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This article is about the 1984 video game. For information about the microgame with the same name, see here.
Golf Boxart.PNG
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) NES version, FDS version, Game Boy, PC-88, e-Reader, Virtual Console
Release date NES version:
Japan May 1, 1984
USA October 18, 1985
Europe November 15, 1986

PC-88 version:
Japan 1985

FDS version:
Japan February 21, 1986

Game Boy:
Japan November 28, 1989
USA March, 1990
Europe 1990

USA April 21, 2003

Virtual Console (3DS):
Japan June 29, 2011
USA September 8, 2011
Europe October 13, 2011
Australia October 13, 2011

Virtual Console (Wii U):
USA October 10, 2013
Europe October 10, 2013
Australia October 10, 2013
Japan November 13, 2013
Genre Sports
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer 1-4
Game Boy:
Nintendo 3DS:
Wii U:

Golf is the first sports game Mario participated in. It is an game for the NES released in 1984. It is based on the sport of the same name. It could also be played on the Nintendo PlayChoice-10. In the Western version of the game, the golfer is Mario, though he is not wearing his traditional shirt and overalls.[1] However, he is not the golfer in the Japanese version as the game Captain Rainbow would retcon the golfer's identity as Ossan. Additionally, the Game Boy port of this game would feature Mario on the cover of the Western version, but not the Japanese version.


An in-game screenshot.

The gameplay of this game is pretty simple. The player is given a ball, and a map on the right side of the screen shows the hole that they want to get to. The obstacles on the way are also over here. The player will get more points depending on how many times they hit the ball to get it into the hole. Many different types of clubs are also available.

Description from the Nintendo eShop[edit]

Bogey, par, birdie, or Eagle.
The score is up to you.
Golf is 18 holes of realistic links action. Each hole has tricky hazards, so strategy is a must.
Read the wind direction, check the distance, select a club, adjust your swing and keep your eye on the ball. Now drive it home.
From twisting fairways and hungry sand traps to big water hazards and deceptive greens, Golf is packed with challenges.

This version of the game does not have multiplayer fuctionality.

Vs. Stroke & Match Golf[edit]

A version of the game was released for the Nintendo Vs. System called Vs. Stroke & Match Golf. Two versions of this game exist. Vs. Stroke & Match Golf Men Version features the same player character as the NES version, but Vs. Stroke & Match Golf Ladies Version features a woman.


References in later games[edit]

  • Wii Sports - 9 of the holes on this game's course reappeared as the 9-hole course in this game.
  • Wii Sports Resort - The same 9 holes that appeared in Wii Sports reappeared as the back 9 of this game's course, and in the same order.


Main article: List of Golf staff


  • This game was a purchasable NES game in the GameCube version of Animal Crossing (GCN).
  • This was the first golf game, and the first sport-themed game Mario appeared in.
  • The golfer on the boxart is actually the second player.
  • Ossan was an internal name for Mario during the development of Donkey Kong.[2]


  1. ^ As stated in the Mario Mania Player's Guide
  2. ^