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The pins look decidedly flat but at least they ricochet around realistically - making it possible to pick up some tough splits. Nester's soundtrack is very good, and there are some amusing animations when you throw a split, spare, or strike. In addition to normal bowling, there's also an addictive "challenge" mode that presents you with various pin combinations to knock down. Nester's Funky Bowling is a pleasant surprise, and quite possibly the most entertaining bowling game I've ever played.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
This is a title you'll find yourself coming back to on a regular basis. It's fun, easy to play, and 9 frames can be completed in about 15 minutes. It's quite addictive to try and top your score, but I would kill for some type of tournament mode. This is one of the better games for the US Virtual Boy and owners of this Nintendo oddity owe it to themselves to have this in their collection.
In short Nesters Bowling is definitely a worthwhile game for bowlers, and even those not into bowling. Funky Bowling with Nester & Hester is as funky as bowling can get ... I think it's only funky fun for a funky little while, but a funky little while at that.
Nester’s Funky Bowling is a decent bowling game with amusing animations making it fun to play. It could have used some more game modes, and the lack of a save function for high scores is disappointing. However it is saved by the welcome (if somewhat fiddly) inclusion of a 2 player mode.
In the end, however, it's a bowling game. I hardly see those flying off the shelves. Once you've played one, you've pretty much played them all (a concept not yet fully realized by those who continue to purchase yearly installations of FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA 2Kxx, etc.). To make things even stranger, within the petite folds of the Virtual Boy library, there are not one but TWO bowling games. You have your choice between Nester's Funky Bowling and Virtual Bowling, though the former will be far easier to find and far less depressing for your savings account. It's safe to say that if you're a bowling fan and a Virtual Boy fan (a crossover rarely seen amongst living humans), your bowling needs will definitely be met.
Nester's Funky Bowling is challenging and fun at first, but after a few games, the strikes come easier and the difficulty never increases. Character animation and funky music spice up the gameplay; however, after a couple of frames even these become repetitive. The controls are accurate, but limited. Although it's spare, it doesn't strike out.
Look, bowling just doesn’t translate well into video games. Some boring sports do (golf, tennis, pool)' some don’t. I don’t know why this is. Ask Jesus. I hate this game, but I love the system it’s running on. And I may hate Nester, but I love the house that Yokoi built.