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Developer(s) Rock Gaming
Publisher(s) Logo
Platform(s) Nintendo Wii U
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s)
Single player, Multiplayer

Mario Superstar Bowlingis a Super Mario sports game. It is seen as a spiritual cousin to Mario Baseball series, while also adopting some aspects of the Mario Sports Mix series.

The game features a variety of multiplayer modes, as well as singpleplayer content.

Gameplay

In general play, players take turns trying to knock down the most pins during a frame. They can chose a stance, which can effect the maximum potential power your bowl can achieve, as well as choosing it's starting position on the lane. Afterwards, they will have to strike a balance on a meter, similar to the Mario Golf series, denoting the power of the throw and the speed it will travel. While the ball rolls, players will have a limited control to move the ball - varying by the stance and character type - and attempt to knock down renaming pins.

As frames go on, power-ups and coins may litter the lane, usually out of the direct line of the remaining pins. This can allow players to take risks in their throws for potential rewards that could provide more lucrative bowls in later frames - such as missing out on a Spare in order to pick up a power up to use in the next frame, or litter the lane for the next player.

In Free Play, players will share a lane, picking a single character and taking turns to try and score the most pins after the completion of all frames.

In Team Play, players will form a team of five each, playing concurrently on their own lanes, attempting to score a cumulative total higher than the others. When an obstacle pick-up is acquired, instead of leaving it on your own lane, it is duplicated to your opponents lanes.

In Alley Play, all 18 lanes are filled with teams of five, with up to 18 player controlled teams allowed online. In local play or in private lobbies, teams without players will be AI controlled.

In League Play, teams compete in a set number of games, with 18 teams, each full game taking place in a separate alley. Teams will keep point counts across all games, and receive bonuses based on placement per game. Random Events can be enabled or disabled, which can lead to additional characters appearing offering to replace team members or as back ups, and accidents can happen taking team mates out and requiring replacements.

All game modes support Cosmic Bowling, an alternate mode which gives a make-over to an alley as well as small gameplay changes. During Cosmic, coins appear at a higher rate and are doubled upon pick-up. Power ups appear at higher frequencies, especially as it advances further in frames. Cosmetically, all alleys turn their lights off and turn black-lights on, which cause attire on characters, their balls, pins and specific alley objects to glow in the dark. Additionally, strobe and spot lights will light up the lanes, along with other embellishments varying from alley to alley, such as smoke machines, lasers and more. The music in a stage also takes on a more orchestral Super Mario Galaxy-inspired remix. Lastly, all special shots will have additional cosmetic effects to make them appear flashier.

Characters

In order to factor in full teams of five for 18 lanes, and additional characters in League Play, Mario Superstar Bowling features XX characters, XX which are unlockable. Characters are separated into 6 categories, giving them specific pros and cons. Although characters can choose an alternate stance to gain some of the attributes of another category, they will excel in their specified field above all.

  • Balance: These characters are balanced and have equal stats in all categories.
  • Power: These characters can bowl at a stronger throw, increasing the range of the balance meter and speed traveled at the cost of control.
  • Technical: These characters have a better control of the angle bowled, as well as redirecting movement while the ball is rolling, at the cost of power.
  • Control: These characters have less control of the ball the closer it is to the start of the lane, but more control the closer to the pins. They also hit pins further.
  • Speed: These characters can bowl at high speeds, allowing a similar increased movement to Power, but can recover form obstacles better including gutter recovery.
  • Tricky: These characters have only a high focus in one stat and low in the remaining, however they have more precise control when using power-ups.

Default Characters

These are characters available from the start.

