Universe: Super Mario
Debut: Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Aliases: King Koopa
Availability: Starting fighter
Background: Bowser is Mario’s rival and has a “thing” for kidnapping Princess Peach and terrorizing the Mushroom Kingdom. His plans are constantly foiled by Mario, usually ending in him being enveloped by his own lava. In newer generations he is a repeatable boss that returns as “Dry Bowser”, a skeleton form of his former self. He has 8 illegitimate children including the 7 “Koopalings” (Morton, Roy, Ludwig, Larry, Lemmy, Wendy and Iggy) and Bowser Jr.
Reasoning: One of the original 8, so he isn’t going anywhere. He has also been confirmed for SSB4.
Thoughts: I hear Bowser got a speed boost finally. I would expect other changes as well.