New 3D Golf Simulation: Pebble Beach no Hatou (ペブルビーチの波涛) is a 1992 golf game for the PC-98 by T&E Soft in their New 3D Golf Simulation series which takes place at the Pebble Beach Golf Links golf course in California. T&E Soft ported the game to the Sega Mega Drive in 1993 along with three other New 3D Golf Simulation games; however, unlike those three ports, this one did receive an international release under T&E's equivalent True Golf Classics label as Pebble Beach Golf Links.
It was later brought to the Sega Saturn; in Japan this version was called Pebble Beach Golf Links: Stadler ni Chousen (PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS ～スタドラーに挑戦～). Despite being on a newer system, the game does not take particular advantage of the Saturn's features and continues to use the same rendering style as the entries on previous-generation machines. It does add an overhauled UI, more fluid player animations, and videos of professional golfer Craig Stadler (hence the Japanese name) giving suggestions before each hole.
As with computer games of the time, this game has user accounts stored in cartridge SRAM, with room for 10 players. After registering yourself as a player in the "Create Data" option at the main menu, you can choose to start one of several different match types. Each swing occurs as followed:
Use and to change direction. and zoom out/in to see more. confirms each step.
Select a club with the D-pad.
Select a stance with the D-pad.
Hit to begin the meter that chooses swing power, then again to choose where on the ball the club hits, then to finally swing.
shows the hole. opens up a menu with various options.
The Western release, Pebble Beach Golf Links, differs in a number of ways from the original Japanese release:
Solid polygons (pixel dithering showing terrain details is removed)
Overhead picture in picture of hole when ball is close to pin
Power meter is slower and moves with varying speed
Power meter ping-pongs from 0 up to 100 down to 0 (rather than cycling 0 up to 100, 0 up to 100...)