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Bowser (クッパ Kuppa?) also known as King Koopa, is a major character and the main antagonist of the Mario series. He is the unquestioned ruler of the Koopa Troop, and the arch-enemy of Mario. Bowser's lifelong dream has been to take over the Mushroom Kingdom and he has repeatedly attempted to do so by capturing Princess Peach, whom he has an unrequited crush on, and put an end to Mario, who is mainly the one who foils his plans. He also has a son named Bowser Jr., and seven minions called the Koopalings.

Bowser has appeared in multiple crossover titles alongside Sonic the Hedgehog and his cast, in particular the Mario & Sonic subseries.

Game appearances

Mario & Sonic series

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Quotation1.svg A Koopa with big spikes, Bowser is an extremely strong competitor and will dominate the Power events with his big muscles. His nasty disposition makes him an intimidating competitor in any event that he enters, especially the hammer throw and javelin throw. Quotation2.svg
— Bowser's profile, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games website

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Bowser appears as one of the playable characters in both the Wii and Nintendo DS version of the game.

In both versions of the game, Bowser has the following characteristics and icons:

Icon Skill Type Stats Emblem
BowserOlympicGames icon.png Power Bowser-stats.png MyS emblem Bowser.png

In the Mission Mode in both the Wii and Nintendo DS versions of the game, Bowser has to beat a set of five missions, which will unlock a final mission. Clearing all six missions will award the player with the Bowser Emblem. These missions include:

  • Wii:
    1. Pole Vault: Recoil to clear the bar! - Clear the bar 2 times by shaking the Wii Remote and Nunchuk for recoil! (Control is automatic until the pole plant.)
    2. Javelin Throw: Throw the specified distance! - Throw the javelin between 50 and 55m within three tries.
    3. 400m Hurdles: Finish without knocking down hurdles - Don't knock over ny hurdles and finish with a time between 45 and 53 sec.!
    4. Hammer Throw: Throw the specified distance! - Throw the hammer between 50 and 55m within three tries.
    5. Singles: Smash the ball to win! - Score 7 points with smashes! (Shots other than smashes aren't counted.)
    6. Dream Fencing: Win by knocking your opponent out of bounds! - Win after forcing your opponent out of bounds 2 time(s)! (Force your opponent to the fence, and land a Special Move.)
  • Nintendo DS:
    1. Fencing - Parry 5 of your opponent's attacks, and win!
    2. Hammer Throw - Throw 3 times in a row for a total of at least 220m!
    3. 400m - Overcome a 1-second handicap to win!
    4. Archery - Get 10 points 3 times in a row!
    5. Dream Table Tennis - Earn at least 20 points in a single rally!
    6. Dream Fencing - Beat Vector when he's in top condition!

in both the Wii and Nintendo DS versions of the game, the player can also earn the Bowser Crown by getting all gold and 1st medals using Bowser.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

Quotation1.svg Bowser is Mario's arch-enemy and leader of the Koopa race trying to take over the Mushroom Kingdom at every opportunity. Large and strong, this towering competitor has the Spinning Shell ability on the Wii and DS and Flame Dash ability on the DS. The snow will not slow down this member of Team Mario. You can be sure Bowser believes the gold medal has his name on it! Quotation2.svg
Bowser's profile, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games website

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Bowser is a playable character in both the Wii and Nintendo DS version of the game. In the Wii and Nintendo DS version, Bowser also has the special skill, the Spinning Shell, which he can use in certain events to gain speed.

In both versions of the game, Bowser has the following characteristics and icons:

Icon Skill Type Stats Special Skill Emblem
Wii DS
Bowsericon.png Power Bowser-Wii-Stats.png Bowser-DS-Stats.png
  • Spinning Shell
  • Flame Dash (DS only)
Bowser flag.jpg

In the Wii version of the game, a Mii costume based on Bowser can be unlocked in the game after winning five gold or/and 1st place medals in any Olympic/Dream Events with Bowser and then buying the costume in the boutique for 300 Star Tokens.

Browser and Dr. Eggman in Adventure Tours.

