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NES Open Tournament Golf (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . NES Open Tournament Golf is a lot of fun, assuming you can get past some of the game's problems. Sadly, not all of the issues are related to the title's age. Still, even if you can get past the technical problems, you're left with a by-the-numbers golf game. You're better off buying one of Nintendo's recent Mario Golf releases. NES Open Tournament Golf isn't a bad game, but it has enough problems to stay off the must-buy list. Rating: 57%
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Mario, the Princess and all of their Mushroom Kingdom friends have decided to take a day off and hit the links. This is NES Open Tournament Golf, a pseudo-sequel to Nintendo's Golf and the blueprints for Mario Golf. You take control of Mario as he plays through 54 separate holes located around the world (including the UK, United States and Japan). Play a standard stroke game, battle in match play or start your own tournament. The game even offers multiplayer support, allowing players to settle hastily made bets.

NES Open Tournament Golf is substantially more impressive than Nintendo's first attempt at the sport. The game is quick to show off changing camera angles, giving every aspect of the golf experience a unique feel. You also have more control over how you hit the ball, as well as better information about the course you're playing. This is Nintendo responding to criticism from their first attempt, making one of the better NES golf sims.

Does It Still Hold Up? Despite being a huge upgrade over the original Golf, NES Open still leaves a lot to be desired. The courses themselves aren't as whimsical as you might expect from a Mario game. Also, I found some of the gameplay mechanics hard to pull off using the small screen on the 3DS. The swing cursor moves so fast that I had a hard time keeping up. Once you get the hang of the quirks you can have a lot of fun, but it's clear that Nintendo hadn't quite mastered golf by 1991.

Is It Worth The Money? NES Open Tournament Golf is a lot of fun, assuming you can get past some of the game's problems. Sadly, not all of the issues are related to the title's age. Still, even if you can get past the technical problems, you're left with a by-the-numbers golf game. You're better off buying one of Nintendo's recent Mario Golf releases. Not only do they look better, but their courses are filled with the Mario magic you expect from Nintendo. NES Open Tournament Golf isn't a bad game, but it has enough problems to stay off the must-buy list.
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