Bowser is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Super Smash Bros. series Bowser amiibo was released on February 19, 2015 as part of Wave 4. The Super Mario Bros. series Bowser amiibo can also be used as a Figure Player.
In Super Smash Bros. 4
Bowser is currently ranked in the S tier in Super Smash Bros. 4; he is one of the strongest amiibo available and is considered a “titan” of the metagame. Bowser is a heavyweight fighter; 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’s smash attacks are the strongest in the game, and can KO opponents ridiculously early. His most notable advantage, however, is his side special – Flying Slam – it is the best move in the game; a well-trained Bowser amiibo could use only Flying Slam and win almost any match.
In spite of his many promising strengths, Bowser has barely any flaws to balance them out. His AI favors jumping a bit too much, and may try its forward aerial at inappropriate times. His smash attacks also have noticeable ending lag and leave Bowser vulnerable if missed.
Overall, Bowser is one of (if not the) most successful characters in Smash 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 super armor on startup, making them even stronger than they used to be. His mobility has been noticeably increased and his weight has been even further amplified.
Bowser’s few nerfs include additional startup and ending lag on Flying Slam and a slightly weakened recovery; these changes are negligible at best, as Bowser’s AI no longer overuses Flying Slam and will instead utilize its entire moveset as needed. He retains his laggy smash attacks from the previous title, but this is one of his only flaws and it is significantly outweighed by his strengths.
Overall, Bowser has accrued incredible tournament results and representation and is even better than his Smash 4 iteration. Nearly every trainer who has raised Bowser has found success with him; he is so powerful, in fact, that players refrain from sending Bowser to tournaments due to how easily he can win.
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