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Hammer Bros. (also called Hammer Brothers; called Hammer Bros in many games) are a species of Koopa that stand upright and throw hammers at passers-by. They first appeared in the game Super Mario Bros.. They have bigger shells than normal Koopas and wear headgear, most likely to protect themselves from their hammers. They can also use special hammers to shrink their enemies. Hammer Bros. have many times been described as the most elite fighters in Bowser's Koopa Troop. These enemies were originally designed by Kazuaki Morita.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros.
Hammer Bros. make their debut appearance in Super Mario Bros., for the Nintendo Entertainment System. More often than not they are encountered in pairs, attacking Mario by tossing hammers and jumping between rows of bricks. The player can defeat them by running into them while invincible, shooting fireballs at them, breaking the bricks directly underneath them, jumping on their head or avoiding them by simply running past them while they are in mid-jump. If a Hammer Bro. is onscreen for a certain amount of time without being defeated, they start to chase after Mario.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost LevelsSuper Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan), in which they are more common than previously seen in Super Mario Bros.. The Hammer Bros. behave somewhat differently than their previous incarnations, showing off the ability to gradually home in on Mario and Luigi as well as appearing in certain underwater levels. The first appearance of the homing ones is in 7-1, and the first appearance of the underwater ones is in 9-1.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Although absent from Super Mario Bros. 2, Hammer Bros. are given bigger roles in Super Mario Bros. 3. In this game, they essentially do what they do in Super Mario Bros., but are given three new variations: the rare Fire Bros., who spit fire in a manner immensely similar to that of Fire Mario, Boomerang Bros., whose thrown boomerangs will return to them, and Sledge Bros., who are huge and can pound the ground and temporarily immobilizing Mario or Luigi. Additionally, Hammer Bros. patrol the map screens. Touching one there will result in a battle with them. In the Giant Land of the game, it appears that regular Hammer Bros. are patrolling the map but when a player encounters them, they are a Sledge Bro. This was changed in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.
Besides the enemy Hammer Bros., it was originally intended that there be a Hammer Bro. that hosted a Dice game, and was implemented as late as testing, although it was cut.
Super Mario World
Normal Hammer Bros. are absent from Super Mario World; instead, two variations of them appear. One of these variations, the Amazing Flyin' Hammer Bro., is a stout Hammer Bro. riding a winged platform. The other is the Sumo Bro., which can create thunderbolts that explode upon impact with the ground.
New Super Mario Bros.
In New Super Mario Bros., Hammer Bros. (along with their cousins the Sledge Bros., Fire Bros., and Boomerang Bros.) appear once again as infrequent enemies. Hammer Bros. themselves appear only in one regular stage as enemies, Stage 2-4. Like in Super Mario Bros., the Hammer Bros. of New Super Mario Bros. attack Mario or Luigi by hopping up and down in place on rows of brick block and lobbing their hammers. Boomerang Bros., while more common than their brethren, remain uncommon in the game, found in 2-5, 7-3, and 8-7. Starting in World 5, Hammer Bros. begin appearing on the map in a method similar to Super Mario Bros. 3, even dropping items when defeated. Sledge Bros in the game were once mistaken as Sumo Bros., which are a different type of Hammer Bro. only appearing in Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Hammer Bros. appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, along with Boomerang Bros., Fire Bros., Sledge Bros., and a new variation called Ice Bros., who can throw Ice Balls that freeze Mario. Hammer Bros. only appear in World 1-3. Yoshi can catch their hammers with his tongue and spit them back at them, defeating them and causing them to release coins. However, Yoshi cannot eat a Hammer Bro. itself, nor any variation of its species.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Hammer Bros. and Boomerang Bros. reappear in the Wii game Super Mario Galaxy 2, marking the first time that they are seen in a three-dimensional Mario game that is not a spin-off title. In this game, they are much larger than in their previous games. Yoshi can eat the Hammer Bros.' hammers and spit them out as weapons. Mario can defeat a Hammer Bro. by spinning or jumping on him. The Hammer Bro. will be knocked on its shell as a result, which leaves him vulnerable to the next attack; Mario can walk into him or jump on him to defeat him. They usually only appear in Bowser Jr. or Bowser galaxies. These include Bowser's Lava Lair, Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet, Bowser's Galaxy Generator, and in the Grandmaster Galaxy. Though tough to do, a ground pound will also defeat them instantly.
