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