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Systems: NES, Arcade, Vs. Arcade, Game Boy
Release Years: 1985 (NES, Arcade, Vs. Arcade), 1989 (Game Boy)
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Players: 1-2 Alternating
ESRB Rating: N/A (NES), K-A (Game Boy)


You control Mario and golf through various tournaments on American and (on Game Boy) Japanese couses. Or plug in another controller on the NES/link up on the Game Boy and play head-to-head with your friends.


The graphics on the NES version are relatively simple, but they don't really need to be complex. Movement is limited to Mario swinging and the ball moving on the map screen. The screens are also incomplex, reduced to Mario in the lower left-hand corner, the map screen, and the info screen above Mario, as seen in the screen shot. The map screen is replaced by the green when you get the ball there. The Game Boy version is put together differently. Instead of showing the entire map, only the immediate surrounding area is shown at one time. The entire map is accessed by pressing B. Mario is also shown on the map instead of in a corner. Motion, however, is along the same lines of the NES version.
There is no music to speak of in the NES version, and sound effects are limited. Mario hitting the ball, getting the ball in the hole, and the various hazards all make one sound or another. The Game Boy version has light music between shots, and a few more sound effects.
Gameplay is practically identical in both versions. You swing by watching the swing bar, which is now standard practice in Nintendo golf games. You use the swing bar to determine how much power you want, and let the ball fly. Not much beyond that. Each game has 18 holes, and you can compete in the U.S. course in both versions and the Japanese course in the Game Boy version.

These games are great golf games on both the NES and Game Boy and are excellent sports titles. Although not as complex as Mario Golf or NES Open Tournament Golf, they still provide lots of fun even if you're not into golf.