Bowser (New Super Mario Bros. 2)

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OK, making a sequel to New Super Mario Bros, 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 for 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 installment. While most fights have been praised by both gamers and fans for being challenging, epic and fun, the battle with him in New Super Mario Bros. 2 has been critically panned by critics for just how lazy this battle is.

Why It Sucks

  1. This battle is a complete rip-off of the final battle from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, from the first phase of having to hit the giant button to drop Bowser in the lava pit being exactly the same, right down to even reusing the final boss theme from that game!
  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.
    1. Granted the final battles in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World aren't really much of battles either. The difference is those were actual chases and pretty exciting ones at that. Not to mention, they would feel like normal levels disguised as bosses without Bowser. In this game, on the other hand, you're simply scaling up a tower while avoiding his claws. In fact, it feels more like a glorified Doodle Jump level than the final boss of a Mario game. On top of that, you could either replace Bowser with a group of skewers (those pillars with spikes on them that periodically shoot out of their spot in an attempt to crush Mario.), or remove him altogether, and the battle wouldn't feel any different
  3. Bowser's attacks are both slow and easy to dodge. Yes, he's a turtle, but even at that size he can move faster than this.
  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.
    1. In fact, not counting the Bower Statues in the second half of the second phase, Bowser's only means of attack 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 does not hurt you, it only destroys the platforms in an attempt to drop Mario down to the lava pit.
  8. To add insult to injury, 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 it features a re-skin of Bowser as its boss.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Awesome music, even though it too is 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 this one.