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This article is about the Towers found in the New Super Mario Bros. games. For the final world of Donkey Kong for the Game Boy, see Tower (world). For the tower from Super Mario Bros. 3, see Sky Land § World 5-Tower.
Not to be confused with Fortresses.
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Towers (called Fortresses in New Super Mario Bros. Wii[1]) are a type of level appearing in New Super Mario Bros. sub-series. They are more or less the equivalent of the Fortresses from Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World. Unlike most Fortresses, in which the player may have to progress from left to right or vertically, Towers exclusively feature vertical direction. One appears midway through every world (except for World 6 and World 8 from New Super Mario Bros. as well as Rock-Candy Mines from New Super Mario Bros. U, which have two). The challenge of Towers generally depends more on traps and obstacles than enemies.

Starting from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, some worlds have no towers whatsoever. World 9 of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the Special Worlds of New Super Mario Bros. 2, Peach's Castle and Superstar Road of New Super Mario Bros. U are examples.

In Super Mario Run, the levels Cutting-Edge Spire and Scaredy Rat Race take place in towers.

New Super Mario Bros. Boss Fights[edit]

At the top of every tower, there is a boss fight with Bowser Jr., who becomes increasingly more difficult as Mario (or Luigi) reaches each Tower. When Jr. is defeated, he gets back up and jumps off-screen (and out of the Tower). Additionally, the first time Jr. is defeated in each tower, a brief cutscene ensues on the map, showing him running with Princess Peach to the Castle of that world. Some worlds have 2 towers.

  • World 1-Fortress NSMB.png: The fight is simple, with no obstacles. Bowser Jr. runs at the player to attack.
  • World 2-Fortress NSMB.png: The fight is a bit harder, as Bowser Jr. now has the ability to jump, and there is quicksand on the arena.
  • World 3-Fortress NSMB.png: Bowser Jr. can still jump, and the fight is now held on a platform above a pool of water.
  • World 4-Fortress NSMB.png: Bowser Jr. changes his tactic; this time, he throws Koopa Shells, which need to be jumped on and tossed back.
  • World 5-Fortress NSMB.png: Bowser Jr. doesn't throw shells, but the fight is on a pillar of ice, which reduces the player's traction, and is held over a bottomless pit.
  • World 6-Fortress NSMB.png: The fight is on a see-saw, above a floor of spikes.
  • World 6-Fortress NSMB.png 2: The fight is on a see-saw, this time above lava, with Bowser Jr. throwing shells.
  • World 7-Fortress NSMB.png: Bowser Jr. throws shells, and the fight is on moving platforms.
  • World 8-Fortress NSMB.png: The fight is like a small obstacle course, with Rocket Engines and moving platforms. Jr. throws shells and can also jump.
  • World 8-Fortress NSMB.png 2: The final Tower's fight is on yet another pillar above lava (complete with Podoboos this time), still with shell-throwing added, and he could jump

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Boss Fights[edit]

At the end of the fortresses, there is a boss fight with the Koopaling of that world. After defeating it, it flees to the castle at the end of its respective world for a rematch. In the last tower, instead of a Koopaling, Kamek is fought instead. After defeating him, he flees to the Airship. However, he is not fought there again.

  • World 1-Fort Icon.png: The fight with Larry Koopa is extremely simple, with small bottomless pits on each side of the room.
  • World 2-Fort Icon.png: Roy Koopa has a fight which is over a pit of quicksand.
  • World 3-Fort Icon.png: The fight with Lemmy Koopa is on a floor of ice with two bottomless pits on each side, similar to Bowser Jr.'s fight in World 5-Fort Icon.pngTower in New Super Mario Bros..
  • World 4-Fort Icon.png: Wendy O. Koopa has a fight in a small room, similar to both her original fight in Super Mario Bros. 3 and Bowser Jr.'s in New Super Mario Bros..
  • World 5-Fort Icon.png: Iggy Koopa's battle has three shifting platforms.
  • World 6-Fort Icon.png: Morton Koopa Jr. has his fight over a pit of lava, with Skewers crashing down onto the side platforms.
  • World 7-Fort Icon.png: Ludwig von Koopa's battle has bottomless pits on each side like Larry Koopa.
  • World 8-Fort Icon.png: Kamek is fought on platforms coming in from the right of the room.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Boss Fights[edit]

At the end of every tower, there is a boss fight with a group of Reznors. After defeating them, the Koopaling of the world swings in with Princess Peach in hand, except for World 6, when the game just cuts to the world map.

