The Fate of the Universe

From the Super Mario Wiki, the Mario encyclopedia
Jump to navigationJump to search
The Fate of the Universe
Bowser Galaxy Reactor Final Showdown.png
Location Bowser's Galaxy Reactor
Mission # 1
Game Super Mario Galaxy
Boss(es) Bowser
<< Directory of missions >>

The Fate of the Universe is the only mission of Bowser's Galaxy Reactor, and is the final mission of Super Mario Galaxy, excluding The Star Festival. The mission's objective is to defeat Bowser for the final time and collect the last Grand Star.


Mario begins on a planet with stone walls and spotlights that determine the direction of gravity; the area a spotlight is shining on is gravitized, allowing Mario to walk on the walls. The player must cross the walls using the spotlight while avoiding Dry Bones and Fire Bars to reach a vortex that will bring the player to a lava filled planet with many sinking and moving platforms. A vortex at the end of the area will bring the player to an ice planet. As the player moves along, ice platforms will form in front of them, creating a path in the same manner as Space Junk. The vortex at the end of the ice planet will take the player to a sand planet where the player has to dodge tall Fire Bars on moving platforms to reach the vortex at the end. Next is a two-dimensional platforming challenge involving Space Junk. The player must Wall Jump and avoid Fire Bars while also navigating a gravity chamber at the end to reach the next vortex. The final vortex will take the player to a large lava-filled tube planet with many Thwomps, Bullet Bills, and Banzai Bills, as well as sinking and moving platforms. The Launch Star at the end will send the player to a stairway where a cutscene with Bowser and Bowser Jr. will begin. As Mario makes his way up the stairs, Bowser Jr. will send out meteors to destroy the stairs, similar to the stairway in Bowser's Star Reactor. Reaching Bowser will begin a dialogue in which he announces his plan to create a new universe in his own image, with Princess Peach by his side. He then pulls Mario and himself to a small grey planet, initiating the final boss battle.

Bowser Battle[edit]

Bowser will begin the fight using his signature ground pounding attack to send shockwaves at Mario. He will then curl up into a boulder and attempt to roll over Mario. Mario must spin attack Bowser's head to knock him out of the boulder and send him sliding around the planet. Once he is spun again, Bowser will release some Star Bits and the process to damage him must be repeated, though he will have to be spun twice after he is knocked out of the boulder.

In the second phase, Mario and Bowser are gravitated to another planet covered with spiky plants and rubbery bulbs. After breathing a few fireballs and ground pounding, Bowser will curl into his shell and roll after Mario. He must be hit with a rubbery bulb to stun him and send him sliding around. When he is spun again, the process must be repeated. Alternatively, if Bowser is standing next to a rubbery bulb during his initial attacks, Mario can stun him without having to deal with the shell attack. As before, Bowser must be spun twice after being stunned to move on to the final phase.

The final battle with Bowser.

The third phase is similar to the previous battles with Bowser. Bowser will attack by sending out several shockwaves, firing fireballs, or by curling up into his shell and attempt to roll over the player. After the shell attack, Bowser will attempt to ground pound Mario. If Mario is standing on a blue orb, Bowser will shatter it upon landing, burning his tail, and will begin running around the planet. Spinning Bowser will send him spinning around the planet, and spinning into him again will damage him. Repeating the process and damaging Bowser a second time will defeat him, and reward the player with the final Grand Star.


Planets visited[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 銀河ギャラクシー運命うんめいだれに?!
Gyarakushī no unmei wa dare no te ni?!
In Whose Hands Lay The Fate of the Galaxy?!
Chinese 银河的命运在谁手中?!
Yínhé de mìngyùn zài shuí shǒuzhōng?!
The fate of the Galaxy lies in whose hands?!
French Qui détient la clé du destin de l'univers ? Who holds the key of the fate of the universe?
French (NOE) Qui détient la clé du destin de l'univers? Who holds the key of the fate of the universe?
German Das Schicksal des Universums... The Fate of the Universe...
Italian Chi Decide il Destino dell'Universo? Who decides the fate of the universe?
Korean 갤럭시의 운명은 누구의 손에!?
Gaeleoksi'ui Unmyeong'eun Nugu'ui Son'e!?
The fate of the Galaxy lies in whose hands!?
Spanish (NOA) El Destino del Universo The Fate of the Universe
Spanish (NOE) El elegido para salvar el universo The chosen one to save the universe