Debut: Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Stage Size: Large
Obstacle Level: 5 (out of 5)
Type: Stationary, Moving
Bowser’s Castle has appeared in many iterations of Mario: Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart, Mario Hoops, Mario Party, Paper Mario, and other game from the Mario franchise. Bowser usually schemes and plots from within the castle walls on ways to thwart Mario and steal Princess Peach from him. It usually has a dark and evil demeanor while surrounded by lava and storms. It is the last level in the Mario games and Bowser is usually fought here.
Bowser’s Castle is fought on one large floating platform that looks much like Final Destination. Underneath it is a pit of lava much like Super Mario 64.
However, much like in Super Mario 64, the stage will tilt when too many fighters are one side causing other players to slip towards the lava. Items also have an effect on this (crates, barrels, etc helps tilt the stage) as well as heavier assist trophies and Pokemon that stand on the stage. If a player falls into the lava, they receive 5% damage with every hit but no KO. However, is the stage is fully tilted, they are unable to get back onto the stage by grabbing onto the side so they must hop back onto the stage and try not to slide off. This phase lasts a minute and a half.
The second half is fought above the lava on six small stone islands that are directly above the lava. Players must fight on top of these islands. The background features a wide doom with statues of Bower pouring lava out of his mouth and Bowser Jr. Lavafalls come from the top of the screen in the background and fall into the lava pit below. Steam will rise up from the lava and cause heat waves to affect the game. The entire stage is bathed in a red glow. In the background, fiery rocks fall into the lava with great splashes of lava.
Obstacles and Movements
As said before, the stage will tilt depending on how much weight is put on each side. It creates for a very hectic and scrambling fight to not fall into the lava. However, the most dangerous and damaging part is the next phase.
An alert will found off and in 10 seconds, a fiery comet will crash down onto the stage dealing 15% damage against everyone who gets hit by it. Anyone hit dead on will receive 25% damage and high knock back. The stage will then begin to crumble apart and sink into the lava. This creates six small islands that players must fight on. At this point, small Podoboos and Fire Snakes will jump around the stage causing 5% fire damage when hit.
After a minute and a half, the previous platform will begin rising from the lava and the entire process will begin again. This stage can cause a lot of damage because of the lava, meteors, and enemies but it befits Bowser’s violent personality.
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Bowser Battle (Super Mario Bros. Wii)
Airship (Super Mario Bros. Wii)
Koopaling Battle (Super Mario Bros. Wii)
World 8 (Lava) (Super Mario Bros. Wii)
Underground (Super Mario Bros. Wii)
Bowser’s Road (Super Mario 64)
Bowser’s Lava Lair (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Bowser Jr.’s Fort (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Final Boss (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Bowser’s Castle (Super Mario Bros.)
Bowser’s Warped Orbit (Super Mario Party 8)
Bowser’s Castle (Mario Kart) (Mario Kart Wii)
Grumble Volcano (Mario Kart Wii)
Neo Bowser City (Mario Kart 7)
I have wanted a Bowser’s Castle since SSBM and I thought we would get it in SSBB but, it was absent again. Bowser’s Castle has been one of the most used locations from franchise and has appeared in the most spin-off games compared to any other location. It has played host to aboard game, a racetrack, a game of hoops, and many other things so why not fought on. Personally, I would have preferred Bowser’s Castle compared to Luigi’s Mansion (I still like Luigi’s Mansion though!) Let’s hope this stage appears in the next SSB4!
Chances in Being in SSB4
80% – It may seem high but this is a highly requested stage among the Smash community and if Luigi and Peach has their respective stages, why not Bowser. I felt Bowser’s Castle was an almost shoe-in for SSBB and it wasn’t in the game so it’s a possibility it may not be in it but Sakurai will want new ideas for Mario stages and he may (hopefully) look to Bowser’s Castle. It does have competition though from the Airship but I think Bowser’s Castle is the most iconic one.