Image Name Type Special Technique Alternates
Mario Balance Fire Strike
  • Tanooki Mario
  • Cat Mario
  • Dr. Mario
  • Super Mario Maker (Super Mario Maker DLC)
  • Sunshine Mario (Super Mario Sunshine HD DLC)
  • Style Change Mario (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Luigi Balance Green Fire Strike
  • Kitsune Luigi
  • Dr. Luigi
  • Luigi's Manson Luigi (Luigi's Mansion HD DLC)
  • Style Change Luigi (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Peach Technical Heart Ball
  • Cat Peach
  • Tanooki Peach
  • Athletic Wear
  • Nurse Peach
  • Sunshine Peach (Super Mario Sunshine HD DLC)
  • Style Change Peach (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Daisy Technical Flower Ball
  • Athletic Wear
Bowser Power Bowser Ball
  • Hammer Slam Bowser
  • Dark Hammer Slam Bowser
  • Winged Bowser (Super Mario Maker DLC)
  • Style Change Bowser (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Bowser Jr. Speed Bullet Bill Strike
  • Winged Bowser Jr. (Super Mario Maker DLC)
Wario Power Magnet Ball - Attract
  • WarioWare Inc.
  • Wario Land
  • Vampire Wario
Waluigi Control Magnet Ball - Repel N/A
Yoshi Balance Egg Ball
  • Red Yoshi
  • Blue Yoshi
  • Yellow Yoshi
  • Pink Yoshi
  • Cyan Yoshi
  • White Yoshi
  • Black Yoshi
  • Brown Yoshi
  • Purple Yoshi
  • Orange Yoshi
  • Glowing Yoshi
  • Style Change Yoshi (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Birdo Balance Suction Strike
  • Red Birdo
  • Green Birdo
  • Gray Birdo
  • Purple Birdo
  • Orange Birdo
  • Blue Birdo
Donkey Kong Power Barrel Ball
  • Super Kong
  • Turbo Charge Donkey Kong
  • Dark Turbo Charge Donkey Kong
  • Style Change DK (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Diddy Kong Speed Banana Cluster Ball
  • Style Change Diddy Kong (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Dixie Kong Technical Baby Flower Ball N/A
Tiny Kong Speed Baby Green Fire Ball N/A
Toad Balance Turbo Ball
  • Tanooki Toad
  • Captain Toad
  • Blue Toad
  • Yellow Toad
  • Green Toad
  • Pink Toad
  • Super Mario Maker Toad (Super Mario Maker DLC)
  • Style Change Toad (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Toadette Control Energetic Ball
  • Captain Toadette
Rosalina Tricky Launch Star Ball
  • Athletic Wear
  • Cat Rosalina
  • Tanooki Rosalina
Luma Tricky Baby Green Fire Ball
  • Blue Luma
  • Pink Luma
  • Apricot Luma
  • Green Luma
  • Turqoise Luma
  • Red Luma
  • Black Luma
  • Co-Star Luma
Foreman Spike Tricky Demoltion Ball
  • Wrecking Crew '98
King Boo Technical Boo Ball
  • Dark Moon (Luigi's Mansion HD DLC)
Petey Piranha Control Goop Strike N/A
Boom Boom Power Spinning Strike N/A
Pom Pom Technical Boomerang Ball N/A
Nabbit Tricky Thief Strike N/A
Lakitu Tricky Fishing Ball
  • Blue Lakitu
  • Green Lakitu
  • Yellow Lakitu
  • Gold Lakitu
Kamek Control Baby Flower Ball
  • Red Magikoopa
  • Yellow Magikoopa
  • Green Magikoopa
  • Black Magikoopa
  • White Magikoopa
Koopa Troopa Balance Shell Strike
  • Blue Koopa Troopa
  • Green Koopa Troopa
  • Yellow Koopa Troopa
  • Gold Koopa Troopa
Para-Troopa Speed Baby Green Fire Ball
  • Blue Koopa Troopa
  • Green Koopa Troopa
  • Yellow Koopa Troopa
  • Gold Koopa Troopa
Goomba Balance Baby Green Fire Ball
  • Blue Goomba
  • Red Goomba
  • Gold Goomba
  • Galoomba
  • Special Galoomba
Para-Goomba Speed Baby Green Fire Ball
  • Blue Para-Goomba
  • Red Para-Goomba
  • Gold Para-Goomba
  • Para-Galoomba
  • Special Para-Galoomba
Shy Guy Speed Vegetable Strike
  • Blue Shy Guy
  • Green Shy Guy
  • Yellow Shy Guy
  • Black Shy Guy
  • White Shy Guy
  • Cyan Shy Guy
  • Pink Shy Guy
  • Orange Shy Guy
Fly Guy Technical Baby Flower Ball
  • Blue Shy Guy
  • Green Shy Guy
  • Yellow Shy Guy
  • Black Shy Guy
  • White Shy Guy
  • Cyan Shy Guy
  • Pink Shy Guy
  • Orange Shy Guy
Baby Mario Control Baby Fire Ball N/A
Baby Peach Control Baby Heart Strike N/A
Hammer Bro. Balance Baby Green Fire Ball
  • Boomerang Bro.
  • Fire Bro.
  • SMB3 Hammer Bro.
Charging Chuck Balance Baby Flower Ball N/A
Mii Varied Baby Flower Ball Mii Costumes

