Mario Golf: Super Rush
Mario Golf: Super Rush is the sixth installment in the Mario Golf series, released worldwide for the Nintendo Switch on June 25, 2021. It was first announced during a Nintendo Direct broadcast on February 17, 2021. The game introduces multiple modes, such as Speed Golf and Battle Golf, in which golfers must physically run to the ball in-between swings under time pressure, often alongside other players. Additionally, the game has a story mode similar to Mario Golf on the Game Boy Color and Mario Golf: Advance Tour, involving leveling up the player Mii's stats while going through a variety of unique challenges. The game departs from the three-press system present in the previous games of the series, instead having each swing involve two button presses, with the club type and terrain determining the accuracy of the shot.
The core gameplay follows the rules of golf: to hit the ball into the hole in the fewest number of strokes. Both sand traps and water hazards appear as obstacles depending on the course. Any player who hits the ball out of bounds or into a hazard receives a penalty stroke. The hole can be seen from afar by a glowing, blue pillar of light.
While preparing for a swing, the player can switch between available golf clubs and can view both the entire course from a bird's-eye view or scan the terrain ahead. The player can press to see more information on their currently-selected club. The bird's-eye view allows the player to see their current location, the hole, and a circle surrounding the player indicating their current club's yardage. Scanning shows the elevation and distance to the hole, as well as a cross-section view of the terrain slope. Pressing allows the player to set their aim while pressing resets the camera view. An alternative scan, activated by pressing , allows the player to view the estimated landing zone from a higher point of view, showing the slope lines of the landing zone. Additional information such as the hole number, par number, total hole yardage, and wind speed and direction are all visible in the top-left corner. The hole is indicated by a tall blue pillar of light as well as a flag icon in the UI with arrows pointing to the hole. The player's current score and stroke number are also presented above their special shot gauge; normally yellow with a golf ball icon at the end, it is seen filling up in blue, with the ball becoming fiery, after sinking the ball into the hole. When the gauge is full, the player will be prompted to use their special shot as the icon will flash below the gauge. There is also a mini-map showing the entire hole.
The shot gauge is now vertical, and bends to indicate how the shot trajectory will be affected by slopes. The green and hole are indicated on the shot gauge by checkered tiling and the flag, respectively. The player can press to initiate a shot or for a special shot, when their special shot gauge is full. Pressing allows the player to set a shot type, including standard shot and half shot. While a standard shot is being set, the player can use to shape the shot, curving its trajectory, and they can also apply spin to the shot, including standard spin and super backspin. After a shot is taken, the side-view trajectory of the shot is displayed in yellow, with the air distance displayed in yellow and rolling distance displayed in blue. The hole can also be seen in this diagram, indicated by a flag icon. While the ball is moving, the player can hold to fast-forward its motion. Both button controls and motion controls may be used. For motion controls, the player will need to hold while swinging the Joy-Con. Characters can also be made lefties.
In Speed Golf, players take shots at the same time and must race to their ball after each stroke, continuing this until it is sunk into the hole. Items along the way may help the player. Players also have access to character-specific skills such as dashes and special shots, and are seen dropping coins onto the course when being hit or when running into obstacles; losing coins decreases the player's special shot gauge, while collecting coins increases it. Both the player's stroke number and total time are recorded as their score, with 30 seconds to the total time added for each stroke taken. While running, players have a stamina gauge near their character that is normally green but turns red when low. The stamina gauge can be replenished by collecting hearts. Using a special dash immediately uses up a portion of the stamina gauge.
In Battle Golf, four players compete in a stadium filled with nine holes and a number of obstacles to be the first player to sink three holes. In the stadium, players can collect coins and can even launch items such as Bananas and Bob-ombs with their golf club to damage their opponents.
In Golf Adventure, the player plays as their Mii. Starting with a basic amount of experience, the player can earn experience points by participating in practices and matches. Doing so grants the player skill points that can be used to upgrade their stats, such as Power (how far the ball can be driven), Stamina (how long the player can dash), Speed (how fast the player can run), Control (how straight the player can hit the ball), and Spin (how much the player can spin/shape shots), while experience points upgrade their level and overall Lead Rank. In the overworld, the player can interact with several characters, such as Goomba and Hammer Bro, who may provide the player with challenges. There will also be matches against the playable characters and boss fights. The player will also be able to collect coins. By winning tournaments, players will be able to obtain new clubs and outfits.
Toadette, Boo, and Chargin' Chuck are watching the golf tournament on TV. After the TV is turned off, Birdo introduces the player's Mii character to the three, and explains that the Mii character is the fourth rookie in their class. After being introduced to the three and getting a night of sleep, the Mii is woken up by Birdo, who explains the Mii is late for their initiation ceremony.
Speed Golf and Battle Golf only
Speed Golf and Battle Golf only
There are a total of 22 playable characters as of version 4.0.0. Pauline, Chargin' Chuck, King Bob-omb, Ninji, Wiggler, and Shy Guy are playable for the first time in the series, with Chargin' Chuck and Ninji also making their overall playable debuts. Mii characters are also playable, with variable statistics. When selecting a character, players have the option to change their club set or dominant hand. As of version 2.0.0, in August 2021, if the player achieved a rank of A- or higher in Ranked Match, they would unlock three alternate colors for Yoshi: red, blue, and yellow. In September 2021, the reward was changed to Boo wearing a visor, in October 2021, it was changed to three alternate colors for Toad: blue, green, and yellow, and in November 2021, it was changed to three alternate colors for Koopa Troopa: red, blue, and yellow.
Much like Mario Tennis Aces and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, most characters wear specific golfing outfits, with the only exceptions being Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Toadette, as well as Bowser's minions (aside from Boo's visor outfit). They also now carry their golf bag when moving on the course during Speed Golf.
All characters can unlock 2 additional Club Sets, Star and Super Star, at 1000 and 3000 Character Points respectivly. The Sets give characters additional power and spin at the cost of control.
In Speed Golf and Battle Golf, Star Characters are limited to the 3W as their strongest club and Super Star Characters are limited to the 5W as their strongest.
As with the previous games of the series, Mario Golf: Super Rush was developed by Camelot and composed by Motoi Sakuraba. Shugo Takahashi also returned as both director and one of the lead game designers as in Mario Golf: World Tour.
Mario Golf: Super Rush has received updates after launch, which add new content, balance adjustments, and bug fixes.
Ver. 1.1.0 (released June 24, 2021)
Ver. 2.0.0 (released August 5, 2021)
Ver. 3.0.0 (released September 23, 2021)
Ver. 4.0.0 (released November 23, 2021)
Mario Golf: Super Rush has received generally positive to mixed reviews from critics. The Speed Golf and Battle Golf modes have been generally praised, but the game received criticism for its adventure mode, lack of courses and single player content.
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