Mario Golf broke ground on the Mario sports series, with games such as Mario Tennis and Mario Superstar Baseball following suit. Adding the Mario twist to sports that wouldn't appeal to young gamers otherwise made this series better.
The N64 version of Mario Golf was spectacular, with a wide range of characters to choose from along with the various modes you could play (including mini-golf). The Game Boy version seems like a more condensed version of the N64 game, coming without the numerous modes and characters. The terrain for the game is also not as detailed as its N64 brethren, with the course layouts being simplified for the Game Boy. That is not particularly a bad thing, as Game Boy players would not expect a detailed version of Torrey Pines on a 16-bit hardware system. Still, it would have been nice to see mini-golf mode be an option for the Game Boy version.
There are plenty of similarities between the Game Boy version and the N64 version. Much of the music and sound effects found in the N64 version are found in the Game Boy version and the shot mechanics are pretty much the same. You can also check out some of the best shots you've made in the Game Boy version as you can in the N64 version.
If you're looking for a game that you can take with you on the go and you're on a golf kick, pick up Mario Golf for the Game Boy. Just don't hit any other golfers with any shots while you're playing.
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