  • World 1-NSMB2-Tower Course Icon.png: Two Reznors on one wheel with four Rectangular Coin Blocks.
  • World 2-NSMB2-Tower Course Icon.png: Four Reznors on one wheel with four Rectangular Coin Blocks.
  • World 3-NSMB2-Tower Course Icon.png: Same as World 2-Tower.
  • World 4-NSMB2-Tower Course Icon.png: Four Reznors on two wheels; two Reznors per wheel, with each wheel having four Rectangular Coin Blocks. One bridge is positioned to the left of one wheel, while another bridge is positioned to the right of the other wheel.
  • World 5-NSMB2-Tower Course Icon.png: Four Reznors on two wheels; two Reznors per wheel, with each wheel having four Rectangular Coin Blocks. One bridge is positioned between the two wheels.
  • World 6-NSMB2-Tower Course Icon.png: Four Reznors on one giant wheel with eight Rectangular Coin Blocks.

New Super Mario Bros. U Boss Fights[edit]

At the end of the first six world's towers (excluding Rock-Candy Mines' second tower and Meringue Clouds' tower), there is a boss fight with a Boom Boom, who, after Acorn Plains, has Kamek enhance it's abilities. After Grinding-Stone Tower, the bosses of the towers Screwtop Tower and Slide Lift Tower are replaced by Boss Sumo Bro. and Kamek respectively.

  • Acorn Plains-Fort Icon.png: A Boom Boom, in its most standard boss fight.
  • Layer-Cake Desert-Fort Icon.png: A Boom Boom, Kamek gives the Boom Boom the power to spin jump. The ones after it keep this ability in the following boss fights.
  • Sparkling Waters-Fort Icon.png/Frosted Glacier-Fort Icon.png: A Boom Boom, Kamek gives the Boom Boom the power to jump, similarly to Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Soda Jungle-Fort Icon.png: A Boom Boom, Kamek enlarges the Boom Boom.
  • Rock-Candy Mines-Fort Icon.png: A Boom Boom, Kamek gives the Boom Boom the power to fly, similarly to Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Rock-Candy Mines-Fort Icon.png 2: Boss Sumo Bro., Kamek enlarges a Sumo Bro., giving him the power to shock the entire ground.
  • Meringue Clouds-Fort Icon.png: Kamek, using magic blocks to crush the player.

Challenge Mode Original Courses[edit]

Tower-related Challenge courses that have no origin.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

A tower, particularly the Slide Lift Tower level, appears as one of the variations of the Mushroom Kingdom U stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, featuring two moving platforms that derived from said level. Like the other sections of Mushroom Kingdom U, different obstacles such as icicles and water geysers appear as stage hazards.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese
Tower
French Tour Tower
Russian Башня
Bashnya
Tower
Chinese
Tower

Trivia[edit]

  • In New Super Mario Bros. U, all the towers have Bowser Jr.'s face marked on the walls of the towers.
  • Due to both the Tower icon and map model resembling Fortresses in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U, and New Super Luigi U, there is some slight naming confusion across languages:
    • The New Super Mario Bros Wii instruction manual refers to Towers as "Fortresses." However, the European instructions refer to them correctly as "Towers."
    • In the Japanese supplemental materials of New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Towers were identified as Forts. In New Super Mario Bros. 2, the name was revised to Tower, matching the English versions. Despite this, the names for individual Tower levels in the Japanese versions of New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U continue to call them Forts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Wii instruction booklet, page 8