True Swing Golf

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True Swing Golf
Nintendo Touch Golf Birdie Challenge.jpg
Developer(s) T&E Soft
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Yuichi Mizobe
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release Nintendo DS
  • JP: November 10, 2005
  • EU: November 25, 2005
  • NA: January 23, 2006
  • PAL: November 13, 2009
  • NA: February 1, 2010
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single player

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[edit]

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.

Other features[edit]

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.

Wi-Fi play[edit]

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.

DSiWare release[edit]

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.



Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (DSi) 80%[1]
(DS) 72%[2]
Metacritic (DSi) 80/100[3]
(DS) 66/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score B−[5]
EGM 7.33/10[6]
Eurogamer 8/10[7]
Game Informer 7/10[8]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[9]
Game Revolution C[10]
GameSpot 6/10[11]
GameSpy 3.5/5 stars[12]
IGN 8/10[13]
Nintendo Power 8/10[14]
Detroit Free Press 2/4 stars[15]
The Sydney Morning Herald 3/5 stars[16]

The DSi version received "favorable" reviews, while the original DS version received "average" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[3][4]


  1. ^ "True Swing Golf Express for DS". GameRankings. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ "True Swing Golf for DS". GameRankings. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "True Swing Golf Express for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "True Swing Golf for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ Rea, Jared (February 2, 2006). "True Swing Golf". Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ EGM staff (March 2006). "True Swing Golf". Electronic Gaming Monthly (201): 112. 
  7. ^ Bramwell, Tom (December 7, 2005). "Nintendo Touch Golf Birdie Challenge". Eurogamer. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ "True Swing Golf". Game Informer (154): 111. February 2006. 
  9. ^ Mr. Marbles (January 23, 2006). "True Swing Golf Review for DS on". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 18, 2006. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ Silverman, Ben (January 27, 2006). "True Swing Golf Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ Davis, Ryan (January 20, 2006). "True Swing Golf Review". GameSpot. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ Theobald, Phil (January 23, 2006). "GameSpy: True Swing Golf". GameSpy. Archived from the original on October 18, 2006. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ Harris, Craig (January 20, 2006). "True Swing Golf". IGN. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ "True Swing Golf". Nintendo Power. 201: 86. March 2006. 
  15. ^ Schaefer, Jim (January 29, 2006). "Par for the course: 'True Swing' brings golf to the Nintendo DS portable". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 9, 2015. (subscription required)
  16. ^ Hill, Jason (February 16, 2006). "[Nintendo] Touch Golf: Birdie Challenge". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 

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