf game, and adds Mario characters galore.
The game features eight playable Mario characters in all, four of which have to be unlocked. There are also even more exclusive human characters that Camelot made for the game. The two main characters (Neil and Ella) in Mario Golf: Advance Tour provide the basic characters for the RPG leveling system. The player can collect experience points by playing the game. These experience points are then transferred into levels which can then be used to upgrade and tweak the attributes of either Neil or Ella, depending on the players choice at the beginning of the game. Attributes include Drive, height, shot, impact, control and spin. A maximum level Neil or Ella character at level 99, will produce attributes that far surpass the other characters in the game.
These characters along with their attributes can be transferred to the Nintendo GameCube game Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour if the Player uses the GBA to Gamecube link cable. It is the second Mario Golf game where Luigi is an unlockable character after Mario Golf. It is also the third Mario Golf game where Wario is an unlockable character after the Nintendo 64 version of Mario Golf and the Game Boy Color version of Mario Golf and the second Mario Golf game where Bowser is an unlockable character after Mario Golf and the only Mario Golf game where Waluigi is an unlockable character.
Mario Golf Advanced Tour also contains a selection of different clubs which are listed here. Combining Risky clubs with high level Neil and Ella characters, the player can easily achieve drive lengths of 400, 500 and even 600 yards.
Pre-release and unused content
An earlier build features a different layout for the Marion Clubhouse than in the released game.
- This is Wario's final appearance in a Mario spin-off GBA game.
- Several of the playable characters' animations were recycled from Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.