Retro: VC Weekly #180

Welcome to VC Weekly, N-Europe's guide to the wonderful world of Nintendo's download service. Written by Sam C Gittins.

If you like Golf then you may like this edition, otherwise it's something of a non-event for all concerned.Anyway enough from me and on with the game!

Available for download this week we have...

  • Golf

Price: GB �2.60 EU �3
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo R&D1
Released: 1990
System: GameBoy

Golf is a sport that you already know whether you like or hate it, the same can be said for this game being that it's a simple portable recreation of the sport except with less content than the home console counterpart. For those unaware there is NES Open Tournament which has been available on the Wii Virtual Console for years and was recently made available to 3DS Ambassadors but for those of you who don't fall into either of the above categories Nintendo has decided to release the Gameboy version of Golf; while it's not terrible it still lacks much of the content we've perhaps come to expect over the years.

Taking the title at face value however we do have a portable golf game which at least faithfully recreates two courses � Japan and USA � and gives you multiple saves slots but really there isn't much to say beyond this as even the original two-player mode is of course not available which damages replay value. If you are still willing to play however you will find that the game does feature rather robust controls which work well; angle can be corrected using the horizontal plain of the d-pad while the vertical plain cycles through your clubs which is a satisfyingly simple control scheme, another nice feature is being able to save at any point which is obviously perfect for portable play plus the restore points make things even easier.

Obviously the visuals were never going to be anything spectacular but the Gameboy does prove that it can at least produce clean and credible visuals if only in monochrome but then for it's time this was still impressive but by today's standards it's admittedly basic. Sound is sparsely used only really serving as some sort of vague cue relating to what it is you're actually doing at the time rather than playing a larger part than is perhaps required of it.

It's hard to recommend Golf to anyone who already owns NES Open � that includes 3DS Ambassadors � but if you're looking for a portable version of the sport for a budget price with no flashy gimmicks then look no further. The only real problem is that there really isn't that much to it so while this title may bring enjoyment to some while it lasts there really isn't much to come back for.

Verdict : A game of Golf that's a bit of a bogey.

That's it for another installment of VC Weekly which will return again soon. So until then, enjoy the rest of the week and Game On!

Sam Gittins
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