Fans of Mario Golf: Super Rush got some good news this morning, as Nintendo revealed that the game is getting some new content in a free update. The update is landing later today, and not only does it add a new character, but it also adds a new course. In addition, Nintendo is dropping a Ranked Match mode with this update, giving golfers the chance to prove their skills with a ranked ladder to climb.
The new character joining the roster today is Toadette, while the new course we’re receiving is New Donk City from Super Mario Odyssey. You can see both Toadette and New Donk City in the trailer Nintendo shared today, which we’ve embedded below.
Sadly, the trailer offers only a brief glimpse at both Toadette and New Donk City, but it does reveal that Toadette’s special shot is the Super Pickax Stinger. Like many of the other special shots in the game, the Super Pickax Stinger blasts away any balls that are in its path, so it’s a good option when you have a lot of balls ahead of you and want to ruin other players’ plans.
Nintendo’s tweets also give us a look at the Ranked Match mode that will be added today. From the screenshots, it looks like players will be ranked on a standard grading scale and that achieving an A- rank or higher will allow players to pick Yoshi’s color when they play as him.
Mario Golf: Super Rush isn’t the only Nintendo game to get a free update that adds a bunch of new content. Yesterday, Nintendo delivered an update to New Pokemon Snap which adds three new courses and 20 new Pokemon to photograph. While Nintendo doesn’t give a specific launch time for this Mario Golf: Super Rush update, it does say the update launching later today, so keep an eye out for its arrival if you’re a Super Rush player.
I’ve spent the past couple of weeks playing the brand new Mario Golf: Super Rush on the Nintendo Switch. And you know what? It’s fantastic.
Ever since I completed the Tony Hawk’s remaster, I’ve been looking for an arcade-style sports game to wile away many happy hours on — and the new Mario Golf is just that.
But… there’s a hitch. It’s Summer. COVID restrictions are being lifted across the globe. And I’m being pressured to go outside.
Because I’m a weak, pathetic man, I’m unable to simply say “look, I just want to stay indoors and play Mario Golf: Super Rush,” I need something to back this decision up. Luckily, I have the ancient art of mathematics by my side.
So, in this piece, I’m going to prove with numbers that playing Mario Golf is better than going outside to play real golf. You are most welcome.
Why ‘Mario Golf: Super Rush’ makes more financial sense than playing actual golf
First, we need a benchmark. Mario Golf: Super Rush costs $59.99.
I live in Amsterdam, so I’m going to use figures from around here. The cheapest day pass for a game of golf at the Amsterdam Old Course is €52.50, or $62.70. Already, Mario Golf is better value.
But let’s say I want to play once a week for a year? Well, that’s gonna set me back $3,260.40.
What about clubs though? Well, I can rent a set for $17.92 (€15) a visit, which’ll work out at $931.84 over a year. Or I found I can get a nice looking set from Wilson for $477.74 (€400).
The latter is the cheaper option, so let’s go with that.
You might think we’re done — but you’d be wrong. Unlike Mario Golf, you have to dress like a fucking nerd when you play real golf.
Because we’re not made of time, I went back to Decathlon to put together a cheap golf outfit. A hat ($17.92), a shirt ($29.85), a bodywarmer ($47.77), golf shoes ($83.59), and a pair of trousers ($29.85) come to be $208.98.
I could include other costs in here, such as food or travel, but that seems unfair. I’ll undoubtedly spend a chunk of cash buying snacks and going to the coffeeshop in advance of Mario Golf: Super Rush sessions. Let’s just call it equal.
What we’ve ended up with is that playing “real” golf will cost about $3,947.12. This makes it 65.8 times more expensive than playing Mario Golf: Super Rush. And I severely doubt it’s 65.8 times more fun.
Thanks for solving that, maths.
What about the hidden benefits of playing real golf?
I hear you: golf is about more than just money. What about the mental health benefits (+1)? Meeting people (+1)? The gentle exercise (+1)?The immersion in nature (+1)?
THAT’S FOUR WHOLE POINTS.
