Bowser's Highway Showdown

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Bowser's Highway Showdown
Screenshot of Super Mario 3D World.
Level code World 1-CastleCastle Level Icon from Super Mario 3D World
World World 1
Game Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
Time limit 500 seconds
Boss Bowser
Music track Bowser's Lava Lake Keep
Music sample
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Bowser's Highway Showdown, also known as World 1-CastleCastle Level Icon from Super Mario 3D World, is the final standard course of World 1 in Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. It is a castle with many Kick Bombs, with Bowser serving as the boss. The green Sprixie Princess is held prisoner in the castle. It is unlocked by completing Plessie's Plunging Falls or Switch Scramble Circus. Ten Green Stars are needed to enter and its own completion frees the green Sprixie Princess who builds a Clear Pipe to World 2.


This course begins in a road with two Kick Bombs, a Green Ring, and a Goomba Tower. If the player, in cat form, climbs on top of the wall behind these things and waits, they will see an 8-bit Super Luigi swimming; this is the level's hidden 8-bit Luigi. Later on, there is an area with two Cannons shooting Kick Bombs. Some Thwomps and a Cat Wheel appear soon after. A short path with a Goomba Tower and a Green Star follows. The road ends in a wall made of many stone Brick Blocks. The player must use some nearby Kick Bombs to break the wall, and get to the nearby Warp Box leading to the boss. After climbing up a staircase, the player encounters Bowser in Bowser's Muscle Car.

Players defeat Bowser by launching the Kick Bombs he throws by running into them. The player will score full damage if they hit Bowser directly, but the car will take three hits before actual damage is scored. After a while, Bowser will begin to spit fire onto the road which will leave hazardous flaming residue where it lands. Once Bowser is defeated, a Warp Box appears and leads the player to the Goal Pole and the green Sprixie Princess.


Green Stars[edit]

  • Green Star 1: At the beginning of the course, the player must activate the Green Ring and collect the 8 Green Coins to make the Green Star appear.
  • Green Star 2: For this Green Star, Cat Mario is required. Shortly after the first green star, the player must activate the Cat Wheel and then scale the walls to get the star.
  • Green Star 3: After the second star, a Goomba Tower holding the star captive appears. The player must defeat the Goomba Tower to get the star.


Wii U version
Switch version
  • After the beginning after the set of moving platforms is a wall of gray blocks underneath a Cat Wheel. A bomb from the nearby cannons must be kicked into the wall to find the course's Stamp. The stamp is Bowser.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 対決!クッパのハイウェイ城
Taiketsu! Kuppa no haiwei-jō
Showdown! Bowser's Highway Castle
Chinese (Simplified) 对决!酷霸王的高速公路城堡
Duìjué! Kùbàwáng de Gāosù Gōnglù Chéngbǎo
Showdown! Bowser's Highway Castle
Chinese (Traditional) 對決!庫巴的高速公路城堡
Duìjué! Kùbā de Gāosù Gōnglù Chéngbǎo
Showdown! Bowser's Highway Castle
Dutch Bowsers kartkasteel Bowser's Kart Castle
French Châteautoroute de Bowser Bowser's Castleway
German Bowser gibt Gas Bowser hits the gas
Italian Scontro al castello di Bowser Clash at Bowser's castle
Korean 대결! 쿠파의 하이웨이 성
Daegyeol! Kupa-ui haiwei seong
Showdown! Bowser's Highway Castle
Portuguese Castelo do Bowser: confronto a todo o gás Bowser's castle: showdown at full steam
Russian Битва на дороге Боузера
Bitva na doroge Bouzera
A Battle on Bowser's Road
Spanish Asalto a la autopista de Bowser Assault on Bowser's Highway


  • During the boss battle, if one rubs Bowser with the touchscreen, it can make him more vulnerable and able to be taken down with only three hits.