In the Adventure Tours mode in the Nintendo DS version of the game, Bowser and Dr. Eggman are the main antagonists. After they did not receive an invitation to the Winter Olympics, they decided to take revenge by getting the official Winter Olympics canceled and then establish their own winter Olympics. To accomplish this, Bowser melted the snow on Winter Island with his fire while Eggman kidnapped the Snow Spirits. In the end, the villains managed to catch almost every Snow Spirit, except for Frosty, which Eggman disregarded as five Snow Spirits were enough to make all the snow they would need. The others were locked in cages that Bowser and Eggman had left under the supervision of their allies. Unfortunately, Frosty would seek out Sonic and Mario to have them stop Bowser and Eggman and rescue the other Snow Spirits.

When Sonic and Mario reach Icepeak after freeing several Snow Spirits, Bowser and Eggman will show up to watch the heroes' clash with Rouge after they convinced her to face the heroes with a bribe consisting of Whitestones. When she is defeated however, Bowser and Eggman deny her their promised prize, prompting her to chase Eggman and Bowser away and making them drop one of the caged Snow Spirits for the heroes to free. However, the villains had managed to kidnap Frosty in the meantime and take him to Blizland, which they had turned into a common hideout that combined elements from Bowser's castles and Eggman's bases. When Sonic and Mario later reach the end of their hideout after freeing Frosty, Bowser and Eggman give them three final challenge to pass. The first is Blazing Bobsleigh, then Fever Hockey, and finally Extreme Snowboarding. Once their rivals have defeat them, they are disappointed that they lost, but are then angered about it and escape. In the aftermath, all the Snow Spirits have been freed and bring the snow back, thus allowing the winter Olympics to resume.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Quotation1.svg One of Mario's biggest rivals, Bowser is an extremely strong competitor and will dominate the Power events with his big muscles. His size makes him a formidable opponent in any event that he enters, especially the Hammer Throw and Javelin Throw. Quotation2.svg
Bowser's profile, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games website

In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Bowser appears as one of the playable characters in both the Wii and Nintendo 3DS version of the game. In the Wii version, Bowser also has the special skill, the Spinning Shell, which he can use in certain events to gain speed.

In this game, across both versions, Bowser has the following characteristics and icons:

Icon Skill Type Stats (Wii) Class (3DS) Special Skill Flag
Bowsericon.png Power Bowserstats.png Wild Ones Spinning Shell Bowser flag.jpg

In the Wii version of the game, a Mii costume based on Bowser can be unlocked in the game by either winning it through a Scratch Card or paying ten blank cards.

Bowser yelling at his minions.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Bowser belongs to the Wild Ones class and can only take part in sports events selected for this class. In the game's story mode, before the Olympic Games, Bowser had a toothache which made him grumpy despite his attempts to cover it up. Eventually, he went out sightseeing with Lakitu, Magikoopa, and Goomba. After correcting some mistakes made by Magikoopa, Bowser rejected his minions attempts to cheer him up and left on his own to get some rest. The next day, Bowser arrived in the Main Stadium when Magikoopa came and warned him that Donkey Kong was preparing an ambush up ahead with a challenge to an Olympic event. Taking on the challenge, Bowser defeated Donkey Kong, which cheered him up a bit. After that, Bowser was told by Lakitu and Goomba that Knuckles and Vector were waiting to challenge him at the wrestling venue. Although suspicious of what his minions were up to, Bowser agreed to see his next opponents. Arriving in ExCeL London, Bowser promptly challenged Knuckles and Vector, but was slightly confused by how his opponents appeared stunned. After beating Knuckles and Vector, Bowser was slightly surprised by the pair's poor performance considering that they challenged him. Regardless, Bowser left after Gooomba suggested that he found another opponent.

Bowser preparing to face "Mario".

Brought to the London Tennis Club, Bowser asked his minions why they had brought him here. After Goomba and Boo headed off to sort out some issues, Bowser grew impatient and yelled for some answers. Goomba explained that they had tried bringing in Mario so Bowser could defeat him in an event, but had failed to convince him to come. Not deterred by this, Bowser demanded that they brought Mario since he wanted to crush him really badly. While busy taking to Dry Bones though, a Goomba was turned into Mario by Magikoopa without Bowser knowing it. Bowser proceeded to face "Mario", and managed defeat him. Afterward, Bowser got suspicious when his minions tried keeping from noticing that Goomba's Mario-disguise had worn off by suggesting that he celebrated his victory. Fortunately, Bowser was called over by Bowser Jr., who had seen Bowser's victory and was impressed by his performance. After the pair had discussed the match, Bowser noticed his minions celebrating. Happy that they were happy in spite of his toothache, Bowser intended to make them more happy by winning the Olympics. Bowser Jr. then asked him if he was alright, and Bowser told him that he was.

