However, Nintendo designer Takashi Tezuka pointed out that the character looked a lot more like a turtle than an ox. Bowser tried to kill Mario by breathing enormous gusts of flame and splashing slime at him, while Bowser Jr. assaulted him with Bullet Bills. Bowser's physical size tends to vary from game to game. Along with Mouser, many Super Mario Bros. 2 bosses like Fryguy and Tryclyde appear as well. In Mario Party 9, Bowser comes up with his latest plan in this Mario Party where he steals all the mini stars to decorate his castle. Alignment When Mario arrived the King of Koopas blasted Mario with the minimizer a shrinking device. Eurogamer editor Christian Donlan commented that it felt good to play as Bowser, and that "After years of picking a path carefully around threats, jumping out of harm's way, and tackling challengers mostly from above, it's a pleasure to put those cares aside and relish a few hours of spiky, tortoise-shelled power. Non-canon warning: Non-canonical information ends here. He is characterized by a large, spiked turtle shell, horns, a draconic muzzle, razor-sharp fangs, taloned fingers, three clawed toes on each foot, red eyes and a shock of red hair.  GameSpot listed him at #9 in their "Top 10 Video Game Villains" article, stating "Of all the villains to make an appearance on this list, Bowser...has got to be the most interesting," later adding "While some people say Bowser's life may have gotten into a rut, the man has simply refined his game down to an everyday thing. Bowser's relationship with Peach also comes into play in Super Mario Sunshine, in which Bowser's son apparently believes her to be his mother, although at the end of the game, Bowser sadly admits that he had lied to his child about his parentage. Kammy Koopa and the Puni Elder get into an arguement and the player has a choice for what Bowser can say. During this fight, it is recommended to take down Kammy Koopa first especially since her HP is lower. Super Mario Bros.Super Mario Bros.: The Lost LevelsSuper Mario Bros. 3Super Mario WorldSuper Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven StarsSuper Mario 64Super Mario SunshineSuper Smash Bros. MeleeMario & Luigi: Superstar SagaNew Super Mario Bros. (series)Mario and Sonic at the Olympic GamesSuper Mario GalaxySuper Smash Bros. BrawlMario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside StorySuper Mario Galaxy 2Super Mario OdysseyMario Tennis AcesSuper Mario PartySuper Smash Bros. UltimateMario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s JourneySuper Mario Maker 2Paper Mario: The Origami King'Super Mario 3D All-StarsSuper Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Upon defeating the minion, Bowser challenged the champion to his minigame, Superstar Showdown. Bowser's Fury is a new standalone adventure included in the game. When Mario and three Toads check on the tree, they find an envelope containing a picture showing Peach being captured by Bowser. In Mario Party 8, Bowser attacked the winner of the Star Battle Arena tournament, stealing the Star Rod. King Bowser Koopa (大魔王クッパ, Daimaō Kuppa “Great Demon King Koopa”, in English also Lord Bowser, King Koopa commonly in other media) is the primary antagonist of the Mario series and is the archenemy of Mario.  The name was anglicized Kuppa rather than Koopa in the Japanese versions up until the release of Super Mario World. He frequently appears in lists for greatest video game antagonists. While Bowser is shown to take pride in his villainy and boasts of being a quality "final boss" throughout the adventure, he seemingly sacrifices himself to save Mario and the others, and even argues with his rival O'Chunks to save himself while Bowser held the crumbling roof above them (although it is later revealed that they both survived). Bowser", "Super Mario Galaxy AU Review: The Greatest Platformer of all time? However, Bowser and Prince Bowser are soon defeated and Bowser heads back to the present.  IGN editor Craig Harris described Bowser as being a household name. His mouth is full of sharp teeth, and large horns come out of his green head. Bowser throws hammers in Super Mario Bros., similar to the Hammer Bros., but this ability has largely been dropped; exceptions being throwing hammers with magic in Super Princess Peach, and he also threw hammers at the beginning of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and uses them as his primary attack in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga when he is teaming up with Popple, while Dry Bowser (his skeletal form) in New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii throws bones in a similar manner. He is classed as a 'Power' type and has a lot of Power and Stamina. However, Bowser had planned ahead; he set up a wooden cutout of Peach on the top of a tower. Luigi and Wario were available to be unlocked in Big Boo's Haunt and Chief Chilly Challenge respectively. Bowser did appear in the arcade game Versus Super Mario Bros., which was essentially a mix of levels from SMB and the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 (later known in the US as The Lost Levels). Bowser is seen again trying to touch the Sticker Comet put Kersti stops him. In Super Princess Peach, Bowser, after hearing about a mysterious and powerful artifact hidden on Vibe Island, decides to search for said artifact, and he consequently also builds his summer villa there.  