Bowser/Dry Bowser (New Super Mario Bros. 2)

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Making the sequel to New Super Mario Bros. for the DS? Great idea. Taking the idea of the final boss from New Super Mario Bros. Wii and downgrading it a bit while making a few changes to it? Widely different story.

Bowser is a recurrent main antagonist of the Mario franchise, appearing in almost every game in the series, Bowser usually serves as the final boss of every Mario installment, while most (if not all fights) have been praised by both gamers and fans for being both challenging, epic and fun, the battle with him, along with Dry Bowser in New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the other hand, have both been critically panned by critics for just how lazy their battles are.

Why He's Not The King of The Koopas

  1. Their battles are a complete rip-off of the final battle from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, even the first phase of having to hit the giant button to defeat Bowser is exactly the same, since some aspects were also ripped off.
  2. Not really a battle, all you do for this entire fight is climb up the platforms into the top of the castle while avoiding the lava pit from below you and Bowser's attacks.
    • Granted that is a similar case with the final battle in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World, but those were actual chases and it feels like that you're running away from Bowser, while here your simply scaling up a tower while avoiding Bowser.
  3. Bowser's attacks are both slow and easy to dodge.
  4. The platforms stay in place for so long that it is easy to jump from platform to platform.
  5. In the second half of the second phase, there are Bowser statues that will launch out fireballs, which can get a bit annoying.
  6. Bowser only has two attacks, swiping at the platforms with his claws, and breathing fire on the platform area.
    • In fact, not counting the Bower Statues in the second half of the second phase, Bowser's only means of attacking you is his fire breath, but he only does that in the three moments of the arena stages.
  7. During the first phase, the claw swipes don't hurt you, besides, it only destroys the platforms in an attempt to drop Mario down to the lava pit.
  8. To add salt to the wound, you fight another version of him with Dry Bowser as the main boss of the Star World, which is the exact same fight. The only major difference is that the platforms are much smaller. Keep in mind that the Star World is meant to be one of the most challenging worlds in the game and the boss of the Star World is literally a reskin of the final boss.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Awesome music, even though it is too ripped off from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
  2. Intense atmosphere.
  3. While far from perfect, it at least plays just like the final boss of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, so if you enjoy the final boss of that game, you can still have some fun with it.