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Mario Golf: World Tour

3DS owners in Europe are getting a demo for Mario Golf: World Tour today. The same download is also planned for North America, though it’s coming next week instead. Nintendo’s Mario Golf: World Tour press release issued today confirms that the demo will be available on April 24.

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–When Mario Golf: World Tour launches for the Nintendo 3DS system on May 2, it will feature robust regional and worldwide online tournaments hosted by Nintendo, as well as custom tournaments that can be created by players. All players who own the game and have a wireless broadband Internet connection can enter the Nintendo-hosted tournaments by simply checking their SpotPass notifications for upcoming and available tournaments, playing in the event and uploading their scores before the event deadline. Players can even monitor their progress by checking the leaderboards to see where they stand. Tournaments can be accessed in Mario Golf mode or using one of the entry machines in the new Castle Club. There will be a variety of different tournaments, ranging from larger competitions to smaller-scale events like longest-drive challenges, coin-gathering challenges or even speed golf.

Nintendo is also collaborating with Callaway Golf (a global golf gear manufacturer) to host its own series of special in-game tournaments that will begin on May 22. The tournaments will be activated using the SpotPass feature, and all players who participate will receive in-game digital Callaway Golf items such as golf clubs and golf balls, which will enhance the players’ stats when used by their Mii characters. Winners of all in-game tournaments – including the Callaway tournaments – are determined by the highest submitted score, and winners will receive in-game coins that can be used to acquire more gear in Toad’s Shop in Castle Club. Starting at launch, a schedule for select tournaments will be available at

Mario Golf: World Tour’s full roster has been published online, courtesy of Famitsu. You can find the lineup after the break.

Those who pre-order Mario Golf: World Tour from Nintendo UK’s online store can receive an extra bonus. A free Mario hat will be handed out with every early sale. You can place an order here.


Nintendo and Camelot are planning on adding paid downloadable content to Mario Golf: World Tour. As noted in an eShop description for the game, players will be able to “Discover additional paid downloadable courses”. We don’t often see paid DLC from Nintendo, so it’s interesting that they’re taking this approach with Mario Golf.


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