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Bowser (also known as Koopa in Japan) is a playable character in the fighting video game, M.U.G.E.N Trilogy. He was confirmed along with many other characters who appear in Super Smash Bros. Melee on February 1, 2015. As of the Version 7.0.0 update, Kenny James reprises his role as Bowser in this fighting game.


Because Bowser was the nemesis of Mario, he was introduced in the seminal Super Mario Bros. for NES, with most of his traditional character traits introduced along with it: his storyline role as a comically monstrous villain who always goes out of his way to kidnap the Mushroom Kingdom princess, Peach Toadstool, his gameplay role as a boss enemy for Mario to defeat, his fire-breathing abilities, his immeasurable army of henchmen such as mushroom-headed Goombas and turtle-like Koopa Troopas, and so on. Super Mario Bros. holds the Guinness World Record for best-selling video game, at 40 million copies, essentially guaranteeing worldwide fame for all characters who appeared in the game, Bowser included. He has appeared in some form in almost every Mario game to date, along with more members of his "family," mainly his only child, Bowser Jr. and the seven Koopalings. He also has a helper named Kamek, who has raised him since he was born and serves as his mentor and father figure. In New Super Mario Bros., Bowser has a skeletal counterpart named Dry Bowser, who was first seen when Mario knocked him in the lava at the end of World 1-Castle.

Bowser is a heavyset, chimeric, reptilian creature (officially described in Super Mario Odyssey as a "monster") who combines traits of various real and mythological animals. Like his Koopa Troopa underlings, he features elements of a turtle or tortoise (albeit with qualities of a fire-breathing dragon or dinosaur) with his shell and tail covered with spikes and the facial structure and horns of an ox, as well as a very distinctively-constructed face and red hair arranged like a mohawk, both very unlike a typical Koopa Troopa. To settle a common dispute original game developers intended for Bowser to be more of a dragon instead of his common perception as a turtle. Bowser, at times, is depicted in vastly different sizes, somewhat resembling Mario's tendency to grow or shrink in size during games starring him; he's a colossus in his appearance as the final boss of Super Mario Sunshine, while in other appearances he is only slightly larger than the average person.

In the Super Smash Bros. series starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee, Bowser has a gargantuan form known as Giga Bowser, who became the hidden boss on the 12th and final stage of Adventure Mode and the final opponent alongside both Ganondorf and Mewtwo in the 51st and final event match, "The Showdown". Giga Bowser later becomes a part of Bowser's Final Smash starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Bowser's Final Smash later returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (where the Final Smash's name changes to Giga Bowser Punch).

How to Unlock

Use any amiibo based on Bowser or scan Bowser's AR Icon from the M.U.G.E.N Trilogy website.

Assist Attacks

Set Name Cross-Over
α Flying Slam Fire Blast
β Fire Breath
γ Sliding Fortress Spinning Shell Dash