NES Open Tournament Golf is a pretty basic Golf game with Mario and friends as playable characters. Here is our NES Open Tournament Golf Review.
The game was developed by Nintendo R&D2 and published by Nintendo, This version was originally released on September 20, 1991, for the Nintendo Entertainment System but has been ported over to the majority of Nintendo platforms. It’s currently also available on the Nintendo Switch Online NES Service, this is also the version I played to review the game.
Mario and friends make their 1st sports appearance in NES Open Tournament Golf and while it might have been an alright game when it came out, it just didn’t age as well. It’s a pretty basic golf game, but the biggest issue? They don’t show you what to do, the controls, or any instructions on how to play the game making the game so much harder than it needs to be. I ended up having like 25 tries to shoot my 1st ball just because I couldn’t really figure out how to correctly hit the ball.
There are only 3 routes to do all with 18 courses, and the courses themselves are honestly pretty good, I don’t have much to complain about that, but the amount of effort it takes to finally get the hang of this game just pushes the fun into the ground harder then a golf ball hitting the sand. When you do end up getting the hang of it, it does become more fun, but playing solo, the game doesn’t reach a point where you actually have the drive to actually continue playing.
In the end, the game is just not that fun if you are not into golf or classic games, there are better and updated Mario Golf available on the Nintendo Online service like Mario Golf on the N64 app.
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