Mario Golf: Super Rush can compete with that too. Video games can be good for your brain (+1).The Mario Golf title has a multiplayer mode (+1). And you can use motion controls if you’d like to get the blood pumping (+1).
The only thing that’s harder to simulate is the immersion in nature, but there’s a big tree right outside my window, so I think I’ve got that covered (+1).
That’s four points each: we’re tied. But let’s reverse things a little here. Who do you picture when I say Mario Golf?
It’s Mario, right? With a golf club. That, friends, is a happy picture (+1). But if I ask you to picture someone playing real golf, who comes to mind?
So for this section, we have Mario Golf with a total of five points. And real golf with MINUS nine million, nine hundred ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred ninety-six.
I think we can all agree that, with both math and rhetoric, I have proved beyond a doubt that Mario Golf is better than regular golf. Yeah, you could say that comparing a sport to its video game counterpart is childish and pointless, but maybe you’re childish and pointless.
Anyway, there’s the Mario Golf: Super Rush review every other publication in the world is too cowardly to give you. Do with this information what you will.
(P.S. Mario Golf: Super Rush is out on the 25th June and if you like the words “Mario” and “Golf” together you’ll probably dig it).
EA is keen to grow its footprint in mobile sports gaming beyond the likes of FIFA Mobile. EA has boughtGolf Clash creator Playdemic from WarnerMedia for a sizeable $1.4 billion to help “expand [its] sports portfolio.” It’s taking advantage of WarnerMedia’s eagerness to offload assets as it merges with Discovery and focuses its game lineup on titles based on “storied franchises,” according to Warner Bros. Games President David Haddad.
EA still plans to capitalize on the “ongoing success” of Golf Clash, and hints that it wants to bring that game structure to other brands on top of developing new experiences.
That’s an unusually large payout for a studio that you might not know by name, but it makes sense for both companies. Golf Clash has been popular for years, racking up 80 million downloads as well as awards from the likes of BAFTA and the Independent Game Developers’ Association. EA is walking into a franchise that’s already making money, and might not have to spend much more to help it grow.
WarnerMedia, meanwhile, has a clear incentive: it’s going to need money as it spins out from AT&T. The move should help it recover from the merger that much sooner while concentrating on the games that are most likely to prove successful. The sale of a successful game might sting at first, but could pay off in the long run.
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We’re quickly closing in on the release date for Mario Golf: Super Rush, and today, Nintendo dropped a new overview trailer that takes us through the game’s various modes and features. Super Rush is the first game in the Mario Golf spin-off series since 2014’s Mario Golf: World Tour for the Nintendo 3DS, and it seems a lot has changed since then. For starters, Super Rush is introducing a new mode called Speed Golf.
Of course, we already knew about the Speed Golf mode, as it was revealed alongside the game earlier this year. In Speed Golf, players will tee up side-by-side and then race to their balls, avoiding hazards and collecting power ups along the way. Today’s trailer also shows off the game’s Battle Rush mode, which is described as a “more strategic variation of Speed Golf” that puts an entire nine hole course in play at the same time. The first player to score three of the holes – any of the nine – wins, so some planning could go a long way in this mode.
Super Rush will also be home to a mode called Golf Adventure, where you’ll play as a Mii golfer as you adventure through a country club and complete its challenges. The Mii golfer you create has various skills to improve through level ups, and once you turn them into a capable golfer through Golf Adventure, you’ll be able to take them into Super Rush‘s various online modes.
If you’d rather play as one of Mario‘s cast of characters, Nintendo says that Super Rush will feature 16 characters from the series, with Pauline, Chargin’ Chuck, and King Bob-omb making their Mario Golf debuts with this game. There are six different courses to play through, as well as four player local and online multiplayer.
So, Mario Golf: Super Rush sounds like it’ll be a solid entry in the spin-off series, but of course, we have to wait until the game is here to actually make that call. It’ll be here soon enough, as Mario Golf: Super Rush launches for Nintendo Switch on June 25th, 2021.