Bowser's Highway Showdown

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Bowser's Highway Showdown
Bowser Mobile Battle.png
World-Level World 1-CastleCastleIcon SM3DW.png
World World 1
Game Super Mario 3D World
Time limit 500 seconds
Boss Bowser
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Bowser's Highway Showdown, also known as World 1-CastleCastleIcon SM3DW.png, is the final standard course of World 1 in Super Mario 3D World. 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 the Koopa Chase.

The strategy to defeating Bowser is quite simple: the player must knock back the Kick Bombs he throws. 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 flaming residue where it lands. The player must steer clear of these fiery puddles. Once defeated, a Warp Box will appear which leads the player to the Goal Pole and the green Sprixie Princess.


Green Stars[edit]

  • Green Star 1: Near 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.


  • Near 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 haiuei-jō
Showdown! Bowser's Highway Castle
Spanish Asalto a la autopista de Bowser Assault on Bowser's Highway
French Châteautoroute de Bowser Bowser's Castleway
Dutch Bowsers kartkasteel Bowser's Kart Castle
German Bowser gibt Gas Bowser hits the gas
Italian Scontro al castello di Bowser Clash at Bowser's 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


  • 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.