NES Open Tournament Golf

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This article is about the 1991 NES video game. For information about the microgame with the same name, see NES Open Tournament Golf (microgame).
NES Open Tournament Golf
Developer(s) Nintendo R&D 2, HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console (Wii & 3DS)
Release date NES
Japan September 20, 1991
USA September 29, 1991
Europe June 18, 1992
Virtual Console (Wii)
Europe May 11, 2007
USA June 18, 2007
Japan July 24, 2007
South Korea August 26, 2008
Virtual Console (3DS Ambassador Program Release):
Japan August 31, 2011
USA September 1, 2011
Europe September 1, 2011
Virtual Console (3DS Full Release):
USA July 5, 2012
Japan August, 8 2012
Europe August 23, 2012
Australia August 23, 2012
Virtual Console (Wii U)
Japan January 15, 2014
Europe February 6, 2014
Australia February 6, 2014
USA March 6, 2014
Genre Golf
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Nintendo 3DS:

NES Open Tournament Golf (known as Mario Open Golf in Japan) is an NES game featuring Mario characters. As the name of the game implies, it is a golf game and was one of the first golfing games in the Mario series. In the American version of the game, the graphics and soundtrack has slightly changed. The Japanese version of the game features different playable courses and characters. Although the Japan Course and UK Course are also playable courses in North America version they do not contain the same holes. For example, hole 1 in the Australia Course is hole 9 in the US Course. The game does not take place in the Mushroom Kingdom and instead takes place on Earth, or the "real world." The levels are Japan, Australia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

A version of this game was made for the Nintendo PlayChoice-10 in America, called Mario's Open Golf. This game has also been released on the Virtual Console of the Wii for 500 Wii Points. The original Famicom game is also one of the 30 titles included in the Japan-exclusive Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer.






Japanese version[edit]

  • Japan Course
  • Australia Course
  • France Course
  • Hawaii Course
  • UK Course
  • Extra Course

North American and European versions[edit]

  • US Course
  • Japan Course
  • UK Course

Other information[edit]

  • Princess Toadstool is Mario's caddy, while Princess Daisy is Luigi's caddy.
    • This is the first appearance of Daisy outside of Super Mario Land, where she first appeared, and her first appearance in color.
    • It is also the first time Daisy is associated with Luigi.
    • This is the first and only NES game where Peach is depicted with blonde hair in game. While Daisy is also depicted as blonde on the title screen due to the NES only being able to display three colors per sprite (the white areas on Daisy's sprite are transparent), she is properly a brunette in game.
  • Toad appears whenever there is an O.B., and with a blue flag, he tells the player there is an O.B.
  • Donkey Kong tells the player how much money they have, and he keeps it.

Tournament Roster[edit]

In the Club House mode in the game, there is a setting called the Tournament Roster. Here the player can change all of the player's names, just like they'd change their own name (which is Mario by default). Here are all the 36 default names on the Tournament Roster.

  • Barry
  • Billy
  • Bruce
  • Carrie
  • Colleen
  • Dayv
  • Denise
  • Don
  • Earl
  • Elizabeth
  • Fred
  • Gloria
  • Jeff
  • Jim
  • John
  • Kim
  • Leslie
  • Lynn
  • Mark
  • Mary
  • Paula
  • Pete
  • Steve
  • Tina
  • Tony
  • Miki
  • Iwata
  • Hiro
  • Nakajima
  • Onozuka
  • Mishima
  • Tsuchiyama
  • Miyamoto
  • Shirota
  • Todori
  • Uemura

All of the names starting from Iwata to Uemura are names of the people who worked on the game.


Main article: List of NES Open Tournament Golf staff

NES Open Tournament Golf was a coproduction between Nintendo R&D 2 and HAL Laboratory. Kenji Miki (director of the original Golf) was the director. The game was Satoru Iwata's first experience in developing a game "from start to finish"[1]. The title was also Eiji Aonuma's (credited as a sprite designer) very first work in the video game industry.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:NES Open Tournament Golf.


  • This is the only game where Peach never wears her crown at all, even though the illustration of her kissing Mario depicts her with her crown on her head. However, in future sports titles, she wears the crown.

References in later games[edit]


  1. ^ ゲームデザイナー入門 (小学館入門百科シリーズ) (translation available on, 1994. Retrieved August 22, 2014.