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Release year: 1984 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Nintendo
Golf (AKA ゴルフ Gorufu in Japan) is a golf sports-simulation video game developed and released by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1984. It is a straightforward game starring Mario of the Mario Bros. saga in his early video days. The game is not one of the best golf simulator games in the world today but it has captured a following because of its simplicity.
Golf was released as one of the original black box games for NES in 1984. Because of its simplicity, it was deemed dull and boring compared to other games for the NES console.
Other points of comparison are the following features:
- The game is simple and follows clear-cut rules: The game has a full 18-hole course with the usual hazards: woodlands, ponds, sandbars, and mud pits. But that’s it. There are no other greens, bonus courses, or even a practice range.
- The game objective remains similar to an actual game of the said sport. A player must complete a hole by whacking a ball from the teeing ground into the course hole with the least possible shots. Each course has a predetermined number of pars or shots to complete it.
- Limited control of directionality: Players are can move their clubs from left to right at 45-degree chunks only. So, a player often ends up relying on a hook or slice to get the ball where you want it to be. This often presents a challenge for players as they usually end up making less than ideal shots.
- Golf started the use of swing power bar, which lets you gauge your timing and power output as you swing your club. It determines your shot’s curvature — whether it goes straight or curves. Other than that, there is really no other room to showcase or exercise a player’s ability.
- Following its simple gameplay, Golf graphics are also very basic. The simple graphic, though, was able to represent a course layout in 2D perspective but lacks depth or dimension that gives the player better room to play the game.
- The game does not have any background music. The only sound you get is when you hit the ball with the club or when you screw up. The silence can kill you.
All in all, if you are looking for excitement and adventure, Golf is not the game for you. It only has basic features and does not have all the bells and whistles that make other sports video games more inviting to play with.
Golf game has been ported to NES, Game Boy, NEC PC-8801, and Famicom Disk System.