|Early forerunner in golf gaming||chris runowski (2)|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)||4.3|
|Graphics||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines||4.2|
|Personal Slant||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes||4.1|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.4|
|Overall MobyScore (11 votes)||4.0|
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The 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.
Nintendo 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!