Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, known in Japan as Mario Golf: Family Tour (マリオゴルフ ファミリーツアー, Mario Gorufu Famirī Tsuā), is the third game in the Mario Golf series and the second home console installment. The game was released for the Nintendo GameCube and is the home console counterpart to Mario Golf: Advance Tour on the Game Boy Advance. It also earned the Player's Choice rating, being re-released in North America in 2004 and Australia in 2005.
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 the brothers, exclaiming that it is 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, so Wario and Waluigi attempt to challenge them next. After Donkey Kong shows his golf prowess, 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. Wario and Waluigi find a yellow Warp Pipe that is too small for Bowser and his Koopa Clown Car to fit through and come out the other side of the pipe and stop to catch their breath. However, Bowser flies right above them seconds later, threatening to drop another Bob-omb and making them scream 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 open the door and continue their escape attempt, but, Mario's ball hits them, giving them black eyes as well, and knocks the Bob-omb out of Bowser's hand. This ultimately results in an explosion claiming Wario, Waluigi, and Bowser as the victims. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Daisy witness the explosion from afar, completely baffled as to what caused it.
While playing fairly similarly to the previous two games, particularly Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64, this game makes various additions and alterations to the formula present in both controls and visuals. The game uses 3D renders for the designs of characters and courses, like the previous home console game, allowing for the camera to be changed to view more of each hole in detail. Pressing or allows the player to see an overview of the hole and study the topography of the both the course and specifically the green. In order to adjust their shot, the player can use the aforementioned controls and look around using . 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, withmanual and automatic swinging. The automatic swing is used by pressing 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 when choosing power, then pressing either or 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 makes a return from the two previous games, allowing different types of shots to be taken. Approach shots, used when players approach the pin, appear in this game, 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.
Depending on how many strokes the player required to take to hit the ball into the hole, players receive a score and a name for the score. The following is a list of them, from best to worst scores:
Terrain, hazards, and other features
There are a wide variety of game modes offered in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, including tournaments, training sessions, collecting coins and shooting the ball through rings. Multiplayer for up to four players is supported, and can be played with one to four controllers. All of the game modes are explained briefly below. Note that multi-player game modes not marked with an asterisk (*) can also be played with 1 player and AI opponents.
Including transferable characters, a total of 18 playable characters are featured in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, consisting of 12 default characters, 4 unlockable characters, and 2 transferable characters. This game marks the first playable appearance of Bowser Jr., Shadow Mario, and Petey Piranha, as well as Diddy Kong's first appearance in a Mario game. Note that Impact, Control, and Spin are on a scale of 21. Numbers in parenthesis for all stats indicate how they are shown when selecting Advance Tour Clubs.
Neil and Ella can be transferred into the game by connecting Mario Golf: Advance Tour for the Game Boy Advance with the Nintendo GameCube. Up to four different pairs can be linked via different save files, with each pair wearing different colors.
"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.
References to other games
References in later games
As the game was first released in North America, the NTSJ and PAL versions of the game were subjected to further refinements.
Name in other languages