Bowser and Dr. Eggman begin their revenge scheme.

Bowser later met Dr. Eggman during one afternoon in Hyde Park. There, they both complained that they had not received their invitations for the Olympic Games yet. They soon after met Amy and Peach, who offered to bring them their invitations in person if they won against them in a beach volleyball match. If they lost, however, they would have to wait for the invitations to come to them by mail. Even though the villains were defeated however, Amy and Peach decided to bring them their invitations. Toads later arrived, and Bowser and Bowser stopped them to ask them what they were doing. The Toads told them that they were helping with the invitations and were heading out to mail them. However, Broawer and Eggman got angry with them for causing the delay and scared the Toads off, causing them to drop a pair of invitations. Bowser and Eggman investigated the invitations and saw they were written by Peach and Amy, causing them to believe that they were love letters to Sonic and Mario instead of their invitations. Believing this was causing the delay, they took the invitations and headed off for sightseeing, planning to wait for their actual invitations to arrive in the mail. During this time, they completely forgot about their invitations. Later on, during one night, Bowser and Bowser were watching the city from their base, nervous that the Olympics would start without them. Outraged, Eggman decided to use the Phantasmal Fog to cover all of London in fog so that the Olympics could not proceed. Eggman also deployed Fog Machines throughout the city that were guarded by Bowser's servants and Eggman's allies.

Bowser and Dr. Eggman powered up by the Phantasmal Fog.

After Sonic and Mario had destroyed most of the Fog Machines, Eggman created 3D holograms of Bowser and Bowser, which he sent to delay the destruction of the last two Fog Machines. Bowser's hologram was sent to stop Wario from destroying a Fog Machine at Horse Guards Parade, as they believed it would deter their enemies. Regardless, Knuckles and Vector defeated the hologram when it tried to attack Sonic, and the Fog Machine got destroyed by Knuckles. Knuckles and Vector then kept an eye on the Bowser hologram until it disappeared. Eggman then decided to fully open the Fog urn in his base and unleash the full potential of the Phantasmal Fog. When Sonic and Mario later arrived to stop Bowser and Eggman's plan, the villains had been powered up by the power of the Phantasmal Fog. However, they were still defeated. The Master Fog Machine was subsequently destroyed and the Phantasmal Fog was returned to its Fog urn and closed for good. Bowser and Eggman then complained that the others had forgotten to give them invitations for the Olympics. However, Tails and Toad cleared up the misunderstanding by establishing that they could still sign up for the Olympics if they hurried.Bowser was later present at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, a badge of Bowser can also be obtained from the badge machine.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Bowser appears as one of the playable characters. In this game, Bowser has the special skill, the Spinning Shell, which he can use in certain events to gain speed.

In this game, Bowser has the following characteristics and icons:

Icon Skill Type Special Skill Biography Flag
Bowsericon.png Power Spinning Shell The fire-breathing Bowser isn't normally someone to be trifled with, and he's just as formidable out on the ice and snow. Bowser flag.jpg

In Legends Showdown, Bowser is on the fifth team, along with Bowser Jr., Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic. Also, a Mii costume based on Bowser can be unlocked in the game by Finishing first in Winter Sports Champion Race after switching to all four sets of gear.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Bowser appears as a playable character in the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and arcade version of the game.

In the Wii U version of the game, Bowser is available from the beginning and playable in all events. Also, a Mii costume set based on Bowser can be unlocked in the game by completing Bowser's Carnival Challenge. However, it must be collected in two separate parts, each with their own stat changes.

