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NES Open Tournament Golf
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Console: Nintendo NES
Region:U
Year: 1991
RFG ID #: U-027-S-04480-A
Part #: NES-UG-USA
UPC: 045496630669
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
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Genre: Sports
Sub-genre: Golf
Players: 1-2
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: Cartridge
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Collection Stats:

  • 291 of 7406 collectors (3.9%) have this game in their collection
  • 11 of 7406 collectors (0.1%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 5 of 7406 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.
Review:

I'm not a big fan of golf. I've watched Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler and really liked it, but unfortunately golf just isn't the same as its portrayed in the movie. What's worse, you can't train at the mini putt with the laughing clown face. Obviously I have no experience with the sport and to only until recently used to confuse Jack Nicholson and Jack Nicklaus.

Well, today I decided to put all that behind me and have a go at NES Open Tournament Golf.

I was atrocious at this game especially because I was playing without a manual. I had no idea what I was doing at first. My initial attempts at this game resulted in laughable 4 yard swings. After a quick Google search and skimming GameFAQs I learned how to swing like a wannabe golfer. This game was fun, despite how badly I did. Once I learned the mechanics of the game and the swing techniques. I was doing okay.

When Mario steps up to the tee you see a meter on the bottom portion of the screen. This is your swing power and direction meter. To score a good hit on the ball you first have to launch the indicator with the A button. You must then press A again when the indicator reaches the left side of the meter for a strong swing. Another, faster moving, indicator appears and you must quickly press A as close to "the sweet spot" as possible for a nice straight ball trajectory. Easier said than done, but after many attempts it can be achieved.

Putting was my favourite part of this game. Not just because the putting mechanic is easier to master. I actually like the putting aspect of golf... Well, mini golf to be exact. In order to putt like a pro in NES Open Tournament Golf you just activate the indicator, which in this case, is simply the putt strength.

NES Open Tournament Golf does offer a two player option which I think will be a lot of fun. Sports games tend to be more enjoyable when played multiplayer.

There are also different courses. The player can choose from "US Course," "Japan Course," or "UK Course." Each course offers 18 holes and I think the 54 holes are randomly generated, because on when I chose the US Course I had some of the same holes as the UK Course.

All in all I enjoyed my time with this game. Maybe when I have more patience to learn the subtleties of the controls I might come back to it.

Fleach's Review

Variations:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo Famicom J S Mario Open Golf Nintendo 1991 Sports
Nintendo NES A S NES Open Tournament Golf Nintendo 1992 Sports
Nintendo NES Canada S NES Open Tournament Golf [Mattel Version] Mattel 1991 Sports
Nintendo NES Italy S NES Open Tournament Golf Nintendo / Mattel 1992 Sports
Nintendo NES AT, DE, CH S NES Open Tournament Golf Nintendo 1992 Sports
Nintendo NES DK, FI, NO, SE S NES Open Tournament Golf Nintendo 1992 Sports
Nintendo NES France S NES Open Tournament Golf Nintendo 1992 Sports
Nintendo NES Spain S NES Open Tournament Golf Nintendo 1992 Sports
Nintendo NES United Kingdom S NES Open Tournament Golf Nintendo 1992 Sports
Nintendo NES Canada S NES Open Tournament Golf [Nintendo Version] Nintendo 1991 Sports
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