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Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour is a sequel to the Nintendo 64 game Mario Golf. It was released on the Nintendo GameCube in 2003, and features more characters, courses, and extras than the original. The game was released in North America on July 28, 2003; in Japan on September 5, 2003; in Australia on Feburary 11, 2004 and in Europe on June 18, 2004. It also earned the Player's Choice rating, released in North America in 2004 and Australia in 2005. It also features Game Boy Advance to GameCube connectivity so you can get exclusive characters for each version of the game. It was developed by Camelot, and published by Nintendo. It is rated E for everyone.

Opening

The game's opening starts with Mario and Luigi looking at a shiny trophy and commenting on how nice it looks. Peach and Daisy call on them saying it's tee time on the planned golf course. As the four friends are shown making excellent tee shots, Wario and Waluigi are shown from behind, extremely jealous of how well Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Daisy do. The two hear a noise and turn around to see Yoshi and Koopa Troopa together to start their round of golf. Wario and Waluigi clench their golf clubs while laughing, and prepare to join them. They all take turns hitting their golf balls, and Yoshi hits near a Chain Chomp. When he tries to get it back, the Chain Chomp wakes up and barks at Yoshi, scaring him and making him fall over. Wario attempts to hit the ball out of the bunker, but just manages to fling sand into Waluigi's face. Minutes later, Waluigi attempts to putt the ball into the hole, but fails miserably after a few tries - resulting in Yoshi and Koopa Troopa falling asleep.

Meanwhile, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong walk past the sleeping Yoshi and Koopa Troopa; Wario and Waluigi attempt to challenge them next. After Donkey Kong shows his golf prowess to Diddy, Wario and Waluigi, Wario, despite his terrible swing, attempts to hit the ball a long way, until it goes out of sight into the forest. Wario and Waluigi start celebrating until they hear a loud roar. The ball suddenly flies back and lands in front of Wario. The two look up and see Bowser coming out of the forest completely enraged because he has a black eye from the golf ball. Bowser gives chase after Wario and Waluigi in his Koopa Clown Car and starts firing Bob-ombs at the two as they run around Lakitu Valley past Birdo and Boo, who were playing a game of golf on their own. Fortunately for Wario and Waluigi, they find a yellow Warp Pipe that is too small for Bowser and his Koopa Clown Car to fit through. Wario and Waluigi come out the other side of the pipe and stop to catch their breath; however, Bowser and the Koopa Clown Car appear right above them seconds later. Bowser takes out another Bob-omb threatening to drop it, resulting in Wario and Waluigi screaming in fear for their lives.

Meanwhile, Mario is preparing to take a shot on that same course with Luigi, Peach, and Daisy observing from behind. As Wario and Waluigi still try frantically to escape from Bowser's looming threat by going through an enormous metal door, Mario hits his ball with his golf club. Wario and Waluigi manage to open the door and continue their escape attempt. But as they did so, Mario's ball hits Wario and Waluigi, giving them black eyes as well, and knocks the Bob-omb off Bowser's hand. This ultimately results in an explosion claiming Wario, Waluigi, and Bowser as the victims. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Daisy witnessed it from afar, completely baffled as to what caused the blast that came out of nowhere.

Gameplay

The game differs greatly from that of the previous game in both controls and visuals. The game uses 3D renders for the designs of characters and courses, changing the camera view to be able to view much more of each hole in detail. Pressing X or Y allows the player to view an overview of the hole and allows them to study the topography of the whole of it or just the green, in order to adjust their shot, and can look around using C. The green also now displays moving topographic lines that follow down its path, increasing in speed the more the green slopes. A new control system has also been added, with a manual and automatic swing. The automatic swing is used by pressing A to set the power for the shot and then letting the game decide where the sweet spot marker ends up. A manual swing involves pressing B when choosing power, then pressing either A or B to set the sweet spot impact marker. This allows the use of a new feature, spin, to be used on shots. Backspin, topspin, super backspin or super topspin can be used, affecting the ball's line of movement on the ground. Topspin sends the ball rolling forward while backspin causes the ball to roll back; these spins make the ball roll a shorter distance than their super versions. Different characters' spin will be more powerful with higher spin levels. The ability to change where the ball is hit is also present from the two previous games, allowing different types of shots to be taken. Approach shots, used when players approach the pin, appear, as well as the limited number of power shots. Power shots have longer drives than normal shots, and only six can be used at a time. If a player does a perfect power shot (meaning they have aligned the first bar at the far left and perfectly aligned the second bar), it is not used up.

