NES Open Tournament Golf

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This article is about the 1991 NES video game. For the microgame with the same name, see NES Open Tournament Golf (microgame).
NES Open Tournament Golf
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Developer Nintendo R&D 2, HAL Laboratory
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console (Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U), Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer, Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
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
Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer:
Japan November 10, 2016
Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
Japan October 10, 2018[1]
USA October 10, 2018[2]
Europe October 10, 2018[3]
Australia October 10, 2018[4]
HK April 23, 2019
South Korea April 23, 2019
Genre Golf
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Media NES icon.png Game Pak
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo Switch:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
NES Classic Edition:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo 3DS:
NES Classic Edition:

NES Open Tournament Golf (known as Mario Open Golf in Japan) is a 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 have slightly changed. The Japanese version of the game features different playable courses and characters. Although the Japan and UK courses are also playable courses in the American version, they do not contain the same holes. For example, hole 5 in the Australia Course is hole 15 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 the Americas, 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's Virtual Console in 2011 and the Wii U's Virtual Console in 2014. The original Famicom game is also one of the 30 titles included in the Japan-exclusive Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer. The game was also made available for Nintendo Switch Online members on October 10, 2018.






Japanese version[edit]

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

Western versions[edit]

  • US Course
  • Japan Course
  • UK Course

Hole appearances between versions[edit]

The hole on the left is from the Japanese version, while the one on the right is from western versions. This list is done in course order and hole order. The holes that do not appear in western versions are not listed here.

Japanese Hole USA/PAL Hole
Hole 1 Japan Course Hole 1 UK Course
Hole 2 Japan Course Hole 11 US Course
Hole 3 Japan Course Hole 4 UK Course
Hole 4 Japan Course Hole 7 Japan Course
Hole 5 Japan Course Hole 6 Japan Course
Hole 6 Japan Course Hole 15 UK Course
Hole 7 Japan Course Hole 7 UK Course
Hole 8 Japan Course Hole 9 UK Course
Hole 9 Japan Course Hole 5 Japan Course
Hole 10 Japan Course Hole 13 US Course
Hole 11 Japan Course Hole 12 UK Course
Hole 12 Japan Course Hole 3 US Course
Hole 13 Japan Course Hole 13 UK Course
Hole 14 Japan Course Hole 17 Japan Course
Hole 15 Japan Course Hole 17 US Course
Hole 16 Japan Course Hole 13 Japan Course
Hole 17 Japan Course Hole 14 Japan Course
Hole 18 Japan Course Hole 8 US Course
Hole 1 Australia Course Hole 9 US Course
Hole 2 Australia Course Hole 4 US Course
Hole 5 Australia Course Hole 15 US Course
Hole 6 Australia Course Hole 2 UK Course
Hole 7 Australia Course Hole 7 US Course
Hole 8 Australia Course Hole 14 US Course
Hole 9 Australia Course Hole 16 UK Course
Hole 10 Australia Course Hole 10 US Course
Hole 11 Australia Course Hole 15 Japan Course
Hole 12 Australia Course Hole 11 UK Course
Hole 13 Australia Course Hole 18 US Course
Hole 14 Australia Course Hole 14 UK Course
Hole 15 Australia Course Hole 17 UK Course
Hole 16 Australia Course Hole 8 Japan Course
Hole 17 Australia Course Hole 18 Japan Course
Hole 3 France Course Hole 12 US Course
Hole 5 France Course Hole 6 UK Course
Hole 6 France Course Hole 11 Japan Course
Hole 15 France Course Hole 6 US Course
Hole 2 UK Course Hole 16 US Course

Other information[edit]

  • Princess Toadstool is Mario's caddy, while Princess Daisy is Luigi's caddy.
  • Toad appears whenever a player hits their ball out of bounds, holding with a blue flag with "O.B." written on it.
  • Donkey Kong tells the player how much money they have, and he keeps it. He will also make comments based on certain milestones achieved, such as when $1,000,000 has been obtained.

Differences in the Japanese version[edit]

  • The plot is different; instead of trying to win 1,000,000, Mario must instead finish all five courses in Stroke Play mode.
  • A scoring limit is introduced for stroke play; if the player goes over the scoring limit, they must restart the course from the beginning.
  • Mark and Steve are absent from the Japanese version.
  • The title music is different, and both the Options menu and cutscene themes play at different pitches within the same octave.
  • "Hall of Fame Holes" are called "Memorial Holes".
  • Not all courses are available at the beginning; instead, the courses after the first one (Japan) must be unlocked by beating the previous one.
  • The ranks (Semi Pro, Beginner, etc.) are unlocked after completing certain courses past the second one. The default rank is none at all.
  • An extra course is present. This course is a compilation of all holes the player has unlocked, and there is no reward for completing 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. The player cannot change the roster in the Japanese version due to a lack of a tournament mode.

  • 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 developed and produced the game, while Steve and Tony are names of two people who localized it for North America.


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


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Main article: List of NES Open Tournament Golf staff

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"[5]. The title was also Eiji Aonuma's (credited as a sprite designer) very first work in the video game industry.

References to other games[edit]

References in later games[edit]

The "Golf Suit" from Super Mario Odyssey


  • Dummied data for the game Animal Forest + indicated that Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (or, more accurately, Super Mario Bros. 2) as well as NES Open Tournament Golf would have been included as a playable Famicom game, but it ultimately was cut, with not even a ROM or models available inside.[6]


  1. ^ Nintendo. (October 2, 2018). ファミリーコンピュータ Nintendo Switch Online 追加タイトル [2018年10月]. YouTube. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Nintendo of America Twitter
  3. ^ Nintendo of Europe Twitter
  4. ^ Nintendo AU NZ Twitter
  5. ^ 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.
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