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Golf (Game Boy)

Game Review

Golf Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Philip J Reed

Yep. It's golf.

Rare is the game that leaves us truly speechless, but the Game Boy version of Golf is certainly one of them. Of course that's just because there's not really much to talk about.

Golf, as you might expect, is a golf game. Whatever comes to mind when you hear that, that's what you get. No less, and no more. It consists of two courses (USA and Japan), and you have three slots to save your game. This is where your options end.

In its original incarnation, Golf offered a two player mode. This mode was what gave the game all of its replayability, as the courses don't change and any strategy that worked for you the first time through will work for you again the second. Having another player to compete against meant that you had something to achieve other than coming in under par. But, alas, the option has been disabled on the 3DS Virtual Console, meaning this game (like Baseball before it) is stripped of its most valuable feature.

On the bright side, the game controls very well. You change your angle by pressing left or right on the D-Pad, and you cycle through your clubs by pressing up and down. Strength and pitch are determined by sliders that you stop, and everything is quite responsive. The visuals are clean and crisp, and the sound is minimal and unobtrusive.

Beyond that, though, there's not much we can really say. The courses are uneventful and, to put it flatly, pretty basic. Don't expect any surprises, and without a second player to compete against you shouldn't expect much variety either.

One nice feature of the game is that you can stop playing it at any point — including right between strokes — and when you return you'll have the option of continuing exactly where you left off. Of course the Virtual Console's restore points sort of render this feature redundant, but it's nice to have there all the same.

Golf isn't a bad game, but it's not exactly a standout either. We're certainly not upset that Nintendo chose to make this available ahead of so many other deserving titles, but we do have to wonder why they bothered. As it stands, it's another sports game on the 3DS Virtual Console that you already knew if you wanted before you even read this review.

For better or worse, follow your gut.

Conclusion

While certainly basic, Golf doesn't have many overt flaws, the disabled two-player mode notwithstanding. For its small price, you get a simple game conducive to short bursts that controls well and looks quite good. But you also don't get much that will keep you coming back: with only two courses and no surprises along the way, the game starts to feel very repetitive very quickly. If you love golf games, you probably have something better to play already. And if you don't, this isn't the place the start.

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User Comments (22)

D33G

#1

D33G said:

hmmm... hopefully better than NES Open Tournament Golf...

grumblegrumble

#2

grumblegrumble said:

Aw, I love this game. I love it's old school charm and minimalist sensibilities. I would give it the same score, though, because there really isn't much to surprise you here, but I think it's more fun than the reviewer states. So far I have loved every VC release ;) I like playing this one in original GameBoy mode, though, the black and white just puts me to sleep. ;)

TKOWL

#3

TKOWL said:

Wow, I was actually thinking about buying this game. Good thing I bought Xevious instead.

Thwiidscube

#4

Thwiidscube said:

I was expecting a 4 maybe. I can see how this game would be repetitive, with only 2 courses. It may be a little fun, but I wouldn't want it. Come on Nintendo, bring it the good Game Boy games (and some more awesome 3DSWare :))!

daznsaz

#6

daznsaz said:

dont know if im doing something wrong with the nes one.cant hit the ball anywhere.if its down to crap controls ill get this game.wanted to enjoy nes one but was let down by dodgy control

BulbasaurusRex

#8

BulbasaurusRex said:

@8 How many times do we have to tell you guys? It's just a basic 3 press system like the majority of computerized golf games: press A once to start the meter, press it again to set the power, and press it a 3rd time to set the accuracy.

Anyway, this game is pointless for Ambassadors with a superior 8-bit golf game already available for free.

daznsaz

#9

daznsaz said:

^omg just tried golf game again can now hit it.scratch the gb golf game.enjoyment resumed.feel bit stupid now but what the hay.

grumblegrumble

#11

grumblegrumble said:

@pixelman LOL... Well, I like this game. Then again, I'm an avid Atari 2600 fan and love old obscure NES games, too. ;) I think the target audience for this game has to be either very young kids (or) avid retro freak fans like myself. ;)

PSICOffee

#12

PSICOffee said:

I have this game in cart form already, and if you are going to spend $2/3 on this game, that is the way to go anyway.

komicturtle

#15

komicturtle said:

For some reason.. I thought it was some Megaman Fighting game on the banner..

But I'll skip this and play NES Open Tournament for my Golf needs :P

They should just bring out the superior Mario Golf.

sinalefa

#16

sinalefa said:

I find myself actually enjoying the NES Open Tournament Golf game. That one has three courses and it comes in full colour, so I am definitely skipping this GB game.

kurtasbestos

#17

kurtasbestos said:

Woah... I totally forgot about this game that I spent a surprising amount of time playing as a kid even though I never had any interest in golf.

AlmightyDerek

#19

AlmightyDerek said:

This game really has no point in being released. Other than the free NES Open Golf most of us have, we already have Let's Golf 3D as well as about 5 DSiware golf games, some of them being really good. Gotta love Nintendo for releasing games for the sake of releasing them. There are so many more deserving titles. Also we need more 3DSware games, that's what I want. Enough with mediocre/obscure GB games.

Adamant

#20

Adamant said:

As someone who played this game to death as a kid, I defintely welcome its addition.
And at the time, this game was incredible - it was on the tiny little gameboy, which couldn't even do Space Invaders all that well, and yet it was still up to par with any console game at the time.
NES Open Tournament Golf is better, yes, but this baby is no slouch.

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