“My new country has no need for old superstars! It will do just fine with only one: the Great Bowletta!!!”
Bowletta is the fusion between Bowser's body and the spirit of Cackletta, the evil bean witch. Bowletta appears only in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, where she is the main antagonist for the second part of the game, and the game's final boss. After the Mario Bros. beat Cackletta at Woohoo Hooniversity, Fawful, her assistant, sucks up her soul in his headgear to save her life. After days of searching for a body weakened enough for Cackletta to possess, they find King Bowser, unconscious after having been separated from the Mario Bros. by Popple. Desperate for anyone to control now, and fading fast, Cackletta agrees to possess Bowser, and Bowletta is born.
Once in the new body, she discovers that Princess Peach and Queen Bean had anticipated her plan to steal the Beanstar and tricked them by disguising Birdo as Peach. Using the Koopa Clown Car, Bowletta soon finds the Mario Bros. in Little Fungitown with Peach. Since Mario is sick from Bean Fever, and Luigi is out trying to cure him, Bowletta is able to kidnap Peach easily.
When Luigi and the newly cured Mario arrive at Beanbean Castle Town, Bowletta sends them a message from a projector device which informs them that if they want to get Peach back safely, they would need to retrieve the four pieces of the Beanstar and then come back to the castle for further instructions. When the bros. heed this command, Bowletta gives them orders through another such device to march to Joke's End and hand over the bean star in exchange for Peach. Prince Peasley, realizing that Bowletta was likely not going to hold her end of the bargain, hands the bros. a fake Beanstar and tells them to try to give them the fake instead of the real thing.
However, upon trying to give Fawful the fake Beanstar, the plan backfires: Fawful destroys the fake, attacks Luigi, and runs off with the real Beanstar in his Vacuum Helmet. In a last, desperate attempt to save the world and Peach, Mario makes Luigi dress up as Princess Peach, and they manage to trick both villains long enough to both save Peach and retrieve the Beanstar.
Infuriated that she has now fallen for two tricks which prevented her from utilizing the Beanstar, Bowletta flies with Fawful to the Mushroom Kingdom and hijacks Bowser's floating castle in order to besiege the Beanbean kingdom. The Mario Bros. infiltrate the castle, pummel both the Koopalings and Fawful, and eventually come to Bowletta in the throne room. Before battling, Bowletta reveals that after she is done with the Beanbean Kingdom, she also plans to take over the Mushroom Kingdom. When the brothers face Bowletta, she has 500 HP. This time, Bowletta tricks them by feigning defeat and then proceeds to swallow them whole after a Time Bob-omb knocks the Bros. out. They end up inside the villain's stomach, where the two brothers are revived with 1 HP and quickly enter battle with Cackletta's Soul; upon her defeat, Bowletta is knocked to the ground, mourns over her failure to defeat the Bros., and then permanently turns back into Bowser after Cackletta's Soul disintegrates outside of the Koopa's body, permanently ending the witch's ambition for world domination.
Bowletta retains Cackletta's facial appearance, including her purple eyes, elongated head, massive mouth, and the two pink horn-like objects which had adorned her forehead, although she has Bowser's red hair between them. Her body resembles Bowser's except for the fact that she has a smaller tail and pale yellow breast-like lumps on her chest instead of Bowser's natural set of belly scutes. Bowser is also rounder in build, with Bowletta lacking his gut and with a slightly higher, more hunchbacked shell shape. While the two shades of yellow scales are the same for both, Bowletta's green colouration is a touch lighter. Bowletta wears both sets of Bowser's arm bracers but lacks his collar.
Powers and abilities
Bowletta's main attack is to breathe fire. Her first such fire attack involves shooting comet-like fireballs: some will need to be jumped over by the bros. and others will turn into Flarets, fireball enemies which can heal Bowletta for 35 HP if they absorbs them. Her second, more damaging fire attack begins with Bowletta magically summoning blocks over the brother's heads: the brothers must destroy the blocks by rapidly jumping into them and then prepare to jump over the violent burst of fire that will occur in five seconds after the blocks appeared. Finally, Bowletta can briefly transform into a form called Dark Bowletta: in this form, she summons stars from the sky to hit the bros. Green stars will hit Luigi, red stars will hit Mario, and both stars will harm Bowletta if countered with a hammer; the purple stars which fall with them do not damage anyone and if Mario and Luigi do not counter with the hammer, there is a chance that they may get dizzy. Dark Bowletta is also hazardously-surfaced, and will damage the Bros. should they try to use jumping attacks without the proper badges.
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