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Super Smash Bros. Brawl artwork
Franchise Mario
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985, overall)
Super Paper Mario (2007, Wii)
Latest appearance Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (2022, overall)
Mario Party 9 (2012, Wii)
Full name King Bowser Koopa
Species Koopa

Bowser is main antagonist of the Mario franchise as well as the main arch-nemesis of Mario and Luigi. Bowser often has the role of kidnapping Princess Peach, namely in the Super Mario series, and leads an army called the Koopa Troop to help him with this task and to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom.

Bowser made his first overall appearance in the Nintendo Entertainment System title Super Mario Bros., and the first Wii-developed game that Bowser appears in is Super Paper Mario. Super Mario Bros. was ported to the Wii Virtual Console a few months prior to Super Paper Mario's release, so Super Mario Bros. technically also serves as Bowser's Wii debut.

Wii appearances[edit]

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Bowser and Peach's forced wedding at the beginning of Super Paper Mario
Count Bleck, Floro Sapiens, whatever... Stomping fools is my business! Show me a fool, I'll stomp it! I don't even need a reason!”
Bowser, Super Paper Mario

Bowser joins forces with Mario in Super Paper Mario as one of the four heroes destined to save all dimensions from destruction. During the opening for the game, Mario and Luigi hear from Toad that Princess Peach has been kidnapped, and they head to Bowser's Castle, thinking that he is the perpetrator. However, when they accuse him for this, he surprised as well, for he is still only preparing to kidnap Peach at the time. A mysterious figure named Count Bleck then appears, knocks Mario unconscious, and abducts Luigi, Bowser, and his minions. Count Bleck warps everyone to Castle Bleck, his base of operations, where he forcefully marries Bowser and Peach in order to unleash the Chaos Heart. The heart's purpose is to open The Void, to end all worlds, although Bowser is unaware of his plans.

After the wedding, most of Bowser's minions are brainwashed by Nastasia, Bleck's secretary. Bowser is removed from Count Bleck's Castle and wakes up in a field in The Bitlands. With a handful of minions at his side, Bowser establishes a stronghold in an abandoned castle and fortifies the defenses by stationing his forces throughout the area. However, the fortress is destroyed when Mario and Peach, while on the way to Fort Francis, use their Pixl Boomer to blast the red "X" on the side of the castle. Enraged that Mario has once again ruined his plans, Bowser engages Mario in combat, putting up two barriers so that he cannot escape. Bowser attacks Mario by breathing fire, as well as trying to jump on him. Normal attacks do not affect him; the only way to damage Bowser is by using Boomer or by using attack items like the Ghost Shroom or Fire Burst.

Bowser, shortly after his temporary fortress is blown up by Boomer

It is after the battle that Bowser learns the true purpose behind his marriage to Princess Peach. While he initially refuses to help them, Bowser is told by the pair that he cannot take over the world if it is destroyed and that his minions now obey Count Bleck, and agrees to come with them. (However, he states that he is only doing so for the purpose of one day conquering the world himself.) With Bowser as a party member, the group continues to Fort Francis.

Artwork illustrating Bowser's fire-breathing ability in Super Paper Mario

Before the group can claim the sixth Pure Heart at Sammer's Kingdom, the entire dimension is destroyed by the Void. Afterward, they return to the dimension, but find that it has been reduced to an empty world. Upon claiming the rock-like Pure Heart of that dimension from Mr. L, Luigi's hypnotized alter-ego, they return to Flipside, where Dimentio appears and "kills" Mario, Princess Peach, and Bowser.

In the Underwhere, Bowser is found by some of Queen Jaydes' D-Men. Thinking him to be a highly deadly and horrific creature that escaped its prison earlier, they subdue him and throw him in a room along the Underwhere Road. When Mario and Luigi, who is also sent to the Underwhere by Dimentio, while escorting Luvbi, a Nimbi, to the Overthere due to the actual creature that escaped, are traveling along the Underwhere Road, they encounter three D-Men, and Mario and Luigi offer to handle the "monster" that they contained for them. They head into the room, and find Bowser, asking himself about his current situation, inside. He asks where Peach is, and Mario, Luigi, and Tippi tell him they do not know where she is, but Bowser immediately assumes Mario and Luigi are going to ditch him and take Peach for themselves. Angry, Bowser once again engages them in battle. During this fight, he uses the same attacks he uses in the earlier fight, and also charges directly at the player. It is when he is defeated a second time that Mario and Tippi are able to explain that they are in the Underwhere and that Peach's location truly is unknown to them, and he rejoins Mario's party.

