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How to Beat Bowser in "New Super Mario Bros." Wii U

Matt Bird writes all sorts of nonsense, but he dedicates a large chunk of his time to writing game walkthroughs.

Bowser has long been the supreme baddie of the Mario game lineup, and that hasn't changed one bit in New Super Mario Bros. for the Wii U. When it comes down to rescuing Princess Peach, Bowser's the final roadblock in Mario's way, and this time he has some help from his number one kid, Bowser Jr. How do you bring this bad boy down?

First Battle

Your first encounter with Bowser in his castle is very much a traditional bout. Once you enter his chamber Bowser will hop around on his bridge and launch fireballs from his mouth. Weave between them while waiting for Bowser to execute two small hops. His third will be a much higher jump, giving Mario lots of time and space to run underneath the koopa king. Once that's done, leap on the switch to dispose of the bridge under Bowser. He'll fall in, as usual, and Mario will dash off to rescue Princess Peach.

Time for a happy ending? Not quite. Not if Bowser Jr. and Kamek have anything to say about it...

Second Battle

Bowser returns with a vengeance shortly thereafter, amped up on Kamek's magic to an enormous size and aided by Bowser Jr. in the Koopa Clown Car. Your target in this battle is still Bowser, but you need to get at his head to deal any significant damage. Enter Bowser Jr.

In the first phase, Bowser will stomp around and launch horizontal fireballs at Mario. Jump over them and keep an eye on Bowser Jr. hovering overhead. Eventually, the Clown Car will come zipping down in an attempt to squash Mario. Get out of the way and, once Bowser Jr. hits the ground, jump on the brat's head. He'll fly out of the car, giving you a chance to hop in and take off. Steer it up to Bowser's cranium and smash down on his forehead when you get an opening, using the 2 button. Bowser Jr. will knock you out of the car, and you'll be back on the ground.

After the first hit, Bowser retreats into his shell and spins towards Mario. Run the opposite direction and wait for the shell to hop into the air, then run underneath. Continue doing this until Bowser reemerges. He'll launch a slew of fireballs into the air, and they'll slowly rain down around Mario. Weave between them and wait for Bowser. Jr. to reappear. The battle will now proceed as it did before, though Bowser Jr. will now drop Bob-ombs as he flies around. Avoid or fry these nuisances and wait for Jr. to try to crush Mario again. Bop him out, get in his car, and zip into the air. Watch out, as Bowser and Jr. alike will launch fireballs in the air to try and stop you from smacking the big turtle in the head. Weave between them and slam down on his noggin a second time.

The battle from this point on is little different. Bowser retreats into his shell, you avoid, Bowser launches fire into the air, you avoid, you get into Jr.'s car and smack Bowser in the head. Bowser Jr. is slightly more ambitious in the third round as he'll retreat into his own shell and try to chase you when he's on the ground, but the process is essentially the same. After the third hit, Bowser goes down for the count, and the credits will roll.

Having Trouble?

Bowser isn't at his trickiest in New Super Mario Bros., but he's still tough without a bit of help. Your greatest weapon in both fights, aside from your reflexes, is an Ice Flower. Ice shots will reduce Bowser's fireballs significantly, making it much easier to jump over them as they fly towards you. Try to preserve your icy powers on the way to Bowser's room to make the fight go more smoothly.

© 2012 Matt Bird


bo on May 22, 2014:

You don't have to stock up on ice. Just before you enter the door. Go to your far right and jump, theres an invisible box, for a Mushroom and to your far left theres an ice flower.

Caleb from Wichita, KS on November 28, 2012:

I agree. The growth of Bowser is nothing new. Regardless, I do think this will be the first game on my list when I get a Wii U.

Matt Bird (author) from Canada on November 28, 2012:

If you mean the New Super Mario Bros. Wii, no, the older Bowser was harder. Working him into an escape level with pitfall lava was also a much more interesting idea - this newest last battle is a bit stale. How many times has Bowser grown to huge size, now...? C'mon, Nintendo, try something new. I thought the same for a lot of the other boss battles, as well... the Koopalings were a little dull, which is danged unfortunate, as they're some of my favourite Mario characters...

Caleb from Wichita, KS on November 28, 2012:

Do you think the Bowser in the Wii U version is harder than the first Super Mario Brothers on Wii?