Bowser Jr.

Bowser Jr.

Following on from yesterday's extended Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury reveal, Nintendo has released a smattering of additional details regarding the upcoming Switch game, confirming, among other things, that Bowser Jr. - who teams up with Mario to calm down old dad - will be a playable companion in co-op mode.

On November 13, 2020, Dr. Bowser Jr., DPM, affectionately known as 'Tommy', husband to Neeta Kataria Bowser, devoted father to Rippen and Rohan, beloved son to Dr. Bowser, brother t. The post-game of Bowser Jr's Journey confirms that Bowser Jr is familiar with Nabbit and is capable of recruiting him as an ally, but other that little is known about the two. Interestingly, Nabbit is the last character Bowser Jr. Can recruit in the game.

That little news morsel was suspected, of course, if not outright stated, but the freshly launched Bowser's Fury website clears up any lingering confusion, writing, 'Grab a buddy to play as Bowser Jr., who can fly around fighting enemies and discovering secrets in 2-player mode.'

Bowser Jr. Behaves At Goodwill

Elsewhere, Nintendo has named the setting of Bowser's Fury - a 'free-roaming' standalone adventure packaged in with the Switch port of 2013's Super Mario 3D World - explaining that Lake Lapcat is home to various islands which Mario will need to visit in order to collect Cat Shines, reignite lighthouses, and brighten the gloomy terrain.

As seen in yesterday's Bowser's Fury trailer, Mario will need to ring Lake Lapcat's Giga Bell whenever Bowser is in full Fury, causing the dungareed one to transform into the formidable Giga Cat for a suitably mega-sized battle with his old nemesis.

Bowser Jr. Journey Bowser Jr. Sprites

There are also details of the amiibo support included as part of Bowser's Fury, although not much word on when and how often the various amiibo-based abilities can be deployed in context of the adventure. The Bowser amiibo can, for instance, be used to summon Fury Bowser, while the Bowser Jr. amiibo unleashes a powerful shockwave capable of knocking out nearby enemies and blocks. Other amiibo will also trigger 'different in-game surprises'.

Bowser Jr Amiibo

Expect more details as Super Mario World + Bowser's Fury's 12th February release date approaches. A special red and blue Mario-themed Switch will launch on the same day.

Bowser Jr. Coloring Pages Printable

For fighter info, see Bowser Jr. (SSB4) and Bowser Jr. (SSBU).
Bowser Jr.

Official artwork of Bowser Jr. used for Super Nintendo World promotional artwork.

UniverseMario
DebutSuper Mario Sunshine (2002)
Smash Bros. appearancesSSB4
Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearanceMario Kart Live: Home Circuit (2020)
Console/platform of originNintendo GameCube
SpeciesKoopa
GenderMale
Place of originBowser's Castle
Created byYoshiaki Koizumi
Voice actorCaety Sagoian
Article on Super Mario WikiBowser Jr.

Bowser Jr. (クッパJr., Koopa Junior) is the son of Bowser and a recurring villain in the Mario series.

Origin[edit]

Bowser Jr. is the mischievous son of Bowser and the prince of the Koopas. He resembles his father's baby form, having beady eyes, a rounded snout with fewer contours, and hair tied in a small ponytail. He debuted in Super Mario Sunshine, where he painted over most of Isle Delfino with a magic paintbrush he received (or stole; this was never clarified) from Professor E. Gadd. The 'paint' used was actually goop, which was very toxic, so much so that when spread over the Shine Gate, the sunlight over Isle Delfino depleted. Bowser Jr. committed his crimes disguised as Mario, tricking the denizens of Isle Delfino (known as Piantas) into thinking Mario was the culprit. These crimes were committed with the main intent of capturing Princess Peach, believing she is his mother. In his disguise, Bowser Jr. was similar to Mario but had a higher-pitched voice and a gelatinous, dark blue body with glowing red eyes. The disguise was activated by a blue neckerchief with Mario's signature mustache drawn on it (in later games starting with Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Bowser Jr.'s neckerchief is white and has a drawing of a ferocious mouth instead). Bowser Jr. was also convinced by his father that Peach was his mother and that Mario had taken her from him, so he attempted numerous times to kidnap her (as well as always referring to her as 'mama'); however, by the end of Super Mario Sunshine, Bowser Jr. already knew that Peach wasn't really his mother, but he still expressed his father's desire to fight Mario.