Bowser and O'Chunks holding up the ceiling of Castle Bleck

After claiming the eight Pure Hearts, the group arrive at Castle Bleck. When they encounter O'Chunks, Bowser opts to fight him alone, though O'Chunks powers himself up into Super O'Chunks. After he is defeated, the ceiling begins to fall on them, but O'Chunks holds it up before everyone present is crushed; he explains that his defeat earned the heroes the right to pass, and he is taking matters into his own hands to make sure this is possible. Despite this, Bowser assists him in holding the ceiling, urging Mario and the others to pass on. He also attempts to get O'Chunks out of there as well, sparking an argument between them as to who should leave and who should remain, resulting in both apparently being crushed, although Tippi and Luigi suspect that Bowser might have survived, the latter also pointing out that Bowser has "survived far worse." This causes Bowser to be conveniently left behind during two crucial scenes, the first one being the part where Mimi disguises herself as Merlee and asks Mario and company about their weak-points, and the second being when Dimentio asks Mario and company to join him, stating that they can rule every world with the Chaos Heart in their possession.

It is later revealed that Bowser is still alive while Count Bleck is preparing an attack to destroy Mario. Bowser reveals that he (and apparently O'Chunks) fell through a hole in the floor before they could be crushed by the ceiling. The uniting of the four Heroes of Light, however, causes the barrier surrounding Count Bleck to be destroyed.

Mario's party and Count Bleck witnessing Dimentio assume control of the Chaos Heart

Once Count Bleck is defeated, Dimentio appears and takes control of the Chaos Heart for himself, then fuses himself with Luigi, whom he enslaves with a Floro Sprout while he is unconscious after Dimentio's "last ditch effort", and the Chaos Heart to form Super Dimentio. However, from within Dimension D, Bleck and Tippi's love for each other allows the Pure Hearts to power up the heroes. After defeating the powered-up Dimentio, Bowser witnesses as Bleck and Tippi conduct their own marriage ceremony to permanently destroy the Chaos Heart and the Void. The heroes and Bleck's minions are then teleported to Flipside, where they are given a congratulatory feast by Saffron.

Mario cannot jump on Bowser when battling him without getting hurt due to his horns and spikes like he can in the other RPGs. However, this property is removed when Bowser becomes playable, making him susceptible to damage from above. The theme that can be heard during the boss fights with Bowser is notable for being a cover of both the Super Mario Bros. 3 Dark World map music and his boss theme from the first two fights with him in Super Mario 64. When Piccolo is the active Pixl, Bowser's jump sound effect, as with the other characters, is the same as the Mario jump sound effect from Super Mario Bros., and his fire breath sound effect is the one from Super Mario Bros. as well. His theme heard whenever Piccolo's ability is activated is a metal song.

As a playable character, he moves slower than the others; however, he can not only jump but also breathe fire if the player pushes +Control Pad down on the Wii Remote, and his attack stat is double the stat of the other heroes. The fire attack is especially useful on the Underwhere Road, in which it can light the torches along the path. Also, unlike the other characters, Bowser cannot climb ladders or vines; he grows tired if the player tries.