In the Wii U version of the game, Bowser has the following characteristics, description and icons:

Icon Skill Type Stats Playable Event(s) Biography Flag
Power Speed Technique
Mario Sonic Rio Bowser Icon.png Power 9 3 6 All events The vicious and egoistical King of the Koopas! He's come to these Olympic Games with a host of seasoned minions in tow, and ordered them to win gold on penalty of fire breath - even though he plans to keep all of them for himself. It's just what any good villain would do. Mario Sonic Rio Bowser Flag.png

In Road to Rio mode in the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Bowser and Dr. Eggman teamed up once again. This time, they stole the Olympic medals and framed Sonic and Mario's gyms for the theft. However, they were eventually stopped by Sonic and Mario, who were helped by the Mii.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Bowser is available from the beginning and has the following characteristics:

Artwork Stats Playable Event(s) Challenged in Road to Rio?
FortuneStBowser.png Rio2016Stats3DSBowser.png
  • Golf
  • Boxing
Mario's Story Day 7

In the arcade edition of the game, Bowser is available from the beginning and has the following characteristics:

Icon Skill Type Stats Recommended Event(s)
Power Speed Technique
Bowsericon.png Power Type 10 4 4
  • Javelin Throw
  • Hammer Throw

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Eggman is a playable character in both the Nintendo Switch and arcade version of the game.

Bowser inside the Tokyo '64 gaming system, from Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

In the Nintendo Switch version of the game, Bowser appears as one of the main antagonists in the story mode. In this mode, Bowser teamed up with Eggman to trap Sonic and Mario inside Eggman's Tokyo '64 gaming system, which contained a digital recreation of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Using a spell from one of Bowser's Magikoopas, Eggman designed the Tokyo '64 to emit a beam of light that would trap anyone touched by the light inside the device. Bowser and Eggman then sent the game to Sonic and Mario. However, while the villains hid to watch the results, Bowser got impatient and butted in to make them turn on the Tokyo '64, which led to Bowser, Eggman, Sonic, Mario and Toad all getting sucked into the Tokyo '64. Inside the heavily pixelated world of the Tokyo '64, Bowser and Bowser's plot was realized by the heroes, who asked for a way out. Eggman, however, claimed there was no way back to the real world. Bowser was then encouraged by Eggman to compete with him in the Olympic Games featured inside the Tokyo '64 so they could win gold medals. However, the villains soon found themselves facing Sonic and Mario, who had decided to compete as well. After Eggman lost the gold medal to Sonic, Bowser tried to take on Mario, but lost as well. Bowser was then pulled to the sidelines by Eggman, who tried telling Bowser in secret that the medals were needed to escape the Tokyo '64, and that his earlier claim about there being no escape was a lie to hide the truth from Sonic and Mario. However, the two soon saw that Toad had been listening. Bowser and Eggman proceeded to sneak away before Sonic and Mario could confront them. Bowser himself tried to escape in a boat on Sumida River, but was intercepted and cornered by Mario and Toad. Fortunately, the heroes soon got distracted, which Bowser used as an opportunity to escape.

Bowser and Eggman later met up in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. However, their plan to get medals unopposed were foiled when Sonic and Mario showed up. With Eggman forced to admit by Toad that there was a way out of the Tokyo '64, the heroes refused to let the villains get the medals. What followed next was a match between Eggman and Mario, where Mario won the gold medal. Bowser then began billettering Eggman, but Eggman refuted that the heroes would not know what to do with the medals, much to Bowser's joy. As Bowser and Eggman later tried discussing what the medals were used for, they noticed Sonic nearby. After Eggman made up a lie, Bowser left with him. Later, in Nippon Budokan with Eggman, Bowser prepared himself for the Judo event, only for Sonic and Mario to show up. Bowser subsequently took on Sonic, but lost the medal to him. Bowser was then convinced by Eggman to split up for now and devise a new plan somewhere else. Bowser later met up with Eggman at the Olympic Cauldron in the National Stadium. There, Bowser learned from Eggman that by inserting fourteen gold medals into fourteen keyholes underneath the Olympic Cauldron, one would be able to escape the Tokyo '64. However, the villains soon discovered that Sonic, Mario and Toad had been snooping on their conversation. Accepting that the secret was out, Bowser followed Eggman to another venue to get more gold medals. However, the heroes followed them to the National Gymnasium, where Eggman lost a gold medal to Sonic. Soon after though, a screen that eventually said that "Power-up Items" from Eggman Nega were on the way appeared.