Game Positive editor Travis Simmons concurred, commenting that his hair "gives him a touch of personality". Bowser retains most of his moves from the Glitzville battle, but he now fights alongside Kammy Koopa who can heal and power up Bowser. In Paper Mario: The Origami King, Bowser expresses disgust at the way the Folded Soldiers treat him and his minions, to the extent where he pleads them to put down his minions and set him free. In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, while retaining much of his personality from the previous game, he was given more competence and made into more of a serious threat; he has Kamek disguise himself as Princess Peach to drop the Mario Bros.' guard, presuming they would try to pursue Peach, and later backstabbed Antasma, anticipating the latter would try to the same on him in turn. Bowser plays a somewhat a minor role in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. Bowser must endure an underground level where he will end up in some sort of training room. Mario, Peach, Bowser, and Bowser Jr. are then shown back at a restored Toad Town. Grabbing the ax at the end of the bridge once again causes Bowser to fall into the pit of lava, allowing Mario to rescue the princess. , Bowser's role in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story has been met with highly positive reception. After the events of Chapter 6, Bowser is still worn out after what happened at Twilight Town. Bowser appeared, and was again the final boss in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Bowser also appeared in the Nintendo DS game Yoshi's Island DS as the game's main antagonist. The story is mainly the same as it was in the original game. Bowserhas a deep, growling voice, and he can shoot fire from his mouth. However, his ride breaks down in midair and Bowser is forced to go through an underwater level to get back onto shore.  However, Bowser has been also rated as the 4th-biggest douchebag in gaming history by ScrewAttack, who said that he wants to "take Mario down". However, Bowser is caught off guard by the Puni Elder who tells him that Mario already has it.  In the United States, the character was first referred to as "Bowser, King of the Koopas" and "the sorcerer king" in the instruction manual. Gender Latest game Miyamoto had first envisioned Bowser as an ox, basing him on the Ox-King from the Toei Animation film Alakazam the Great. Bowser is furious that another guy other than Mario is after the Crystal Stars as well. In Adventure Mode, Bowser plays as one of the main antagonists along with Ganondorf. In this showdown, Bowser is a bit smarter, and will attempt to lunge at the player when the player gets behind him. , In the Super Mario Bros. film, Bowser is portrayed by Dennis Hopper and is called President Koopa. This game also introduces Bowser's first seven children, the Koopalings. Shigeru Miyamoto Bowser, though only commonly referred to by the name of King Koopa (very rarely was he called Bowser Koopa), is featured as the main antagonist of all three of DIC Entertainment's Super Mario cartoons, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World. Miyamoto had also considered the names ユッケ Yukke and ビビンバ Bibinba, also Japanese names of Korean dishes (육회 yukhoe and 비빔밥 bibimbap respectively). Bowser appears again in Super Mario Galaxy 2, once again as the primary antagonist. 1. When Bowser reaches his throne, Kammy Koopa appears and informs Bowser that Princess Peach has been kidnapped. The citizens run away at Bowser's presence and Bowser begins his search. Bowser is defeated along with Popple and the duo make for Chucklehuck Woods where they go to find the Chuckhuck Reserve. MarioWiki encourages all users to create or edit articles, so we can all work together to create a comprehensive database for the Mario series. He holds her in his own castle while the Mushroom Retainers are held by his impostors in the other castles. Despite his efforts, Mario defeated Bowser and sent him into the magma of his own sun. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Switch; 2021) Bowser has always been a heavyweight character in each game, making him fast, but with slow acceleration. Throughout the game, Bowser is usually seen in scenes everytime Mario defeats one of his followers. Soon, Bowser drops the Crystal Star and, that too, is a fake. Bowser is soon defeated but has a different plan and takes Peach to a platform that resembles his Koopa Clown Car. Background. Bowsre then enters the Sanctum and he and Kammy Koopa finally believe they claimed a Crystal Star. Bowser is voiced by Kenny James. Lord Crump eventually finds what he is looking for: the Super Bombomb that Vivian dropped earlier. Bowser's species Bowser believes he has found Peach but it is revealed to be just a poster. Bowser will continue to cause trouble until he is betrayed by Ganondorf. Chronological information Even at a young age, Bowser ruled with an iron fist and got whatever he wanted either by fear or by force. This time, Bowser only appears at the end of the final level: his castle