In-game artwork of a captured Bowser Statue from Super Mario Odyssey
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)|
Bowser Statues (sometimes formatted as Bowser statues), also known as Stone Bowsers, are statues that look like Bowser and first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3. They normally appear as stone busts of Bowser with gaping mouths. They mainly act as inanimate objects, usually for decorative purposes in levels — for instance, merely appearing as background objects in Mario Kart: Super Circuit and New Super Mario Bros. Wii — but sometimes fire projectiles at Mario. In most cases, they are indestructible.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. 3
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Bowser Statues solely appear in Bowser's Castle. Some are harmless, but others shoot out a diagonal laser when Mario approaches. They cannot be defeated.
Both the original Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World variants of the Bowser Statue appear in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. They are found in the World-e level Bowser's Last Stand; the former can be found in the first room of the level, while the latter in the penultimate room before the Bowser fight, in both gray and gold colorations.
Super Mario World
Gray Bowser Statues later appear in Super Mario World. They are hunched over compared to the more upright ones in the previous game. These statues shoot fireballs in a straight line in lieu of the laser beams. Gold Bowser Statues, also known as Miniature Bowsers, also make an appearance. Unlike the Gray Bowser Statues, Gold Bowser Statues cannot be stood upon. They jump periodically and damage Mario and Luigi when touched but do not shoot fire. They can be lured into the lava or be defeated by Caped Mario's Body Press, which reveals a glitchy sprite. Cape Mario's Body Press can also defeat the gray statue's fireballs, which shows a glitched sprite too.
New Super Mario Bros.
In New Super Mario Bros.' main game, Bowser Statues merely appear as a decoration for corridors leading to fights against Bowser. However, in the minigame Danger, Bob-omb! Danger!, the mechanical Bowser Statue from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is the primary obstacle. It moves around, shooting fire in an attempt to light a Bob-omb Buddy. Using the stylus, the player must help the Bob-omb Buddy escape from the fire. Likely due to it being a sprite instead of a model, the mechanical Bowser has a more stony appearance than in Double Dash!!
Super Mario Galaxy
In Super Mario Galaxy, they appear in the Ghostly Galaxy and Bowser's Galaxy Reactor as inanimate objects (although destroying them brings out an item or helps a player proceed through a level). In the Ghostly Galaxy, there are a few in the mission Beware of Bouldergeist. In this mission, a Bowser Statue covers the fireplace with a Launch Star inside. In Bowser's Galaxy Reactor, one makes an appearance on the Starting Planet, and several make an appearance inside the Tower Planet. When these are destroyed by a Bullet Bill, they release one coin each.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
The Bowser statues appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 in Bowser's Lava Lair and Bowser's Galaxy Generator. The ones in Bowser's Lava Lair can rotate to face Mario, and create a damaging beam of electricity that Mario must jump over. The one in Bowser's Galaxy Generator is found on the Galaxy Generator Door Planet, and though considerably larger than the previous ones, serves for decorative purposes. They also appear in other galaxies but, as in the previous game, are inanimate. Bowser Jr. statues also appear in the Boo Moon Galaxy and Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet but merely act as decoration. Unlike the stone Bowser statues, the Bowser Jr. statues are metallic.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Heads of Bowser statues, referred to as Bowser sculptures, appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. They can be found on walls breathing large fireballs that fly horizontally to the left. They appear in World 6-5 and World Star-7 as well as in the giant Bowser and Dry Bowser battles. The ones in the third part of both battles breathe purple fireballs which fly straight at Mario, similar to Ludwig von Koopa's blue magic blasts during his first battle in New Super Mario Bros. Wii but less pursuant.
Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
|Level number||Level name||Green Stars required|
|World 1-Castle||Bowser's Highway Showdown||10|
|World 2-2||Puffprod Peaks||15|
|World 3-2||Chain-Link Charge||30|
|World 4-Castle||Lava Rock Lair||50|
|World 5-3||Backstreet Bustle||80|
|World 6-3||Hands-On Hall||100|
|World Castle-Castle||Bowser's Lava Lake Keep||130|
|World Bowser-Castle||The Great Tower of Bowser Land||170|
|World Star-9||Cosmic Cannon Cluster||210|
|World Mushroom-7||Broken Blue Bully Belt||240|
Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Bowser Statues also make a minor appearance in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. If the player sets the course to castle-themed and puts many ground blocks across the level, Bowser Statues will eventually start appearing as foreground decorations. As such, they are harmless and cannot be interacted with. A Bowser Jr. statue also may appear.
Super Mario Odyssey
In Super Mario Odyssey various golden Bowser statues are seen in Bowser's Kingdom. Two of them appear in the area that Topper and Hariet are battled, with one being destroyed for each defeated. They have clothes based on the Japanese gods Raijin and Fūjin, the gods of thunder and wind, respectively.