It should be noted that this is one of the first games to give a Hammer Bro. a voice; they make sounds when they throw their hammers and somewhat of a baby's cry when they are defeated.
Super Mario 3D Land
Hammer Bros. appear along with Boomerang Bros. in Super Mario 3D Land. They act the same as in Super Mario Galaxy 2 and appear in a few castle levels. In Special 8 castle, it is needed to defeat the Hammer Bros. to get 10 extra seconds of time.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Hammer Bros return in New Super Mario Bros. 2, having the same role as they did in previous games. Like every other enemy that's affected by the Gold Ring, Hammer Bros. will become gold. They'll throw 3 Coins each time instead of hammers while under the effect. Like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, they appear in only one level, which is World 2-2.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Hammer Bros. return in New Super Mario Bros. U, having the same role as they did in previous games. In the main story like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, they only appear in one level, which is Rise of the Piranha Plants. However, they are also found in two Coin Courses in World Coin-1 and World Coin-2, also appear in several challenges, the sub-species of Hammer Bro. called Sumo Bro. that did not appear since Super Mario World also returns.
Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!
Although no Hammer Bros. appeared amongst Bowser's invasion force at the beginning of the Mario anime film Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!, an individual one does appear later. This Hammer Bro. (which, depending on the selected scene, was depicted as both rather large and completely to-scale, likely due to mistakes) is assigned to guard a cave where a recurring pair of Goombas trap Mario, Luigi, and Kibidango. However, Luigi (who was actually searching for Coins at the time) is able to dig an escape tunnel, and they are able to escape from the Hammer Bro. without being caught. but, in a last ditch attempt to retrieve the prisoners, the Hammer Bro. throws hammers at a cliff that Mario, Luigi, Kibidango are trekking across, and causes the top of the cliff that Kibidango and Mario are on to fall, smashing the area that the Hammer Bro. is on and burying him beneath several rocks.
Robed, book-carrying Hammer Bros. are later seen acting as singers during Bowser and Peach's wedding towards the end of the film, and another Hammer Bro. is seen applying makeup to Princess Peach for the said event.
Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Momotarō
Hammer Bros. also appear in the Super Mario anime series. In Super Mario Momotarō, two elderly Hammer Bros. named Ojiisan and Obaasan play the role as the grandparents of Princess Peach, and the adoptive parents of Mario.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Hammer Bros. first appeared in the episode "Do You Princess Toadstool Take This Koopa...?" where two of them appear to attack Mario and Luigi when the two escape King Koopa's dungeon, only to accidentally hit each other on the head with their hammers instead. The second and last appearance of Hammer Bros. in the show was in the episode "The Trojan Koopa", where they appeared as main antagonists and act as guards of King Koopa's latest fortress. In the show, they look like any other koopa in the series. The only difference is that they have helmets and hammers.
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Hammer Bros. make minor appearances in a few episodes and their appearance changes once more, this time to resemble better their in-game appearances. Although Hammer Bros. didn't make many appearances, their larger counterparts, the Sledge Bros., were quite prevalent.
Nintendo Comics System
In Nintendo Comics System, several Hammer Bros. appeared in the crowd of monsters chasing Mario in the story "The Fish That Should've Gotten Away". Several Hammer Bros.(although they did not wield any hammers) also appear to pester Toad, who had become a reporter, in the comic "The Kingdom Enquirer"; aside from these two appearances, Hammer Bros. also appeared in several of the false advertisements that were featured in the comics.
Nintendo Adventure Books
In Koopa Capers, two Hammer Bros. bring Luigi to Bowser after a Magic Carpet deposits him outside Bowser's Castle. If Luigi decides to look around the castle for clues pertaining to Wendy O. Koopa's disappearance, Bowser tries to call in a Hammer Bro. to act as an escort for him, but Luigi declines the offer.
