GB Review: Mario Golf
Review by: Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: Game Boy Color
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Sports
 # of Players: 1-2
 Size: 16 Megabits
 Developer: Camelot
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Game Save: Yes

 Release Date:
 US: Oct 4, 1999

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Final Score:
7.0/10

After Mario Golf for the N64 was released the Game Boy Color version of Mario Golf would soon follow as well. Mario Golf for the GBC was based off you knew it, the N64 Mario Golf. Mario Golf has a Game Boy Color only game, which means you cannot play it on any previous Game Boy system nor will it fit.

This version of Mario Golf has something different that the N64 version doesn't have. That is the RPG elements. You can make unique golfers from this GBC version of Mario Golf and transfer them onto Mario Golf for N64 using the N64 Transfer Pak. Although the game manuals don't even mention that, it's been known that these 2 games can transfer info. Maybe Nintendo will start to mention about the transfer thing in Mario Golf when the N64 Transfer Pak comes out with Pokémon Stadium in 2000.

In the RPG game you are trying to create a golfer. You go around the area to have golf competitions and that kinda stuff. You are trying to train the best golf player so you can square off against Mario, who is known to everyone as the best golf player of all time. The RPG elements might've added more value to the game, but I don't think it was very fun. It's hard to play golf on the Game Boy for some reason, I get constant headaches in the car playing it, unlike playing Tetris or Game and Watch Gallery. If the RPG game was done better it would've been a lot more fun, seems like a rush by Nintendo in my opinion.

The graphics in Mario Golf are spectacular for the Game Boy. Good use of color make the game look awesome. Mario Golf takes full advantage of the Game Boy Color's hardware and therefore this game cannot be played on older Game Boy systems. This game has some of the best graphics ever seen on the Game Boy.

The sound effects were pretty good. When playing the game it seemed like playing the N64 version on the small screen. The music had remixed tunes from the N64 Mario Golf, and it was great. Although the Game Boy's speaker has terrible sound if you connect it to headphones it will sound really good.

The play control is easy to learn and it's fairly accurate in the game. The controls are based on the N64 Mario Golf game but there are less buttons on the GBC so there are a few minor differences.

Overall, Mario Golf is an average game. It has amazing graphics and good game play, there's even a mode to create characters to transfer to your N64 game. If you own Mario Golf for the N64 you will sure need this GBC counterpart to fully extend your game play. Mario Golf just doesn't match up the games like Tetris and Game and Watch Gallery, but afterall golf is still golf.

-- Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: Mario Golf is an easy game to play, although it's kind of boring to play alone you can create characters and transfer them to N64 Mario Golf, that's a good reason enough to get this game.