Bowl Over

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Bowl Over
Bowl Over
Appears in Mario Party
Mario Party 2
Type 1-vs-3 mini-game
Time limit 30 seconds before throwing the Koopa Shell
Music Taking Coins (Mario Party)
Going for the Coins (Mario Party 2)
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 game 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 single player knocks over a normal pin, they will get a Coin. If the player's shell touches the sides or reaches the end of the lane without knocking over any pins, the game ends in a "Miss!" If a player's pin gets hit by the shell, the bowler will take three Coins from the player. If all the pins are knocked over, the announcer will say, "Strike!"

In Mario Party 2, there are some changes to the minigame. This time, the game 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 will still lose if the shell goes off the path.

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! The bowler uses Control Stick to aim the shell, while the people who are pins try to jump away."
  • 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

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 Demolished