In Dinosaur Dilemma, two Hammer Bros. can be found sleeping in Bowser's Castle by Mario and Yoshi, and are woken up by their cuckoo clock as the two try to sneak out of the room. Depending on how the reader solves the accompanying puzzle, the Hammer Bros. will either knock the heroes out and make a meal out of them, or their hammer blows will keep missing, and weaken the floor to the point that they go falling through it while Mario and Yoshi escape.
In Flown the Koopa, if the reader chooses to have Luigi be the head of a Brachiosaurus costume the Mario Bros. don, they will run into a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Depending on how the accompanying puzzle is solved, the T-Rex can turn out to be two disguised Hammer Bros., who will see through the Mario Bros.' costume, use some rubber cement to seal them in it, and capture them with intent of making a meal out of the two.
In Yoshi's Safari, Hammer Bros., as well as Boomerang Bros. and Sledge Bros., occasionally appear as mini-bosses; in this game, Hammer Bros. attack Mario and Yoshi by quickly throwing hammers at them, which need to be dodged or knocked away by a blast of Mario's Super Scope. After being blasted repeatedly by Mario's Super Scope, a Hammer Bro. will be defeated.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
“Now ya got my hammer angry! Ya shouldn't have done that!”
In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Hammer Bros. are made completely different. Like their predecessors, these Hammer Bros. have yellow skin, however, instead of green shells with green armor, the Hammer Bros. have black shells with black armor, similar to the Amazing Flyin' Hammer Bros. from Super Mario World. Their hammers are now wooden, and they are significantly larger than a normal Hammer Bro. (but presumably not larger than a Sledge Bro.). These Hammer Bros. also speak fondly of their hammers, as if their wooden weapons are sentient, living beings.
The Hammer Bros. are the leaders of the Koopa Troop's forces in Mushroom Way. They are ordered to capture any intruders, which they did when Toad tried to pass through Mushroom Way to the Mushroom Kingdom. However, Mario shows up to rescue his friend. As a result, a battle erupts between the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom and the two Hammer Bros.. During the battle, the Hammer Bros. pound Mario with their hammers, and even used the special move Hammer Time, by throwing multiple hammers him. When Mario defeats one of the brothers, the remaining brother uses the move Valor Up to increase his defense. When defeated, they yield a Flower Jar.
Later in the game, a single, green colored Hammer Bro. named Dr. Topper appears in Bowser's Keep, which has been taken over by the Smithy Gang; Dr. Topper is not an enemy, per se, but he will block Mario's progress through Bowser's Keep, unless Mario solves his various puzzles and riddles.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In the Nintendo GameCube game Super Smash Bros. Melee, Hammer Bros. have the same role that they had on this game's predecessor, appearing only in the Mushroom Kingdom stage background.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A Hammer Bro. appears as an Assist Trophy character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Once released from the Assist Trophy, the Hammer Bro. will throw Hammers at the opponents, damaging them. The Hammer Bro. is invincible, like most other Assist Trophy characters are.
Hammer Bros. also appear as enemies in the Subspace Emissary. One appears to have helped steal Donkey Kong's vast horde of bananas and is targeted by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Hammer Bros. continue to work for Bowser, as stated on the website. Also, unlike the Assist Trophy Hammer Bros., these Hammer Bros. can be damaged and defeated.
Hammer Bros. are the only characters to appear in the The Subspace Emissary as an enemy and as a Assist Trophy.
Paper Mario series
In Paper Mario, Hammer Bros., along with Koopatrols and Magikoopas, are the elite of Bowser's forces. In this game, Hammer Bros. attack Mario by either throwing one hammer at him or several, weak hammers at him. Additionally, Hammer Bros. will occasionally throw a hammer at Mario which can cause him to shrink in size and diminish his attack power.
A Hammer Bro. can be first encountered in Paper Mario in the Shy Guy's Toy Box, if Princess Peach tells Bowser and Kammy Koopa that one of the things that Mario fears most is a Hammer Bro., Kammy Koopa will later warp a Hammer Bro. into the Shy Guy's Toy Box to guard a treasure chest. Hammer Bros. are also encountered throughout Bowser's Castle, where they act as guards, attacking Mario if he approaches. Additionally, a Hammer Bro. by the name of Mr. Hammer runs a quiz called the 64th Trivia Quiz-off, in which Princess Peach participates.
