Golf (1984 video game)

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Golf
Golf Coverart.png
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Producer(s) Masayuki Uemura
Designer(s) Kenji Miki
Shigeru Miyamoto[1]
Programmer(s) Satoru Iwata[2]
Composer(s) Koji Kondo
Platform(s) NES, PC-88, PlayChoice-10, Sharp X1, Famicom Disk System
Release NES
  • JP: May 1, 1984
  • NA: October 18, 1985
  • EU: November 15, 1986
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Golf (ゴルフ, Gorufu) is a sports-simulation video game developed and released by Nintendo in 1984 for the NES in North America and Family Computer Disk System in Japan.

Years after the game's release it appeared in many ports for different Nintendo consoles. It also appeared as an easter egg in the Nintendo Switch firmware as a tribute to Satoru Iwata.

Gameplay[edit]

The main player wears a white shirt and shoes with blue pants and uses a white ball, while the second player 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 with a total of eighteen to play. 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.

Ports[edit]

The game has been ported to many other consoles after its release. Hudson Soft released a port of the game for the Japan-only PC-88 and Sharp X1 in 1985. The game was also ported to the Japan-only Famicom Disk System on February 21st, 1986. Another release was made for the Classic NES e-Reader series on Game Boy Advance.

Easter eggs[edit]

The game was hidden as an easter egg and tribute to Satoru Iwata in the firmware of the Nintendo Switch, prior to the system's 4.0 update. Iwata was the sole programmer of Golf (as one of his first projects for Nintendo) and later became Nintendo's CEO. It could only be accessed if the system clock was set to July 11 (the anniversary of Iwata's death) and then performing the "Direct" action that Iwata popularized during his Nintendo Direct appearances while holding both Joy-Con controllers on the Switch home menu.[3][4][5] Exclusive to this version is the ability to use motion control.

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.

The game can also be seen in Animal Crossing as a fully playable collectible.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review score
PublicationScore
AllGameGB: 4/5 stars[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kohler, Chris. "Miyamoto Spills Donkey Kong's Darkest Secrets, 35 Years Later". Wired. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Iwata Asks: Wii Sports: Games That Even the People Watching Can Enjoy". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  3. ^ https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/09/searching-for-the-hidden-motion-to-unlock-the-switchs-nes-emulator//
  4. ^ http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/09/rumour_switchs_hidden_nes_golf_game_is_a_tribute_to_the_late_satoru_iwata
  5. ^ Good, Owen S. (2015-07-12). "Nintendo president Satoru Iwata dies at 55". Polygon. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  6. ^ Sutyak, Jonathan. "Golf - Review". Allgame. Retrieved December 8, 2013.

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