This article contains affiliate links, which means we earn a small commission from qualifying purchases and registrations made through our site.
One of the best experiences on the Nintendo Wii was undoubtedly having the family gathered around for a quick game of bowling in Wii Sports.
While there is a Switch Sports game on the way, those who want that bowling now will have to turn to other Switch games.
Recommended Read: Best Nintendo Switch Games Like Wii Sports
Luckily, there is no shortage of Nintendo Switch games with bowling.
Some of these games are fun for the whole family, while others opt for a more complicated (but fun) experience.
Whatever type of bowling game you are after, we reckon at least one of these will catch your attention. Here are the best bowling Nintendo Switch games.
Table of contents
- Strike! Ten Pin Bowling
- Nintendo Switch Sports
- Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
- PBA Pro Bowling
- Instant Sports Summer Games
- Go Vacation
Strike! Ten Pin Bowling
Strike! Ten Pin Bowling is a game that has been ported over from mobile devices. It was one of the best-selling bowling games on the App Store and Google Play. Not surprising, really, this game is fun.
Since the game was originally designed for touchscreens, it works fantastically well if you want a bowling game that you can play when your Switch is in handheld mode.
Don’t worry, though. It also works well when hooked up to your TV.
Up to 4 players can enjoy a full game of ten-pin bowling.
You also have a whole host of mini-games that you can dive into if you are looking for something even more exciting.
There are even achievements to unlock in the game, so if you are a fan of unlockables, then Strike! Ten Pin Bowling has got you covered.
Nintendo Switch Sports
Bowling in Wii Sports is one of the most iconic switch games to date. Nintendo Switch Sports is the Wii Sports of the Nintendo Switch, so it, of course, also has bowling.
While it has a similar feel to the classic Wii Sport, all controls and graphics are taken to the next level, making it worthy of being a Switch title.
With several sports to play – from volleyball to bowling, there’s guaranteed to be a game that you like
Not only are you in for a fun and competitive time with Nintendo Switch Sports, but you also get a whole different experience being up and active instead of sitting down.
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is a ‘must buy’ for the Nintendo Switch.
As the name suggests, you have 51 different games available to you. Most of them are board games, but you also have some even more awesome stuff, like bowling, that you can enjoy.
The great thing about Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is that it does its hardest to replicate the feel of Wii Sports.
Many of the games featured in this compilation are just more refined versions of Wii Sports games, including bowling.
If you loved Wii Sports bowling, then you’ll also love the version that you find in this selection. It is incredibly polished and will give you lots of multiplayer fun.
This version of bowling feels much more realistic than the Wii Sports version too. The ball behaves how you expect it to behave.
You can spend an age working on perfecting your shot. Although, don’t worry. This is a game published by Nintendo. It is a complex game but still easily accessible for new players.
PBA Pro Bowling
If you are serious about your bowling, then you need to pick up PBA Pro Bowling.
This is the only bowling game that has been officially licensed by the PBA. You can even play as one of your favorite pro bowlers.
Because PBA Pro Bowling is designed around professional bowling, it isn’t as easy to jump into as some of the more casual games on this list. However, a lot of people like that. They love games that feel a bit more challenging and challenging this game is.
The environments are wonderfully detailed, and there is full voice commentary (from pro bowling commentators) to pull you into the action.
PBA Pro Bowling supports up to 4 players on the same Nintendo Switch console.
If you want an even bigger challenge, then you can take the game online. Here, you can compete with some of the best gamers in the world.
Instant Sports Summer Games
We are back to the more casual bowling games with this one.
Instant Sports Summer Games feels very similar to Wii Bowling. It even features Mii-style characters, just for that extra nostalgia kick.
Bowling is just one of the many sports featured in this game, but it is clear that a ton of effort has been poured into it.
The ball feels great when you throw it down the alley. The graphics are great. The sound effects are great. It feels like a proper casual bowling experience.
One of the great things about bowling in Instant Sports Summer Games is the fact that it can support up to 8 players. You can make a real party of it!
In the mood for bowling, but not quite bowling? Then you need to check out Go Vacation.
Over 50 different mini-games are packed into this bumper collection. One of which is very similar to bowling.
In Go Vacation’s version of bowling, you can hop inside of a snow tube and ride it down a slope.
At the bottom, you will smack into bowling pins. The aim is the same as standard bowling – knock down as many of them as you can.
Go Vacation is very casual and perfect for those that want their bowling sessions to last no more than a few minutes.
Perfect for getting a ton of people playing the game quickly!
Those are our picks for the best Nintendo Switch games with bowling!
Know of any other great Switch games that have bowling? Let us know in the comment section below.