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Bowser Spaces are a recurring type of space in the Mario Party series. They tend to be fairly rare - between one and five per board - but certain events or items can increase the number. No matter what, however, their purpose is always the same; when a character steps on a Bowser Space, Bowser himself usually appears to cause a negative effect on players. However, if the player who activates the Bowser Space has no coins (or Mini Stars in Mario Party 9), Bowser gives them some coins/Mini Stars instead (the amount varies with each game).
In the first Mario Party, Bowser makes the player do one of his events via roulette. His events are the following:
1 The amount of coins taken ranges from 10-50, and usually correlates with the current turn number.
2 In the 1 vs. 3 games, whoever lands on the Bowser Space is always the single player.
3 If a tie occurs then everyone loses the same amount of coins. This is similar to Bowser's Coin Potluck from Mario Party 2 and 3. However, if everybody wins, Bowser will take coins from the player who triggered Bowser Space.
If the player has at least one Star, but no Coins, Bowser gives the player 10 coins in exchange for 1 Star.
If the player has no Coins or Stars, Bowser gives the player 20 Coins.
Mario Party 2
In Mario Party 2, the minigame events are gone, and four new events are added – two of them are made specifically for this game. They include the following:
Past Bowser Events:
New Bowser Events:
Mario Party 3
In Mario Party 3, Bowser Revolution, Coins for Bowser, Bowser's Coin Potluck and the three gold-lettered events all return in this installment, while five new events are introduced. These are:
NOTE: In Bowser Revolution, Bowser flashes red.
Mario Party 4
In Mario Party 4, the roulette is gotten rid of, and there are few events left to show. Usually, Koopa Kid takes coins from players (one or all, usually 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 coins each) instead of Bowser himself. If he says it's just the player who landed on the Bowser Space and the player has no coins, he gives the player with zero coins 10 coins instead. Once in a while, Bowser himself does show up; he flattens the player who landed on the space and decides the event himself. Three Bowser events from the previous Mario Party game remain, and a new event is added: the Bowser Mini-Game. This event is the most common event, where players have to play a minigame with Bowser. The loser has to give Bowser coins (half of their coins or all of their coins), or items (always all their items). On rare occasions, Bowser shows up after Koopa Kid has already stolen coins and starts an event.
The Bowser events from the previous Mario Party games include:
Mario Party 5
In Mario Party 5, in addition to the returning events from Mario Party 4, there is a new event called Bowser Bonus, in which he gives a Ztar to the player, taking away one of their Stars. Sometimes, before an event is decided, Donkey Kong appears and punches Bowser. Bowser then blames Donkey Kong for ruining the event, and tells the player that he will leave quietly, but not without the coins. He then steals 10 or 20 coins from the player. If a player lands on a Bowser Space and does not have any coins, Bowser will give the player ten coins.
In this game, each board starts with only one Bowser Space in the place of a random Red Space, rather than having constant locations on each board. If a player receives a Bowser Capsule, Bowser will appear and turn a Red Space into another Bowser Space. Also, once a game hits the Last 5 Turns, one of the roulette events will turn all Red Spaces into Bowser Spaces.
In story mode, if a Koopa Kid lands on a Bowser Space, Bowser will give them 10 coins.
Mario Party 6
In Mario Party 6, he only resorts to two events: the Mini-Games and the Bonus, only the Bonus involves him hitting a Block to determine what the player loses – Coins or Stars. The Bowser Revolution is in the game too, but only as a bonus in the Last Five Turns Event.
Bowser Spaces only appear at night in Mario Party 6; DK Spaces take their place during the day.
Mario Party 7
In Mario Party 7, the Koopa Kid Space does most of the events, and the Bowser Space is left with having Bowser do two types of Minigames for the player to do – Single-player, and Multiplayer. If they lose, Bowser takes away Coins or Stars. Every five turns after each minigame, a special Bowser event occurs. This is called "Bowser Time" and has many results, depending on the board.
Despite being a Bowser board, no Bowser Spaces appear in Bowser's Enchanted Inferno!
Mario Party 8
In Mario Party 8, these spaces appear after someone landed on a DK Space. When someone lands on one of these, Bowser appears to do the opposite of whatever DK would do on that particular board, usually to hinder the player's progress. After the event is done, the spaces revert back into DK Spaces (also, the shape of the space was different with each board, including the tutorial, along with the background being purple on some boards). He did the following on each board:
Mario Party DS
In Mario Party DS, Bowser randomly chooses one of four options:
Despite being a Bowser board, no Bowser Spaces appear in Bowser's Pinball Machine.
Mario Party 9
Bowser Spaces return in Mario Party 9, where they are usually put on by Bowser as a "gift" for the captain after the players reach Green Toad. When a Bowser Space is landed on a board, Bowser activates a roulette, and one of the following events initiates:
The Reverse & Battle Minigames qualify as Bowser Minigames due to the normal rules & Mini Star distribution changed from Bowser.
Any minigames triggered by Bowser follow the same selection process as normal (captain chooses from three random games; last-place player chooses if past Green Toad).
Mario Party: Island Tour
The Bowser Spaces appear in some boards, not all. If a player lands on one (or if playing in Bowser's Tower and the player and Green Toad encounter him on a floor), Bowser activates a roulette with four or five options.
The following do not have a serious effect:
Something similar happens when a player gets a Bowser Penalty.
Nothing happens if any of the following is selected:
Mario Party 10
Landing on a Bowser Space triggers a roulette that causes havoc to the player. The roulette recycles events from Mario Party 9. On amiibo Party, coins and Stars could be lost. In this game, however, Bowser does no longer help the player if he/she is in last place (only exception is some events). Additionally, Bowser Spaces only appear if the player frees Bowser, except in Chaos Castle.
Returning Bowser Events from Mario Party 9
amiibo Party Events
There is one Bowser Space located on the upper-right section of each board at the start of an amiibo Party game, this can only be changed with the Bowser Space Roulette, which can turn Red Spaces into them or the opposite. If Bowser stops on Bowser Space, he will obtain the amount of coins or a Star depending on the event.
The Mario Party 6 Bowser Space appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a Sticker, but it is renamed Bowser Coin for unknown reasons. It isn't that it comes from another game, because the game appearance is labeled as Mario Party 6.
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