amiibo Wiki: Bowser

Bowser is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Super Smash Bros. series Bowser amiibo was released alongside Ike, King Dedede, Lucario, Mega Man, Meta Knight, Rosalina & Luma, Sheik, Shulk, Sonic, and Toon Link on February 19, 2015.

In Super Smash Bros. 4

Bowser is ranked in the S tier in the final revision of the Super Smash Bros. 4 tier list, making him one of the strongest fighters available. Bowser is a heavyweight character; his resilience is nearly unmatched and his Tough Guy ability allows him to take damage from weak attacks (including Ness’s down tilt and Mr. Game & Watch’s neutral attack) without flinching. Bowser boasts the strongest set of smash attacks in the game and uses them to KO opponents at incredibly early percentages. His most notable advantage, however, is his side special – Flying Slam – it is the best move in the entire metagame; a well-trained Bowser amiibo could only use Flying Slam and win almost any match.

Bowser’s incredible advantages are not balanced out by any major flaws. His AI favors jumping a bit too often and may try its forward aerial at inappropriate times, but these minor issues do not affect the character’s viability in any way, shape, or form.

Overall, Bowser is one of the most successful characters in Super Smash Bros. 4. He has accrued stellar tournament results and representation; Cloud, FarmingSim, Supernova, Arklaine, and many others have found success with the character.

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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Despite his top-tier placement in Super Smash Bros. 4, Bowser has been significantly buffed for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and is now considered the best character in the game by far. His tilt and smash attacks have been enhanced with heavy armor on startup, making them even stronger than they used to be. Opposing AI do not recognize super armor on moves; as a result, they will try to attack through it but get hit anyway. Bowser’s mobility has also been noticeably improved and his weight has been even further amplified.

Bowser received next no nerfs during the transition to Ultimate. Important to note, however, is that the AI no longer spams Flying Slam; instead, Bowser wins matches by relying on his down aerial, down special, tilts, and smash attacks.

Overall, Bowser has accrued incredible tournament results and representation.  The character was so powerful, in fact, that he was unanimously banned from amiibo tournaments in December 2019.

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