ゴルフJAPANコース © 1987 Nintendo Company, Limited.
(Family Computer Golf Japan Course)
Golf Japan Course is a golf game released by Nintendo and featuring everyone's favorites plumber Mario. The game shares some similarities with Golf, another Nintendo game released for the Famicom system in 1984. The screen is divided into two vertical sections - On the left, Mario stands in his traditional, and to the last detail, red and blue outfit, ready to play. Data about the course are displayed right above him. The list includes hole technical information, current club, wind direction and how many times the player has played so far. The screen on the right shows a detailed overhead view of the course and the ball's current position. This view scrolls around and zooms-in when the player gets close enough to the hole. Controls are straight forward - the player just holds down the action button and moves left and right to change the swing's speed and strength (from a 1 to 3 scale), and up and down to pick a different club (from a list of 13). The game counts eighteen courses designed from real Japanese gold courses. The title screen also gives access to the Service Data, which was a way to access Nintendo's official Tournament.
Barcode: 4 902370 500516
Disk ID: FSG-GFJE
Golf Japan Course was released on February 21, 1987 in Japan for 3500 Yen.
Golf Japan Course was part of a special contest in Japan organized by Nintendo. The extra options on the game menu allowed the player to save not only his best score, but also his name and address. Golf Japan Course is one of the blue disk game that could be loaded onto a Disk Fax. The Disk Fax machines, installed in stores and special locations in Japan, were directly connected to Nintendo's head offices and would fax the information contained on the disks. Consequently, players could send their best scores and personal info to Nintendo and be part of the contest. The deadline for Golf Course Japan was, it seems, April 30th, 1987. The prize was a Golden Disk version of Golf Japan Course featuring an extra unreleased course and offered in a diskun plastic case. Obviously, these disks are extremely rare today (only around 5,000 of these disks are supposed to exist) and are sought after by Famicom collectors all around the world.
Executive Producer: Hiroshi Yamauchi
Producer: Masayuki Uemura
Director: Kenji Miki
Designer: Tatsuya Hishida, Kazunobu Shimizu
Sound Composer: Akito Nakatsuka, Yumiko Kanki
Course Designer: Kenji Miki
Programmer: Akio Hanyu, Satoru Iwata, Makoto Kanai
Technique: Yuzo Tsuji, Shizuo Yamabe, Masahiro Ohtake, Satoshi Yamato, Shuhei Kato, Masaki Ohashi
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com