Playable Characters

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Princess Peach
  • Princess Daisy
  • Yoshi
  • Bowser
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Wario
  • Waluigi
  • Donkey Kong
  • Diddy Kong
  • Birdo

Unlockable Characters

In-game cameos

  • Pikmin flower patch - Once you spot a flower patch, try to shoot your ball into it. Once you do, you'll see multiple different Pikmin flying in the air after the impact of the golf ball.

Ring Attack Missions

Course name Course name
Lakita Valley
Cheep Cheep Falls
Star Ring Near Troubled Water Star No Easy Entrance Star Waterfall Arch Star Skid, Ski, Skip
Star Long Ring Run Star Ring Here, Arch There Star Donuts! No, Ponds! Star Hunkering Bunkers
Star Two-Ring Bunker Ball Star Times Two Star Treetop Target Star Flowering Arches
Shifting Sands
Blooper Bay
Star Phunky Pharaoh Star Rocky Rebound Star Dolphin Dreams Star Rocky Rings
Star Pyramid Pinnacle Star Columns on High Star Wacky Weather Star Sharky Sharky
Star Ring in Ruin Star Ruins, Rings, Right On! Star Floating Huts and Hoops Star Heartburn
Peach's Castle Grounds
Bowser Badlands
Star Warp Pipe Hype Star Chain Chomp Caution Star Bewitched Bridge Star Bowser Jr's Breath
Star Big Bob-omb Star Ring Around the Koopa Star Needle Mountain Madness Star Sorry Bob-omb
Star Mushroom Doom Star Star Light, Star Bright! Star Thwomp Romp Star That's a Volcano!

"Target Bullseye Tour" Version

On July 28, 2003, Nintendo of America released Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (Target Bullseye Tour Included -- Exclusive Version) through Target stores. This version allowed players to play the Bullseye Tour in the Special Tournament mode. Codes issued from this version of the game could be submitted through the official website. Nintendo prizes were mailed out to the winners. The promotion ended on August 31, 2003.[1]

References to other games

  • Super Mario Bros. - In the character select screen, Princess Peach sings the first few notes of the overworld theme. A remix of the underground theme is heard during the player's attempt to score a birdie.
  • Super Mario 64 - Shifting Sands is possibly based on Shifting Sand Land from this game. A remix of the Peach's Castle theme is heard in Peach's Castle Grounds. A remix of the Bowser boss fight music is heard in Bowser Badlands. Hole 8 of Peach's Castle Grounds has a mountain with a similar layout to the one in Bob-omb Battlefield, and Big Bob-omb appears there, too.
  • Mario Party - The sound effect that plays when Toad trips on the menu screens is taken from Mario Party, as is the sound that plays when attempting to use a Power Shot when out of them.
  • Donkey Kong 64 - Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's voice clips were reused from this game.
  • Pikmin - Whenever a player's golf ball lands in a flower patch, Pikmin fly out.
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee - Some of Mario's voice clips from this game are recycled for Shadow Mario, albeit pitched down.
  • Super Mario Sunshine - Blooper Bay is heavily based on Gelato Beach, an area in Isle Delfino.

References in later games

Trivia

  • This game's scoreboard features many characters from other Mario games, including Goombario and Hammer Bro. Possibly coincidentally, one of the referenced characters has actually never been seen since the Super Mario Adventures comic, where he was a minor hero.
  • Professional golfer Gary McCord recommended the game in his book Golf for Dummies, notably referring to Mario as "the mustachioed plumber from Donkey Kong".
  • This was one of the last games Nintendo published to have the "Official Nintendo Seal of Quality" label on the box and the disc, as Nintendo changed the label in late-2003 to read "Official Nintendo Seal". A Player's Choice box was released after 2003; however, on this version, the "Official Nintendo Seal" appears on the back only, while the "Official Nintendo Seal of Quality" appears on the front and the disc.

References

  1. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (Target Bullseye Tour Included -- Exclusive Version) Game Profile. IGN GameCube. Retrieved on March 29, 2008.

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