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
North American box art for NES Open Tournament Golf
North American box cover
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Nintendo R&D 2, HAL Laboratory
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Family Computer, Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo PlayChoice-10, Virtual Console (Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U), Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer, Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
Release date Famicom/NES:
Japan September 20, 1991
USA September 29, 1991
Europe June 18, 1992
Nintendo PlayChoice-10:
USA March 1992[1][better source needed]
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[2]
USA October 10, 2018[3]
Europe October 10, 2018[4]
Australia October 10, 2018[5]
HK April 23, 2019
South Korea April 23, 2019
Genre Golf
ESRB:ESRB's E rating symbol - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO rating A - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Nintendo Entertainment System icon for use in {{media}}. Game Pak
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Wii U:
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Nintendo Switch:
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
NES Classic Edition:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Horizontal)
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Horizontal)
Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo 3DS:
NES Classic Edition:

NES Open Tournament Golf is a Nintendo Entertainment System golf game featuring Super Mario characters. It is one of the later titles of the Golf series, a predecessor to the Mario Golf series. In Western versions of the game, the graphics and soundtrack have slightly changed. The Japanese version of the game features different playable courses and fewer characters. Although the Japan and UK courses are also playable courses in Western versions, 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. 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 arcade machine 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 2011-2012 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 on Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online for Nintendo Switch Online members on October 10, 2018, with the Japanese version also including a special version titled "マリオオープンゴルフ フルオープンバージョン" (Mario Open Golf: Full Open Version), where all courses are unlocked, which was released on November 14, 2018.[6]



  • Mario - Player 1's character
  • Luigi - Player 2's character. In 1 player match mode, he is the easiest computer opponent.


  • Princess Toadstool is Mario's caddie.
  • Princess Daisy is Luigi's caddie.
  • Toad appears whenever a player hits their ball out of bounds, holding 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. He is absent from the Japanese and PlayChoice-10 versions due to their lack of a tournament mode.
  • Steve is a more difficult computer opponent than Luigi in 1 player match mode. He is absent from the Japanese version.
  • Mark is more difficult than Steve. He is also absent from the Japanese version.
  • Tony is more difficult than Mark.
  • Billy is the most difficult opponent.



Japanese version[edit]

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

International 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 international versions. This list is done in course order and hole order. The holes that do not appear in the international versions are not listed here.

Japanese Hole International 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]

Differences in the PlayChoice-10 version[edit]

  • There is no ability to save progress.
  • The only available modes are Stroke Play and Match Play.
  • Donkey Kong is absent from the arcade version.

Differences in the Japanese version[edit]

  • Due to the lack of the tournament mode, 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.
  • Donkey Kong, 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 only are there more courses, but shared holes are often more difficult in the Japanese version due to more obstacles and traps, although some are made less so due to the removal of certain hazards on them. For example, hole 5 of the Japan course in the Japanese version has an extra strip of fairway attached to the upper-left corner of the green, while in the international versions, said strip is replaced with a water hazard.
  • The ranks (Semi Pro, Beginner, etc.) are unlocked after completing certain courses past the second one. The default rank is none at all.
  • 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 extra course is a compilation of all holes the player has unlocked, and there is no reward for completing it. In the Full Open Version, all courses are unlocked from the start.

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

All of the names starting from Miki 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 into the English language.


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


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"[7]. 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

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオオープンゴルフ
Mario Ōpun Gorufu
Mario Open Golf


  • Dummied data for the Japanese version of Animal Crossing indicated that Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, as well as NES Open Tournament Golf, would have been included as playable Famicom games, but were ultimately cut, with not even a ROM or models available inside.[8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ アーケードTVゲームリスト国内•海外編(1971-2005), page 128.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Nintendo of America Twitter
  4. ^ Nintendo of Europe Twitter
  5. ^ Nintendo AU NZ Twitter
  6. ^ Super Mario 35th Twitter. Nintendo. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ TCRF. Animal Crossing § Removed Games. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved August 1, 2017.