Sega : Visual Concepts :: Nintendo: ...
Unlike the College Board, Iím not going to provide a set of possible answers; itís not necessary. As it happens, the fact that the above analogy is within a preview of a Mario Sports title should be enough of a clue.
For the uninformed, the correct answer is Camelot Software Planning Ė developer of not only Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, but also Mario Golf and Mario Tennis for the Game Boy Color and Mario Golf and Mario Tennis 64 for the Nintendo 64.
Camelotís track record with sports titles is, clearly, quite impressive.
It is because of this track record that Nintendo, I would venture to say, expects great things out of Toadstool Tour. It is because of this track record that players, I would also venture to say, expect great things out of Toadstool Tour. Will Toadstool Tour deliver?
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Fortunately, Camelot appears to have recognized this state of affairs and acted to make sure that the complaints applicable to real-world golf are not applicable to Mario Golf.
How so? To combat the first issue, Camelot has brought together the Nintendo All-Stars, a group consisting of Ė but not limited to Ė Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Koopa Troopa, Waluigi, and Wario. In addition, Camelot has designed an array of courses. One might opt to play a traditional, no-frills course, or one might opt to play a course built around the Mushroom Kingdom castle.
In the non-traditional courses, expect to find, well... non-traditional features. For instance, residing in certain sand bunkers are Chain Chomps. Hit the ball within reach of the creatureís jaws, and youíll find yourself not only re-hitting, but also re-hitting with a score one stroke higher.
To combat the second issue, Camelot has retained the sliding-bar swing meter. Youíve seen it before: On the backswing, the bar on the meter passes from right to left, whereas on the follow-through the bar passes from left to right. Some things in gaming should never change, such as Capcom or Konami putting Mega Man or Belmont (respectively) into 3-D environments. The sliding bar swing meter is like that. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Word on the Street
Toadstool Tour will also give players the opportunity to deploy their GameCube/Game Boy Advance Link Cables. In linking to the Game Boy Advanceís Mario Golf Advance Tour, players may transfer characters between Toadstool Tour and Advance Tour.
With any luck, the two titles will interact in other, yet to be announce ways. Although character-swapping can increase replay time, the feature is a complete waste of the Link Cable. A player could swap characters between Mario Golf for the N64 and Mario Golf for the Game Boy Color, and no cable was needed.
From the Horseís Mouth
If you never played Mario Golf, then I recommend giving our N64 review a read.
So, will Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour deliver? Check back to Nintendojo in the weeks to come for not just an answer, but also a full review.
word on the street
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