Retro Game Friday: Mario Golf

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a Mario sub-series that is fairly obscure. It’s Mario Golf!

Plot Synopsis: Wait you’re expecting a plot to a game about Golf? Seriously?

Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty boring, in fact this is a pretty lame game. The game was all about hitting the “sweet spot” by tapping the A button at the correct time while aiming towards the hole. If you could do that successfully and repeatedly, the game quickly devolved into a really boring repetition of that single “mini-game”. Now that isn’t to say this was a terrible game, by all accounts it was great for multiplayer, although I never did convince my friends to play the game with me, because “Golf is boring”, so I can’t confirm or deny that.

Art: The art is quite a bit like it came out of Mario 64, which shouldn’t be a surprise to be honest. That means it’s aged incredibly poorly, and the game looks like crap now a days.

Music: It’s Mario music, but toned down because you’re playing “Golf”.

Overall: Skip this game, it’s really, really not worth going out of your way to even bother playing it.

For those who like: Golf, Sports, Mario, Repetitive Minigames.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Manga Monday: Robot x Laserbeam by Fujimaki Tadatoshi

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review of a series from the creator of Kuroko no Basuke. It’s Robot x Laserbeam by Fujimaki Tadatoshi!

Plot Synopsis: When a high school boy who’s been nicknamed “Robot” due to his unemotional demeanour and lack of social skills encounters golf for the first time, his life takes a dramatic turn.

Plot: The plot isn’t quite as ridiculous as Kuroko, where Kuroko is constantly surprising people due to his lack of presence. That’s actually a good thing. Because, at least in this first chapter, everything that was shown is actually possible by normal people, given enough practice with golf. I can actually personally attest to that, as while what Robot does is not easy at all, it’s possible. I’ve been told by pretty decent golfers, including my step-father whose gotten a hole-in-one on one of the toughest golf holes I’ve ever seen and that includes really famous professional courses, that my own form is pretty good, but that I had trouble with the control of power. Most people have the problem the other way around, easy to gauge power but keeping your form in the correct stance is difficult.

Characters: Robot is a pretty emotionless guy, and while he’s noticeable unlike Kuroko they both are pretty awkward in social contexts. Tomoya, Robot’s friend is a pretty decent guy as well, although his form is pretty terrible, which Robot comments on.

Art: It’s excellent which considering who is the Mangaka and the publisher that should come as no surprise to anyone.

Overall: This is a must read for any Sports Manga fans. It might be a bit less action intense than Kuroko, but it’s still good. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Anime of this series in a year or two.

For those who like: Sports, Golf, Excellent Plot Fantastic Characters, Amazing Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Manga Monday: King Golf by Ken Sasaki [Quick Review]

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s King Golf by Ken Sasaki!

Plot Synopsis: A young talented delinquent loves a challenge. He has fought near everyone to reign supreme in his region. One day he realizes that people may fear him but they don’t admire him. On that day a rival who plays golf looks down on our young delinquent. What ensues is a story of inspirational drive, courage and competitiveness. Will Sousuke Yuuki “the predator” overcome all and become the King of Golf?

Plot: King Golf plays straight with the tropes with this first chapter, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it thus far, even if it’s just the first chapter. As someone who used to play Golf when I was much younger I can appreciate the difficulty in the sport, even if it’s terribly boring to watch.

Characters: Yuuki seems like the standard delinquent, and his rival character Hikaru seems to be a bit of an ass, but again this is playing pretty close to the standard tropes. Ami on the other hand is pretty interesting, I’m interested in seeing all the characters develop.

Art: Great, I’m enjoying it quite a bit thus far.

Overall: This looks to be promising, if only because I remember my late Grandfather when I think about playing Golf.