Mario Strikers Charged[edit]

In Mario Strikers Charged, Bowser is a team captain and playable character. His team number is 66, and his theme is a hard rock version of the boss battle theme from Super Mario Bros. 3. During the game, Bowser wears metal claws and armor on his shell. He is a power type character, giving him a high shooting and defense stat, but low movement and passing stats. His deke involves him crouching into his shell and knocking away any nearby opponents. His Super Ability is Fire Storm!, allowing him to breathe fire and render any other players on fire, including his teammates. Bowser's Mega Strike involves him leaping up, his spikes and claws growing, his hair turning to flame, and throwing the ball toward the goal. Bowser is also the playable character in the Zero Tolerance! challenge, and used is the opponent for the Against All Odds! challenge.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 8[edit]

Artwork of Bowser from Mario Party 8

In Mario Party 8, after defeating Star Battle Arena, Bowser steals the Star Rod right as it is about to be rewarded to the player for defeating the other competitors. Bowser and the player then files off to Bowser's Warped Orbit, where he has either a Hammer Bro or Blooper face against them in order to win the rod back. Once the opponent is defeated, Bowser honors his word and returns the Star Rod, but challenges the player to a battle in the minigame Superstar Showdown. During the minigame, Bowser first attacks the player with fireballs. The player can attack him by using the Star Rod to create and launch projectiles that damage him. When he is hit a certain number of times, Bullet Bill launchers appear on the sides of his Koopa Clown Car. After causing him more harm, Bowser's car gains the ability to fire numerous lasers. He also gains the ability to shoot a massive fireball when his health reaches two points. When Bowser's health reaches zero, the car, with Bowser in it, flies into the vortex below.

Landing on a Bowser space causes an event based on the setting of the board to occur. On King Boo's Haunted Hideaway and Shy Guy's Perplex Express, where Bowser remains until reached, he can be negated by landing on a DK Space, or, in the case of King Boo's board, by shuffling the mansion. On DK's Treetop Temple, Bowser moves the Star. On Goomba's Booty Boardwalk, Bowser has the player dodge three Podoboos for ten seconds; hitting them causes the player to lose ten coins. On Shy Guy's Perplex Express, he replaces the current train with his Bad Breath Express, which causes the player who reaches him to lose a Star. On King Boo's Haunted Hideaway, he covers the pitfalls with his own platform; finding him causes whoever does so to lose a Star. On Bowser's Warped Orbit, he steals a Star from the player. On the latter three boards, if the player has no stars when landing on a Bowser Space, Bowser gives them ten coins.

Also on Bowser's Warped Orbit, when the player lands on one of the Happening Spaces, Bowser come down from his observation tower and chase the player (as well as anyone else he runs in to) across the board. Another set of ? Spaces make Bowser reverse the flow of the board, causing the players to move in the other direction.

Bowser is also one of the thirty racers in Moped Mayhem.

Mario Party 9[edit]

Part of Bowser's Block Battle, the Bowser boss fight from Mario Party 9

In Mario Party 9, Bowser is the primary antagonist and the boss of his own board, Bowser Station. During the game, he and Bowser Jr. use a device from the station to suck the Mini Stars out of the sky.

Before each board in Solo Mode, there is a cutscene featuring Bowser and Bowser Jr. Bowser is admiring the Mini Stars that he has captured when Bowser Jr. tells him that the player is advancing, and Bowser is shocked by this. He then sends two of his minions to their next destination. However, on Bowser Station, Bowser instead decides to take on the player himself with Bowser Jr.'s help.

When Bowser Jr. is defeated, he flies down in his Koopa Clown Car, creates a Boss Battle Space and Bowser gate at the beginning of the stage, and waits for the players to challenge him there. When the player reach this space, they are forced to face him in his boss minigame, Bowser's Block Battle. He is giant for the whole game. The boss battle involves the players throwing blocks with their faces on them to damage Bowser. He is damaged when the player tosses a block which lands face-up with their heads on them; however, if they land on a Bowser symbol, Bowser can use these to attack by spitting a trio of fireballs a number of times equal to the number of blocks with his logos rolled. Once Bowser's health reaches the midway point, Bowser grows even more. He still uses the fireball attack, but he spits larger fireballs each time. He also attacks by tossing one large block with the faces of six previous bosses on it, which summons one of said bosses to the battlefield so they can rampage and damage the player; the boss depends on what is rolled when the block lands. If the block lands on Bowser himself, he attacks the players with a barrage of fireballs. Bowser also tilts the battlefield when the competitors are tossing the blocks.

