Golf: U.S. Course

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Golf: U.S. Course
Golf: U.S. Course
Developer HAL Laboratory
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Family Computer Disk System
Release date Japan June 14, 1987
Genre Golf
Mode(s) 1–4 players alternating
Media
FDS:
Floppy disk
Input
NES:

Golf: U.S. Course is a Japan-exclusive golf game released for the Family Computer Disk System on June 14, 1987. It is the first game of the Super Mario franchise to support more than two players. Gameplay is more similar to that of the later NES Open Tournament Golf than to that of its companion title, Golf: Japan Course, which was released a few months earlier. Despite the name, the holes are fictional.

Like Japan Course, the game comes on a blue disk, meaning it is compatible with the Disk Fax, a device found in public places across Japan such as department stores. These machines would send the player's saved games and high score information to Nintendo. Nintendo held a contest centered around this game. The top 100 players received a trophy, and they along with 9,900 others received a gold Famicom cartridge of Punch-Out!! There was also an unannounced prize, which was a special version of the game that came on a gold disk known as Golf: Prize Card[1] and was given out to 1,000 randomly chosen players who had scored a hole-in-one. This version was harder due to its "Special Course." It also has a hidden character[2] that can be unlocked if the total score is 320 or under after four games. At the Stroke Play menu, holding A Button and pressing Start Button replaces Mario with a female character. She has the same abilities as Mario. This character was once unlockable in the blue disk version, but it required the extra step of registering the disk with the Disk Fax, which has been discontinued.

There are two game modes:

  • Stroke Play: Up to four players can try to do their personal best. The other players look like Mario (or the hidden female character) but with a different overall color. Player 2 is green, Player 3 is blue, and Player 4 orange. Player 3 uses Player 1's controller, while Player 4 has to share it with Player 2. The 1 Player Stroke Play scores were used in the tournament that was contested by 77,000 players.[3]
  • Match Play: Two players, controlling Mario and his green clone, compete against each other. Unlike in Japan Course, there is no computer opponent.

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Golf: U.S. Course staff

Gallery[edit]

References in later games[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴルフUSコース
Gorufu Yūesu Kōsu
Golf: US Course
Golf: Prize Card
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴルフスペシャルコース
Gorufu Supesharu Kōsu
Golf: Special Course

References[edit]

  1. ^ ◆ゴルフUSコースの景品の一つのはずなのにその後も登場。『ゴルフスペシャルコース』. Family Computer Disk System Art Database. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  2. ^ kikai / マリオガイド (July 17, 2021). 幻のマリオキャラを探せ!【スーパーマリオ調査隊】. YouTube. Retrieved July 31, 2021.
  3. ^ ゴルフUSコース. Famicon Masterpieces. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Sakurai (July 10, 2014). Post by Masahiro Sakurai. Miiverse. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
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