True Swing Golf
|Release date(s)||Nintendo DS
True Swing Golf (known as Nintendo Touch Golf: Birdie Challenge in Europe and as Otona no DS Golf in Japan) is a golf video game published by Nintendo and released for the Nintendo DS handheld video game system.
Modes of play
The game features four separate modes of play: Stroke Play, where the player embarks on any courses unlocked in the game; Match Play, where the player engages in a matchplay against a computer opponent of a chosen difficulty level; Free Round, where the player is free to take on any hole on any particular course he has already unlocked; Championship, where the player progresses through a series of tournaments in order to unlock other courses and progress through the ranks, from a Rookie to a Junior, then Senior and finally Master.
The game also features a Golf Shop which sells golfing equipment (separated into clubsets, golf balls and golf shoes), and, depending on the player's progress in the Championship, restocks its inventories with more advanced equipment until the player has completed the Masters Level Championship.
Despite it being named as a realistic golf game, players could utilise their clubset's skills to power up their shots, deliver more spin to the ball, or curve the ball more, which would decrease a Power Meter that gradually charges up over time as a player advances through the golf course.
There are a total of fifteen courses to unlock, the last three which are basically extremely windy versions of the first three courses the player would encounter in the game.
Only Stroke Play and Match Play nine holes are available if played through the DS Download function; otherwise, another game mode known as Skins Match is also available for play.
Following in the tracks of other "Express" re-release titles for the DSiWare download service, the Express version of True Swing Golf features most of the game's features excluding Wi-Fi and local play, as well as the in-game PictoChat function. It is currently in the North American and PAL versions of the DSi Shop for 800 Nintendo DSi Points.
- Two of the players in the championship are called Miyamoto and Iwata, named after Shigeru Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata respectively.
- It is one of the games branded as Touch! Generations in North America.
The game was met with positive to average reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 80% and 80 out of 100 for True Swing Golf Express, and 72.08% and 66 out of 100 for the original game.
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