While this game doesn't automatically score a hole in one, the various modes and fast-paced multiplayer sets up a lot of fun on the links. If you're new to the sport, Mario Golf: Super Rush does a great job of breaking down everything from driving to putting in simple terms with a fairly detailed tutorial. This is also supplemented by a golf glossary of terms and a colorful presentation with the 16 playable characters (17 if you count your Mii avatar), indicating the simple-to-learn but hard-to-master nature of the game. What's really engaging about Super Rush are the subtle tweaks to the sport that liven up the action. For example, multiplayer matches against other players or AI characters are just exhilarating in modes like Speed Golf and Battle Golf, where you try your best to be both quick and accurate in your shots to the cup. Aside from the pressure as you prepare your shots, you have to be aware of incoming rushes from other players that can knock you and the ball out of position, charged up super shots like Yoshi's that can turn your ball into a wobbly egg that won't roll straight, or environmental hazards like Bob-ombs that will fling your ball off the course. It's hard not to laugh and get excited during close matches when you see a friend just miss a shot, giving you an opportunity to sink a putt and win the game.
Super Rush isn't perfect, though. For example, while the Golf Adventure mode had promise, it essentially devolves into a tour of courses with a few tricks thrown in. This could've been a deep mode where you develop a character, build a friendly rivalry, or even select a character to explore the kingdom, but instead, much of the significant plot development is abandoned shortly after the first course. Another issue with this mode: You can make your Mii characters more powerful than the provided Mario Universe characters. Thanks to the leveling system, you can have someone that drives farther than Bowser, is faster than Daisy, and has more stamina than Donkey Kong -- and you can bring them into other game modes when you're done! The upside is that these superpowered Mii matches in multiplayer take a hectic game mode and turn it into mini-golf chaos, which is very amusing. Finally, Super Rush would've really stood out with a course editor that friends could use to design new holes and tournaments to play and share with friends. There are only six courses included in the game, and after a couple of playthroughs, you'll learn the hazards for each, which further drives home how vital multiplayer is. The negatives are minor gripes, though, for a fun golf game that's a blast to play with friends.