at the end of World 8, where Mario and Luigi have to trick him into crashing through his floor in order to defeat him (although he could also be defeated with several fireballs or hammers.) Mario faces Bowser three times in this game. Bowser's pre-Sunshine sounds are still used occasionally in such games as the Super Smash Bros. series. Bowser confessed to his son that he had used him as a pawn, but Bowser Jr. then revealed to his father that he knew all along that Peach was not his mother, and that he was eager to challenge Mario again some time in the future, when he would be bigger, which filled Bowser with pride. Kammy Koopa confirms that Crystal Star was a fake and Rawk Hawk says that "The Great Gonzales" has it. Although, for a few years, old recordings of Burns were reused for games after James took the role, such as Mario Party DS. In the first Mario Party, Bowser makes the player do one of his events via roulette. Bowser is always played after one completes a Chapter and completes the Peach scene. Mode Bowser's Fury is a new mode that is added to Super Mario 3D World 's Nintendo Switch remake Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.  Another IGN editor, Matt Casamassina, praised the visual quality of the characters, citing Bowser in particular and mentioning how his "funky red fur waggles in the wind". BowlettaShrowserDreamy BowserMeowserBowcienFury Bowser Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! After defeating Bowser, Peach is returned to her castle with the help of Tanooki Mario and three Tanooki Toads. He often serves as the final boss of a game. However, Bowser isn't intimated by Rawk Hawk even mocking him on his size. The Fury Bowser the main antagonist for the sub game Bowser's Fury in the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario 3D World. NGamer Magazine editor Matthew Castle commented that all Mario role-playing games make good use of Bowser, but that this is the first game where Bowser takes the center stage. Lord Crump is determined to take them down and throws the Super Bombomb at Bowser. Bowser at a meeting with other video game villains. To his surprise, Bowser appeared, now at a gigantic size, knocking Kamek off his broom, and proceeded to chase after Mario.  GamePro editor Alicia Ashby called Bowser one of the most "lovable characters in the Nintendo universe", and praising Bowser's Inside Story for giving him "much deserved time in the spotlight". During this time, Bowser Jr. led most of the Koopa Troop to conquer several galaxies. He is fought the same way as in the original Super Mario Bros. (except the axe is replaced with a generic switch which performs the same function), but this time, the lava he falls in disfigures him into a Dry Bones-like skeleton. Bowser's children, the Koopalings, again make an appearance. Illustrations of Bowser made by Yoichi Kotabe 3. Bowser now plays as (for the first time in the Mario franchise) the main character in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, with the Mario Bros. in a supporting, but still playable role. Rosalina then appears to Mario in a vision, explaining to him that the nature and fabric of the universe is always unpredictable and always uses different patterns to sustain itself. Bowser, not wanting to capture an explosive letter, speaking Peach, unwillingly teams up with Mario and Luigi and flies the duo to the Beanbean Kingdom. Bowser again resides in the eighth castle, with the same attacks as the original: throwing hammers and breathing fireballs at Mario and Luigi. After the events of Chapter 1, Bowser is seen at his castle demanding to know where Kammy Koopa is. In some entries, Bowser is aided by Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings. He kidnaps Princess Peach and flees into space again, claiming that he'll build a galactic empire to suit his new size, and put it in the center of the universe. In Luigi's Mansion, Madame Clairvoya tells Luigi that Bowser has been "soundly defeated" by Mario, and speculates that King Boo might have revived him, suggesting that Bowser was presumed destroyed following his latest clash with Mario. Minutes later, Bowser wakes up wondering what happened but his castle is soon blown up and Bowser, literally, crashes at the screen. Bowser is portrayed as the "King of the Koopas", anthropomorphic turtles that inhabit the world of the Mushroom Kingdom. Non-canon warning: This article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the Mario series and/or isn't considered to be part of the series' overall storyline. Bowser even managed to double Mario's load by breaking apart the vast platform they were on into the shape of a star, making tossing him a difficult venture. Bowser's physical size tends to vary from game to game. Mario in Yoshi's Safari.. Mario used an energy gun called a Super Scope during the events of Yoshi's Safari.Bowser takes over the kingdom of Jewelry Land and steals twelve magical gems. Bowser's raiding party succeeds in capturing Mario, Luigi and several Toads. As in Super Mario Galaxy, most other platformers leave Bowser as a typical villain, as does the RPG Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Bowser plays as the main antagonist of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team where he teamed up with Antasma for the thrill of power, but later betrays Antasma and reveals that he's just been using Antasma so he can take it all, making Bowser the true main villain. It is unknown what happened to Bowser after the defeat of the Shadow Queen but it can be assumed he went back to his castle. However, Peach suddenly starts speaking in explosive letters that leaves even the Koopa King standing back. His power up platform soon explodes and sends him and Kammy Koopa falling out of space. Then, in the 2002 release of Super Mario Sunshine, radio personality and voice actor Scott Burns gave Bowser his first spoken dialogue and continued portraying him for several more years.  