GameZone: "Mario Golf wasn't Nintendo's first foray into sports, but it was the first 3D outing for what would eventually become a series norm. Released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64, the game showcased the titular plumber as he stepped out of his heroic skin to become a professional golfer. Donkey Kong, Princess Peach, Wario, and even Bowser were just a few of the characters who came along for the ride. At the time, it was a great spin on the Mario formula, and it was cool to see these characters in something other than a platformer. More importantly, Mario Golf was just a really enjoyable game."