When the Wii was released to the world nearly 6 years ago there was a small "sample" game supplied with every console: Wii sports. This game featured 5 sports designed to show off the Wii remote functionality and give players a test taste of what was in store for the Wii (plastic doesn't taste good by the way).
Wii sports golf was simple, yet fun - and very addictive. You move the Wii remote back and the player swings back, you move the Wii remote forward and the player swings forward (am I going too fast?). The speed of the swing determines the power and if you didn't follow through with a straight swing you were likely to slice the ball. Just like real golf.
So simple was the mechanics of Wii sports golf that no other golf game has been able to emulate it. Every company that made a golf game decided real golf wasn't fun enough. So they added power bars and button presses. Why merely tap your ball in when you can spin around three times while holding B and do a spinning pile drive on sucker!
But that's OK, if 3rd party companies had to produce decent games we wouldn't have 50 different versions of iCarly's cupcake adventure.
But for Nintendo it was a no brainer - put the Wii sports golf controls into a Mario golf game. Add all the clubs instead of a selection of 3. Add 6 full 18-hole courses instead of just 9 holes. Add the Mario characters. Voila - you have a fully functional and popular golf game which the Wii was essentially built for.
With the Wii U on its way, Nintendo have decided to move away from players waving remotes, to running around and waving the tray of a healthy choice meal (The next controller will be a coffee mug). Its unlikely that golf will be a revolutionary game on their new system.
I have given up hope that there is a company somewhere in the world putting the final touches on the game that we all had a preview of 6 years ago. The lack of a Mario golf game for the Wii is a puzzling move, more so than had Nintendo decided to omit Mario from the Wii altogether.
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