- JP release: 26th March 1999
- NA: release: 15th January 2000
- PAL release: N/A
- Developer: Athena
- Publisher: Athena (JP), UFO Interactive (NA)
- N64 Magazine Score: 72%
There doesn’t seem to be a great deal of information on Super Bowling – it’s the first game I’ve found that seems to have no guides or proper cheats, the main notable thing about it is that the US version is a rare game, due to being Blockbuster exclusive. I will also note that emulators have a tough time with this game, with many not displaying the right screen. For the one that did work, I had to turn the resolution back down to the original N64 resolution for it to run smoothly.
Super Bowling is a pretty decent bowling game. It uses a power meter similar to many Golf games, which determines your power and accuracy, and once you get the hand of it, it plays really well. When playing on your own, the right screen shows a separate camera angle.
There are a few additional modes as well. Golf Mode presents you with sets of pins and you have to knock them down in as few balls as possible. There’s also challenge mode which is similar, but you only have one shot to knock everything down.
To unlock new characters (and their respective lanes to play on), you need to challenge them. When playing with two people (AI or human), you both bowl at the same time and at your own pace, which eliminates the downtime (other than at the end) and is a really nice way for bowling to work in a video game.
The game might tend towards the worryingly wacky at points, but for the most part developers Athena treat you to round after round of fast-moving and enjoyable skittle-topping, which manages to give Super Bowling’s only rival, the dreadful Milo’s Astro Lanes, a thoroughly-deserved kick in the teeth.Mark Green, N64 Magazine #54
Remake or Remaster?
This doesn’t need anything doing to it.
Official Ways to get the game
There’s no official way to play Super Bowling
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