Bowser is the main antagonist in most of the Super Mario Bros games and made his debut back in 1985 on the NES as the boss of every castle stage in the first Mario Bros platformer game.

He returned later as the final boss often and made it also in many crossover games like Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. and some of the Mario Sports games. Bowser is still one of the most known video game antagonists. There are a few variations of him now including Dry Bowser and Baby Bowser from Super Mario World 2.


Bowser from Nintendo: an Overview

Charactername: Bowser   Developed /Created by Nintendo
Gameseries:  Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros.   First seen on: NES 
First Game: Super Mario Bros.   Year first seen in: 1985 
Last Game: Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
Role(s) and Characteristics: Antagonist   Weapons or Martial Arts Style:  
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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Bowser


Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

Bowser Mario Party 10 Official Render Art

Mario Party 10 (2015)

Bowser Smash Bros 4 WiiU 3DS Art

Super Smash Bros. WiiU / 3DS (2014)

Bowser New Super Mario bros (2006) Art

New Super Mario Bros. (2006)





Bowser in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

“Meowser” in SMW3D

Bowser from Paper Mario Villains Art Challenge

Bowser from Paper Mario

 Bowser was drawn for two different Game-Art-HQ Projects so far, for our Mario’s Blacklist in Summer 2014 where he was based on his final form in Super Mario 3D World.

He was drawn in February 2015 as part of our Villains Art challenge, this time the submissionw as based on his role in Super Paper Mario!



Selected Fan Art and Cosplay Photos of Bowser


“Dapper” Bowser

by Hybridmink

Bowser: The King Koopa

by Gino Descalzi

Bowser SMB by Joshua Summana thumb

Badass Bowser is Badass

by Joshua Summana

Bowser Sprite Art

by Warner Cortez

Dry Bowser Sprite Art

by Warner Cortez

Bowser in Smash4 Fan Art

Bowser in Smash4

by Nick Savino



Updates and Additions in Bowser’s Game Art Gallery and Character Overview

06.11.2017 – Bowser from Super Mario Odyssey added as well as the “Dapper Bowser” by Hybridmink

11.02.2017 – New Fan Art by Gad added