Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
After the Mario Bros. beat Cackletta at Woohoo Hooniversity, Fawful sucks her spirit into his headgear. They later find Bowser unconscious in Stardust Fields after they are sent flying out of the university by Prince Peasley and the Beanstar exploded. Cackletta's ghost leaves the headgear to take over Bowser, creating Bowletta.
Bowletta and Fawful kidnap Princess Peach in Little Fungitown while Mario is sick with Bean Fever and Luigi is out to find the cure in Guffawha Ruins; it is revealed when Luigi returns to the place with the Crabbie Grass. Luigi initially mistakes Bowletta for Bowser when he first sees her. When Luigi and the newly cured Mario arrive at Beanbean Castle Town, Bowletta sends them a message telling them to bring her the four pieces of the destroyed Beanstar in exchange for Princess Peach.
After Mario and Luigi reassemble the Beanstar, Bowletta sends another message, telling them to meet her at Joke's End to give it to her. When the Mario Bros. arrive at Joke's End, they try to give Bowletta a fake Beanstar instead, but Fawful destroys it and takes the real Beanstar using his helmet. However, they soon after see Mario with another Princess Peach, who claims the one Bowletta has captured is an imposter. Believing this, they toss the Peach they have overboard and capture the one with Mario. As they are celebrating success back on the Koopa Cruiser, however, they find out that the Peach they have captured is actually Luigi in disguise, who manages to escape with the Beanstar.
Angered by the trick, Bowletta and Fawful head to the Mushroom Kingdom, where they fly Bowser's Castle back to the Beanbean Kingdom and attack the castle town. After Mario and Luigi reach the castle via Blablanadon and arrive at the throne room, where Bowletta is waiting, she reveals that she intends to take over the Mushroom Kingdom after she is done with the Beanbean Kingdom and battles the Mario Bros. When Bowletta is defeated, a Time Bob-omb appears and knocks Mario and Luigi out. Bowletta, having faked her defeat, then proceeds to inhale and swallow them. Inside her body, Mario and Luigi must face Cackletta's spirit, and when she is finally defeated, the Mario Bros. are returned to the castle, Bowser is returned to normal, and Cackletta's spirit vanishes into the afterlife.
Bowletta also appears in the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode of the remake. After the captains defeat Fawful for the first time, Bowletta attempts to dupe them by using an illusionary spell to hide her features and disguise herself as an unpossessed Bowser, so that she can command them. However, Captain Goomba is able to deduce something's wrong, as she commands him to destroy Mario and Luigi, which is a step too far in even Bowser's book. After Captain Goomba leaves, Bowletta's disguise dissipates and she discusses her plan with Fawful; however, a Lakitu, hiding in the corner, overhears the conversation and returns to warn the rest of the minions (who deduced the matter independently of the Lakitu both due to "Bowser's" rather uncharacteristic command for them, as well as Fawful's earlier gloating). They then attempt to fight Bowletta and free Bowser. Unfortunately, Fawful, having anticipated that they would see through the earlier ruse, ended up activating a trap door to a Mecha-Fawful factory before the battle could commence.
Bowletta retains Cackletta's facial appearance, including her purple eyes, large head and mouth, and the two pink horns replacing Bowser's own horns, although she has Bowser's red hair between them. Her body resembles Bowser's except that she has a smaller tail and light-colored breasts. Bowletta is also less round, but has a more hunched appearance, along with a taller shell. While their scales are the same color, Bowletta's green coloration is lighter than Bowser's. Bowletta wears both sets of Bowser's arm bracelets but lacks his collar. In her artwork, her horns are purple, and it is shown that she completely lacks Bowser's claws.
In the Nintendo 3DS remake, her appearance is revamped with the collar now appearing around her neck unlike previously. Her horns are also now correctly colored, and her shell is no longer as tall in comparison to that of normal Bowser's. Her green scale coloration is additionally no longer subtly brighter than Bowser's own. Her tail is also the same length as Bowser's tail, and she now has Bowser's claws. Her breasts no longer replace Bowser's plastron, as the plastron is still visible as a duller color than the breasts. Her dark appearance is altered by removing her pupils and all pink and red areas outside her eyes, and adding more yellow glowing areas.
Powers and abilities
Being the result of Cackletta's spirit possessing Bowser, Bowletta has the powers of Bowser; meaning she can shoot balls of fire, produce Flarets or fire a continuous blast of fire from her mouth. She also retained her ability of electrokinesis, shown when she appears for the first time as Bowletta, and can also create a rain of shooting stars when she transforms into her dark form. She can also inhale things into her body, shown when she inhales Mario and Luigi when they are knocked out from the Time Bob-omb after faking her defeat. Finally Bowletta also has limited shapeshifting abilities that she has preserved from her old form, as she appeared as Bowser in Minions Quest in an attempt to trick the Koopa Troop, only removing the disguise when she was sure no one was present.
Bowletta's first attack uses Flarets aimed at the Bros. and fired randomly and rapidly. Three, however, will be used for Bowletta to use at a later turn to heal herself. In order to prevent this, the Bros. must hammer them (or jump on them with the proper badges equipped) in order to get rid of them when it is their turn. However, using fire or thunder will heal the Flarets. She can also will summon blocks above the Bros.' heads. They must break the blocks with a required amount of jumps in five seconds in order to even be able to evade the fire stream she makes. When Bowletta transforms into a darker form, she summons shooting stars to hit the brothers. Green stars will hit Luigi, red stars will hit Mario, and both stars will harm Bowletta if countered with a hammer; the purple stars (yellow in the remake) which also fall do not damage anyone. If Mario and Luigi do not counter the stars with their hammers, there is a chance that they may get dizzy. In the remake, Bowletta also winks one of her eyes to indicate which star will target one of the bros. This form of Bowletta is also hazardously-surfaced, and will damage the Bros. if they try to use jumping attacks without the proper badges needed to damage Bowletta.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
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