A number of weeks in the past, I used to be invited to play a spherical of Mario Golf: Super Rush towards Canadian skilled golfer Mike Weir as a part of a distant promotional occasion Nintendo of Canada put collectively for the sport’s launch.
While I often keep away from ‘play-a-video-game-against-a-celebrity’ trade occasions, it was troublesome to say no to leaping into the arcade-focused Switch golf recreation to play just a few holes towards considered one of Canada’s biggest golfers.
Also, I figured this may lastly be my probability to get my dad, an avid golf fan, to learn one thing I’ve written.
For those that are unaware, Weir was the primary and solely Canadian to win the PGA’s Masters event in 2003. He additionally spent over 110 weeks as one of many prime 10 golfers on this planet between 2001 and 2005 and received Canada’s Lou Marsh trophy, an award given out yearly to Canada’s prime skilled or beginner athlete. Weir is now enjoying on the PGA’s Champions Tour, additionally typically known as the Senior Tour.
After a fast two rounds on Mario Golf‘s Bonnie Greens course in ‘Super Rush’ mode, the place I managed to beat Weir by a stroke or two on each holes however nonetheless ended up just a few strokes behind one other taking part reporter, I had the chance to ask Weir just a few fast questions. In common, Weir was an excellent sport in regards to the considerably awkward distant Zoom occasion and to my shock, opted for button controls as an alternative of movement enter, similar to anybody who takes Mario Golf: Super Rush critically would (I’ll endlessly contend that movement controls in golf video games suck).
Rather than concentrate on the game he has devoted his life to (as a result of I do know fairly actually nothing about golf past just a few occasions I’ve delved right into a online game model of the game), I requested Weir about his expertise enjoying Mario Golf: Super Rush over the previous couple of weeks.
Q: Does the expertise of enjoying Mario Golf: Super Rush in any respect really feel like actual golf (protecting in thoughts, clearly, that it’s a online game)? The Mario Golf collection has at all times been extra arcade-focused, however this entry, particularly, has a stunning quantity of depth to it.
Mike Weir: Funny sufficient, there’s. When you’re selecting a sure membership, and also you’re at 145 yards, and it’s a Seven Iron, however you solely is likely to be at 113 yards, you must swing at a sure tempo to take a bit bit off that Seven Iron, which you’d do in actual golf. This is similar with a spherical in Bonnie Greens, the sand wedge may present 76 yards for a full shot, however you might need 35 yards, so you must really swing fairly simple [when you’re playing with motion controls]
“I’d also love to be able to have that power and that energy boost like my character Luigi can.”
When you’re enjoying along with your fingers [button controls and not motion controls], it’s essential have “touch.” I feel that’s the correlation to it — your notion and contact and really feel are fairly translatable.
Q. Do you want you may curve the ball in a number of completely different instructions without delay like you may in Mario Golf: Super Rush?
Weir: The one factor is having a bit extra energy. One facet that may assist my recreation can be the power to hit a bit additional like Luigi can within the recreation. I feel, usually — we had been simply enjoying Speed Golf — the sport enjoying a bit bit quicker [in real-life]. An enormous speaking level in skilled golf proper now’s ‘how do we speed the game up?’ I’d additionally love to have the ability to have that energy and that vitality enhance like my character Luigi can.
For extra on Mario Golf: Super Rush, take a look at my ideas in regards to the recreation right here.
This interview has been edited for fashion, readability and size.