Wii Bowling Perfect Game – five tips to defeat your friends

A bowling strike

My friends and I have been in the habit of meeting with our respective families for years. This happens at least two Saturdays a month.
After dinner, we dedicate ourselves to our common passion for video games, but given the presence of wives and children, we need quick, easy ones.
Wii Bowling meets both requirements.
The cheerful atmosphere of this Nintendo title makes games extremely fun and everybody can aim for final victory, after some practice.
In this article, I am going to give you some suggestions in order to improve your game and surprise your friends.

Below are my 5 tips to play the Wii Bowling perfect game:

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1. Make some room for shooting – your arm must be able to move freely

A Wii Bowling game

A Wii Bowling game

Move sofas, tables, chairs and anything that may limit your freedom of movement. Although
shots are only virtual, you need to execute them like real ones. I know, not only are we held back by physical obstacles, but also by our friends’ judgement. Some are quick to taunt you about taking the game too seriously. If this happens just remind them that you play for fun, but in order to have fun, you have to fully enjoy the game. So, if you cannot shape your shot the way you want it, it is better to change game.

2. Set up a shooting routine – counting footsteps or seconds

After making some room for yourselves and clearing your shooting area, it is time to focus on how to shoot.
In order to often bowl a strike, it is of fundamental importance to memorize the way we shoot a 10-pin. By doing so, we can mechanically repeat the same movements, paying attention to details in the process. In this sense, counting our footsteps or the seconds that we take to shoot will allow us to fine-tune our gaming style and turn into unstoppable snipers.

3. Use the d-pad – the small stuff matters

Wiimote with wrist strap

Wii remote control

Most of the people I have played Wii Bowling with only care about shooting hard. Basically, they think that power is everything. While it is safe to say that a powerful shot is likely to knock down more pins than a weak one, there is more than that. Using the d-pad must be part of your shooting routine in order to combine power and accuracy.

When trying to convert a spare, changing direction of a shot – even by one centimeter – can often prove decisive to knock down the remaining pins. More on the d-pad in my next paragraph (I am going to share a little secret).

4. Never stand in front of the 1-pin – straight shots do not exist.

I learned this after repeated losses. Whether you are right or left-handed, the bowling ball will always tend to slightly hook from right to left or vice versa. So, if you aim at the 1-pin with the intention of bowling a strike, use the d-pad arrows and place your Mii either slightly to the left or to the right, according to your favourite hand. Obviously, this goes even when you are trying to convert a spare: make sure you never stand in front of the pin or the pins you intend to hit.

5. Use a bowling ball to practise – no, you do not need to throw it into your TV

Bowling balls of different colors

I know it may seem strange, but practising with a real bowl can be of great help in order to learn how to properly grip a wiimote for shooting. Although they are totally different shapes and weights, they have something in common in the shooting mechanics. I reckon I have seen at least half a dozen different ways to grip a Wii remote control and most of such grip styles produce weak, missed shots.

So, If you own a bowl or you can borrow one for a couple of days, position yourself in front of your TV and use alternately the bowling ball and the wiimote. Obviously, you do not have to throw the bowl for real: just pretend to shoot – tweaking the way you hold it – and test your newfound grip with the wiimote. You will soon notice that this bizarre practice will bear fruit, despite the game being nowhere near bowling simulation.

I recommend using a carpet or a gym mat in your practice area, in order to cushion any accidental falls of the bowl, thus avoiding family fights. In addition to that, do not forget to wear the wiimote wrist strap, in order to prevent your controller from flying out of your grip and keep your environment safe

Ready to rumble? – your Mii and your friends will not believe their own eyes

We have come to the end of this guide and if you are still reading – rather than toying with a bowl – I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and wish you good luck with your future games. Actually, not much luck is needed, if you follow my tips. Just practise and expect quick, big improvements. Please let me know your friends’ reactions and go for the perfect game, you can make it!
Greetings from my Mii (currently on a 19-game winning streak)! 😀

My Mii

My Mii

I care to remind you that Wii Bowling is one of the five sport games being featured on * Wii Sports by Nintendo.
So, whenever you want to change game or – better said – whenever your friends implore you to change game because they cannot take it any longer 😀 , you can choose among tennis, baseball, golf and boxing.

I am not too familiar with boxing and I dare say it is not that family-friendly, but tennis, baseball and golf can certainly guarantee hours and hours of additional family fun.

I have tried them all and guess what! I have a story for each of them, maybe more than one, considering that over the years I have arranged a variety of offline tournaments including Wii Tennis and Wii Golf.
Yeah, arranging video game tournaments is another passion of mine, but I am giving out too many spoilers today, no hurry! 😛
Soon, I will talk about the hectic tennis (doubles tennis is a blast), the relaxing golf and the all-for-one one-for-all baseball.

