Bowser's Kingdom (クッパの国 , lit. Bowser Country?), also known as the Well-Defended Castle Floating Among Glowing Clouds. is a location that appears in Super Mario Odyssey and the homeland of Bowser. It is a vast realm based on Japan. Its most notable city is Bowser's Castle, which serves as the kingdom's main battle area in the game.
Unlike most games, which feature a Western European design for his kingdom, this kingdom is a lush, flowering traditional Japanese style, with a concentric series of walls and baileys, a traditional garden and tea house, and a central keep. Instead of the usual lava, the castle's moats are filled with poison.
Don't run afoul of the Stairface Ogres that guard this kingdom. When they spot an intruder, they bring their huge mallets down, no questions asked. On the other hand, you have to admire their tenacity and work ethic. The scars on their faces show they don't give up easily.
Beautiful Tile Work
This kingdom's architecture is unique. Roofs are made of heavy, layered tiles that will not budge even if walked upon. They also create a uniformity in the overall design, enhancing the beauty of the palace.
Though you can move along the roofs, this palace rests quite high in the sky, and if you fall off, you will most definitely die. It's not the surest footing either, so be careful.
Statues Guard the Court
The palace tower highlights the inner citadel, and the gate leading to it is guarded by fearsome statues.
The statues are fashioned after gods of wind and thunder, the perfect motif for a sky palace, and since they are modelled on Bowser, the ruler of this kingdom, they serve as a warning to foes here and abroad.
Surrounding the inner citadel are the second and third courts. The second court is specially fortified, with many cannons to repel invaders. Cannonballs often roll along the ground, and many tourists fall trying to evade them. Try not to get too close!
An Oasis of Calm
This elegant garden is a balm for the brutality of this kingdom and will help you forget all the hardships you faced to reach it. You can even buy souvenirs, so be sure you stop by!
The Hole Thing
All along the walls, these holes were meant to allow defenders to shoot at invaders, but nowadays you're more likely to find a demon or a snake coming out than an arrow.
- Population: Middling
- Size: Sprawling
- Locals: Stairface Ogres
- Currency: Oblong
- Industry: Hanafuda cards
- Climate: Average 79°F
- Third Courtyard (Front):
- Third Courtyard (Rear):
- Second Courtyard:
- Souvenir Shop:
- Main Courtyard Entrance:
- Main Courtyard:
- Outer Wall:
- Inner Wall:
- Beneath the Keep:
- Goombas (wearing Japanese-styled hats)
- Micro Goombas
- Stairface Ogres
- Koopa Troopas (in 2D segments)
- Yoofoe (after beating the kingdom)
- Topper (boss)
- Hariet (boss)
- RoboBrood (boss)
There are two paintings in this kingdom. One is located at the left building near the Main Courtyard Entrance's Checkpoint Flag, at the left side of the wall. It takes the player either to the Snow Kingdom Clifftop at the Snow Kingdom or the Diving Platform at the Seaside Kingdom, and it can be accessed after completing the main game.
The other painting is located at the Island in the Sky, which can only be reached from a painting in the Cascade Kingdom.
There are a total of 64 Power Moons (61 regular Power Moons and 1 Multi Moon) in this kingdom. During the player's first visit to this kingdom, they can collect 37 Power Moons and the Multi Moon. After the player defeats Bowser in the Moon Kingdom, 7 more Power Moons become available to collect, including one from the kingdom's Hint Art and one from using a painting found in the Cascade Kingdom. The Moon Rock Moons will also be available, adding 17 additional Power Moons.
- Many ornaments strewn throughout the kingdom, such as the nobori and the chōchin, contain the kanji 寿 (Kotobuki), which means "long life". Some chōchin additionally contain the compound 空覇 (can be read as Kuppa, Bowser’s Japanese name), literally meaning "celestial supremacy".
- The kingdom's industry (hanafuda cards) may be a reference to Nintendo's origins as a card company.