League Bowling

SNK brings a brand new perspective (literally) to arcade bowling with League Bowling, featuring fast-paced action where two players can bowl at the same time!

Overview

League Bowling is a bowling game developed and released by SNK for arcades (using Neo-Geo MVS hardware) on December 10, 1990. It was also released for the Neo Geo AES and ported to the Neo Geo CD, both for all regions during their respective launch dates.

SNK's entry into the arcade bowling game genre, League Bowling allows up to four players to bowl in one of three scoring modes (including standard regulation scoring and scoring with bonus points). It is the earliest game to feature a behind-the-back perspective (with scaling effects to give the illusion of 3D), and is the only known arcade bowling game to feature two-player simultaneous play on one machine (with a split-screen perspective). It is one of the few arcade bowling games to not use a trackball.

In addition, both the MVS and AES versions of the game support linked multiplayer, with the MVS version supporting eight-player matches on four arcade cabinets and the AES version supporting four-player matches on two consoles. It is one of three known MVS games to support this feature, the other two being Riding Hero and Thrash Rally. It is the only known AES game to support this feature, using the exclusive "Multi Link" cable and special AES cartridges.

The game was later digitally re-released for supported PlayStation Network consoles on December 21, 2010, and for the Wii (as a Virtual Console title) in Japan on July 12, 2011. It was also released as part of HAMSTER's ACA NeoGeo series for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on July 19, 2018, with a later release for the PC on May 10, 2019.