Unlockable Characters

Characters that have to be unlocked.

Image Name Type Special Strike Alternates Unlock Method
Baby Luigi Technical Baby Green Fire Ball N/A Knockout Team Baby in League Play. (Baby Mario, Baby Peach, Baby Luigi, Baby Daisy, Baby Rosalina)
Baby Daisy Technical Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Baby in League Play. (Baby Mario, Baby Peach, Baby Luigi, Baby Daisy, Baby Rosalina)
Baby Rosalina Tricky Baby Star Launch Strike N/A Knockout Team Baby in League Play. (Baby Mario, Baby Peach, Baby Luigi, Baby Daisy, Baby Rosalina)
Baby DK Speed Baby Flower Ball N/A Purchase at the Play Shop for 300 coins.
Lubba Power Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Galaxy in League Play. (Rosalina, Luma, Co-Star Luma, Lubba, Cosmic Spirit)
Cosmic Spirit Control Baby Green Fire Ball N/A Knockout Team Galaxy in League Play. (Rosalina, Luma, Co-Star Luma, Lubba, Cosmic Spirit)
Dry Bowser Power Baby Green Fire Ball N/A Knockout Team Ghost House in League Play. (Dry Bowser, Dry Bones, Bone Goomba, King Boo, Boo)
Dry Bones Tricky Baby Flower Ball
  • Red Dry Bones
  • Blue Dry Bones
  • Black Dry Bones
Knockout Team Ghost House in League Play. (Dry Bowser, Dry Bones, Bone Goomba, King Boo, Boo)
Bone Goomba Tricky Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Ghost House in League Play. (Dry Bowser, Dry Bones, Bone Goomba, King Boo, Boo)
Boo Tricky Baby Flower Ball
  • Pink Boo
  • Shadow Boo
Knockout Team Ghost House in League Play. (Dry Bowser, Dry Bones, Bone Goomba, King Boo, Boo)
Funky Kong Control Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Kong in League Play. (Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Tiny Kong, Funky Kong)
Cranky Kong Balance Baby Green Fire Ball Knockout Team Girder in League Play. (Foreman Spike, Cranky Kong, Stanley, Pauline, Donkey Kong Jr.)
King K. Rool Power Baby Flower Ball
  • Kaptain K. Rool
  • Baron Von Roolstein
  • King of Swing K. Rool
Recruit King K. Rool as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Kritter Balance Baby Green Fire Ball
  • Blue Kritter
  • Brown Kritter
  • Red Kritter
Recruit Kritter as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Donkey Kong Jr. Power Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Girder in League Play. (Foreman Spike, Cranky Kong, Stanley, Pauline, Donkey Kong Jr.)
Pauline Technical Baby Green Fire Ball N/A Knockout Team Girder in League Play. (Foreman Spike, Cranky Kong, Stanley, Pauline, Donkey Kong Jr.)
Stanley Tricky Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Girder in League Play. (Foreman Spike, Cranky Kong, Stanley, Pauline, Donkey Kong Jr.)
Sledge Bro. Power Baby Flower Ball
  • SMB3 Sledge Bro.
Purchase at the Play Store for 300 coins.
Sumo Bro. Power Baby Green Fire Ball N/A Purchase at the Play Store for 300 coins.
Metal Mario Power Baby Flower Ball
  • Gold Mario
  • Silver Mario
Recruit Metal Mario as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Honey Queen Speed Baby Green Fire Ball N/A Recruit Honey Queen as a replacement or spare in League Play.
King Bob-Omb Tricky Baby Green Fire Ball N/A Recruit King Bob-Omb as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Tail Goomba Tricky Baby Green Fire Ball
  • Cat Goomba
Knockout Team Goomba in League Play. (Goomboss, Goomba, Para-Goomba, Tail Goomba. Goomba (Galoomba))
Goomboss Power Baby Green Fire Ball N/A Knockout Team Goomba in League Play. (Goomboss, Goomba, Para-Goomba, Tail Goomba. Goomba (Galoomba))
Wiggler Tricky Baby Flower Ball
  • Green Wiggler
  • Red Wiggler
Recruit Wiggler as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Flutter Technical Baby Green Fire Ball
  • Green Flutter
  • Red Flutter
Recruit Flutter as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Iggy Technical Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Koopaling in League Play if he is on the team or recruit Iggy as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Roy Power Baby Green Fire Ball N/A Knockout Team Koopaling in League Play if he is on the team or recruit Roy as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Lemmy Speed Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Koopaling in League Play if he is on the team or recruit Lemmy as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Larry Technical Baby Green Fire Ball N/A Knockout Team Koopaling in League Play if he is on the team or recruit Larry as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Wendy Control Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Koopaling in League Play if she is on the team or recruit Wendy as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Ludwig Tricky Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Koopaling in League Play if he is on the team or recruit Ludwig as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Morton Jr. Power Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Koopaling in League Play if he is on the team or recruit Morton Jr. as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Koopa Kid Balance Baby Flower Ball