IGN editor Cam Shea praised his physical appearance in Super Mario Galaxy, describing him as "imposing and weighty". In several episodes, Bowser would capture Princess Toadstool and attempt to blackmail her into giving him the Mushroom Kingdom, although some other episodes implied he already had some measure of control over the kingdom. However, Pennington soon arrives but is intimated by Bowser's appearance. Changes from the original game Bowser touches the Sticker Comet which causes it to split into six Royal Stickers which he keeps one for himself. Artwork of Bowser and Bowser Jr., in Super Mario Galaxy. Bowser is the King of the Koopas and the main antagonist in a Super Mario franchise since his debut. Soon, Fawful expels the spirit of Cackletta into Bowser and is soon transformed into Bowletta. Bowser then lifts Princess Peach's Castle into the sky and defeats Mario with his enhanced strength. To ensure that Mario did not disrupt his plans again, Bowser sealed off the doors in the castle with the stars and even created doors that would only open with his keys. After Mario defeats Bowser, Mario rescues Toadstool.  1UP.com editor Jeremy Parish stated that Bowser makes the game, describing him as more interesting than Bowser's Inside Story predecessor's partners, the baby forms of Mario and Luigi.  IGN editor Craig Harris described Bowser as the only "core Nintendo character over the past couple decades" to not have a starring role in a video game, and this game acts as his "big break". Character traits During the ending, Bowser is shown to be tiny, which may likely be a side effect for using the Grand Stars to make himself huge. They then decided to continue their vacation together. In the normal mode Bowser also returns with the same role as in previous games. Bowser Jr.'s mother is unknown, as Bowser isn't officially confirmed as having a previous marriage yet. By grabbing the axe at the right end of the bridge, Mario/Luigi can cut the rope at the end, making the bridge collapse and sending Bowser into the pit of lava below. Although he is not the main antagonist, Bowser still plays a major role in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.  Giant Bomb editor Brad Shoemaker states that Bowser steals the show, commenting that playing as him gives players an inside glimpse of his ego and megalomania. Status Bowser is the main antagonist of most Mario games. Bowser told his son that Peach was his mother and that Mario kidnapped her. Relieved to be alive, Bowser left to plan further schemes. In Super Mario Party, he participates in the party with no malicious tricks or intents (not even having Kamek, who he put as a judge, tip the scales in his favor) and congratulates the player who becomes the Superstar in a rare form of good sportsmanship. Perhaps if Mario finally corners Bowser in the heart of the cosmos, he can pound a little sense into the scoundrel. Once Kersti remarks how she needs to change her career, Bowser shares a laugh with Mario and Peach. However, he surprisingly was willing to work under Master Hand and have an equal partnership with Dr. Eggman. However, the wishes from Peach allow Mario to power up the Star Beam into the Peach Beam and Bowser is defeated by Mario. He is very good at the Hammer Throw, but not so good at 100m. Bowser is seen again at the Chateau de Chucklehuck where he is working for a thief named Popple under the name "Rookie". Bowser, also known as King Koopais a no longer villain and the first half main antagonist and was taken by Marioin Something About Mario videos. Bowser appears in every Mario Kart game from the beginning (Super Mario Kart) all the way to the latest installment of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. He later implied similar designs with his Paper self, and vice-versa, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. Bowser, often nicknamed Paper Bowser, is the main antagonist of thePaper Marioseries and the arch-nemesis of Paper Mario. Bowser differs greatly from the rest of the Koopa clan, which consists mainly of bipedal tortoises. After being thrown out of his castle (called a keep in this game) by the Smithy Gang (the antagonists of the game), he reluctantly joins Mario on his quest to recover the star pieces and repair the mystical Star Road, thus defeating Smithy and returning Bowser's castle to Bowser. Bowser and Kammy Koopa do the same by ordering up the Koopa Troop. He is infatuated with Princess Peach, and routinely kidnaps her as part of his plans for domination.