Big Tournament Golf

The Arcade Video Game by Nazca Corp.

Big Tournament Golf screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Big Tournament Golf © 1996 Nazca Corporation.

An absolutely superb arcade golf game in which one or two players choose from a selection of six different golfers, each possessing different strengths and weaknesses. Four eighteen-hole golf courses are available: Germany, Japan, Australia and U.S.A. The two game modes on offer are one-player stroke play against the CPU, or stroke or match-play against a second player.


Big Tournament Golf the  Arcade Video Game
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Runs on the SNK "Neo-Geo MVS" hardware.
Game ID : 0200

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2610 (@ 8 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 3
=> [A] Power then Height and shot, [B] Hook, [C] Slice


Big Tournament Golf was released in January 1996 in Japan.

This game is known outside Japan as Neo Turf Masters.

This is the first Nazca game written for the Neo-Geo MVS. Nazca was formed by Irem ex members, which is the reason why Neo Turf Masters adopts many of the graphic and gameplay aspects of Irem's "Major Title" series.


• Random Selection : Press A+B+C+D at the player selection AND/OR the course selection screen.

• Here are the different golfers we can select with their country and their statistics :
young hero (usa) Young Hero (USA) : Driving 3 - Accuracy 3 - Skill 3 - Recovery 3 - Putting 3
technician (united kingdom) Technician (United Kingdom) : Driving 2 - Accuracy 4 - Skill 5 - Recovery 4 - Putting 3
veteran (australia) Veteran (Australia) : Driving 1 - Accuracy 2 - Skill 4 - Recovery 5 - Putting 2
shot maker (germany) Shot Maker (Germany) : Driving 4 - Accuracy 5 - Skill 2 - Recovery 2 - Putting 4
power golfer (brazil) Power Golfer (Brazil) : Driving 5 - Accuracy 1 - Skill 1 - Recovery 1 - Putting 1
putt master (japan) Putt Master (Japan) : Driving 3 - Accuracy 2 - Skill 4 - Recovery 2 - Putting 5

• Sometimes contests appear during a circuit :
1) The closest to the pin contest : you have to hit the ball as close as possible to the hole in one hit. If the ball gets closer to the pin than the previous record, you will earn a bonus hole.
2) The longest driving contest : you have to shoot the ball as far as possible in one hit. If you exceed the previous record, you will earn a bonus hole.

• The order from the best to the worst performance is :
Albatros (3 hits less than for a Par)
Eagle (2 hits less than for a Par)
Birdie (1 hit less than for a Par)
Par (the average level)
Bogey (1 hit more than for a Par)
Double Bogey (2 hits more than for a Par)
Triple Bogey (3 hits more than for a Par)

If you miss the attempt to make a Triple Bogey, you will have to give up the hole and will suffer an additional penalty.
If the ball arrives out of bound or in the water, you will be penalized one stroke.

• You CAN apply spin to the ball, forward or back. Neo Turf Masters requires two taps on the keypad to strike the ball. The first tap determines power, the second tap determines loft. After the first tap and before the second, push up or down on the joystick. You can get a wicked backspin on the ball. You can also forward spin through the wind, or land short and roll nicely up a hill.


1. Neo Turf Masters (1996)
2. Neo Turf Masters (1999, SNK Neo-Geo Pocket Color)


Big boss : Y. Kohdoh
Boss : Takashi Nishiyama
System engineer : Middle
Chief designer : Kinte
Designer : Kon. Kitakichine, Kozo, Ken Kui, Jyun Y., Ozi
Music director : Hiya
S.E. coordinator : Jin jin
Voice : Yoshimi & Steve
Chief programmer : Mr N.
Programmer : H. Yamada, Zen, Hirokun, Kohkishi



SNK Neo-Geo CD (1996)
Sony PlayStation 2 usa may.05, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model SLUS-21724]"
Sony PSP usa may.05, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model ULUS-10338]"
Sony PlayStation 2 korea may.29, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model SLKA-25424]"
Nintendo Wii usa jul.29, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model RVL-P-RNCE]"
Sony PSP europe Oct. 17, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model ULES-01105]"
Nintendo Wii europe Oct. 31, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model RVL-P-RJZP]"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe Nov. 21, 2008 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model SLES-55232]"
Sony PSP japan May. 21, 2009 "SNK Arcade Classics Vol.1 [Model ULJS-193]"

Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.

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