Golf (video game)

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For other video games titled Golf, see Golf (Videopac game), Golf (Atari 2600), and Golf (Virtual Boy).
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Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Composer(s) Koji Kondo (NES Version)
Hirokazu Tanaka (GB version)
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System, PC-88, Game Boy, Family Computer Disk System, Nintendo e-Reader, GameCube (Animal Crossing), Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS, Wii U)
Release date(s) NES/Famicom
  • JP May 1, 1984
  • NA October 18, 1985
  • EU November 15, 1986
Famicom Disk System
  • JP February 21, 1986
Game Boy
  • JP November 28, 1989
  • NA March 1990
  • EU 1990
Virtual Console
Nintendo 3DS (Game Boy)
  • JP June 29, 2011
  • NA September 8, 2011
  • EU October 13, 2011
Wii U (NES)
  • JP November 13, 2013
  • NA October 10, 2013
  • EU October 10, 2013
Genre(s) Sports game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution 192-kilobit cartridge

Golf (ゴルフ Gorufu?) is a sports-simulation video game released in 1985 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was originally released in Japan in 1984 for the Nintendo Family Computer. The golfer is a mustached man who resembles Mario.

The player one character wears a white shirt and shoes with blue pants and uses a white ball, while the player two character wears a red shirt and shoes with black pants and uses a red ball.


The user must first decide whether to play single stroke play or the two player selections of doubles stroke play or match play. The user is then placed at the tee of the first hole of eighteen.

It was the first golf game to feature a power/accuracy bar for swinging the club. The power bar method has been used in most golf games since.


  • Ported to the Family Computer Disk System in 1986 (Japan only).
  • Available for the Classic NES e-Reader series on Game Boy Advance.
  • Available as a fully playable collectible in Animal Crossing.
  • Hudson Soft released a port of the game for the Japan-only NEC PC-8801 in 1985.
  • In the Game Boy version, unlike the NES version, there is some background music and two countries to choose from: Japan and U.S. Also, the style of the player characters are chibi. All courses are different compared to the ones in the NES version. This version has also been released for the Virtual Console on the Nintendo 3DS system.
  • The nine holes of the golf game in Wii Sports are 3-dimensional versions of the holes in Golf. This is also true of the "Classic" courses for the golf and Frisbee golf games in Wii Sports Resort.


Review scores
Publication Score
Allgame GB: 4/5 stars[1]
The Video Game Critic B- [2]

Golf received mixed to positive reviews and is now considered to be one of the most famous games for the NES. It was given a mixed review by ScrewAttack. Mike Matei reviewed the game as well, analyzing and interpreting what each course looks like (for instance, one course was shaped like a snowman, and another like a dragon).


  1. ^ Sutyak, Jonathan. "Golf - Review". Allgame. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Video Game Critic's NES Reviews". Retrieved December 8, 2013. 

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