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NESThe Video Game Critic
NES Open's simple gameplay and clean graphics make for a fast-paced, addictive experience. A slick user interface makes it easy to set up shots, and you can even apply backspin or topspin. The swing meter is the standard "three-press" variety, but before each shot you select from a slow, medium, or fast meter. The faster meter provides more power, but it's more difficult to hit your shot accurately. NES Open is mainly played from a high overhead perspective, but you do get a close-up of the green, complete with arrows to indicate hills and valleys. A niftly close-up camera angle is employed as the ball approaches the cup, much like Hot Shots Golf (Playstation). One or two players can compete on three different courses. NES Open is one terrific golf game that was well ahead of its time.
There's no doubt that Nintendo has scored a hole-in-one with NES Open as this is one of the best 8-bit golf games around. Everything about this game is done well, from the graphcis and sounds to the addiciting gameplay, and it even compares favorably to the PGA Tour games on the 16-bit systems. Overall this is a great game for Mario fans, golf fans or NES fans in general.
NESNintendo Power Magazine
Now that Mario has mastered medicine, it's only fitting that he should take up one of the most favored sports of those in the medical profession, golf! Don't think for a second that the links are any less of a battlefield than the Mushroom Kingdom. There's some stiff competition in this high-stakes, three-course pro circuit and Mario's goal is to win a cool million!
A primitive golf simulation at its finest, NES Open Tournament Golf is a fine sports title for those who own an NES and have come looking for old school Nintendo fun!
Fans of the plucky plumber’s modern tee time outings could have a lot of fun dropping 500 Wii Points here, to experience the grandfather of their favorite game’s current design. But those who’ve never yet hit the links with Mr. Mario would be likely better off to skip the history lesson and jump straight into present day, sticking with the freebie Wii Sports Golf or perhaps picking up a copy of the Wii-compatible GameCube title, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.
This is easily the best golf game on the NES, if you are getting a bit bored Wii Sports Golf then you might want to give this a try. It’s a perfectly good game for only 500 Wii points and you will get many hours of enjoyment out of playing through all the courses and game modes. Of course this game is overshadowed by the superior Mario Golf on the N64 which should hopefully come out on the Virtual Console one day, but until then this is a solid purchase.
It's amusing enough if you don't mind missing putt after putt because you can't see how the green slopes because of the chunky pixels, but the only reason to fire this up rather than Wii Sports is to drink from the fountain of quaint nostalgia. While this may be enough to warrant 500 points from your Wii purse, personally I'd be happier paying twice that and getting the N64 version of Mario Golf.
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