Once Bowser's health reaches zero, he explodes and the ending cutscene reveals that Bowser only wanted the Mini Stars to decorate his castle as he and Bowser Jr. fly off in their Koopa Clown Cars. Out of anger, Bowser chases off the Mini Stars that approach him, but he falls out of his car, with Bowser Jr. flying after him.

Landing on a Bowser Space in this game causes one of eight events to happen to the current captain (though the roulette result can also affect other players). Bowser Revolution returns from previous games, but Mini Stars are taken and divided equally since coins were excluded from this game. The seven new events are Lose Half of Your Mini Stars (though if the captain is in last place, Bowser doubles their Mini-Stars); Battle for Half of your Mini Stars, in which half of everyone's Mini Stars are taken, fought in a minigame for, and distributed based on the results; Reverse Minigame, in which the players compete in a minigame, but Bowser gives Mini Stars to the player who places last; Give 5/10 Mini Stars to Last Place, (depending on the event landed on, though Bowser gives the captain Mini Stars if they are in last place) Everyone Loses Special Dice Blocks, and Get 10,000 Mini Stars, in which the player is given ten Mini Stars instead (with Bowser stating that he does not have ten thousand).

Bowser also appears during the "Almost There!" event, in which he asks the captain if they want some "presents." Even if the player selects "no," Bowser still converts several spaces toward the end of the board into Bowser Spaces. On Bowser Station, Bowser changes several spaces without the player's consent.

Bowser is also given his own constellation, known as "Koopa Major".

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Artwork from Super Mario Galaxy
“From this galaxy, I'll rule a great galactic empire with Peach by my side. It will last forever! I will rule every pitiful corner of the universe. So, Mario, as you can see, I got big plans. And stomping you is at the top of my list!”
Bowser, Super Mario Galaxy

Prior to the events of Super Mario Galaxy, Bowser attacks Rosalina's Comet Observatory and steals all the Power Stars, as well as the Seven Grand Stars that power the observatory. Bowser then uses the power of these stars to unleash his entire fleet onto the cosmos and take over many galaxies, planning to construct a galaxy reactor powered by the Grand Stars to create his own galaxy at the center of the universe. He then kidnaps Peach during the Star Festival, using a UFO and several airships to uproot her castle and taking it to the center of the universe, where he wishes to rule the universe with Peach as his empress.

Bowser attempting to destroy the staircase at Bowser's Star Reactor

Mario, with the help of Rosalina, collects the Power Stars and Grand Stars and destroys much of the Koopa Troop. He encounters Bowser twice in his attempt to rescue Peach: once at Bowser's Star Reactor, and the second time at Bowser's Dark Matter Plant.

At the star reactor, before the player can reach him, Bowser attempts to stop Mario by destroying the staircase leading to him by breathing meteors at him. During battle, Bowser's attacks include stomping the ground, which creates a shock wave and trying to ground pound Mario. However, if Bowser ground pounds on any of the glass spots on the arena, they will break, causing him to fall into the lava and run around aimlessly. Mario can then spin attack him, causing Bowser to spin around the planet inside his shell, much like a normal Koopa. When Mario does this again, he falls unconscious, only to recover seconds later. Bowser is defeated when this is done again.

At the dark matter plant, Bowser uses the same tactics as before, but can generate more shock waves and even has his own version of the spin attack, but can be defeated by using the same method as the first battle. Regardless of these drawbacks, Bowser remains confident in his victory and the follow-through of his main goal to construct his own galaxy.

Part of Super Mario Galaxy's final battle

Mario eventually battles Bowser at the almost completed galaxy reactor. During the final battle, Bowser Jr. holds Peach captive in an airship while Mario fights Bowser on multiple planets. On the first planet, Bowser attacks by using his shock waves. He then curls into a ball of stone and rolls around the planet, with his head exposed to attack. On the second planet, Bowser's attacks include curling up into two combined shells and rolling around the planet, as well as fireballs. By hitting him with a rubbery bulb, Bowser is knocked onto his back and begins moving around the planet; he can then be defeated as normal. At this point, the gravity of the nearby sun then pulls them toward it, and they begin the actual final battle at the core of Bowser's soon-to-be galaxy. Bowser's attacks are simply improved tactics from the previous battles, meaning that he can once again be trumped by ground pounding the glass and burning himself, allowing Mario to spin attack him. The defeated Bowser then flies into the magma of the sun.

