The Best Final Bosses In The Super Mario Series


  • The final bosses in the Super Mario series deserve more recognition and love, as they provide thrilling and challenging experiences.
  • Each game offers unique and imaginative final boss battles, such as fighting Bowser in a flying machine in Super Mario World or dodging Baby Bowser’s projectiles in Yoshi’s Island.
  • These final boss battles often require expert skills and strategy, providing a satisfying ending to the games and a chance to save Princess Peach.



When it comes to the Super Mario series, most of the fan emphasis is placed on the levels. That’s no surprise considering the series is home to some of the best platforming levels in gaming, but the awesome final bosses of these games need more love too.

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Bowser may often serve as the final challenge in Super Mario games, but that’s not always the case. Even when he is the big bad, Bowser has evolved so much as a character that he’s almost always an excellent final boss in entirely new ways. The Super Mario series has tons of great games, but you can’t sleep on those final bosses.

10 Super Mario World

This classic of the Mario series for the Super Nintendo features a classic Bowser fight as its final boss, and with lightning bolts crashing around in the background, you’ll be forced to take on him as he zips around in his flying machine.

It was easily the most atmospheric Bowser fight in the series when it came out, and it probably still could be argued to be up there with the best of the Bowser fights. You’ll need to have expert skills to take Bowser down, but luckily, Peach can help you out a bit during this fight.

9 Super Mario Sunshine

Fans have mixed opinions on Super Mario Sunshine, but regardless of where you stand, it’s hard to say that the final hottub battle against Bowser isn’t imaginative at the very least. Being rather simple, you’ll need to run around the stage and smash sections of it to defeat Bowser and Bowser Jr.

This final battle might be a bit of a head-scratcher for some people, especially considering how difficult it can be just to get to the final boss, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t thrilling to avoid Bowser’s massive fire and all of Bowser Jr’s Bullet Bills.

8 Super Mario 64

The final boss battle against Bowser in Super Mario 64 is a classic for a reason. It may seem like a relatively simple challenge, especially since you’ve already had to face the beast on a few occasions before the final fight, but it can be seriously tough.

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It’s far easier than you might expect to make a mistake and fall off the stage, especially considering how small it can get, and throwing Bowser is trickier than ever, but it’s all worth it in the end if it means you get to save Princess Peach.

7 Super Mario Bros. 3

Acting as an update on the original Super Mario Bros Bowser fight, the incredible Super Mario Bros. 3 final boss adds a twist to the classic Bowser fight. Instead of him remaining relatively stationary, Bowser will be jumping right at you.

You will have to bait him into smashing through a series of blocks, to get him to throw himself into a hole while also avoiding him and his fireballs. It’ll be a surprisingly tricky fight, but it’s a great evolution for what was initially rather simple.

6 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

The final battle against Baby Bowser and Big Baby Bowser is a great final challenge to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. Baby Bowser alone isn’t too much of a challenge, but once Kamek uses his magic to change Baby Bowser, things will get a lot trickier.

Having to avoid Baby Bowser’s projectiles while whipping eggs at him can be rather daunting for some players. All the while, Baby Bowser will draw closer and the stage will get more and more compact, something that only makes the fight more exciting and intense the longer it goes on.

5 New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Like many other modern Mario games, the initial battle against Bowser in the final section of the Wii classic New Super Mario Bros. Wii isn’t anything spectacular. It’s once you believe he’s beaten that things will get interesting, as he comes back in a massive form.

Rather than just a simple fight, you’ll have to survive Bowser as you make it through an entire stage. It’s a unique twist on the final boss battle, and one that a lot of people were sure to find challenging.

4 Super Mario Odyssey

By the time you reach the final Bowser fight in Super Mario Odyssey, you’ll be more than prepared to take him on, tossing hats left and right as you take the fight to Bowser, boxing him into submission.

As long as you’ve gotten used to how Cappy works, you’ll be able to make short work of Bowser. Once he’s done, you’ll have to take control of your foe to do a final rush segment to survive and escape his crumbling moon base.

3 Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Bowser’s Rage Stage is a unique final event in Super Mario Wonder. Making use of ideas from plenty of previous Bowser boss battles, you’ll need to face off against a massive version of Bowser, complete with a moving floor.

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The challenge of the fight is completely fair, and yet it’ll still manage to create difficult moments. With a few unique phases, it also stands out as one of the longer Bowser boss battles from the series, making it a welcome addition to the series.

2 Super Mario Galaxy

Taking on Bowser in this fantastic galactic adventure is one of the most thrilling fights in the entire series. Having mastered the gravity mechanics of the small planets, Bowser will come barreling at you over and over, forcing you to use the size of the planets to your advantage.

You’ll need to send him on the spins of his life to send him flailing off into the nearby lava. Unlike many other Mario titles, Super Mario Galaxy also features an incredibly climactic cutscene, complete with a massive explosion.

1 Super Mario Galaxy 2

If you thought the final boss of the first Super Mario Galaxy was great, you might be one of the many people who liked the final boss in the chronological sequel even more. This time, Bowser has the upper hand, forcing you to continually flee his strikes.

Eventually, large balls will form for you to shoot at Bowser to damage him, but things get even more hectic when he begins to breathe fire in the second stage of the fight. It’s one of the most harrowing and exciting fights in the series and a great ending to a fantastic Wii game.

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