Mario Golf: World Tour review

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With their brightly coloured hats and denim dungarees, there isn't a golf course in the world that would welcome Mario and Luigi in real life.

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Fortunately, while Mario Golf is good at simulating the game's physics, it's a lot less po-faced, offering numerous game modes, power-up shots, RPG-style elements and familiar Nintendo mascots to play as and against that separate it from stultifying realism. There's nothing here that hasn't been done before in past Mario Golf outings, or that might be mistaken for innovation, but at least the wholesale recycling means that everything's been polished to perfection, the beautifully detailed courses and golfers underpinned by game mechanics that have been refined over 15 years of tradition. If you're looking for a solid game of golf, you won't be disappointed, but you won't find a new perspective on hitting small balls with long clubs here.

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