As mysterious items fell all over the digital world, Bowser and Eggman hurried out to get them and use them to win medals. Arriving at Lake Sagamim, Bowser got a hold of a few "Miracle Roll" power-up which he used to amplify his skills. When he tried to eat a third one however, a bird snatched it from him. Confronted by Sonic and Mario immediately after, Bowser faced Sonic in a Kayak event, only to be defeated. Afterward, Bowser left to find Eggman to check up on his progress. Bowser eventually found Eggman in the National Stadium where they discussed their status until Sonic and Mario came. There, Bowser stood on the sidelines while Eggman faced Mario in an event and lost. Regardless, Eggman was sure that he could just call Eggman Nega for more power-ups. When he did however, everything around them began flickering, which was a sign that the Tokyo '64 was running out of battery. Bowser thought this meant they would get stuck inside the Tokyo '64 forever, but Eggman corrected him by revealing that they would all vanish instead. This prompted the villains to challenge the heroes to another event to get the medals needed to escape to the real world. With the heroes accepting the challenge, the group went to the Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground. There, Eggman lost to Sonic in Volleyball. Regardless, Bowser assured Eggman that they still had the final event left and that they could just take Sonic and Mario's medals if needed.

Heading to the National Stadium, Bowser and Eggman met Sonic and Mario there, where Bowser were to face Mario in the final event. After Mario won the last gold medal, Bowser was reminded by Eggman to initiate their plan about stealing the medals. Knocking out Sonic and Mario, Bowser tried to take their medals, only to discover that they were gone. After Toad revealed that Sonic and Mario had given him the medals for safekeeping, Sonic and Mario reminded the villains that they did not have much time left and that they should team up to get out. Agreeing to simply have a showdown with their arch enemies once they were out, Bowser and Eggman agreed to the offer. The group thus went to the Olympic Cauldron and placed the gold medals into the keyholes. Soon after, a column of light appeared to take them back to the real world. While this was happening however, everything around them began to flicker again, signifying that the battery had run out. The group subsequently began to fade away while unable to reach the escape route. Fortunately, they were saved in the last second when Tails and Luigi replaced the battery on the Tokyo '64. Now restored, Bowser and the others reached the exit and return to the real world.

After Bowser praised Bowser Jr. for being brave to rescue him, he and Eggman confronted Sonic and Mario, ready to settle things with them. As such, Bowser and Eggman faced Sonic and Mario in a 100m event, alongside other competitors. After they lost, Bowser and Eggman got mad, but quickly got over it.

In the Nintendo Switch version of the game, Bowser is playable in both the 2020 and the 1964 events, the latter in which Bowser possesses his sprite-based appearance from the original Super Mario Bros., and has the following characteristics:

Artwork Skill Type Biography Wears unique clothing
between events
Bowser Tokyo.png Power The Koopa King's strength, fire breath, and large army of Goombas, Koopa Troopas, and more make him a constant threat to world peace.

In the arcade version of the game, Bowser is playable in both the 2020 and the 1964 events, the latter in which Bowser also possesses his sprite-based appearance from the original Super Mario Bros., and has the following characteristics and icons:

Icon Skill Type Stats Wears unique clothing
between events
Power Speed Technique
Mario Sonic Rio Bowser Icon.png Power 10 1 4

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

See also: Bowser (SSBB)

Bowser in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Bowser makes his second appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series as a playable fighter. In this game, Bowser is a starter character, making him available from the beginning.

In gameplay, Bowser is the biggest and heaviest character in the game, making it difficult to knock him off the stage Overall, Bowser has incredible high physical strength, but slow movements. In comparison to his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Bowser is faster and more mobile, but possesses decreased strength. His moveset is full of finishers than can ensure a KO under the right circumstances. In addition, his high weight is complemented with a strong momentum canceling for ensured endurance potential. He also has an excellent aerial grab attack (Flying Slam), great reach across his moveset, excellent grab release options, and the useful Whirling Fortress technique for escaping pressured situations. However, his low mobility options give him low dashing speeds and make it difficult for him to keep up with his opponents in general. Combined with his large size, Bowser is vulnerable to combos and chain throws. Bowser also has slow, punishable, and predictable landing options, his recovery is easily gimpable, and his projectile attack lacks an effective projectile.

In the Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Bowser is one of the many characters from the World of Trophies that got caught up in the schemes of Tabuu and his minions. Although Bowser initially worked with Tabuu's forces, he soon changed sides and worked together with the other fighters to defeat Tabuu.

