Seven years after the last Nintendo 3DS installment and seventeen years after the last home console game (it was on GameCube), Mario is back on the golf courses with Mario Golf: Super Rush exclusively on Switch.
As with karting, football, tennis or even basketball, you will experience fiery games with special moves specific to each of the characters in the Mario universe. Prepare to discover several game modes that you will be able to do alone or with others.
The ideal little sports game for this summer by the pool?
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You are invited to the mushroom kingdom tournament
To take part in the history of Mario Golf: Super Rush, you cannot choose one of the 16 characters available in the game. You must create your Mii and participate in the tournament with your virtual avatar. The start of the game is very nice and plunges us into a real festival. You start in a first area with a hub where you can come and go to register for training, the various qualifying phases, etc. The hub also allows you to go to shops to buy new outfits, new golf clubs and some skills.
In each new zone (of which there are six), you will have the joy of discovering a new hub. An oasis in the middle of the desert, passing through a snow-capped mountain or a chalet in the forest, the settings and environments are varied and quite pleasant.
The tournament therefore begins in the small village of Erascotte where you will have to prove yourself. As rookie, you start your career and you do not benefit from any special moves or experiences. You will have to string together good performances in order to progress, gain levels and improve your various skills such as:
- The power, to be able to send your balls further and further
- Theendurance to improve your sprint
- The speed to run faster on the course
- The precision to make a hole in one!
- Theeffect to achieve the best swings even in unlikely places.
Each time you level up, you can improve a skill. Of course, this will help you in your quest with the courses which will become more and more complicated as the tournament progresses.
It will be essential to visit all the stores when you arrive at a new hub. Depending on the areas where you are going to play, you will encounter new difficulties. Fortunately, special clubs, as well as outfits and shoes will be there to help you triumph.
When you arrive in the desert area, your physical condition will be strained and you will have to pay attention to your hydration level. In the woods, under the storm, lightning will threaten you and you will have to be vigilant not to be hit by it.
In the various shops, you will find outfits allowing you to reduce certain effects and protect yourself as well as possible. The same goes for golf clubs some of which will help you get out of quicksand, others will be able to bounce your ball off puddles and much more. This Mario Golf: Super Rush offers a certain level of challenge and despite everything remains quite strategic.
As always in Mario, you will quickly realize that the simple golf tournament will turn into a rescue mission for the mushroom kingdom. Bowser will of course be there and you will therefore participate in some special stages that will change the traditional golf course. We will not go into details, we leave you the pleasure of discovering this adventure for yourself.
A fun and strategic Mario golf course
Besides the adventure mode, Mario Golf: Super Rush offers several free play modes allowing you to play alone or up to four with characters from the Mario universe. In this opus, you will be able to choose between 16 heroes (which is quite light and less than the previous games). You will have the choice between five different places (Erascotte, Vallon-les-Flots, Rocadune, Bois-Tempête and Royal Bowser). Of course, each place has its meteorological constraints!
With Standard Golf, you will chain the holes on the courses in turn. You will have a goal of moves to achieve and the player who leaves with the lowest score wins the game.
In the game mode Speed Golf, the four players meet on the course at the same time. Once you have hit the ball, you must run to reach the location of the latter so that you can chain your second shot until you put the ball in the hole. This mode is great fun, but technical! It is with this mode that you will have to run, sprint or do your special move!
The special move is a skill specific to each character that is triggered with the “L” button once your gauge is charged. To fill your bar, you have to chain the holes and collect coins on the course. Thanks to your special move, your character makes a very precise shot that will make everything in his path fly! Even your competitors and their balls. This can save you time and slow down your opponents. It is essential to use your special shot at the right time, because the idea of Speed Golf is to be the fastest to complete the course! Be careful, however, your opponents also have special moves …
Finally, the last mode is the Golf Melee. This part takes place in an arena. You have the same possibilities as Speed Golf, except this time you have to be the fastest to chain the holes in the arena. The player who has collected the most flags wins the game.
Mario Golf: Super Rush offers all of these online game modes allowing two, three or four players to play in a network. We were able to preview the online features on a round of Standard Golf and Speed Golf, and the experience was a success. No bugs, no particular problems, the game is smooth and just as pleasant for those who do not have the opportunity to play with friends directly in their living room.
For the gameplay, Mario Golf: Super Rush is doing well. It does not revolutionize anything, but the game offers a multitude of clubs allowing to achieve many varied shots. Some will ask for an accuracy that is not always easy to achieve. Even if the game is accessible to all, we do not hide from you that some challenges will require some adaptation time for less accustomed players. A fun game, but at the same time technical and with a good challenge.
A switch that’s in trouble
As Nintendo’s latest addition prepares to live its fourth summer, we realize that it is starting to get old, especially in portable mode. Yes Mario Golf: Super Rush is a real success on the fun side, there is still a great disappointment on the technical and graphic side. The environments are empty and at times the game really stings the eyes so much the alliasing is… Abused.
The viewing distance is non-existent, the reflections on the water, the different shadows… Everything is quite disappointing. Small positive note, the game is not “uglier” online and in TV mode alliasing is less pronounced. Unfortunately, it remains overall very light and far from being up to what we can see nowadays.
Mario Golf, the fun and relaxing game of summer?
Mario Golf is coming back after many years of absence and it’s really nice! Because we had missed it. The game is fun, rather complete with an adventure mode that will occupy you about ten hours and some nice modes that we will enjoy doing and redoing alone or with friends during our beautiful summer evenings. The only shadow on the board remains on the technical part. Mario Golf: Super Rush offers effective, detailed gameplay that will require some control, but the Switch cannot keep up with the graphics. The game is quite disappointing on this point and it spoils the party a bit when we see some pixels that are much too pronounced for a 2021 game.
Don’t hesitate, currently Mario Golf: Super Rush is on sale at € 44.99 instead of € 59.99!
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Mario Golf: Super Rush
- A fun and perfect game for summer
- A game that remains tactical despite everything with a good challenge
- Many game modes and a nice story mode
- Possibility to play up to four on the same machine
- An efficient online mode without bugs
We like less
- Technically (very) outdated with a lot of alliasing
- Only 16 characters, we would have liked a little more