Lost In Translation/Neo Turf Masters

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Neo Turf Masters
Neo-Geo marquee.
No screen shot.
Neo-Geo control panel.
Manufacturer Nazca
Released 1996
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU Neo-Geo
68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.19 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 20 ROMs
20,512,768 bytes (19.56 MiB)
MAME ID turfmast

About The Game

Neo Turf Masters is golf-based arcade video 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.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3

=> [A] Power then Height and shot, [B] Hook, [C] Slice


Released in January 1996.

This game is known in Japan as "Big Tournament Golf".

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.

Tips and tricks

Random Selection

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

Golfer Stats

Here are the different golfers we can select with their country and their statistics :

Golder Driving Accuracy Skill Recovery Putting
Young Hero (USA) 3 3 3 3 3
Technician (United Kingdom) 2 4 5 4 3
Veteran (Australia) 1 2 4 5 2
Shot Maker (Germany) 4 5 2 2 4
Power Golfer (Brazil) 5 1 1 1 1
Putt Master (Japan) 3 2 4 2 5


Sometimes contests appear during a circuit :

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.

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.

Stroke Performance

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.


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


Big Boss
Y. Kohdoh
Takashi Nishiyama
System Engineer
Chief Designer
Kon. Kitakichine
Ken Kui
Jyun Y.
Music Director
S.E. Coordinator
Jin jin
Yoshimi & Steve
Chief Programmer
Mr N.
H. Yamada

Cabinet and Artwork


SNK Neo-Geo CD (1996)

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.