Bowser also appears in the game as several Trophies and Stickers:

Trophies
ID Name Image Description Acquisition
NA PAL
9 89 Bowser TrBowser.jpg The king of the Koopas and Mario's eternal rival. He breathes fire, hurls hammers, attacks from vehicles like the Koopa Clown Car, and uses all sorts of weapons in hopes of taking out Mario. As his size suggests, he's immensely powerful. His son Bowser Jr. is a chip off the old block who spends his time creating trouble for Mario. Clear Classic Mode with Bowser.
50 99 Paper Bowser TrPaper bowser.jpg The great king of the Koopas who plots to rule the land with a firm fist. In a change of events, Bowser goes from being Mario's rival to adventuring side by side with him. Bowser's special skill is breathing fire and he has nearly twice the attack power of Mario or Peach, which allows him to take out foes from a distance or multiple enemies with a single blow. Random
52 101 Wedding Bowser BrawlTrophy152.png The great Koopa king in a sharp, white tuxedo. Bowser is forced into marriage with Princess Peach by Count Bleck, who plots to wipe out the universe with the Chaos Heart. Although it's all part of Count Bleck's plan, Bowser doesn't seem to be displeased with the prospect. This might just be the last time we ever see Bowser in a tuxedo. Random
Stickers
Image Name Page ID Area of Effect Effect User
NA PAL
Bowser MPT Sticker.png
Bowser (Mario Power Tennis) 18 46 Darkness Attack +21 Ganondorf
Bowser DDRMM Sticker.png
Bowser (DDR: Mario Mix) Bowser (Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix) 19 48 Throwing Attack +20 Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser
Bowser MK64 Sticker.png
Bowser (Mario Kart 64) 20 49 Weapon Attack +13 Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser
Brawl Sticker Bowser (Super Paper Mario).png
Bowser (Super Paper Mario) 37 95 Arm Attack +23 Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Bowser

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

See also: Bowser (SSB4)

Bowser in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Bowser made his third appearance as a playable fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series. In both versions of this game, Bowser is a starter character, making him available from the beginning.

In this game, Bowser is a large, heavyweight character. This time however, his weight has been increased further, making him even more difficult to send flying off the stage. However, his attributes and prowess have been improved significantly in comparison to how they were in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Notably, he is much more mobile and possesses greater attack range, faster attacks, higher jumps, and an improved combo and grab gameplay. Many of his moves have also been replaced with new ones. He also retains his great endurance, high damage output, and significant options for KOs. Also, the game's rage mechanic supplements his already above-average power. Like in the previous title however, Bowser's defensive play remains mediocre. His only means to get out of shields is his Whirling Fortress technique, and his rolls and sidesteps are short and brief. In addition, while Bowser retains his Fire Breath attack, his recovery is unimpressive. His large size, weight and lack of combo breakers are also again contributing factors to his susceptibility to combos. Bowser later received an update as a part of the 1.1.3 update for the game that has improved his overall gameplay. Lastly, he has received several new animations.

Each version of the game also comes with their own Trophies of Bowser:

Wii U Trophies
Name Picture Category Trophy Box Description Acquisition
NA PAL NA PAL
Bowser SSB4TrophyBowser.png Fighter 8: Bowser's Minions Mario's archnemesis and the reason Peach spends more time in "another castle" than in her own. His plans almost never work out, and occasionally he even finds himself on Mario's side. In Smash Bros., he's a serious heavyweight who laughs off weaker attacks. Hit him hard to send him flying! Mario's princess-kidnapping arch-enemy. Yes, he's quite the villain, but he can also be a bit of a buffoon, too. And sometimes, he even ends up on Mario's side! As a serious heavyweight, he's tough to launch, and using standard attacks on him will only make him laugh. If you want to send him flying, make sure to whack him really hard! Clear Classic with Bowser.
Bowser (Alt.) SSB4TrophyBowserAlt.png Fighter N/A Bowser makes good use of his heavy physique with his down special Bowser Bomb, slamming down with his backside. If he's on the ground, he'll jump into the air before crashing down. Also, he can gain a bit of altitude if you press the special button repeatedly while executing his up special Whirling Fortress. Down special Bowser Bomb makes good use of Bowser's bulky physique to crush opponents. If you use it on the ground, he'll jump first, hitting anyone on the way up with his horns, then hit for a combo on the way down. When you use his Whirling Fortress up special in the air, press the button repeatedly to climb higher. Purchase at the Trophy Shop for 1000G, after clearing Classic with Bowser.
Bowser + Flame Runner Bowser + Bowser Bike SSB4TrophyBowserFlameRunner.png Series Related 10: Super Mario Kart Now THIS is a monster of a bike! It was obviously designed with Bowser in mind, since they both weigh a ton and both have trouble accelerating. Once you get up to top speed, though, these two really come into their own! Incidentally, Bowser is known as Koopa in Japan, but the Japanese name for this bike is Super Bowser. How rare. Now THIS is a monster of a bike! It was clearly designed with Bowser in mind, but since they both weigh a ton, they might have trouble accelerating. Once they get to top speed, though, they're a practically unstoppable team! Incidentally, although Bowser is known as Koopa in Japan, this bike still uses his English name there. Random
Nintendo 3DS Trophies
Name Picture Category Description Acquisition
NA PAL NA PAL
Bowser BowserTrophy3DS.png Fighter The archenemy of Mario and the reason Peach spends more time kidnapped than in her own castle. His plans aren't always the best, and occasionally he even finds himself on Mario's side. In Smash Bros., he's a serious heavyweight who laughs off weaker attacks. Hit him hard to send him flying! Mario's princess-kidnapping arch-enemy. Yes, he's quite the villain, but he can also be a bit of a buffoon, too. And sometimes, he even ends up on Mario's side! As a serious heavyweight, he's tough to launch, and using standard attacks on him will only make him laugh. If you want to send him flying, make sure to whack him really hard! Clear Classic with Bowser.
Bowser (Alt.) BowserAllStarTrophy3DS.png Fighter Bowser makes good use of his heavy physique with his down special Bowser Bomb, slamming down with his bottom. If he's on the ground, he'll jump into the air before crashing down. Also, he can gain a bit of altitude if you press the special button repeatedly while executing Whirling Fortress, his up special. Down special Bowser Bomb makes good use of Bowser's bulky physique to crush opponents. If you use it on the ground, he'll jump first, hitting anyone on the way up with his horns, then hit for a combo on the way down. When you use his Whirling Fortress up special in the air, press the button repeatedly to climb higher. Clear All-Star with Bowser.
Bowser + Standard Kart StandardBowserTrophy3DS.png Series Related Bowser has tricked out his kart exactly like Mario's. With a level playing field, it all comes down to the driver's skill. Well, and luck. And if the driver got a good night's sleep... Only the goddess of victory knows who will win. That's part of the fun of Mario Kart! The kart Bowser has here isn't unique to him. You can use the same parts with any racer - even Mario! Of course, even if everyone has the same kart, the race still won't come down to pure skill - luck always plays a part. It's that unpredictability that makes Mario Kart so exciting, after all! Random
Paper Bowser PaperBowserTrophy3DS.png Series Related Bowser's defense team argues that, considering his latent savageness and the promises of wish-granting power, it could only be expected that Bowser would try to grab the Sticker Comet. Who could resist something like that? Bowser was just a victim of circumstance! The Sticker Fest looked super fun, so he thought he'd get up on stage. And with the Sticker Comet looking all sparkly and stuff, how could he NOT touch it?! And that's when the evil, evil Royal Sticker brought out poor Bowser's dark side. You see? Bowser was just a victim of circumstance! Random
Paper Bowser (Second Form) ShinyBowserTrophy3DS.png Series Related The Royal Stickers can grant wishes, both good and bad. One sticker enhanced Bowser's natural greediness and rage, making him so powerful that Mario had to beat him twice in a row—the recycled Bowser even bigger and more powerful than before! The Royal Sticker grant wishes, and in the wrong hands, they can wreak all kinds of havoc. When one of them landed on Bowser, he ran riot through the Mushroom Kingdom, and even when Mario managed to beat him, he came back in an even more destructive form than before! Yikes! Random

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

See also: Bowser (SSBU)

Bowser in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Bowser made his third appearance as a playable fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series. In this game, Bowser must be unlocked by completing any one of following objectives:

  • Play VS. matches, with Bowser being the 3rd character to be unlocked. Bowser must then be defeated on Mushroom Kingdom U
  • Clear Classic Mode with Donkey Kong or anyone in his unlock tree, being the 1st character unlocked. Bowser must then be defeated on Mushroom Kingdom U.
  • Defeat Giga Bowser in World of Light.