Afterwards, the final Grand Star frees itself from the galaxy reactor. However, the lack of the Grand Star causes the brown planet to collapse in on itself, resulting in the formation of a massive black hole that begins to devour the universe. Bowser, however, is on the surface of the sun, on a piece of rock, before it explodes. As the universe is being sucked inside, the Lumas head into the black hole, and destroy it from the inside. Bowser later awakens in Toad Town, near Mario and Peach.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Super Bowser in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Bowser appears, once again as the final boss, in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Here, he appears together with the Koopalings and Bowser Jr. In World 8-Bowser's Castle Sprite.png, the last castle of World 8, Bowser is located in the final chamber and shoots fireballs at Mario, similar to his appearance in the original Super Mario Bros.. When the battle begins, Bowser is fought in a similar manner as in Super Mario Bros., as well as in the first and final castles in the original New Super Mario Bros.; attacking by shooting fireballs and leaping into the air.

When the switch is pressed, the floor collapses, and Bowser plummets into the abyss below. However, the Princess Peach in the cage nearby turns out to be Magikoopa in disguise. He escapes from the cage and casts a spell over the chasm that Bowser has fallen down. After several moments, Bowser reappears, now at a gigantic size. He accidentally knocks Magikoopa off his broom and proceeds to chase after Mario. This form is called Super Bowser by the Prima Games strategy guide[1] He attacks by spitting massive fireballs, as well as clawing away at the walls and leaping over to Mario if he is far enough away.

After the credits, Bowser is seen unconscious and outside his castle, having survived the drop and returned to normal size. Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings are trying to push him over, and succeed, resulting in him regaining consciousness. However, pushing him over causes the entire castle to fall over onto them all.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

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Giant Bowser invading Toad Town during the game's intro
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Mario battling Bowser in Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet
Artwork of Bowser for Super Mario Galaxy 2
“I'm HUUUUGE! Even scarier up close, huh?”
Bowser, Super Mario Galaxy 2

Bowser appears in Super Mario Galaxy 2, once again as the main antagonist. At the beginning of the game, Bowser invades the Mushroom Kingdom again, but this time at a gigantic size, due to the power of the Power Stars that he stole earlier. He kidnaps Princess Peach and flees into space again, claiming to build a galactic empire to suit his new size and put its capital at the center of the universe. Additionally, he attacks and destroys Lubba's starship prior to the game, stealing all the ship's Power Stars.

Bowser is faced three times in the game. The fights take place on a spherical planetoid, where Bowser attempts to crush Mario with his fists, and by sending meteors crashing down. He also uses his Fire Breath, which will leave a fiery trail on the planetoid's surface in later battles against him. When using his fists, Bowser's hand gets stuck in the planetoid briefly, and any meteors on the battlefield at the time rise and turn yellow, allowing Mario to strike. After each battle, when Bowser is defeated, he coughs up a Grand Star, causing him to shrink back down to his normal size and fall to the ground. Each time, however, he is not discouraged and flees, telling Mario each time that his plan is too far along to stop.

The final battle at Bowser's Galaxy Generator has two phases. When Bowser is defeated once, Mario attempts to collect the Grand Star coughed up by Bowser, but the Koopa King reappears, eats the Grand Star, regains his gigantic size, and then the two fall into a vortex to fight again. Bowser advances on Mario as time passes, eventually allowing Bowser to attack with a punch. Mario pushes him back by ground-pounding the meteorites at him. However, Bowser can spin in his shell to move across the void; Bowser's shell causes meteorites to bounce off without dealing damage. After Mario defeats Bowser for the final time, Bowser is sucked into the vortex, and is not seen again until Mario, Peach, and the Toad Brigade return to their planet near the end of the credits, where it is shown that he has become smaller than normal, and is unconscious when he is first seen. Mario can jump on top of Bowser or spin him, waking him up and causing him to become angry.

