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Published on Jun 26, 2010
Super Mario Galaxy 2: World 4 - Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet - Breaking into Bowser's Castle (with post commentary)
This castle has some strange gravitational forces at work. You'll find yourself on the ceiling and walls just as much as the floors. If you can wrap your head around the quick gravity changes, the actual acrobatics required aren't too difficult. Just past Kamek is a wheel of spinning fire. In the lower right corner you can score a Life Mushroom which is easy to miss, but very helpful to have. As you enter the castle, look up once you pass the midway flag. A Comet Medal is hanging out above a lone block.
Carefully navigate your way through the level and then take a launch star to a checkpoint flag and break the crystal on the right for another Life Mushroom. Ground pound the meteors to break the locks. Bowser is waiting on the other side...
~~Boss: Bowser~~ This Bowser fight is almost identical to the first, but this time his punches and the falling meteors create deadly pink rings as they hit. You can simply jump these as they pass, but you really need to be vigilant and learn to expect them with each impact.
Once the meteors fall, jump the rings they create and then lead Bowser's punch away from them. Not too far though, you need to be able to sprint back to them once they pop out of the planet and turn gold!
You can ground-pound the gold meteors to send them flying at Bowser like before. After two hits, he'll change his tactics. You can't outrun his fire so take a perpendicular turn as it approaches to sidestep it. Long jumping also helps avoid these attacks.
For the final round, lead Bowser's punch away from the meteors and then try to use a long-jump to immediately return to the nearest on, avoiding the pink rings entirely. Getting to the meteors with time to ground-pound them is tough. Two more hits and he'll be beat, and we get our Grand Star!