In this game, Bowser is a large, heavyweight character whose attributes and moveset have remained mostly untouched since the previous game. Like in the last title, Bowser's weight has been increased once more, making him even more difficult to knock him into the air and off the stage. He also has greater resistance to the more potent attacks from the other playable characters, more damage-induction for some of his attacks, and his tilts and smash attacks are now safer to use due to the super armor he has received for them. He has also received updated and new attacks for his moveset, and he now hops at the end of his up throw. Like many other characters in the game, he has also been given greater mobility, although his short hop's timing has been reduced. Bowser can also once again perform diagonal air dashes and more attack options in situations where he did not have any.

In the Adventure Mode of the game, "World of Light", Bowser was one of the many fighters that stood up to the threat of Galeem and his army of Master Hands. When Galeem began capturing the fighters, Bowser was defeated. Thus, the fighters (aside from Kirby, who had managed to escape) were held captive by Galeem so that he could clone them and create puppet fighters for evil spirits to control. During the Adventure Mode, several puppet fighters of Bowser are used for spirit battles. An evil version of Bowser can be fought and defeated so that the true Bowser can be awoken and join the fight to defeat Galeem and later Dharkon.

In this game, Bowser also appears as a Fighter Spirit, a few Primary Spirits, and a Support Spirit with the following characteristics:

Fighter Spirit
No. Name Image Series Acquisition
Spirit Alternate
artwork
7 Bowser
BowserNSMBWii.png
SSBUBowser.png
Super Mario Series
  • Complete Classic Mode with Bowser
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 300G (after unlocking Bowser)
Primary Sprits

Image Stat statistics Spirit Battle
Base Max Enemy Fighter(s) Enemy Power Stage Battle conditions
SMO Art - Bowser.png Power: 2,824
Attack: 1,836
Defense: 988
Power: 8,516
Attack: 5,536
Defense: 2,980
Bowser
Ally: Peach
9,700 New Donk City Hall Rule(s): N/A
  • You lose if your CPU ally is KO'd
  • The enemy favors dash attacks
  • The enemy has increased attack power
Name Type Class Music Acquisition
Bowser (Wedding) Grab ★★★ (Ace) "Underground Moon Caverns"
  • Battle via World of Light (The Final Battle - Dark)
  • Battle via Spirit Board
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 6000G
  • Scan the Wedding Bowser amiibo
No. Slots Ability
30 2 N/A

Image Stat statistics Spirit Battle
Base Max Enemy Fighter(s) Enemy Power Stage Battle conditions
SSBU spirit Paper Bowser.png Power: 2,986
Attack: 1,717
Defense: 1,269
Power: 9,005
Attack: 5,178
Defense: 3,827
Bowser (140 HP) 9,300 Peach's Castle (Ω form) Rule(s): Defense ↑; Attack Power ↑; Item: Star Rod
  • The enemy will occasionally be invincible when the enemy's at high damage
  • The enemy's special moves have increased power
  • Stamina battle
Name Type Class Music Acquisition
Paper Bowser Attack ★★★ (Ace) "Paper Mario Medley"
  • Battle via Spirit Board
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 6000G
No. Slots Ability
95 2 Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99

Image Stat statistics Spirit Battle
Base Max Enemy Fighter(s) Enemy Power Stage Battle conditions
SSBU Paper Bowser SS.png Power: 4,655
Attack: 2,307
Defense: 1,887
Power: 11,640
Attack: 5,768
Defense: 4,719
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Name Type Class Music Acquisition
Paper Bowser (Paper Mario: Sticker Star) Attack ★★★★ (Legend) N/A Enhance the Paper Bowser spirit
No. Slots Ability
96 2 Mouthful of Curry

Support Spirit
Image Spirit Battle
Enemy Fighter(s) Enemy Power Stage Battle conditions
SSBU spirit River Survival.png Bowser
Kirby
Yoshi
Rosalina & Luma
5,500 Kongo Falls (Ω form) Rule(s): Bob-omb Festival; Item Tidal Wave; Item: Food
  • Survive until the timer runs out (1:00)
  • Bob-ombs will rain from the sky after a little while
Name Type Class Music Acquisition
River Survival Shield ★★ (Advanced) "Slide"
  • Battle via Spirit Board
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 1000G (since v2.0.0)
No. Slot Cost Ability
1,301 1 Falling Immunity

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