NES Open Tournament Golf
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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 of America.
A version of this game was developed for the Nintendo PlayChoice-10 in America, called Mario's Open Golf.
NES Open Tournament Golf has also been released on the Virtual Console for the Wii for 500 Wii Points, as well as for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The original Famicom game is also one of the 30 titles included in the Japan-exclusive Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer. The game will also be made available for Nintendo Switch Online members from October 2018.
North American and European versions
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.
All of the names starting from Iwata to Uemura are names of the people who developed and produced the game, while Steve and Tony are names of two people who localized it for North America.
NES Open Tournament Golf was a coproduction between Nintendo R&D2 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". The title was also Eiji Aonuma's (credited as a sprite designer) very first work in the video game industry.
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