Bowl Over

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Bowl Over
Bowl Over
Bowl Over from Mario Party 2
Bowl Over from Mario Party 2
Bowl Over from Mario Party 2
Appears in Mario Party
Mario Party 2
Type 1-vs-3 mini-game
Time limit 30 seconds before throwing the Koopa Shell
Music track Taking Coins (Mario Party)
Going for the Coins (Mario Party 2)
Music sample
Mario Party:

Mario Party 2:

Bowl Over is a 1-vs-3 minigame found in Mario Party and Mario Party 2. Its name could be a pun on the term "pull over" or "bowl someone over."


In Mario Party, the minigame takes place inside a chapel with stained glass windows. The team players (who are the pins) must avoid being hit by a Green Shell, while the other player has to bowl and control the shell to knock over as many of the team players as possible. If the solo player knocks over a normal pin, they get a Coin. If the player's shell touches the sides or reaches the end of the lane without knocking over any pins, the minigame ends in a "Miss!" If a player's pin gets hit by the shell, the bowler takes five Coins from the player. If all the pins are knocked over, the announcer says, "Strike!"

In Mario Party 2, there are some changes to the minigame. This time, the minigame is set on top of a canyon during a sunset. The solo player must knock over all the opponents, and has a chance to throw a second shell. This variation has no side barriers, but the solo player still loses if the shell goes off the path and the solo player does not win coins from the players the solo player hits.

In both versions, there are several variations on the bowling "lane" path, to increase playability.

In the Mini-Game Coaster, the human player plays against the team of three.


Solo (1 player)[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move left or right
  • Control Stick – Spin shell
  • A Button – Throw shell

Group (3 players)[edit]

  • Control Stick – Direction
  • A ButtonJump

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party[edit]

  • Game Rules"Let's go Bowling[sic]! The bowler uses Control Stick to aim the shell, while the people who are pins try to jump away."
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Island)"Go bowling with a Koopa Troopa Shell. Knock down the 3 bowling pin characters to clear the game."
  • Advice"If the Koopa Troopa shell hits the edge of the lane, there's an electric shock, and the game ends."

Mario Party 2[edit]

  • Game Rules"Go bowling with a Koopa shell! You win if you knock down all your bowling pin rivals. You get to bowl with 2 shells!"
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Coaster)"Bowl over your bowling pin rivals with the Koopa shell. Knock all three opponents down to clear the game."
  • Advice"Bowling pin players should watch where the shell is spinning to, then try to get out of the way!"
  • Advice (Mini-Game Coaster)"You get 2 chances with the Koopa shell. Aim for a spare if you don't get the strike."


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Mario Party[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボーリングGO!GO!
Bōringu GO! GO!

Bowling GO! GO!

French Bowling
German Chaos-Bowling
Chaos Bowling
Italian Bowl Over[1]

Mario Party 2[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボーリングGO!
Bōringu GO!

Bowling GO!

French Et un Strike! Un!
And a Strike! One!
German Chaos-Bowling
Chaos Bowling
Italian Il Bowling
The Bowling
Spanish Derríbalo


  1. ^ Mario Party European manual, pag. 141