Later Mario games would explore more facets of Bowser Jr.'s character. In Super Mario Galaxy and subsequent games, Jr. has been shown to pilot large battle machines of various sorts, and his mechanical battle angles show through in his Super Smash Bros. moveset. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam explored Jr.'s personality in further detail, showing that, while he may be a spoiled child and a cunning villain, he is ultimately a lonely Koopa who desires friends above anything else.

Bowser Jr. became a landmark character after Super Mario Sunshine, appearing as a playable character in multiple spin-off games (his first being Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour) and having a recurring role as Bowser's elite soldier in the New Super Mario Bros. games. There, he uses a smaller variant of his father's famous Koopa Clown Car, officially named the Junior Clown Car in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Most notably, he appears in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey, the 3DS remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, and takes center stage as the main protagonist of the untold story in Bowser Jr's Journey.

In Super Mario Sunshine, Bowser Jr.'s voice is done by Dolores Rogers. Caety Sagoian has provided his voice in later games since Mario Strikers Charged.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Bowser Jr. appears as a trophy and as two stickers.

Trophies[edit]

Bowser Jr. trophy in Brawl.
Bowser's son, who appears in Super Mario Sunshine calling Princess Peach his mother—he feels so strongly about her that he kidnaps her. Somewhat spoiled by his father, Bowser Jr. comes off as being on the selfish side. His bib is decorated with drawn-on fangs and worn like a mask—it's most likely an effort to appear more menacing.
: Super Mario Sunshine
: New Super Mario Bros.

Stickers[edit]

NameGameEffectCharacter(s)
Bowser Jr.Mario Superstar Baseball +25
Bowser Jr.Super Mario Sunshine Attack +25

Bowser Jr.
(Mario Superstar Baseball)

Bowser Jr.
(Super Mario Sunshine)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Bowser Jr. as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.

Bowser Jr. was unofficially revealed as a playable character in SSB4 by a leak of the ESRB review video.[1] He was shown to fight in his Junior Clown Car, using boxing gloves to attack (inspired by his Clown Car in New Super Mario Bros. U, but the gloves protrude with metal extenders instead of being attached to arms). He can also drop Mechakoopas and fire cannonballs. The seven Koopalings also appear as alternate costumes for him. His Final Smash has him briefly transform into his Shadow Mario form, which then swipes the screen with the Magic Brush, creating a large X, which hurts all opponents that it touches.

Currently, Bowser Jr. is placed 48th out of 55 on the tier list, placing him in the F tier. His Clown Kart Dash special gives him a fantastic approaching option thanks to its speed and usefulness in starting combos. He also comes with some powerful finishers that can potentially KO opponents below 100%. Although he's classed as a heavyweight, his aerial game is respectable thanks to his good air mobility and ability to juggle opponents with his aerials. Despite these strengths, Bowser Jr. is held back by notable flaws, such as a laggy grab, poor ground mobility, and his recovery in Abandon Ship! is predictable and open to gimps. Bowser Jr.'s weaknesses hold him back from leaving much impact on the competitive scene, having below average results in tournament, though he still has a few dedicated players.

