Mario Golf 64
Released: June 11, 1999
Mario Golf is a sports video game that was developed by Camelot Software Planning (the same developer that previously created Hot Shots Golf for the PlayStation ) and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 . It was released in 1999. In Japan , the Nintendo 64 version is known as Mario Golf 64. In the game, Mario , his friends, and his enemies play golf on a variety of Mario-themed courses.
Players can play as a variety of characters including Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach . The game also included new characters including Harry, Maple, and Charlie. Players can then select from a number of courses which have features adapted to the Nintendo world. Mario Golf is also very easy to play (also known as a "pick up and play" game) as it makes golf very simple, because it does away with many of the complicated real-life aspects of the sport that are found in games like Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006 . Even though the game is easy to play and simple in appearance, the game's engine is very deep and there are a multitude of variables that can affect a shot, such as wind strength and direction (indicated by a Boo ), rain, characters individual attributes, spin on the ball, relief of the land etc. There are also a great variety of gameplay modes, including speed golf, ring shot, mini golf and skins match. Every character in the game has recorded voice samples which can be used to comment on opponent's shots.
- Toad Highlands (home of the "Toad Tournament")
- Koopa Park (home of the "Koopa Cup")
- Shy Guy Desert (home of the "Shy Guy International")
- Yoshi's Island (home of the "Yoshi Championship")
- Boo Valley (home of the "Boo Classic")
- Mario's Star (home of the "Mario Open")
This game features Transfer Pak compatibility with the GBC version of Mario Golf . Players can upload characters and data only found on the Game Boy version to the Nintendo 64 version. That way, you can play as these characters in full 3D. Additionally, data from the Nintendo 64 version is saved onto the Game Boy Color version of the game. However, the characters imported onto the Nintendo 64 version does not stay onto the cartridge; you must upload the characters again to play as them on the Nintendo 64.
All the characters in the game play slightly different to each other in terms of power (with Plum being the weakest and Metal Mario being the strongest), height of shot and swing (straight, draw or fade). There are 14 playable characters in the game (4 more can be imported via the Game Boy Color version). 5 of the characters are new to the Mario series and make their first appearance in Mario Golf , they are Harry, Maple, Sonny, Charlie and Plum. The following is a list of characters in the game;
- Princess Peach
- Donkey Kong
- Metal Mario
- Baby Mario
There are an additional four characters that can be acquired by importing them via the Transfer Pak if the owner has both Mario Golf and the Game Boy Color version of Mario Golf .
- Azalea — Imported character
- Joe — Imported character
- Kid — Imported character
- Sherry — Imported character