  • Red Koopa Kid
  • Blue Koopa Kid
  • Yellow Koopa Kid
Recruit Koopa Kid as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Reznor Technical Baby Flower Ball N/A Unlocked with the Fortress alley.
Kamella Control Baby Flower Ball N/A Recruit Kamella as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Blooper Control Baby Flower Ball
  • Pink Blooper
  • Tan Blooper
  • Green Blooper
  • Yellow Blooper
  • Jumping Blooper (Super Mario Sunshine HD DLC)
Unlocked with the Aquatic Lanes alley.
Bandit Tricky Baby Flower Ball
  • Red Bandit
  • Yellow Bandit
  • Green Bandit
  • Pink Bandit
  • Orange Bandit
  • Black Bandit
  • White Bandit
  • Zeus Guy
Unlocked with the Yoshi's Island alley.
Spike Power Baby Flower Ball
  • Stone Spike
  • Snow Spike
Recruit Spike as a replacement or spare in League Play.
Monty Mole Balance Baby Flower Ball N/A Unlocked with the Airship Alleys alley.
Rex Balance Baby Flower Ball N/A Unlocked with the Dinosaur Land alley.
Toadsworth Technical Baby Flower Ball N/A Unlocked with the Peach's Secret Slide alley.
Snifit Speed Baby Flower Ball N/A Purchase at the Play Store for 300 coins.
Pianta Power Baby Flower Ball
  • Pink Pianta
  • Yellow Pianta
  • Orange Pianta
  • Purple Pianta
  • Brown Pianta
Unlocked with the Sunshine Cruise alley.
Noki Speed Baby Flower Ball
  • Red Noki
  • Green Noki
  • Yellow Noki
Unlocked with the Private Beach alley.
Waddlewing Speed Baby Flower Ball N/A Purchase at the Play Store for 300 coins.
Mummy-Me Tricky Baby Flower Ball N/A Purchase at the Play Store for 300 coins.
Meowser Tricky Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Meow in League Play. (Cat Mario, Cat Rosalina, Cat Peach, Meowser, Cat Goomba)
Sprixie Princess Technical Baby Flower Ball
  • Blue Princess
  • Red Princess
  • Cyan Princess
  • Yellow Princess
  • Purple Princess
  • Orange Princess
Knockout Team Sprixie in League Play.
R.O.B. Control Baby Flower Ball
  • Famicom R.O.B.
  • Mario Kart R.O.B.
Knockout Team Famicom in League Play. (R.O.B., Ossan, Balloon Fighter, Excite Racer, Duck Hunt)
Ossan Balance Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Famicom in League Play. (R.O.B., Ossan, Balloon Fighter, Excite Racer, Duck Hunt)
Balloon Fighter Technical Baby Flower Ball
  • Player 2 Color
Knockout Team Famicom in League Play. (R.O.B., Ossan, Balloon Fighter, Excite Racer, Duck Hunt)
Excite Racer Speed Baby Flower Ball
  • Maroon Racer
  • Blue Racer
  • Green Racer
  • Yellow Racer
Knockout Team Famicom in League Play. (R.O.B., Ossan, Balloon Fighter, Excite Racer, Duck Hunt)
Dunk Hunt Power Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Famicom in League Play. (R.O.B., Ossan, Balloon Fighter, Excite Racer, Duck Hunt)
Black Mage Tricky Baby Flower Ball
  • Magic Red
Knockout Team Final Fantasy in League Play. (Black Mage, White Mage, Ninja, Cactaur, Moogle)
White Mage Technical Baby Flower Ball
  • Pure White
Knockout Team Final Fantasy in League Play. (Black Mage, White Mage, Ninja, Cactaur, Moogle)
Moogle Control Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Final Fantasy in League Play. (Black Mage, White Mage, Ninja, Cactaur, Moogle)
Cactaur Speed Baby Flower Ball N/A Knockout Team Final Fantasy in League Play. (Black Mage, White Mage, Ninja, Cactaur, Moogle)
Ninja Balance Baby Flower Ball
  • Shadow White
Knockout Team Final Fantasy in League Play. (Black Mage, White Mage, Ninja, Cactaur, Moogle)
Captain Syrup Balance Baby Flower Ball
  • Wario Land
Knockout Team WarioWare in League Play. (Wario, Waluigi, Captain Syrup, Ashley, Mona)
Ashley Tricky Baby Flower Ball
  • Halloween Ashley
Knockout Team WarioWare in League Play. (Wario, Waluigi, Captain Syrup, Ashley, Mona)
Mona Speed Baby Flower Ball
  • Twisted! Mona
  • Touched! Mona
  • Smooth Moves Mona
  • Snapped! Mona
  • D.I.Y. Mona
  • Game & Wario Mona
Knockout Team WarioWare in League Play. (Wario, Waluigi, Captain Syrup, Ashley, Mona)
Nester Control Baby Flower Ball
  • Virtual Bowling Attire
Unlocked with Nester's Funky Bowling alley.
Home Bowler Balance Baby Flower Ball N/A Purchase at the Play Store for 5000 coins.