Hammer Bros. in the Paper Mario series have blue helmets instead of green ones and their hammers were wooden mallets like the ones from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, instead of black clawed hammers
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Hammer Bros. also appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. In this game they have the same attack pattern as in Paper Mario and are mainly found in Rogueport Sewers after beating Chapter 5. They now wear spiked arm bands and Red Shoes. Like their Paper Mario appearance, their hammers are wooden mallets instead of black clawed hammers. A bunch of Hammer Bros. also appear when Bowser and Kammy summon their army to fight Lord Crump and the X-Nauts in Twilight Town.
There is also a Hammer Bro. named Hamma Jamma in the Glitz Pit. His team is with his two brothers, Bamma, a Boomerang Bro. and Flare, a Fire Bro.. Hamma Jamma will also also speak of his father and even his grandfather on occasion, the former of which he mentions is a Business Bro., apparently some sort of businessman version of a Hammer Brother. In addition, in Bowser's first scenario, two Hammer Bros. were conversing, with one of them referring to something he witnessed where Bowser was apparently swooning over a portrait of Princess Peach, only for the other Hammer Bro. to attempt to hint that he should stop talking as Bowser is right behind him. Although Bowser claims that the story was funny and beckons the surprised Hammer Bro. to continue, both deny that he was actually funny.
Super Paper Mario
Hammer Bros. regain their role as hammer-flinging Koopas in Super Paper Mario, where they appear as a main species. Here most Hammer Bros. are hypnotized by Nastasia into serving Count Bleck, though a few in The Bitlands still serve Bowser. Their hammers are once again wooden mallets. They are found in the Pit of 100 Trials as well. Like with many other enemies in this game, there is a shadowy version of them called the Dark Hammer Bro..
One specific Hammer Bro. and a Koopa private encounter Princess Peach after she wakes up at Castle Bleck. The captain went on to free the others while ordering the Koopa Troopa to escort Peach to safety. However, during this time, he meets two hypnotized Koopa Troopas, one named Johnson. During the discussion between the two, Nastasia appears and hypnotizes the captain.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Hammer Bros appear in many worlds of the game. Their helmets are the standard green and look similar in appearance to their mainstream game entries, rather than the look of the previous Paper Mario games (they had blue helmets). They now have metal hammers and not wooden ones. Hammer Bros. can attack by either tossing their hammers in the air to hit Mario from above or by throwing them straight at him. Hammer Bros. also toss hammers outside of battle, which also damage Mario if he is hit.
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Hammer Bros. make minor appearances in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, which (for the most part) takes place in the Beanbean Kingdom. On their way to the Beanbean Kingdom, Mario and Luigi encounter the Border Bros. (beanish versions of Hammer Bros), as they wear armoring almost identical to a Hammer Bro.'s.
When Mario and Luigi reach Bowser's Castle they encounter traditional Hammer Bros. that (like the rest of the Koopa Troop) had been duped by Bowletta into defending the castle. They attack as usual, by throwing their hammers at Mario and Luigi. By watching the hammer's shadow, the player can tell if the hammer will hit Mario or Luigi, who can knock the hammer away with their own hammers. If the Hammer Bro. waves his hammer before throwing it, he will throw it at Luigi, but if he throws it straight away, he will target Mario. Sometimes, a Hammer Bro. will throw multiple Hammers (up to three). They are healed by fire and have 100 HP. They are weak to thunder. Their hammer attack is nearly identical to Rookie's hammer throw attack albeit a bit faster.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Only one pair of Hammer Bros. appears in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, and these individuals are known as the L33t Hamm3r Broz. In this game, they are reluctantly brainwashed by the Shroobs and forced to guard the Vim Factory from any intruders (or "pwn teh n00bs", as they put it). They are also notable for using leetspeak in their hypnotized forms, which causes a great phenomenon on the internet. Although the two L33t Hamm3r Broz. successfully "pwn" Mario and Luigi, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi are left behind. The L33t Hamm3r Broz. are forced to "continue their pwnership", and enter into battle with the babies. They are eventually defeated, though, and prove to be allies. As a reward for saving them from the Shroobs, they give Baby Mario and Baby Luigi hammers and train them in hammer use.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
While normal Hammer Bros. don't appear in the game, Boomerang Bros. appear in Neo Bowser Castle as regular enemies.
