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Every so often Mario and co take a break from the perils of their platforming adventures to complete in more down to Earth activities. The Mushroom Kingdom’s love affair with sports have given birth to so many classics over the years and even saw some of our heroes make an appearance in NBA Street V3.

This time around Mario and fifteen residents of the Mushroom Kingdom are ready to tee off in Mario Golf: Super Rush.

Now, this isn’t Mario’s first time swinging a golf club, in fact, it’s the seventh game in the Mario Golf series. There has been a game on almost every Nintendo console since the Nintendo Entertainment System.

The game is easy to pick up and play
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The majority of the titles utilise the same gaming mechanics, with a few differences and exclusive modes. The series has been praised for combining the best elements that make the sport great to watch or play with the colourful innovations the Mario series is known for.

Visually Super Rush follows Nintendo’s trend of using an array punchy of colours that makes the Mushroom Kingdom leap off the screen.

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The style is consistent with Nintendo’s past Mario classics, with character models being bright and colourful, feeling very much like Mario Tennis Aces. Each of the courses are huge, littered with various details and hazards that add to the golfing experience.

Battle mode is where Super Rush’s environments are at their best with each colourful but chaotic level packed with creative designs.

The depth in the controls help improve accuracy
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The music is sweet and bubbly for the most part, while still being highly energetic and menacing when it needs to be.

Mario Golf Super Rush follows in the footsteps of Deluxe 8 and Aces with its brazen visuals which work well in docked or undocked mode.

However, it would be nice to see a bit more innovation in the art style going forward as a majority of Mario’s spin-off titles look way too similar.

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There are several modes to tackle in Mario Golf Super Rush that cater to different types of gamers. Probably the best mode to get started would be the standard mode, players can get a better feel for the game and learn the mechanics.

Here players can play up to an 18 hole game and have the option to play without special shots.

Battle Mode is more strategic than it looks
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This mode is the closest players will get to playing a golfing sim with the wind and environments affecting all shots, newcomers will be surprised at how detailed it is compared to dedicated games like PGA Tour.

Speed Golf makes a return but unlike its past version, this mode packs more of a punch. Players will tee off at the same time and race throughout the course to see who can sink their ball in first.

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This mode is fantastic and whilst being the most fun I’ve had playing a golf game ever, there is also so much strategy involved to win. Players will have to use all their standard golfing skills mixing them with super dashes and the elements within the levels to get their ball in the hole.

Even though this will feel like a whole new experience, Nintendo doesn’t forgo the fundamentals of Golf, which add to the challenge.

Golfing Adventure was the biggest surprise
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Speed Golf is a great multiplayer experience that takes the best parts of golf and gives it a sensational Nintendo twist. Battle Golf is a little more strategic than Speed Golf, where players will have to shoot their ball in one of nine holes available right from the get-go at the same time. The first player to sink three balls wins and it's not easy to say the least.

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Battle Golf feels like a fusion of Mario Kart and golf with players being able to use weapons such as bananas and bombs to stop their opponents. Whilst this wasn’t as fun as Speed Golf, it’s great to have another mode that adds major replay value to the title.

The Solo challenge mode will let players take on Score and Time Attacks, these are basically the same as standard golf, but you play alone.

You can improve your Mii's attributes
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A good way to improve skills and speed. This is also a great way to get to grips with each character who has variables that make a massive difference during play.

Most people will be attracted to the Speed Golf mode, but for me, the Golf Adventure mode was the biggest surprise. Players will take their Mii on an RPG style golfing adventure.

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The story follows your Mii’s journey to becoming a golfing pro whilst facing an array of challenges. There's a lot of depth here with the world map being filled with NPCs for you to interact with, levelling up and even improving stats.

Players will also be able to get new outfits and golf clubs. Even though it's not the longest adventure, I was greatly surprised and impressed with the level of detail Nintendo has gone to create a charming adventure.

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The gaming controls work a charm and are easy to pick up no matter what style of play. Mario Golf didn't get a chance to feature on the Wii which probably was the perfect console for it, due to the Wii mote.

But players now have a chance to play with motion controls to recreate the real Golf experience and it works pretty well. The camera angle even shifts to match your style of play.

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My only issue is that you can’t mix control styles in multiplayer, you can only choose one style for everyone to play with at a time.

Verdict

Mario Golf: Super Rush is everything you could expect from a Nintendo sports game, with flashy graphics and competitive gameplay.

I really enjoyed my time with the game and was deeply impressed with the nice amount of depth built into the Golf Adventure mode.

There is a ton of replay value with multiplayer and online.

Mario Golf: Super Rush is out for the Nintendo Switch now and retails for £44.99

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