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In NES Open Tournament Golf, you can play a round of golf on one of three different courses. One or two players can play in the U.S., Japan, or the U.K. and choose a stroke or match play game. Gameplay is from two point of views, starting with an overhead view allowing you to set up the shot and choose a club, then switching to a 3-D point of view. Hitting the ball uses the common power meter where tapping the button starts the meter, tap the button a second time to select the amount of power in the shot, then tap the button a third time to select the amount of slice or hook. If you are unable to finish a round in one play, NES Open Tournament Golf features a battery back-up allowing you to save the game and continue later.

The Famicom version is significantly different than the NES version. The Famicom version has 5 courses, losing the U.S. course found in the NES version but gaining France, Australia, and Hawaii. The Famicom version also lacks the tournament mode feature found in the NES version.


NES Open Tournament Golf Arcade Title screen.
NES Open Tournament Golf NES An overhead view of the hole
NES Open Tournament Golf Arcade Hole One.
NES Open Tournament Golf NES On the green...

Promo Images

NES Open Tournament Golf Screenshot
NES Open Tournament Golf Screenshot
NES Open Tournament Golf Screenshot
NES Open Tournament Golf Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Mario's Open Golf" -- PlayChoice-10 arcade title
  • "マリオオープンゴルフ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A great but mildly unfair Mario golf game NES Scribblemacher (210)
Early forerunner in golf gaming NES chris runowski (2)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic NES Feb 13, 2002 A 100
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
NES Times NES Jul 16, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Jun, 1991 4.2 out of 5 84
Nintendojo NES 1999 7.7 out of 10 77
IGN Wii Jun 18, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Video Games NES Dec, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Megablast NES 1993 71 out of 100 71
Play Time NES Nov, 1992 62 out of 100 62 NES Nov, 2012 D 25


Topic # Posts Last Post
Are the NES and Famicom version 2 separate games? 4 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60639)
Jan 15, 2013


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