Golf: Classic Arcade Game Video, History & Game Play Overview
Starring a golfer that eerily looks like the main character in the Mario Bros series, Golf was one of the first spin-offs released by Nintendo. This sports themed arcade game simulates an 18 hole golf course and other original features. Golf was first produced and distributed by Nintendo as a home console title. It was only after the game received a positive response for gamers that arcade cabinets were manufactured. In most cases, games are made for the arcade before home ports are created.
Golf first appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System. In Japan, the game came out in 1984. The US version of Golf was released in 1985. The music for this version of the game was created by Koji Kondo. Music for the handheld Game Boy was composed by Hirokazu Tanaka.
Ports for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Wii and home gaming computers were also made for Golf. Either one or two players have the option of playing Golf, with alternating turns.
Game Play Overview
Golf takes place on a specially designed golf course, complete with 18 holes. There are three different modes of play that can be chosen from at the start of the game. Single players can only choose from the stroke play option, while two players can either select match play or stroke play.
Just like existing golf courses, Golf features trees, lakes, inclines, slopes and sand bars. Using the power meter, players determine the strength of their strokes. Additionally, players can choose from different golf clubs in order to increase the accuracy of each shot taken. The strength and direction of the wind also has a major impact on shots.
The objective of Golf is to complete each round with as few strokes as possible. The simulated golfer appears directly in front of players, allowing them to control both the direction as well as the power of each swing. Each round automatically ends when the ball makes it into the hole.
No known special features exist in Golf.
Golfer – This is the character that appears in the bottom portion of the screen. The golfer holds a club, and swings when players engage the shot button.
Shot – The meter on the upper left-hand part of the board indicates the number of shots taken in the current round. The number of shots taken per round also impacts the player’s score.
Wind – The strength and direction that the wind blows in is detailed in the Wind icon. Players learn how to angle their shots as well as increase or decrease power by paying attention to the Wind icon.
Par – Each hole should take a certain number of shots to be completed. This is what the Par meter describes. Players that complete a round in fewer shots get additional points, but those that take more shots have deductions taken from their scores.
Map – An image of a map outlining both the course and current round appears on the right. Players can see bodies of water, sand dunes and other barriers before taking a swing.
Clubs – The type of club chosen by players can have a major effect on the strength and direction of each swing taken. Certain clubs can only used for putting, while others are specifically used for long swings.
How to Play Golf
In golf, players use the action button to control power and the left and right arrows to angle each swing. Within each round, there are two different sections. In the beginning, players take strong swings in order to get as close to the putting green as possible. They must also control the direction that the ball will go in so that they can avoid obstacles.
Once the green area of grass where the hole lies, players automatically switch to putting. These are slower, more focused shots that require a different set of golf clubs. The goal here is to get the golf ball into the hole within as few as one shot.
After the round is completed, the player will go on to the next part of the course. Golf ends when all 18 holes have been completed.
Hints and Tips
- The wind is one of the single most important elements in Golf. Understanding how wind affects shots allows players to take more accurate swings. Compensate for strong winds by maxing out the power meter and hitting the ball in the opposite direction of the wind. When the wind is weaker, players can pretty much aim for the hole directly.
- When the ball goes into a sand dune, it will take powerful shots in order to make it out. Because of this, it is wise to avoid hitting the ball into areas where sand dunes lie.
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