Downloadable Characters

Image Name Type Special Strike Alternates Unlock Method
Small Mario Tricky Coin Block Strike
  • 30th Annivesary
  • Included in the First Printing and Limited Editions through the included amiibo card.
  • Also unlocked by scanning 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo (Retro or Modern colors).
  • Knockout the team Small Mario is on in the Bonus Game Event League.
Yarn Yoshi Control Yarn Strike
  • Pink Yarn Yoshi
  • Cyan Yarn Yoshi
Knockout Team Yarn in the Yoshi's Wooly World Event League. (Yarn Yoshi, Mega Yarn Yoshi, Poochie, Pharaoh Guy, Fluffin' Puffin)
Mega Yarn Yoshi Power Mega Yarn Strike
  • Pink Yarn Yoshi
  • Cyan Yarn Yoshi
Knockout Team Yarn in the Yoshi's Wooly World Event League. (Yarn Yoshi, Mega Yarn Yoshi, Poochie, Pharaoh Guy, Fluffin' Puffin)
Poochie Speed Barky Strike
  • Yarn Poochie
Knockout Team Yarn in the Yoshi's Wooly World Event League. (Yarn Yoshi, Mega Yarn Yoshi, Poochie, Pharaoh Guy, Fluffin' Puffin)
Pharaoh Guy Tricky Pharaoh's Curse Strike N/A Knockout Team Yarn in the Yoshi's Wooly World Event League. (Yarn Yoshi, Mega Yarn Yoshi, Poochie, Pharaoh Guy, Fluffin' Puffin)
Fluffin' Puffin Control Puffin Ball N/A Knockout Team Yarn in the Yoshi's Wooly World Event League. (Yarn Yoshi, Mega Yarn Yoshi, Poochie, Pharaoh Guy, Fluffin' Puffin)
Mecha Bowser Power Mecha Fire Strike N/A Knockout Team Sunshine in the Super Mario Sunshine HD Event League. (Sunshine Mario, Sunshine Peach, Mecha Bowser, Il Piatismo, Shadow Mario)
Il Piantismo Speed Speedy Strike N/A Knockout Team Sunshine in the Super Mario Sunshine HD Event League. (Sunshine Mario, Sunshine Peach, Mecha Bowser, Il Piatismo, Shadow Mario)
Shadow Mario Tricky Shadow Strike N/A Knockout Team Sunshine in the Super Mario Sunshine HD Event League. (Sunshine Mario, Sunshine Peach, Mecha Bowser, Il Piatismo, Shadow Mario)
Bowling Ghost Tricky Ghost Ball
  • Purple Ghost
  • Blue Ghost
  • Green Ghost
  • Garbage Can Ghost
Knockout Team Mansion in the Luigi's Mansion HD Event League. (Luigi's Mansion Luigi, Dark Mansion King Boo, Professor E. Gadd, Bowling Ghost, Bowling Ghost (Garbage Can Ghost))
Professor E. Gadd Technical Vacuum Strike N/A Knockout Team Mansion in the Luigi's Mansion HD Event League. (Luigi's Mansion Luigi, Dark Mansion King Boo, Professor E. Gadd, Bowling Ghost, Bowling Ghost (Garbage Can Ghost))
Mary O. Balance Yamamura Ball N/A Knockout Team Mario Maker in the Super Mario Maker Event League. (Super Mario Maker Mario, Winged Bowser, Mary O., Undog, Fighter Fly)
Undog Speed Undo Ball N/A Knockout Team Mario Maker in the Super Mario Maker Event League. (Super Mario Maker Mario, Winged Bowser, Mary O., Undog, Fighter Fly)
