|Digital publishing||Nintendo Wii
July – August 2008 (AS, EU, JP, NA)PC
09. January 2016 – Humble bundle offer
05. October 2017 – GOG.com
|Termination of activities||30. January 2019 – Nintendo Wii
09. August 2019 – GOG.com
August 2019 – ACA Edit (see below).
|Developer||Nazca (NeoGeo Original)
SNK (2008, 2017)
|Publisher||SNK (2008)Hamster (2017)|
|Available on/off.||Like Neo Turf Masters
PC (NeoGeo Classics Pack 2 [Humble Bundle])
Nintendo WiiLike ACA NeoGeo Big Tournament Golf
|Links||Startpage Arcade ArchivesProductpage SNK|
Exemption from list
Neo Turf Masters was held on the 9th. August 2019 removed from the GOG.com list. Around the same time, the game was listed on Android and iOS. The Nintendo Wii version of the game was released on the 30th. January 2019 is the date the Wii Shop Channel closed. Although console versions of Hamster were not ruled out, they were released in August 2019 and changed to Big Tournament Golf, the game’s original name in Japanese. In November 2020, some digital sites still refer to the name Neo Turf Masters on their websites, but the content of the game itself has been changed.
The reason for these exceptions and adjustments appears to be a lawsuit over the SNC trademark, the name Neo Turf Masters, brought by Augusta National, Inc. The company owns several trademarks related to the Masters and the Masters tournament, and apparently felt that SNK’s golf game would infringe on their property. By the time the case was decided in Augusta National’s favor, the Neo Turf Masters had already aired on consoles, GOG.com and mobile platforms. Instead of deleting all versions of the game, the solution turned out to be a modification that changed the wording of the game. It is not clear why these changes have not been applied to GOG.com and its mobile versions.
It is interesting to note that the 2016 NeoGeo Classics packs released via Humble Bundle without DRM seem to be exempt from this decision and remain on sale. It is possible that this version was under the original SNK brand or simply not listed by Augusta National Inc.
About the game
BIG TOURNAMENT GOLF is a golf game published by SNK in 1996. Players can choose from a total of six golfers of different skill levels and play on courses around the world, such as in Australia or Germany. Players can test their golf skills with friends in game modes such as STROKE PLAY and MATCH PLAY (2P battles only).
ACA’s NEOGEO series has accurately reproduced many classic NEOGEO masterpieces. Players can adjust various game parameters, such as B. reproducing the difficulty of the game, but also the atmosphere of the arcade sets of the time. Players can also compete against each other with their high scores all over the world. Enjoy the masterpiece that created a generation for video games.
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Neo Turf Masters was delisted on GOG.com on August 9th, 2019.The game was also delisted on Android and iOS around this same time. The Nintendo Wii version of the game was previously delisted on January 30th, 2019 when the Wii Shop Channel was retired. Although not delisted, the console releases from Hamster were edited in August 2019 to change all instances of the name ‘Neo Turf Masters’ to ‘Big Tournament Golf’, the game’s original Japanese title. As of November 2020 some digital marketplaces still reference the name ‘Neo Turf Masters’ on their websites but the content of the game itself has been altered.
The cause for these delistings and updates appears to be a legal dispute over SNK’s trademark of the Neo Turf Masters name brought on by Augusta National, Inc. The entity holds several trademarks relating to “The Masters” and “Masters Tournament”, and apparently felt that SNK’s golf game was infringing on their property. By the time the case was settled in favor of Augusta National, Neo Turf Masters had already been released on consoles, GOG.com, and mobile platforms. Rather than remove all versions of the game, the solution appeared to be an edit that changed the in-game wording. It is unclear why these changes were not applied to the GOG.com and mobile releases.
Interestingly, the 2016 NeoGeo Classics packs, released DRM-free through Humble Bundle, were seemingly exempt from the ruling and remain on sale. It is possible this release fell under SNK’s original trademark or was simply not specified by Augusta National Inc.
About the Game
BIG TOURNAMENT GOLF is a golf game released by SNK in 1996. Players can choose from a total of six golfers with different abilities and play on courses located around the world such as Australia or Germany. Players can test out their golf game skills against friends with game modes such as “STROKE PLAY” and “MATCH PLAY (2P battle only)”.
The “ACA NEOGEO” series has faithfully reproduced many classic NEOGEO masterpieces. Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores. Please enjoy the masterpiece that built a generation for video games.
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Thanks to an anonymous reader for submitting this game to the site
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