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Bowser, the king of Koopas

Mario's long-known rival, the king of Koopas, is ready to make his grand entrance into PM as a bigger and better version of his Melee and Brawl selves combined.

Bowser in Project M is who you expect him to be; he is the heaviest character in the game who exchanges large amounts of speed for tremendous power.

With all of the buffs Bowser has received, he has become a much more dangerous foe to compete against than in Melee and Brawl. His side special, Koopa Klaw, when aimed downwards, is a good tool for tech-chasing when using the grounded version, as when performed, Bowser throws his opponent to the ground and meteor smashes them, rendering them vulnerable to follow-ups that you can take the opportunity to perform should they fail to tech. On the other hand, the aerial version of the move is able to spike opponents, making it one of Bowser's best edgeguarders in the game.

Basic Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Normal Attack Info
A button 2 button A button A button Double Claw Two quick claw swipes. This is one of Bowser's main moves. First hit deals more damage.
A buttonwhile dashing 2 buttonwhile dashing A buttonwhile dashing A buttonwhile dashing Tripping Lunge Running headbutt. Gives Bowser light armor.
Right nunchuk+A button Right dpad+2 button Right lstick+A button Right control+A button Bowser Knuckle Punches while leaning his body forward. Can be aimed up or down. Much better for KOS than in Melee or Brawl and deals more shield damage.
Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+2 button Up lstick+A button Up control+A button Upward Claw Swats the air above him. Useful for combos and KOs.
Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+2 button Down lstick+A button Down control+A button Low Swipe Claw swipes while crouched. Does an optional second hit if the attack button is pressed a second time.

Smash Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Attack Info
Smash Right nunchuk+A button Right dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Right lstick+A button) or Right rstick (Smash Right control+A button) or Right cstick Horn Bash Does an explosive headbutt It deals explosive flame damage on contact. Strongest side smash in the game. Try to catch your opponent off guard then use this for the kill. Grants varying amounts of armor based on charge, with full charge granting heavy armor.
Smash Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Up lstick+A button) or Up rstick (Smash Up control+A button) or Up cstick Spike Slam Hurls his shell upwards then crashes down. If aerial opponents are hit by the downwards hitbox, Grants varying amounts of armor based on charge, with full charge granting heavy armor.
Smash Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Down lstick+A button) or Down rstick (Smash Down control+A button) or Down cstick Shell Spin Spins his shell. Hard to escape. Grants varying amounts of armor based on charge, with full charge granting heavy armor.

Pummels and Throws[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Pummel/Throw Info
A buttonafter grab 2 buttonafter grab A buttonafter grab A buttonafter grab Headbutt Bowser bites the opponent. Very slow for a pummel.
Right nunchukafter grab Right dpadafter grab Right lstickafter grab Right controlafter grab Forward Hurl Bowser launches the opponent forward.
Left nunchukafter grab Left dpadafter grab Left lstickafter grab Left controlafter grab One-Hand-Swing Bowser throws the opponent backwards like DK's back throw.
Up nunchukafter grab Up dpadafter grab Up lstickafter grab Up controlafter grab Spike Spin Bowser places the opponent on his shell and spins.
Down nunchukafter grab Down dpadafter grab Down lstickafter grab Down controlafter grab Bowser Slam Throws his body on to the opponent.

Air Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Attack Info
A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png 2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Shell Spin Spins around midair while in his shell. Has medium armor.
Right nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Claw Swipe Bowser swipes his claw. Possibly his best air attack.
Left nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Shell Bash Throws his shell backwards, bashing opponents with spikes.
Up nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Head Swing Bowser swings his head upwards, great for upwards KOs. Most damaging up aerial in the game.
Down nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Inverted Shell Spins in his shell downwards. Hits if he lands on the ground before the attack ends.

Special Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Special Attack Info
B button 1 button B button B button Fire Breath Bowser lets out a large stream of fire that will decrease in length the longer you use it.
Right nunchuk+B button Right dpad+1 button Right lstick+B button Right control+B button Koopa Klaw His side special from Melee, Bowser grabs the opponent, and can throw them forwards, backwards, or downwards (but not as Giga Bowser). The aerial version of the down throw spikes aerial opponents. The forward throw launches opponents vertically and can combo. The back throw is a strong KO move at high percents. If no one is grabbed, Bowser does a forceful vertical swipe.
Up nunchuk+B button Up dpad+1 button Up lstick+B button Up control+B button Whirling Fortress Bowser retreats in his shell and rapidly spins around, similar to DK's Spinning Kong. This is Bowser's best move. Abuse this as much as possible, and remember to use this out of shield.
Down nunchuk+B button Down dpad+1 button Down lstick+B button Down control+B button Bowser Bomb Bowser's version of a butt-stomp, he will decend to the ground quickly to pummel anyone under him. If Bowser is in midair when using this move, he slams to the ground with a butt-stomp. If he's on the ground doing this, he will leap forward diagonally before performing the move, it's possible to hit the opponent with the initial jump. Similar to Yoshi's Down B only stronger, with no stars.

Taunts[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Taunt
1 button A button Up dpad Up dpad He roars. The taunt he uses in Super Smash Bros Melee. But this time, the taunt is actually a very similar idle pose from Brawl (he does not lean back as far)
1 button+2 button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+A button Left dpad or Right dpad Left dpad or Right dpad He starts chomping at the air around him.
2 button Down dpad+A button Down dpad Down dpad He stands on one foot and dances around.