Trophies[edit]

Bowser Jr.
Bowser's beloved, spoiled son sports a bandanna with a large mouth drawn on it. Like his father, Bowser Jr. longs to take Mario down. In Smash Bros., he'll fight from inside his heavily armed Junior Clown Car. The Clown Car takes less damage than Bowser Jr., so mind your positioning.
Bowser's probably a big fan of his son, what with him hating Mario just as much as dear old Dad does. The tyke's Junior Clown Car is packed with gadgets and gizmos to throw at enemies! By the way, he's extra vulnerable when he jumps out of it, but...you wouldn't dream of attacking the cute little fella then, would you?
: Super Mario Sunshine (08/2002)
: New Super Mario Bros. Wii (11/2009)
Bowser Jr. (Alt.)
The Clown Kart Dash special move turns the Junior Clown Car into a kart. If you change direction while driving it, it'll spin and do more damage. When you use his up special, Bowser Jr. leaps from his Junior Clown Car, dropping it on the foes below.
The Clown Kart Dash special move turns the Junior Clown Car into a kart. If you change direction while driving it, it'll spin and do more damage. When you use his up special, Bowser Jr. jumps out of the Junior Clown Car, letting it hit opponents. Try to catch opponents with it while you're directly over them to hit them on the head!
: Super Mario Sunshine (08/2002)
: New Super Mario Bros. Wii (11/2009)
  • Classic (3DS)

  • Classic (Wii U)

  • Alt. (3DS)

  • Alt. (Wii U)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Bowser Jr. as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Bowser Jr. returns as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Like in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Bowser Jr. is an unlockable character.

Spirit[edit]

  • 10. Bowser Jr.

Names in other languages[edit]

LanguageNameMeaning
JapaneseクッパJr., Koopa Jr.
EnglishBowser Jr.
FrenchBowser Jr.
GermanBowser Jr.
ItalianBowser Junior
Spanish (PAL)Bowsy
Spanish (NTSC)Bowser Jr.
Chinese (Simplified)酷霸王Jr., Koopa Jr.
Chinese (Traditional)庫巴Jr., Koopa Jr.
Korean쿠파주니어, Koopa Jr.
DutchBowser Jr.
RussianБоузер-младшиймладший means 'Junior'
PortugueseBowser Jr.

Trivia[edit]

  • Bowser Jr. is the only character to have alternate costumes that are all different characters - each of the seven Koopalings.
    • Bowser Jr. is also the first character to have an opposite gender alternate costume that is an entirely different character. The second is Pokémon Trainer in Ultimate.
    • Bowser Jr. is also the first character to have an opposite gender alternate costume but not have an equal number of male and female alternate costumes. The second is Pikachu in Ultimate.
    • Bowser Jr. is the only character to not use an alternate costume for his Alt. Trophies, instead using his default costume.
      • The Koopalings have their own separate trophies, but they do not have Alt. Trophies.
  • Bowser Jr. is the heaviest character introduced in SSB4 despite not being a super heavyweight fighter.
  • Bowser Jr. and Rosalina are the only playable Mario characters in the Super Smash Bros. series to have debuted in the 21st century.
  • Unlike his father, Petey Piranha, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and King K. Rool, Bowser Jr. (along with the Koopalings) retains his voice actor from the Mario series. He shares this trait with Yoshi, who is voiced by Kazumi Totaka.
    • He's also one of the only playable Mario characters, alongside the Koopalings and Daisy to recycle voice clips from outside sources.
  • Bowser Jr. is one of the few playable Mario characters to have appeared in the Super Smash Bros. series in a non-playable capacity prior to his playable debut, as he had a trophy and two stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This distinction is shared with Ludwig von Koopa of the Koopalings (who appears as a playable model swap character via Bowser Jr.'s alternate costumes) and would later be shared with Daisy and Piranha Plant.
    • If sub-universes are counted, then Wario and King K. Rool would also have this distinction.
  • Bowser Jr. is the only Smash 4 newcomer to be unlockable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and a starter character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as Ness, Jigglypuff and Ganondorf weren't Smash 4 newcomers.