Mario & Sonic series[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games[edit]

Artwork of Bowser doing the Hammer Throw event in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Bowser appears in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games as a power type character. He has the highest power stat out of every character, combined with a high level of stamina. Bowser's strength enables him to perform better in certain events, such as Hammer Throw. Bowser's swim stroke is the breaststroke.

Bowser's six missions are Pole Vault, in which he must clear the bar set at 5.70 meters twice; Javelin Throw, in which the player must throw the javelin between 50 and 55 meters; 400m Hurdles, in which the player must not knock over a single hurdle and finish with a time between 45 and 53 seconds; Hammer Throw; in which the hammer must be thrown between 50 and 55 meters; Singles, in which the player must win by scoring 7 points with smash shots; and Dream Fencing, in which the player must win by knocking their opponent out of the ring twice.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Artwork of Bowser snowboarding in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

Bowser is one of the playable characters in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. Like in the previous game, Bowser is a Power character with high power and speed stats, along with average acceleration and skill stats. Bowser's special skill is the Spinning Dash, which gives him a brief burst of speed in certain events.

A Bowser Mii costume can be unlocked after winning five gold or/and 1st place medals in any event with Bowser and then buying the costume in the boutique for 300 Star Tokens.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games[edit]

Artwork of Bowser doing Javelin Throw in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Bowser returns as a playable character in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He is of the Power type, and has high speed, stamina, and power, but low acceleration and technique. He retains his Special Skill, which it has been renamed to Spinning Shell.

In the game's opening, Bowser appears alongside all of the other athletes at the start, as well as later competing in Canoe Sprint 1000m and Football.

A Mii costume based on Bowser can be unlocked either from winning it through a Scratch Card or by paying ten blank cards.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

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In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Bowser is still among the heaviest fighters, and was made slightly heavier than in Super Smash Bros. Melee (now weighing 120 units instead of 118). Bowser is slightly faster and weaker. He is also now one of the few characters who can crawl. He has been given a new side special move for this game: Flying Slam, which has Bowser grab a nearby opponent, leap into the air and slam into the ground on top of them. His Final Smash transforms him into Giga Bowser, which makes him giant, prevents him from taking knockback, and gives his attacks increased power. Bowser's forward smash is no longer a single-hitting headbutt that induces an explosion; it is now a standard headbutt that can hit twice for huge damage.

For this game, Bowser's voice effects are more realistic animal growls and grunts.

Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary[edit]

Bowser's screenshot in the Subspace Emissary

In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Bowser, a leader of the Subspace Army, orders his minions to steal Donkey Kong's banana hoard. After Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have recovered it, he faces them himself. He reveals his Dark Cannon and turns Donkey Kong into a trophy, though not before Diddy is sent to safety with Donkey's Giant Punch. Bowser claims Donkey Kong's trophy, then pursues Diddy, who enlisted the aid of Fox McCloud, with the assistance of a Shadow Bug clone and the Koopa Troop. After his clone is defeated by them, he attempts to blast them with the Dark Cannon, but misses and his targets flee off a cliff.

Later, he encounters the princess Kirby saved (either Peach or Zelda), having been left behind when Kirby heads off to check out an ominous noise. Bowser blasts her with his Dark Cannon after catching the princess by surprise, and his shadow bug clone dissolves and forms into one of the princess, while he makes off with the trophy of the real princess off-screen.

It is later shown that Bowser is working closely with Ganondorf in running the Subspace Army (along with Wario to a minor extent), though he dislikes him and prefers Master Hand. He reluctantly follows his orders, however, and heads to Castle Dedede upon receiving info from the dark ruler that Dedede has trophies he stole from Wario there. Bowser arrives at the castle by falling through the ceiling, chunks of which knocking Dedede out cold and burying him along with the Luigi and Ness trophies. However, Bowser instantly finds the trophy of the other princess, and takes it. Mario, Link, Pit, Kirby, and Yoshi catch up to him at this point, and Mario attempts to punch Bowser, but he intentionally misses when he holds up the princess trophy as a shield. Pit fires an arrow, which Bowser dodges, but falls off the cliff nearby and into his Koopa Clown Car, flying off to the Halberd.

