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Masters '98: Harukanaru Augusta (MASTERS '98 遥かなるオーガスタ) is a golf game for the Nintendo 64. It was licensed by Augusta National Golf Club and released only in Japan in 1997. It is one of three Nintendo 64 Japanese exclusive golf releases, the others being Eikō no Saint Andrews and the 64DD Japan Pro Golf Tour 64. It is a continuation of T&E Soft golf series and the first golf game for the Nintendo 64, it was followed by the release of Waialae Country Club: True Golf Classics in 1998, although each used much of the same programming engine[1] the locations and courses themselves are completely different. T&E had previously released a game based on Augusta National as part of their New 3D Golf Simulation (True Golf Classics outside Japan) series.

Masters '98: Harukanaru Augusta
Developer(s)T&E Soft
Publisher(s)T&E Soft
SeriesHarukanaru Augusta
Platform(s)Nintendo 64
Release
  • JP: December 26, 1997
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single player
Multiplayer

GameplayEdit

The player uses the Augusta National Golf Club course, in one of five play modes; Training, Stroke Play, Match Play, Tournament, and Masters Tournament. Each hole has an opening fly over with descriptive text in Japanese, and includes audio spoken commentary of play spoken in Japanese by TBS announcer Matsushita Kenji,[2] while score card and the main screen of play are in English. The playable characters are video animated similar to the Mortal Kombat type animation of actual people,[3] of which the Japanese professional golfer Nobumitsu Yuhara is one of the video captured players.[2] Crowds among the fields, lens flares as the camera angle angles skyward, and even the Club house and various landmarks are also visible along the course.[4] The player is also able at any time to go to the options menu, and select the "Cart Cam" view for the current hole, allowing the entire hole to be viewed from ground or the air.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ign news of the later released Waialae Country Club: True Golf Classics [1]
  2. ^ a b Games box, back side
  3. ^ Haruka Naru Augusta Masters '98 Images - Haruka Naru Augusta Masters '98 Box Shots - Haruka Naru Augusta Masters '98 Screenshots
  4. ^ Q 64 (magazine) Volume 1 Spring 1998
  5. ^ Instruction booklet, page 14