Game Review

NES Open Tournament Golf Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Darren Calvert

Tee off with Mario in this classic sporting simulation from 1992.

Mario is no stranger to appearing in sports game crossovers these days; he’s virtually done it all now from baseball to soccer. This sporting career began of course with his appearance in NES Open Tournament Golf, which is something of a sequel to the original NES launch title “Golf” which strangely hasn’t found a home on the Virtual Console yet.

In the NES open you have three 18-hole courses to choose from (USA, UK and Japan) which range in difficulty, you can play with one or two players in either Stroke or Match Play. The idea in Stroke Play is to compete for the lowest over a 18 hole course. Match Play is focused around winning holes one green at a time. As this was one of the later NES games it features a save mode so you can record your progress in the game. Aside from the normal golf game you can take part in contests like doing the furthest drive and hitting the ball closest to the pin to make some quick prize money.

Mario’s swings are governed by a traditional power gauge, you know the drill, press the action button to start the meter’s cursor moving to the left, then tap it again to set you power, then a final time to determine how accurate your shot will be. This simple system works perfectly as you might expect. There is a nice selection of clubs, you can use a bit of topspin or backspin in order to fine tune your shot too.


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.

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User Comments (6)



XCWarrior said:

I played this game for a ton of hours on my NES. Can't wait to have it for my 3DS now.



Milkman-123 said:


i never played this. i was born in 1999. i wasnt in the 8-bit era ):

but im excited to play NES games :D



StarDust4Ever said:

Wow! Pretty creepy that this review was written in 2007 and nobody posts a comment until August 30, 2011

I only downloaded this title because it was free. I've found the 3DS button pads are not that conducive to playing NES games, especially if you have big hands. Anywho, I can't aim the ball worth squat in this game, and more often than not, I keep getting foul strokes. What am I doing wrong? 19 strokes on the first hole, geesh!



Milkman-123 said:


you need to press the A button to make the meter head left. and as soon as it hits the side,you press the A button twice. this will make the ball go really far.if you wait for the meter to be next to the white bar(s), it will go slower. if you're too late, then you missed the ball

i like this game



Omenapoika said:

I like how most of the talk about this game is how the main controls work and how people can't play it <3



shoopdawoop70 said:

oh my god! i expected a one out of ten... worst game i've ever played. worse than... flinch ET...

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