In Nintendo’s ever-increasing library of Mario games, players have been squaring off with Bowser for over three decades, yet fighting the ultimate villain of the Mushroom Kingdom never becomes stale. While it’s no longer a surprise that the majority of Super Mario titles contain Bowser as a final boss, Nintendo has been able to provide innovative final experiences each time, with different mechanic that make the fights feel unique and memorable. The following are the best Bowser fights over all Mario games, with these fights showing that they are able to stretch the capabilities of the hardware, while providing a fun and engaging fight that also ideally offers up some challenge.
10. Super Mario Bros (1985)
The original Super Mario Bros can certainly be the shortest boss fight in the series, and it hasn’t aged as well as the others, but its simplicity and mastery of platforming techniques must be applauded. The game’s preceding boss fights all build up to this final boss fight with the real Bowser. As you proceed through the other worlds, the bosses incorporate more and more of the final aspects that Bowser will have, essentially preparing the player for what’s to come. When players finally do manage to reach the end of World 8-4, they should be ready to encounter Bowser and his many tricks. Bowser will instantly breath fire and at a much faster rate than previously seen, and then will also throw hammers that players must successfully dodge. With no bricks to hide on top of, there’s nothing separating Bowser from Mario. Players must be decisive and commit to their route quickly. After much practice, reaching the ax on the right becomes a piece of cake, but players will always remember how difficult Bowser initially appeared to be.
Or, you know, you could hit him with a bunch of fireballs and call it a day. Fire Mario makes everything easier.