Apologies for this long but necessary PS. Stay tuned for more Retro material!

About Andrew A.

Andrew is the founder and owner of RetroGamingLoft. He considers himself a natural-born gamer and is on a mission to keep our younger gaming years alive through the medium of Retro Stories. His event recount includes hopes, dreams, broken joysticks, magic, nostalgia and another final boss defeated.

24 thoughts on “Wii Bowling Perfect Game – five tips to defeat your friends

  1. Mary

    I love real bowling and think I’m doing quite well for a girl. But unfortunately, I barely can find spare time to go and play with my friends, as any going out requires a babysitter for my little kids. I never thought there is a virtual option of the game that I can use without leaving a house.
    I actually have some Wii stuff at home, now just need to set it up for bowling.
    Thank you for the inspiration

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Mary and thanks for your nice words. I am glad to be of service.
      You are right, Wii Bowling (and all the other games being featured in Wii Sports) can be a good alternative if you cannot meet your friends at a bowling center.
      With a little bit of imagination, some home crowd cheer and tolerant neighbours, you can have a bowling alley in your house… See to believe. 😀
      Stay tuned for more wii-related articles.

  2. Chee Shi Teo

    great article, just wonder by practising it on a carpet and if I am staying in an apartment, the sound of the ball dropping on the carpet will make the residents in the floor below complain about the constant knocking on the floor.
    will try out some of the recommended steps

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Chee and thanks for dropping a comment.
      Well, you do not actually need to drop the bowl, that is not part of the practice.
      Pretending to shoot the bowl will make you improve your wiimote grip. There is a high chance you will unintentionally drop the ball a few times, but a carpet or a gym pad will properly soften the noise.
      Enjoy your practice and keep me posted!

  3. Dave

    This is SUCH a good game!

    A close friend of mine has this and they live the next street over. My family and theirs get together all the time and we all (kids and adults) play this. We have such a fun time and the laughs are priceless. The Wii Golf is another good one too. So much fun when you can get a few people at a time playing and having fun.

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      I totally agree Dave, so simple, yet so fun. Great atmosphere, tons of laughs, quality time spent together. We definitely cannot ask for more. I love Wii Golf too, so stay tuned for my next wii-related article, it may be about the best strategies to defeat your Wii Golf friends. 😉

  4. Stefan Vogt

    Hi, what a fun idea. I love bowling too but where I am there is absolutely no opportunity to do this.
    Living in my own house though should make this hobby possible without disturbing anyone.
    Where do you recommend I should buy this game?

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Stefan and thanks for your comment.
      I am glad you are fancying buying this game after reading my article. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.
      Despite being a retro game (more than 10 years old), Wii Sports can still be easily found on the largest online retailers, e.g. Amazon.
      Stay tuned for more Wii-related articles!

  5. Jessica

    Hi Andrew,

    I have always thought a Wii looked fun and I am sure bowling would be great. I like bowling in real life and do pretty well so I am sure I would enjoy Wii bowling.

    I never thought too much about how I bowl, but I guess I line up the ball with the pin I want to hit so therefore I am obviously to the side with my body. If I can concentrate I usually do pretty well. I am glad to hear the same logic applies to the Wii version so if I play that I will know how to aim. I can’t imagine doing it without the weight of the ball but I am sure I would get the hang of it.

    This sounds like a great family activity without the blood and gore of some games!

    Keep having fun!

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Jessica and thanks for your interesting comment.
      I have never been a great real-life bowling player so, before starting to regularly play Wii Bowling, I had never paid close attention to the way I bowled or positioned my body. Repeated Wii-losses forced me to rethink my shooting style lol and that is when I started to notice potential analogies.
      You have just confirmed me that I was under the right impression: the same logic applies! Kudos to Nintendo for implementing such a peculiarity. Another reason to love this title.
      Good luck with your real-life bowling games and I hope you will get to play Wii Bowling for some additional fun. 🙂

  6. Zulfan

    It’s so refreshing to find unique content such as yours having a passion for gaming. I absolutely admire your originality and it’ll surely reach somewhere in heights very soon if you keep it up 🙂 I always have family dinner every week and they always ALWAYS play Fifa as a competition league. Maybe you can do one as that as well? if you play fifa anyways. Hopefully this message finds you well 🙂 Hope you achieve your near success in the near future

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Zulfan, thanks for your kind words, I am flattered.
      Well, I am not playing Fifa currently, but I played it in the past, of course. I am more Pes-oriented to be honest, but the thing is soccer games are banned when it comes to meeting with friends for dinner. We should arrange a “boys-only” night, but I do not think our wives would appreciate that. 😀
      Not that they completely dislike soccer, but Wii Sports games can be easily played by children too, thus every family member is actively involved.
      Thanks again for dropping by, stay tuned for more Wii-related articles!