Fighter Fly Tricky Gnat Attack Strike N/A Knockout Team Mario Maker in the Super Mario Maker Event League. (Super Mario Maker Mario, Winged Bowser, Mary O., Undog, Fighter Fly)
Inkling Control Squid Ball
  • Blue Inkling
  • Green Inkling
  • Callie
  • Marie
Knockout Team Splatfest in the Splatoon Event League. (Inkling, Inkling (Blue), Inkling (Callie), Inkling (Marie), Octoling)
Octoling Speed Splat Strike N/A Knockout Team Splatfest in the Splatoon Event League. (Inkling, Inkling (Blue), Inkling (Callie), Inkling (Marie), Octoling)
Nikki Control Swapnote Strike
  • Halloween Nikki
Knockout Team System in the Miiverse Event League. (Nikki, Monita, Mr. AR, Baito, Rusty)
Monita Technical Nintendoland Strike
  • Dark Monita
  • Princess Monita
Knockout Team System in the Miiverse Event League. (Nikki, Monita, Mr. AR, Baito, Rusty)
Mr. AR Power Face Raiders Strike
  • Heart Glasses
Knockout Team System in the Miiverse Event League. (Nikki, Monita, Mr. AR, Baito, Rusty)
Baito Tricky Badge Arcade Strike N/A Knockout Team System in the Miiverse Event League. (Nikki, Monita, Mr. AR, Baito, Rusty)
Rusty Control Real Deal Bowling Ball N/A Knockout Team System in the Miiverse Event League. (Nikki, Monita, Mr. AR, Baito, Rusty)
Link Balance Hero Strike
  • Blue Link
  • Red Link
  • Purple Link
  • Outset Island Link
  • Style Change Link (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Purchase the "Mario Superstar Bowling x Legend of Zelda" DLC
Zelda Technical Sacred Seal Strike
  • Tetra
  • Style Change Zelda (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Purchase the "Mario Superstar Bowling x Legend of Zelda" DLC
Tingle Tricky Tingle Tuner Strike N/A Purchase the "Mario Superstar Bowling x Legend of Zelda" DLC
Linebeck Control Cannon Ball Strike N/A Purchase the "Mario Superstar Bowling x Legend of Zelda" DLC
Alfonzo Power Railroad Strike N/A Purchase the "Mario Superstar Bowling x Legend of Zelda" DLC
Villager Balance Slingshot Strike
  • Girl Villager
  • Boy Villager 2
  • Girl Villager 2
  • Style Change Villager (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Purchase the "Mario Superstar Bowling x Animal Crossing" DLC
Isabelle Balance Firework Strike
  • Winter Attire
  • Style Change Isabelle (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu DLC)
Purchase the "Mario Superstar Bowling x Legend of Zelda" DLC
Tom Nook Power Furniture Strike
  • Business Suit
Purchase the "Mario Superstar Bowling x Legend of Zelda" DLC
K.K. Slider Control K.K. Strike
  • DJ K.K.
Purchase the "Mario Superstar Bowling x Legend of Zelda" DLC
Tortimer Tricky Lucky Bell Strike

