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Wii Tricks and Secrets

Wii Bowling: Power Throws 91-Pin Secret Strike

by Steven Rodriguez - December 14, 2006, 6:20 pm EST

There are secrets hidden within the Wii. Do you know about them? We do!

Training Mode in Wii Sports offers a lot of games that put a unique spin on the different sports available. The most fun of the lot is probably the Bowling Power Throws training game. In each of the ten rounds, another row of pins is added to the tail-end of the rack until finally reaching a mind-boggling 91-pins. Though knocking them all down is worth double points, finding the sweet spot in a forest that large is nigh impossible.

It always helps to hurl the ball down the lane as hard as possible—just make sure you hold on to the remote (or else). For the last test, however, there's an easter egg that proves that sometimes brains wins over brawn. If you're good enough to do this, you deserve to get the 182-pin score that the feat will net you.

As you can see in the video, you need to make sure the ball travels all the way down the length of the top of the right-side barrier. (It works on the left side too, so all you lefties can breathe a little easier.) It cannot fall off to the side, even after the the ball gets behind the pins. This requires the right angle, ball speed and spin to perform correctly, but once mastered it can make getting a gold medal much easier. The trick only works on stage 10, so you're still going to need to figure out how to knock down all of stage 9's 78 pins on your own.


These are just some of the tricks and secrets Nintendo stashed away inside the Wii. There's no doubt many more are waiting to be found. The inherently fun nature of the Wii interface allowed Nintendo to slip this bonus stuff into it. Perhaps future system updates and new Wii Channels will have more extras hidden within.

Do you know any cool tricks or secrets about the Wii Hardware or Wii Sports that you didn't see here? You can join the Nintendo World Report Forums and reply to the talkback thread for this feature. Don't keep the good stuff all to yourselves. The more people know about the Wii, the more fun we can have with it! Isn't that what the system is all about?

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