The Microsoft-Apple Tech War Reignites for a New Era

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The Wall Street Journal 27 June, 2021 - 04:30am 42 views

Is Mario Golf Online?

Of course, you're also able to play online with other players in Mario Golf: Super Rush. To do so, select “Play Golf” once again, but this time, you'll have to choose “Network Play” afterward. Inverse'Mario Golf: Super Rush' multiplayer: How to play local, online with friends

The companies’ co-founders, Apple’s Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at Microsoft, battled early in their history before largely burying the hatchet. In recent months, both companies have taken up arms again in a skirmish that is roiling other tech companies and their customers.

Apple, in its legal battle with Epic Games Inc., accused Microsoft of being the puppet master behind the game maker’s case. Epic Games has accused the iPhone maker of anticompetitive practices, while Microsoft has blamed Apple for restricting its ability to reach users with its own videogame service.

On Thursday, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella launched Windows 11 with what was widely seen as a swipe at Apple and the controls it wields over its iPhone App Store, but without mentioning the rival directly. Both companies are positioning themselves for an impending battle over the augmented and virtual reality market that is seen as the next major frontier in computing.

“The world needs a more open platform—one that allows apps to become platforms in their own right,” Mr. Nadella said Thursday during a virtual event.

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Mario Golf: Super Rush review – madcap golf game switches things up

The Guardian 27 June, 2021 - 09:24am

It is a question that would make even less sense now. In 1999, Mario Golf was just normal golf with Nintendo characters. This month’s Mario Golf: Super Rush is a mad cartoonish caricature of the sport played by Nintendo characters in fabulously camp outfits, where you have to sprint after your shot as soon as you’ve hit it, ride tornadoes up cliffs to find the ball, and try to avoid the tackles and explosions that other players send your way. Doing any of that down the real-life course on a Sunday would, at best, get you politely removed from the premises.

It’s all geared towards upping the competitive stakes. Battle Golf, the most madcap game mode, has you competing in a neon stadium with nine holes, where the first person to sink three shots is the winner. This is fun, and matches can turn around in seconds, like a good round of Mario Kart. But on more traditional nine- or 18-hole courses, Super Rush’s embellishments to the rhythm of golf feel forced.

You can play Mario Golf either with button controls or by detaching a Switch controller and swinging it like a golf club, which is definitely more fun when you’re playing multiplayer at home. The solo mode is a cute golf adventure, in which you take a little Mii avatar through a series of tournaments to learn the ins and outs of the game and unlock all the courses. The rules change every few rounds – there’s speed-golf, where strokes are as important as the time you take running around the course; cross-country golf, where you have to work around weird hazards such as giant angry clouds and chip the ball around the course in any order; in the desert, you have to finish the course before your water runs out.

It is possible to play standard golf in Super Rush, special power shots notwithstanding. There’s a specific mode for it. And after a while that’s what I found myself longing for: a serene walk around beautiful fantasy Mushroom Kingdom golf courses, free of annoying sound effects and intrusive other players, where the most bizarre thing to happen might be an unlikely save from a tricky bunker lie. I haven’t played a really good, aesthetically pleasing and straightforward golf game in years. Battle Golf is a good time, and Super Rush’s range of online and local multiplayer options and simple controls makes it a good option for living-room fun. But this is not a golf game that’s especially rewarding to play on your own.

Mario Golf: Super Rush is out 25 June; £49.99

Mario Golf: Super Rush Can Be Beaten In Less Than An Hour, Proves Speedrunner

TheGamer 26 June, 2021 - 05:52am

It’s certainly no big secret that the game is a little on the short side anyway, but most players report spending several hours trying out the courses, and around six hours on the campaign. However, this was nothing for streamer Bluekandy, who managed to get through all seven courses in just 54 minutes and 19 seconds, making it the current world record.

While this is already an impressive time, Bluekandy says he will return to the run again, as there are ways to improve and get a better time. He is now aiming to get the record under 52 minutes.

While competition is likely to heat up, there are currently only four registered runners on speedrun.com. To add another layer of difficulty/frustration to the mix, there’s actually a separate category for doing all the courses with motion controls. The record for that currently sits at 55 minutes and 48 seconds. If you’re interested in competing for the best campaign time, it’ll take you a little longer, as that record is currently 4 hours 38 minutes and 40 seconds.

Bluekandy is no stranger to Nintendo-related speedruns. On his channel, there are world records for Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Kirby Air Ride, both originally released on GameCube.

Speedrunners are likely to get used to the current selection of courses quickly, but they won’t be able to get too comfortable with the category. Nintendo announced during its E3 presentation that new courses will be added as free DLC later down the line. One of the courses shown off in the trailer but not currently available in the game is New Donk City, meaning this may be the first new addition.

Mario Golf: Super Rush is out now, and is available exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

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