Mario Bowl

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Mario Bowl
Title screen of Mario Bowl
Title screen
Developer Brunswick
Release date Japan 1995
Language(s) 日本語

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.[1] 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).[2][3]

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.[4] 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.[2]



  1. ^ Future Publishing (February 1995). Super Play issue 28 (Page 10). Retrieved on July 21, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  3. ^ Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  4. ^ Retrieved June 17, 2022.