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This article is about the boss that first appears in Super Mario Sunshine. For the planet also named Mecha-Bowser in Super Mario Galaxy, see Toy Time Galaxy § Mecha-Bowser. For the giant statue also known as "Mecha Bowser" or "Mechanical Bowser" in some Mario Kart games, see Bowser Statue.
Not to be confused with Mechakoopa or Mekakuppa.
Species Mechakoopa
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Mario Party Superstars (cameo) (2021)

Mecha-Bowser, also known as Mechakoopa,[1] is a huge Bowser-shaped robot that made its first appearance in Super Mario Sunshine. It has since made several appearances in some form or another in other games, mostly various spin-offs. It is likely inspired by Mechagodzilla in appearance.


Super Mario-kun[edit]

Main article: Mekakuppa

The concept of a robotic kaiju Bowser was first used in Super Mario-kun; the robot, Mekakuppa, has the Japanese name of Mecha-Bowser, though both are also shared with the usual name for Mechakoopas.

Super Mario (series)[edit]

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

In Super Mario Sunshine, Mecha-Bowser is found in Episode 1 of Pinna Park and is controlled by Bowser Jr. To fight it, Mario, riding the park's Roller Coaster, must collect and fire water rockets (via FLUDD) at Mecha-Bowser. Mecha-Bowser attacks by shooting Bullet Bills at Mario, and by breathing fire on the Roller Coaster track, which can be doused using FLUDD. After enough hits, the robot explodes, and Bowser Jr. pilots its head away to escape.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Main article: Toy Time Galaxy#Mecha-Bowser

In Super Mario Galaxy, a very different design of Mecha-Bowser appears as a planet and environmental boss in the Toy Time Galaxy, where it is the focus of its first mission, Heavy Metal Mecha-Bowser.

Mario Golf series[edit]

While Mecha-Bowser does not physically appear in the series, its name appears on scoreboards in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Golf: Advance Tour.

Mario Power Tennis / New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis[edit]

In Mario Power Tennis and its Wii port, Mecha-Bowser is the boss of the Mecha-Bowser Mayhem minigame, in which it rotates the court and battles players, firing Bullet Bills and Bob-ombs that can be deflected back at it. Players must attack it with charged tennis balls until it is defeated.

Mario Party series[edit]

In Mario Party 5, Mecha-Bowser is a giant toy on the Toy Dream board and shoots characters out of a cannon in its mouth to another location on the board whenever they land on a nearby ? Space. In Mario Party 7, its head is a feature of Bowser's Enchanted Inferno!. In Mario Party 9, its head is featured on the Bowser Station board as a Jackpot Machine. It stores Mini Stars, and players can earn these stars by playing minigames or by landing on Jackpot+ Spaces.

Mario Kart Arcade GP series[edit]

In Mario Kart Arcade GP and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, when finishing the Bowser Cup with Bowser, Mecha-Bowser replaces giant Bowser in a boss fight. His tactics are the same as Bowser. The player has to throw Black Shells at the pillars supporting Mecha-Bowser to defeat him.

Other appearances[edit]

In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, Mecha-Bowser's head replaces the original game's furnace block.


List of appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario Sunshine Boss 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5 Appears as NPC in Toy Dream 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Name appears on the scoreboard 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Golf: Advance Tour Name appears on the scoreboard 2004 Game Boy Advance
Mario Power Tennis Boss in a minigame and appears in the background of a certain court. 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart Arcade GP Boss 2005 Arcade
Mario Party 7 Its head cameos in Bowser's Enchanted Inferno!. 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Boss 2007 Arcade
New Play Control: Mario Power Tennis It reprises its role from Mario Power Tennis. 2009 Wii
Mario Party 9 Its head is on the stage Bowser Station although slightly altered into a "Jackpot Machine." 2012 Wii
Minecraft: Wii U Edition Block in the Super Mario Mash-up 2015 Wii U
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Block in the Super Mario Mash-up 2017 Nintendo Switch
Mario Party: The Top 100 Box art of previous games 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition Block in the Super Mario Mash-up 2018 New Nintendo 3DS
Minecraft (Bedrock version) Block in the Super Mario Mash-up 2018 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario 3D All-Stars Boss 2020 Nintendo Switch
Mario Party Superstars Box art of previous games 2021 Nintendo Switch

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Sunshine tinkoopa[2] Tinkoopa Tin-Bowser

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メカクッパ
Mecha-Bowser; same as Mechakoopa and Mekakuppa

French Mecha Bowser / Mécabowser
German Robo-Bowser
Robo-Bowser; portmanteau of Robot and Bowser.
Italian Bowsermatic
Portmanteau of Bowser and automatic
Spanish Mech Bowser


  • When firing Bullet Bills or damaged, the cannons shown resemble the controller ports on the Nintendo GameCube.


  1. ^ English Super Mario Sunshine entry on the official Mario Portal. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived on August 13, 2022, 22:22:41 UTC via
  2. ^ Super Mario Sunshine, internal filename root/data/scene/pinnaBoss0.szs/scene/tinkoopa