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Bowsette comes to Breath of the Wild thanks to this immaculate mod

I wonder if anyone at Nintendo had any inclination as to what the Super Crown power-up in New Super Mario Bros. U would unleash upon the internet. In what seemed like an instant, one little comic (opens in new tab) by artist Ayyk92 depicting a Peach-ified Bowser whipped up a storm of (often NSFW) fanart, which is still going today and has even spawned its own porn parody (opens in new tab). But where countless artists took one look at Bowsette and thought "I want to draw her," modder Lynard Killer thought "I want to play as her." Lo and behold, Bowsette is now playable in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (opens in new tab) thanks to a mod for the CEMU (opens in new tab) Wii U emulator. 

There are countless Bowsette variations out there but the model used in the mod is pretty traditional, complete with a small Bowser shell and tail, a toggleable black dress, and the all-important horns and Super Crown. She's also got some pretty authentic sound effects, and the whole effect is especially convincing given that Lynard Killer's reveal trailer focuses on fiery weaponry.  

As our sister site PC Gamer (opens in new tab) reported, the Breath of the Wild modding scene is, in a word, amazing. Several characters have already been modded into the game, from Grand Theft Auto's CJ to Sonic the freaking Hedgehog - so if anything, Bowsette is a relatively normal addition. I mean, she looks a bit like Zelda and she is based on two Nintendo characters mixed together. Compared to CJ, she's practically canon. 

No Bowsette, sadly, but here are the 36 best Skyrim mods (opens in new tab) for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Austin freelanced for the likes of PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and he's been with GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a staff writer is just a cover up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news and the occasional feature.