Mario Golf: World Tour is a golf video game for the Nintendo 3DS. As with the majority of the games in the Mario Golf series, it was developed by Camelot Software Planning and published by Nintendo. The game was first announced on February 14, 2013, in a Nintendo Direct presentation. It is the sixth game in the series, and is the first one in a decade, since 2004's Mario Golf: Advance Tour for the Game Boy Advance. The game was initially scheduled for the second half of 2013, but was eventually delayed into May 2014. It was first released in Japan on May 1, 2014, in North America and Europe on May 2, 2014, and in Australia on May 3, 2014.
Mario Golf: World Tour is a golf simulation video game with the basic premise mirrors the basis of golf. Controls characters from the Mario franchise, the player aims to hit a golf ball with a golf club across a golf course in order to hit it into the target hole in the lowest number of strokes. The game in particular employs an arcade-like approach to golf, emphasizing simple, straightforward controls and faster paced gameplay over realism. Despite this, some courses are modeled to look like real-life courses, while others are Super Mario themed environments. The game continues to employ the gameplay mechanic of "Super Shots"; when chosen by the player, they allow for extra distance when hitting the ball, although only a limited number of them are allocated per course, creating a strategic aspect to their use.
The game also contains online multiplayer golf tournaments, as well as a feature to find other players to play golf with.