  7. stephen

    Bowling is a fun activity for the whole family. I wasn’t aware the Wii Game could be so realistic that you would actually have to practice for the game. thanks for the helpful insights

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Stephen and thanks for your comment.
      Yeah, real bowling is fun and virtual one is definitely a good alternative when circumstances do not allow you to frequently go to a bowling alley.
      With that being said, Wii Bowling is honestly far from being a simulation, but it definitely has its peculiarities, so tips and strategies come in handy.
      Glad you enjoyed my guide and I hope you will keep coming for more wii-related articles.

  8. Esteban Mendoza

    This was a fun article to read. I am a playstation guy. My little brother has a wii, and we used to play back when I lived at home with him and my mom. I havn’t played in years so after reading this I didn’t realized there were so many little things you could do to improve your gaming. Games nowadays are so intricate.

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Esteban and thanks for your comment. I am also a PlayStation guy primarily, let us say I am on loan to Nintendo hehehe.
      As for Wii Bowling, I initially thought it was one of the easiest games to master ever. I could not be further from the truth.
      Being repeatedly trashed showed me that casually power shooting was the worst strategy one could have.
      I am glad I dug deeper and even more glad that I was able to put together a list of tips to help my blog readers.
      Stay tuned for more Wii-related articles!

  9. Stratos K

    Although I get why this is fun during family or friendly meetings I have never tried playing a Wii until now. I had some experience with the Xbox kinect so I know how fun it can be so a bowling game must be funny as hell if you are playing with the right company. I can imagine how entertaining it can be to play this with my two small boys so who knows…maybe I will try it some day.

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Stratos and thanks for dropping by again.
      I am glad to hear my article intrigued and should you get to try Wii Bowling, I can guarantee that you would not be disappointed.
      One could say the kids have never enough of such games, but believe me it is not unusual for some of my friends to say: “one more game!” 😀
      I hope to hear from you again soon, maybe next time you will tell me you got a Wii! 😉

  10. Kevin

    Ah this brings me back to when I used to invite friends or go to friend’s house to play Wii. Before we got Smash Bros and Mario Kart, the thing we would play most is Wii Sports. I would always win these games because I was the most athletic out of the group. Having athletic skills does carry into games but unfortunately gaming athletic skills don’t carry out to sports. I would often do very well in tennis and boxing because my pure timing was better than the rest.

    Bowling was always the most difficult on Wii Sports though. I’ll definitely take your tips into account the next time I play on a Wii!

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Kevin, I appreciate your comment a lot.
      You got a point, athletic skills easily transition into games and gaming in general. In addition to my addiction (lol) to soccer, I also played basketball and I am a strong swimmer. Timing, physical condition (really useful in games like Wii Boxing) and if you – agree – the habit of competing can make a difference.
      I am glad that you found my guide useful, please stay tuned for more Retro articles!

  11. Chris

    Yeah I always used to be a power player when I took part in this with my mates – the harder the better from my point of view…although it doesn’t really work out that way all the time! 

    I quite like the idea of having a technique and steps set up like you would with real bowling – I never thought about practicng like that before. 

    Great article – thanks for the tips (and the memories!)

    1. Andrew A. Post author

      Hello Chris, no need to thank me, it is more than a pleasure to recall the old gaming times, it is me who should be thanking you for your nice comment.
      Correct anyway, like I said I have seen many power players getting soundly beaten by guys with a more technical approach.
      If you are playing unexperienced players, then the harder the better makes sense, but when the level of competition increases, then you definitely need to have a technique.
      Thanks again for stopping by and if you get a chance to play Wii Bowling soon, please let me know how it goes!

  12. Susan

    Hi Andrew,

    Now that the holidays are here with more friends and family stopping by this is as good an excuse as any to get that Wii console out of the closet and put it to use!  A fun and easy way to work off a few of those extra Christmas calories!

    A few years back I worked in a nursing home and they had a Wii set up in the exercise room – bowling was a huge hit!  It really is an all-around great form of entertainment for all ages and skill levels!

  13. Andrew A. Post author

    Hello Susan, thanks for dropping by.
    Well yes, it can be both a fun and a healthy way, no doubt hehehe…
    The nursing home you worked in had a really great idea, no doubt its guest were having a good time.
    We are never too old to play, because it makes us younger!
    Thanks again for your nice comment, please stay tuned for more Retro articles!


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