Championship Bowling Reviews (NES)

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The gameplay mechanics are short-changed, however, by the game offering no modes or frills to show them off on. There isn’t a career mode, no tournament mode – nothing outside of a single, standard, ten-frame bowling game. It’s too bad since the core gameplay is so sound and fun.
42 (Jun, 2011)
Championship Bowling probably is the best bowling game on the NES, but who cares? Wii Bowling has since proven itself as the one and only bowling game anyone will ever need for the rest of time, and that includes a legion of retirees at nursing homes ’round the world. If you’re feeling nostalgic and you want to honor the memory of Champ Bowling‘s former reign as the King of Bowling Games, take out a bottle of bub, pour some out on the curb (or if you like, atop an actual Champ Bowling cartridge), take a swig yourself, then go give 50 Cent a hug. Romstar would appreciate it.
Championship Bowling is a basic rendition of the sport littered with unnecessary flaws. There are four characters and a variety of ball weights to choose from, but the difference between them is little more than cosmetic. With only a limited amount of hand-eye coordination, a player should easily be able to master a steady throw, but the consistency of the results doesn't seem to mirror the consistency of the throw. Strikes are a rarity, and splits are far more commonplace than in real bowling. And although players can't bowl simultaneously, multiple controllers are inexplicably needed for more than one player.