Mario Golf: World Tour Cheats And Tips
Yesterday, we reviewed Mario Golf: World Tour, Nintendo's latest sports game. This title has something for everyone, between a full-fledged single player Castle Club mode and online multiplayer to enjoy with friends.
To help get you started, we have a few tips that will have you hitting the links in no time.
Explore the Castle Club
When you first begin Castle Club, it's easy to get lost because there's no map. If you want to get started unlocking new courses and advancing your golfer's career, move straight forward into the wide open door on the north side (right below the Princess' stained glass). From there, you'll be able to select your courses and whether you want to take on a practice round or go straight for a championship.
Of course, it pays to explore as well, so after you finish a round of golf, don't be afraid to look around. You'll find a pro shop where you can purchase new goods - some of which will definitely improve your game, like the Mario clubs - as well as chat with some of the locals. You may even find a tip or two that will help improve your game.
How to Use Items and Power Shots
Over the course of each round, you'll have access to Power shots, which add some distance to how hard you hit the ball, depending on where you end up on the power meter. You may be tempted to use these as quickly as you can, but keep in mind you only have so many for each round. Try and save them for when they count, like on fairways without bunkers in the way, or when you're trying to cut corners and go straight for a green on par 4.
For good measure, the same goes for Item shots. These are rarer than Power shots, due to the effects they provide. Save these for when you need them during a competition, or for getting over an obstacle. For instance, musical blocks can help you bounce over large scales of water, so if there's a hazard that may cost you a couple strokes, don't hesitate to utilize it.
Manual vs. Easy Style of Play
There are two styles of play to choose from in Mario Golf: World Tour. The first is Easy, where all you have to worry about is how much power you put behind a shot. Accuracy is automatically locked in for you, and you don't have access to fine-tuning. This is a great option for rookies or younger players who can't nail down the timing.
However, almost everyone else should go with Manual. This opens up modification for your shot in a number of ways, mainly with backspin and top spin. These can increase or decrease how much further your ball travels, and could save you a few extra strokes in the long run. It takes time to get used to - as well as nailing down the accuracy just right - but it's ultimately more rewarding, especially when you're trying to boost your score.
Golf From All Angles
Finally, when it comes to taking your shot, don't forget that you have access to multiple camera angles. These can really pay off when it comes to defining your shot. For example, on the fairway, you can zoom in on where your ball is going, and also switch to an aerial view to get a better perspective of where you're at on the course.
These cameras are also useful with putting, as you can switch between views. On long putts of 40+ yards or more, these are incredibly useful, as you can see how the green lies throughout the entire course of your shot and adjust accordingly using the D-pad. This can make all the difference when it comes to draining your shot, so use these cameras as often as you can!
Good luck, and happy golfing!
Mario Golf: World Tour will release at retail and digitally for Nintendo 3DS on May 2nd.