He later appears a third time to Fox and Diddy Kong, this time turning the unsuspecting monkey into a trophy. He tries to blast Fox, but misses. Shadow Bugs then crawl over it upon his command and assume the form of Diddy. He once again attempts to blast Fox with his Dark Cannon, but cavalry arrives in the form of Falco Lombardi, who kicks his weapon out of his hand and destroys it with multiple blasts from his blasters. Vexed at this, Bowser then retreats in his Koopa Clown Car, leaving the Diddy Kong clone to grow at mega proportions and deal with Falco, Fox, and the restored Diddy Kong, but it is defeated.

Bowser and Ganondorf commanding the Subspace Gunship to attack

Eventually, Bowser and Ganondorf fly a Subspace Gunship into the other world from the Subspace explosion created on the Isle of Ancients and use its massive primary cannon to bring pieces of the world into the Subspace. They see the recently liberated Halberd flying toward the ship and use the gunship's defense systems to destroy it, but are unable to hit the smaller, more maneuverable ships and aircrafts that emerge from the wreckage until the Subspace Gunship is destroyed by Kirby's Dragoon. The duo then deport into Subspace to report their failure to Master Hand, but Ganondorf betrays Bowser by blasting him from behind with a Dark Cannon and transforming him into a trophy. Master Hand then appears to them, but it is revealed that Master Hand is being controlled by the being Tabuu; Master Hand breaks free afterward, thanks to the livid Ganondorf's attempt to attack Tabuu, and attempts to attack him, but is defeated easily and left unconscious.

Upon being revived by King Dedede, Bowser awakens enraged by Ganon's treachery, and fights the hammer king out of anger, but is soundly defeated. He is turned back to normal once more, and (after Dedede humorously flicks him across the nose to calm down) learns the truth behind the Subspace mission and, upon taking in the situation, joins the heroes in the fight against Tabuu. Upon finding Ganondorf's trophy (just after Kirby's discovery of it), he furiously attacks it, as retribution for the treason of which he was victim earlier.

Eventually, Tabuu is defeated by the combined power of the heroes, and they all return to the World of Trophies. The credits depict the entire group on a cliff, looking out at sea towards a large "X" formed out of light, the location of what once was the Isle of Ancients.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Bowser, riding on the Flame Flyer, armed with a Spiny Shell in Mario Kart Wii

In Mario Kart Wii, Bowser is a default heavyweight playable character like in other Mario Kart titles. He has the highest weight bonus for his class size, which makes vehicles like the Offroader and Piranha Prowler heavier than normal. He also offers decent speed and drift bonuses, which make the Jetsetter and Shooting Star faster and easier to control. Bowser's Castle is the setting for a race course, like in earlier Mario Kart titles.

The Staff Ghosts that use Bowser are Nin*YABUKI at Bowser's Castle in the Piranha Prowler, with a time of 3:04:836 with no Wii Wheel and manual drift. The expert staff ghost is Nin*Masa with the same settings, except this time, Bowser is on the Flame Runner with a time of 2:42:098.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

In Mario Super Sluggers, Bowser is a playable character, being the team captain of Bowser Monsters. Just like the game's Nintendo GameCube predecessor, Mario Superstar Baseball, Bowser's power stats are high, though are tied with Petey Piranha and King K. Rool. Bowser's pitching skills were made lower, although his fielding and running abilities were made higher, but are still lower than average. Bowser's Star Pitch is Killer Ball, in which Bowser hits or pitches a Bullet Bill, and his Star Swing is Breath Swing, in which Bowser uses his fire breath on the bat to hit the ball.

Bowser saving Mario from an incoming Bullet Bill in Mario Super Sluggers

In Challenge Mode, Bowser Jr. crashes his own stadium into the Baseball Kingdom; emerging from the fortress is not only Bowser Jr. and his team, but also Bowser. After Bowser Jr. is beaten by Mario's team, Bowser faces Mario in a baseball game. Mario's team emerges victorious and celebrates. Bowser and Bowser Jr. are invited to the celebration out of pity on the Daisy Cruiser. Bowser refuses, but reconsiders only because Bowser Jr. wants to have fun, so Daisy leads them to the table. To their dismay, they only get a small portion of food, while everyone else receives much more.