Vacation Tortimer

Purchase the "Mario Superstar Bowling x Legend of Zelda" DLC
SUPER MARIO KUN Balance Graphic Fire Strike N/A Knockout Team MARIO KUN in the SUPER MARIO KUN 25th Anniversary Event League. (SUPER MARIO KUN, SMK LUIGI, SMK PEACH, SMK YOSHI, ORE DAYO! WARIO)
SMK LUIGI Balance Graphic Green Strike N/A Knockout Team MARIO KUN in the SUPER MARIO KUN 25th Anniversary Event League. (SUPER MARIO KUN, SMK LUIGI, SMK PEACH, SMK YOSHI, ORE DAYO! WARIO)
SMK PEACH Technical Graphic Heart Ball N/A Knockout Team MARIO KUN in the SUPER MARIO KUN 25th Anniversary Event League. (SUPER MARIO KUN, SMK LUIGI, SMK PEACH, SMK YOSHI, ORE DAYO! WARIO)
SMK YOSHI Balance Graphic Egg Ball N/A Knockout Team MARIO KUN in the SUPER MARIO KUN 25th Anniversary Event League. (SUPER MARIO KUN, SMK LUIGI, SMK PEACH, SMK YOSHI, ORE DAYO! WARIO)
ORE DAYO! WARIO Power Graphic Magnet Ball N/A Knockout Team MARIO KUN in the SUPER MARIO KUN 25th Anniversary Event League. (SUPER MARIO KUN, SMK LUIGI, SMK PEACH, SMK YOSHI, ORE DAYO! WARIO)

Default Alleys

All lanes in an alley are identical.

Image Name Description Cosmic Changes
Mario Lanes Description Changes
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Mario Lanes Description Changes

Unlockable Alleys

All lanes in an alley are identical

Image Name Description Unlock Method Cosmic Changes
Mario Lanes Description Unlocked by Changes
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Downloadable Alleys

Some promotional bowling alleys feature differing lanes. If applicable they will be noted.