Heads of golden Bowser statues can be found in some parts of the Kingdom as well. Cappy can be spun on both of their horns for coins. Two large heads appear facing inward on a large arch towards the end of the poison-filled area at the top, and do nothing. Four large heads appear on the giant arch before the RoboBrood arena, where they let out flame every few seconds. However, since they are in the corners and are facing outwards, getting damaged by them requires jumping off the structure. A much larger head appears on the front of the same arch, and has a Power Moon in the nose that can be obtained by Ground Pounding on it.
Stone Bowser statues appear in the Underground Moon Caverns of the Moon Kingdom. One Bowser statue near the beginning of the caverns can be captured and moved in order to reveal a hole underneath it with a Power Moon.
Super Mario Maker 2
Bowser Statues reprise their role as harmless foreground decorations in Super Mario Maker 2. In the version 3.0.0 update of the game, Bowser Statues use a retouched version of their Super Mario World sprite in the Volcano theme of the World Maker mode.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Giant Bowser Statues reappear in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, appearing in both a gray and golden variety like in Super Mario World. The gold variant first appears in Secrets of Shova Mansion, where a Shova pushes it during the level's Wonder Effect, while the gray variant appears in The Final Battle! Bowser's Rage Stage, where it blocks the player's path, but is destroyed by a stampede of Bulrushes.
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Bowser Statues designed after King Koopa appear in "Do the Koopa", guarding Dark Land and the Temple of Gloom. They fire lasers from their mouths; two of the statues remove the heroes' raccoon power-up.
Super Mario World television series
Bowser Statues, though never named, appear occasionally in the Super Mario World animated series. Bowser Statues first appear in the episode "Send in the Clown", where one attacks Mario by shooting a fireball at him while he is traveling through Neon Castle. Later in the episode, Mario accidentally stumbles upon another Bowser Statue, which proceeds to spit a fireball at him; Mario manages to narrowly avoid this fireball, which hits his Koopa Football Player pursuers. In a later episode, entitled "Mama Luigi", two Bowser Statues are shown to act as guards to the entrance of Neon Castle; additionally, a Bowser Statue is also found in the basement of Neon Castle. This Bowser Statue is eventually shut-down by Yoshi, who eats one of its spat fireballs and blasts the Bowser Statue with flames.
Mario's Time Machine
In the NES release of Mario's Time Machine, Bowser Statues appear in Bowser's Museum, where they use Bowser's graphics from Super Mario Bros. 3, and as such are the same size as him. However, two of their 8-by-8 tiles (the right hand and lower jaw) appear to have been switched by mistake.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart 64
In the Mario Kart series, Bowser Statues first appear in Mario Kart 64 in Bowser's Castle. Here they are brown and just stand in place shooting fire that cannot hit the racers. One large one appears in the first courtyard, and some smaller ones without arms appear in a later hall with horizontally-sliding Thwomps.
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, a single Bowser Statue, also called the Mechanical Bowser, appears towards the end of Bowser's Castle. It slides horizontally along a rail next to a hairpin turn along the top of a castle wall where the track is, shooting large fireballs. These fireballs move at high speed at a single height and can prove dangerous to racers racing both towards and away from the titanic statue, particularly those attempting to perform the shortcut skipping over the hairpin, where spinning out may result in failing to make the jump and falling. It moves in a very jerky, mechanical manner.
Mario Kart Wii
In Mario Kart Wii, another lone Bowser Statue, this time alternatively known as Mecha Bowser or Bowser (Mechanical), appears in the new iteration of Bowser's Castle. Its model and textures resemble the one from Double Dash! with a few touch-ups such as a more sophisticated jaw, though its movement is far more fluid and organic. It overlooks the end of a long stretch in the center of the track, halfway through the course, now seemingly coming out of the lava. As racers drive towards it, it launches large fireballs that bounce along the middle of the track until they explode, acting as a hazard that adds a major risk factor to taking the middle—and fastest—route through the room. The racers then drive past Mecha Bowser on either side of it, as the track splits into two when it reaches the stone Koopa.
The Bowser Statues from Mario Kart 64 reappear in their original course, now using a nearly-unchanged version of the Double Dash!! model, albeit shaded brown. The one in the courtyard can now hit racers with its fire.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- See also: Bowser Monument
Bowser Statues that shoot lasers from Super Mario Bros. 3 appear in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe called Laser Statues. The course also features a giant Bowser Statue resembling Mecha Bowser called the Bowser Monument. Both are again featured in Bowser's Castle.