Back at Mario Stadium, Wario and Waluigi attempt to take Mario out with a sneaked Bullet Bill in the Bob-omb Derby during the celebration. The bullet is fired, and Mario, upon noticing, does not have enough time to react, but Bowser jumps in front of him and uses his bat to deflect it back at them. He then sulks off, not wanting to be noticed for his act of heroism, as Donkey Kong watches him off.

New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis[edit]

In New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis's opening, Bowser has a dastardly scheme. Near the beginning, he is watching from an unknown location as Wario and Waluigi lose a tennis match to Mario and Luigi. After vandalizing a poster as revenge, Wario and Waluigi enter a room in the stadium to escape the police; this room turns out to be a pit leading to Bowser's lair. Bowser decides to ally with Wario and Waluigi, and he trains them to improve their tennis skills.

Like most other Mario Tennis titles, Bowser is a playable character. He is a power character who can make service and return aces easily, but is lacking in speed. Bowser uses his Fire Breath for his Offensive Power Shot and Spinning Shell Dash as his Defensive Power Shot, the latter of which involves Bowser retreating into his shell and spinning around to recover the tennis ball.

Fortune Street[edit]

In Fortune Street, Bowser is a default playable character like in the game's Nintendo DS predecessor, Itadaki Street DS. Bowser is once again by default an A-rank opponent. In Tours mode, Bowser is one of the opponents faced on Peach's Castle, as well as on Bowser's Castle.

Virtual Console appearances[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros.[edit]

In Super Mario Bros., Bowser kidnapped Princess Toadstool, whom Mario and Luigi go on a journey to rescue. According to the instruction booklet, Bowser used black magic to transform several of Mushroom Kingdom's inhabitants into blocks.

In the game, Bowser seemingly appears at the end of the first seven castle levels, although they are actually False Bowsers, which are regular enemies taking on the appearance of Bowser. Fire Mario can optionally shoot fireballs at a False Bowser repeatedly to reveal its true identity. The real Bowser appears at the end of World 8-4, and defeating him reunites Mario or Luigi with Princess Toadstool.

List of appearances[edit]


Title Year of release
Super Paper Mario 2007
Mario Strikers Charged 2007
Mario Party 8 2007
Super Mario Galaxy 2007
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2007
Mario Kart Wii 2008
Mario Super Sluggers 2008
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis 2009
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games 2009
New Super Mario Bros. Wii 2009
Super Mario Galaxy 2 2010
Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition 2010
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 2011
Mario Party 9 2012


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Bowser.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパ
"Koopa", a reference to the Korean dish gukbap, called "kuppa" in Japanese. In older media, Bowser had the alternative titles 「クッパ大王」 Kuppa-daiō and 「魔王クッパ」 Maō Kuppa, meaning "Great King Koopa" and "Demon King Koopa", respectively. In the games, his title is usually 「大魔王クッパ」 Daimaō Kuppa, meaning "Great Demon King Koopa".
Chinese (Simplified) 酷霸王
From "酷" (, cool/cruel) and "霸王" (bàwáng, tyrant/despot/overlord). "酷霸" (Kùbà) is also transliterated from the Japanese name, and used for the surname of the Koopalings.[2]
Chinese (Traditional) 庫巴
Transliteration of the Japanese name
Dutch Bowser -
French Bowser
German Bowser -
Italian Bowser -
Korean 쿠파
Transliteration of the Japanese name, although the name originates from a Korean food's name, Gukbap (국밥).
Portuguese Bowser -
Russian Боузер
Transliteration of the international name
Slovenian Kralj Koopa King Koopa
Spanish Bowser -


  1. ^ Fernando Bueno. When Super Bowser begins spitting fireballs, edge up against the right wall and jump over the fireballs to let them bypass you. When they hit the wall ahead of you, they’ll demolish it, creating a path for you to continue. New Super Mario Bros Wii Official Digital Strategy Guide for Wii, section Walkthrough - World 8-Bowser's World - World 8-Castle.
  2. ^ iQue's localization of Super Mario Advance 2