A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Apart from friendly competition on the golf course, not a lot of significant messages expressed. Being a good sport is somewhat tossed away when you can interfere with other players on the course.
Positive Role Models
There's a wide number of characters from various Mario games, but no character development or detail. Even inclusion of your Mii in the Golf Adventure mode doesn't really express growth, apart from becoming a stronger golfer.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is easy to learn, especially with in-game glossary of terms, but relies upon timing, aim, other factors like wind or environmental hazards. Some golf swings or charging dashes from opponents can disrupt or ruin a simple shot, especially in Battle Golf.
Violence & Scariness
Players can hit powerful golf swings that will knock both players and balls down or off the course. They can sprint and charge down the fairway, resulting in a spray of coins. Players can be hit by some environmental hazards in some modes, like Chain Chomps and Thwomps, which will toss coins in the air. No blood or gore is shown, and violence is very cartoonish.
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Products & Purchases
Characters are from various Mario games, which could potentially make players interested in picking up or playing those titles.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mario Golf: Super Rush is a sports game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Players take to a variety of courses, challenging multiple characters pulled from other Mario games or Mii characters to see who can complete a course in the fastest time or with the lowest score. While it's easy to learn how to play the game, success is based on timing, aim, and environmental factors like wind or course hazards. Competition is the focus here, whether it's going for the fastest time or the lowest score. Unfortunately, being a good sport is eliminated when your super drives or your attempt to sprint to your ball before others can knock opposing players and their shots out of the way. These actions will frequently cause coins to erupt from players, but that's the extent of the violence in the game, and it's cartoonish, without any blood or gore shown. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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