Mario Party series
Non-living Bowser Statues also appear in the Mario Party 2 and Mario Party 8 minigames Destruction Duet and Punch-a-Bunch, respectively, where the objectives are to destroy them. In Mario Party 6, several immobile Bowser Statues appear in the Bowser minigame Dizzy Rotisserie; if a character does not complete this minigame in time, these Bowser Statues will spring to life and fill the arena in fire, roasting any characters that did not make it to the finish. This minigame returns in Mario Party: The Top 100. Also in Mario Party 6, a golden one appears as one of the events in Seer Terror, where it squashes the player.
Super Princess Peach
Bowser Statues also appear in Super Princess Peach as inanimate objects, where they decorate the course where the initial fight with Bowser takes place. They only appear in that battle, where they can be crushed by Bowser's misused charge attack, resulting in a crystal for Peach to collect.
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Bowser Statues reappear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, as well as its remake, appearing as decorations in Bowser's Castle, though they've been remodeled by Fawful after he took it over, having his trademark glasses instead of Bowser's usual face.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Bowser Statues appear in Neo Bowser Castle. Here, they have hinged mouths that open to shoot fire when the bros. approach. Some of them close for just long enough to get past with the Side Drill, but others constantly stay active. To get around these, the bros. must perform a Spin Jump. Others move up and down as well, and depending on the floor can be passed with a Side Drill or Ball Hop.
Mario Tennis Aces
In battle, the Bowser Statue deploys a forcefield around itself, and launches sets of three fireballs at Mario which must be knocked back; if a fireball is not lobbed back, it becomes a stage hazard. The Bowser Statue will then fire a laser beam that sets the ground ablaze, finishing by firing a giant purple fireball which can be knocked back to deal lots of damage. The Bowser Statue will repeat this process until it is out of health, in which Mario must avoid the oncoming meteors to perform a Zone Shot at the statue's mouth. The statue will then repeatedly shoot streams of fire at Mario, then repeat its ball-serving mechanics, except it will more evenly space out the fireballs it shoots. After Mario fires a Zone Shot at it a second time, it will shoot streams of fire again, except perform a sweeping motion with them. It will then repeat the same ball-serving mechanics it used in the second phase.
Mario Golf: Super Rush
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Bowser Statues appear in The Super Mario Bros. Movie as decorations in Bowser's Castle.
Tribe: Rock clan
Disposition: Very patient
Game appearances: 3, World
Even stone statues of Bowser scare the crap out of me
In 3, there is a stone statue that shoots beams, and in World, there is a stone statue that shoots flames. In World, there are also moving stone statues, which are scary.
Mario Kart Wii
- Mario Kart Wii game guide: "This massive mechanical monster throws out a molten cannonball that stops and spins you out. Dodge it to remain on course!"
|Super Mario Galaxy 2||SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl||クッパ彫像 (Kuppa Chōzō)||Bowser Statue|
|New Super Mario Bros. 2||romfs/Model/Map_obj/koopa_head.bcres||koopa_head||Bowser Head|
Names in other languages
|Bowser stone statue (Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. 2)|
Bowser statue (Super Mario Odyssey)
|Chinese (Simplified)||=酷霸王雕像 (New Super Mario Bros.)
酷霸王的石像 (Super Mario Odyssey)
Kùbàwáng de Shíxiàng
酷霸王的大石像 (Mario Tennis Aces)
Kùbàwáng de Dà Shíxiàng
酷霸王石像 (Super Nintendo World)
Bowser's Stone Statue
Bowser's Big Stone Statue
Bowser Stone Statue
|French||Statue de Bowser||Statue of Bowser|
Bowser Statue (Gold)
|Italian||Statua di Bowser||Bowser's Statue|
|Statue of Bowser|
|Spanish||Estatua de Bowser||Statue of Bowser|
- Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 114.
- K'Nex "MARIOTM AND YOSHITM VS STONE BOWSERTM BUILDING SETTM"
- Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 52.
- Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 147.
- von Esmarch, Nick. New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 169 and 229.
- Hodgson, David S. J. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 130.
- Hodgson, David S. J. Mario Kart Wii Premiere Edition. Page 92.
- Hodgson, David S. J. Mario Kart Wii Premiere Edition. Page 33.
- Collage of Bowser Statue models and textures from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart Wii, collected from [noclip.website]
- Musa, Alexander. Mario Kart 8 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 130. "Laser Statues: While not active during Lap 1, the last two laps activate Bowser statues that fire lasers onto the track."
- Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 69.
- Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 41, 60, and 200.
- Official video from Chinese website for New Super Mario Bros.. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
- 日本环球影城 (March 26, 2021). Weibo. Retrieved July 27, 2021.