|Release date|| 1995 |
Mario Bowl (Japanese: マリオボウル, Mario Bōru) is a Japan-exclusive scorekeeping software for bowling alleys made by Brunswick in 1995. It is based on Super Mario World. As an automatic scorer, the software keeps track of scores for up to six players, each being assigned a character based on their turn order (from first to sixth: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, and Toad).
During a game, the software can cycle through three different backgrounds, with a Yoshi's Island 4-inspired stage being the default one. If a player's ball falls in the gutter twice in a row, the background changes into a lava stage, and if a player gets two spares or strikes in a row, the background changes into a castle stage. The upper part of the screen shows all six characters walking in line, with their order representing the current ranking of their respective players. A spare is accompanied by artwork of Mario snapping his fingers while saying "Nice!" and Yoshi drawing a diagonal line across the screen. A strike is accompanied by artwork of Mario commemorating as his ball knocks over several bowling pins. At the end of a game, a final ranking screen would show the top three characters on a podium.
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