Image Name Description Unlock Method Cosmic Changes
Wooly World: Lacey Lanes A Yoshi's Wooly World inspired alley way based on the first levels with wool pins. Unlocked by participating in the Yoshi's Wooly World Event League. Night time with several objects glowing, special glowing yarn is strung around objects and trees.
Isle Delfino Several lanes set in the plaza of Isle Delfino with Shine-inspired pins. Unlocked by participating in the Super Mario Sunshine HD Event League. Takes place at night with a full moon, with several lights littered on the buildings above causing objects below to glow. The Shines glow really bright and strong as well.
E. Gadd's Lab Set in the lab below Luigi's Mansion, inspired by E. Gadd's lab, with several appearances by ghosts. Mechanical invention style pins are used. Unlocked by participating in the Luigi's Mansion HD Event League. Lights are turned off with special black lights and tons of spooky fog. More ghosts appear, and glow bright after passing through lights and retain their glow.
Super Mario Maker Set in an alleyway built out of blocks and objects from the Ground level in Super Mario Bros.. As the game furthers into frames, it will change to SMB3, SMW and NSMBU style assets. The pins are stylized like SMB Mario and have mustaches. Unlocked by participating in the Super Mario Maker Event League. The stage acts as if someone had used a Big Mushroom in Super Mario Maker, with Mario objects invading and flying above and around the lanes and low-light and strobes simulating CRT lines. It will lock in SMB style, except for a musical flourish where it will quickly jump through them all.
Inkoplis Lanes Set in the world of Splatoon inspired by levels in Splatoon. Ink will be splatted around as frames go on. Pins are squid-inspired. Unlocked by participating in the Splatoon Event League. Set at night with many lights pointed down onto the lanes below. Ink will more haphazardly be painted around the level, and the Ink will glow. DJ Octavio can be seen playing.
Hyrule Lanes Set in Hyrule castle with inspirations from the mini-games in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. Pins are replaced with ornate tri-force emblazoned pins. Coins are replaced with Rupees and the ? Blocks are replaced by Chests. Included with the '"Mario Superstar Bowling x Legend of Zelda"' DLC. Lights are turned off with special black lights and tons of spooky fog. More ghosts appear, and glow bright after passing through lights and retain their glow.
Brewster's Lanes Set in an expanded version of Brewster's Cafe with tons of Animal Crossing furniture and decor. Pins are slightly redesigned. Coins are replaced with bells and the ? Blocks are replaced with floating Furniture Leafs. Included with the '"Mario Superstar Bowling x Animal Crossing"' DLC. Lights are turned off and black lights and smoke machines are used. A U.F.O. can be seen flying at the top of the lanes, and if K.K. Slider is not playing, he will be DJing.
Miiverse Alley Set in a comfy, clean, modern Miiverse inspired alleway. Pictures from the Mario Superstar Bowling Miiverse can appear at the end of the lanes. Pins are green with white rings. Unlocked by participating in the MiiVerse Event League. Lights are turned off, making the white black and tons of spotlights and strobes. Drawings will also flip between being normal and inverted, pulsing between the two, to the music.
SUPER MARIO KUN LANES Set in a standard Ground Level Mario level but in the exaggerated art style of SUPER MARIO KUN, with Castles being the lane ends. Unlocked by participating in the SUPER MARIO KUN 25th Anniversary Event League. It's night time and fire works are constantly being fired from the castles. It's a full moon and mushrooms and flowers in the area glow.

Obstacles & Power-Ups

Similar to Mario Kart, ? Blocks can appear on the lanes, usually out of your strike line. When hit, you will gain an Item, either a Power-Up or Obstacle, which can be activated mid bowl to power-up your ball or place an obstacle where it is at when activated.

Additionally, coins can appear, more frequently than ? Block, and often at random locations as opposed to being intentional off-path. When enough coins are collected (10 by default), your character will gain access to their Special Technique.

  • Coin Bag: Fill the characters coins up for their special technique.
  • Banana Peel: Drop a banana peel upon activation. Next ball to hit it spins out, slowing and losing control.

Balls

The game has XX different bowling balls for use. 6 are available by default, while the remaining are unlockable or downloadable.

  • Standard Ball: A standard black bowling ball.
  • Stencil Ball: A standard black bowling ball, with the characters logo stenciled in white on the broad side.
  • Colorful Ball: A standard solid color bowling ball, the color is decided by the character, and if a Mii, their favorite color.
  • Marble Ball: A common marbled bowling ball, using the color decided by the character.
  • Black Light Ball: An off-white colored ball, slightly tinted by the character-defined color. This ball glows strongly that color in Cosmic Bowling.
  • League Ball: A dark blue ball with the games logo on it.

amiibo Balls

amiibo Unlocks

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