- Famicom Grand Prix: F-1 Race- 1987: Famicom Disk System (Japan only)
Would this game be worth playing? Yes but it has never been released outside of Japan.
- Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally- 1988: Famicom Disk System (Japan only)
This was one of eight games that were made to utilize the Famicom 3D System, a pair of special glasses that when connected to the Famicom which in turn is hooked up to a CRT TV, will display a stereoscopic 3D image; the stereoscopy could be turned on and off with the press of the select button. Square Enix’s Rad Racer (Highway Star in Japan) was also one of the eight games to use the 3D System and when it was released outside of Japan, players could still play the game in 3D by pressing select on the NES controller, but rather than the game’s 3D being in stereoscopic, it’s in anaglyph. This was the first time Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto worked together on a game.
Would this game be worth playing? Yes. Like with the previous game, this too has never been released outside of Japan. Unless you’re a collector, you may want to pass on the Famicom 3D System glasses unless you find a good deal on a pair. If you do, remember you need to use them on a CRT TV not an HD TV.
- NES Open Tournament Golf- 1991: NES
The gameplay is…well golf. Players try to get the lowest score after playing eighteen holes and the game has four different game modes:
- Stroke Play: Go up the ranks by playing well through a golf course.
- Match Play: Face off with an opponent through eighteen holes and whoever has the lowest score wins. Win against Luigi and four new opponents will show up; each with varying difficulties. This is also the game’s two player mode.
- Tournament: Basically either Stroke Play or Match Play. Depending on the player’s rank and score, prize money is earned.
- Club House: The options menu. Stats of players, prize money, save data management, name registration, and training are found here.
- Mobile Golf- 2001: Game Boy Color (Japan only)
Like with many of the Mario sports games, Mobile Golf was developed by Camelot; a company who was responsible for a few of the Shining Force games and created the Golden Sun RPG series. I say “was” because while Camelot is still around today, they haven’t developed a Shining game since 1998 and the last Golden Sun game was made in 2010. All of their recent games have been tennis or golf games staring Mario and friends.
Would this game be worth playing? Probably not this version, but Mario Golf on the GBC, yes…assuming you enjoy golf games. If you like sports games that aren’t golf, Mario Tennis on the GBC is a great choice too.
- Mario Party-e- 2003: Game Boy Advance eReader (Japan and North America only)
Would this game be worth playing? Getting all the items could be a pain and possibly expensive, but it’s apparently easy to play. Otherwise, there are plenty of Mario Parties to be had on Nintendo’s other consoles.
- Mario Party Advance- 2005: Game Boy Advance
Would it be worth playing? Unfortunately not. A common complaint about the game is that its mini-games lack originality and are in general, not very fun. If you want a portable Mario Party, go with Mario Party DS, Mario Party: Island Tour, or maybe Mario Party: Star Rush.
This part wasn't very diverse was it? With a section about sports you'd think their'd be more variety, but unfortunately Nintendo and their second party companies have yet to make a stand alone hockey Mario game or Mario bowling game; racing, golf, and Mario Party were the only things in this part. Mario's Sports Mix and Mario Sports Superstars for the Wii and 3DS respectively have multiple sports games in them including basketball, volleyball, and hockey which may interest people looking for a fun Nintendo multiplayer game that isn't Mario Party and isn't just tennis, golf, or soccer. The Mario vs Sonic at the Olympic Games...games also fit the bill if that's what you're looking for. Part 6 will be covering the most exciting and beloved genre of games: educational games.