References[edit]


Playable characters
Super Smash Bros.Captain Falcon ·Donkey Kong ·Fox ·Jigglypuff ·Kirby ·Link ·Luigi ·Mario ·Ness ·Pikachu ·Samus ·Yoshi
New in MeleeBowser ·Dr. Mario ·Falco ·Ganondorf ·Ice Climbers ·Marth ·Mewtwo ·Mr. Game & Watch ·Peach ·Pichu ·Roy ·Sheik ·Young Link ·Zelda
New in BrawlDiddy Kong ·Ike ·King Dedede ·Lucario ·Lucas ·Meta Knight ·Olimar (Pikmin) ·Pit ·Pokémon Trainer (Squirtle ·Ivysaur ·Charizard) ·R.O.B. ·Snake ·Sonic ·Toon Link ·Wario ·Wolf ·Zero Suit Samus
New in Smash 4(Alph) ·Bayonetta ·Bowser Jr. (Koopalings) ·Cloud ·Corrin ·Dark Pit ·Duck Hunt ·Greninja ·Little Mac ·Lucina ·Mega Man ·Mii Brawler ·Mii Gunner ·Mii Swordfighter ·Pac-Man ·Palutena ·Robin ·Rosalina & Luma ·Ryu ·Shulk ·Villager ·Wii Fit Trainer
New in UltimateBanjo & Kazooie ·Byleth ·Chrom ·Daisy ·Dark Samus ·Hero ·Incineroar ·Inkling ·Isabelle ·Joker ·Ken ·King K. Rool ·Min Min ·Piranha Plant ·Richter ·Ridley ·Sephiroth ·Simon ·Steve (Alex, Zombie, Enderman) ·Terry
FightersMario (SSB ·SSBM ·SSBB ·SSB4 ·SSBU) ·Luigi (SSB ·SSBM ·SSBB ·SSB4 ·SSBU) ·Peach (SSBM ·SSBB ·SSB4 ·SSBU) ·Bowser (SSBM ·SSBB ·SSB4 ·SSBU) ·Dr. Mario (SSBM ·SSB4 ·SSBU) ·Rosalina & Luma (SSB4 ·SSBU) ·Bowser Jr. (SSB4 ·SSBU) (Koopalings) ·Daisy (SSBU) ·Piranha Plant (SSBU)
Assist TrophiesChain Chomp ·Flies & Hand ·Hammer Bro ·Lakitu and Spinies ·Thwomp ·Waluigi
BossesMetal Mario and Luigi ·Petey Piranha
StagesPeach's Castle ·Mushroom Kingdom (SSB) ·Princess Peach's Castle ·Rainbow Cruise ·Mushroom Kingdom (SSBM) ·Mushroom Kingdom II ·Delfino Plaza ·Mushroomy Kingdom ·Figure-8 Circuit ·Luigi's Mansion ·Mario Bros. ·3D Land ·Golden Plains ·Rainbow Road ·Paper Mario ·Mario Galaxy ·Mushroom Kingdom U ·Mario Circuit (SSB4) ·Super Mario Maker ·New Donk City Hall
Mushroom Kingdom (Adventure Mode)
ItemsBob-omb ·Fire Flower ·Green Shell ·Red Shell ·Super Star ·Bullet Bill ·Freezie ·Hothead ·Metal Box ·Poison Mushroom ·Super Mushroom ·Banana Peel ·Golden Hammer ·Lightning Bolt ·Boomerang ·Fire Bar ·POW Block ·Spiny Shell ·Super Leaf ·Grass ·Super Launch Star
EnemiesBanzai Bill ·Bill Blaster ·Bullet Bill ·Flame Chomp ·Goomba ·Giant Goomba ·Hammer Bro ·Koopa Paratroopa ·Koopa Troopa ·Lakitu ·Magikoopa ·Shy Guy ·Spike Top ·Shellcreeper ·Sidestepper
OtherBirdo ·Boo ·Cappy ·F.L.U.D.D. ·Geno ·Ghosts ·Kamek ·Koopa Clown Car ·Molten Fortress ·Nabbit ·Pauline ·Pidgit ·Shellcreeper ·Shy Guy ·Sidestepper ·Toad ·Warp Pipe
Trophies, Stickers and SpiritsTrophies (SSBM ·SSBB ·SSB4) ·Stickers ·Spirits
MusicBrawl (Mario Kart) ·SSB4 ·Ultimate (Mario Kart)
Related universesDonkey Kong ·Yoshi ·Wario ·Wrecking Crew

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