Mario Party series
Mario Party 5
Mario Party Advance
In Mario Party Advance, a Hammer Bro. appears in the Mushroom Field as a hammer thrower. He then challenges the player to a hammer toss-off as his quest, Hammerama. If the player throws farther than the Hammer Bro., they receive the Gaddget Mini B-Ball. The ending states that he is training for an upcoming tournament.
Mario Party 7
Hammer Bros. later get an appearance as an orb once again in Mario Party 7. As with last time, they cause the player landing on them to lose ten coins, but the player that set the orb will earn these coins.
Mario Party 8
Hammer Bro. makes his debut as a playable character in Mario Party 8. He can be unlocked by beating the Star Battle Arena with Hammer Bro. as the opponent in Bowser's Warped Orbit. In this board, Bowser will randomly call either him or Blooper to defeat the character that the player's playing as in a Star Battle Arena-Styled duel.
Mario Party DS
Hammer Bro. continues his role as a non-playable character in Mario Party DS, this time in a more significant role, as a boss found in Toadette's Music Room. The player with the most stars battles him in a minigame called Hammer Chime. In the minigame, the player has to memorize and copy Hammer Bro.'s drums beaten in limited time. He beats 3 drums the first time, 4 the second and 5 the third.
Mario Party 9
In Mario Party 9, Hammer Bro. is a non-playable character once more. Hammer Bro., along with Fire Bro., are the co-hosts of the Battle minigames; one of them appears whenever a player lands on a Battle Space, though Hammer Bro. shows up more frequently than Fire Bro. Hammer Bro. takes three Mini Stars from each player, then makes them play a minigame, either the choice of the Captain or the player in last place. After the minigame Hammer Bro. distributes the Mini Stars to each player based upon the results.
The Hammer Bro. also has a constellation that can be bought in the Museum, named "Nail Shell."
Mario Party: Island Tour
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
During Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix two Hammer Brothers block the entrance of Mushroom Park to stop Mario (or Luigi) and Toad from getting the next Music Key from Wario. However, they will only let them pass if Mario dances against them and won. If the Hammer Brothers lose, Mario (or Luigi) is able to get into Mushroom Park.
Mario Baseball series
Mario Superstar Baseball
A Hammer Bro., as well as a Boomerang Bro. and a Fire Bro., appear as teammates of Bowser in Mario Superstar Baseball. Hammer Bro. can be unlocked by beating Mario Superstar Baseball's Adventure Mode as Bowser. The other two types appear as alternate versions. While the Hammer Bro and Boomerang Bro have the exact same stats, the Fire Bro is slightly slower. Hammer Bro bats with a large hammer. Fire Bro. uses a normal red baseball bat, and Boomerang Bro uses a boomerang. Boomerang Bro also puts a noticeable curve on all his hits, much like Boo and King Boo.
Mario Super Sluggers
In Mario Super Sluggers he is a playable character along with Boomerang Bro. and Fire Bro. Unlike in Mario Superstar Baseball though, Hammer Bro. and his two variations are available from the start, and their fielding abilities are better than before. This is because like Magikoopa, they can throw their weapon out a distance and catch the ball. Also, the Hammer Bro. and Boomerang Bro. have slightly weaker batting skills, while the Fire Bro.'s batting skills remain the same. This is also the second game where they can speak clearly.
Like in the predecessor, Hammer Bro. uses a hammer, Boomerang Bro. uses a boomerang, and Fire Bro. uses a bat with painted flames on it. But only Hammer Bro and Boomerang Bro use their bats for fielding. Fire Bro uses just flames. All of them swing the bat with only one hand.
Super Princess Peach
Hammer Bros. have a large role in Super Princess Peach, where they seem to be Bowser's most trusted minions. It is in this game that they that storm Peach's Castle and kidnap Mario, Luigi, and the Toads. They are major characters, and they are led by the Army Hammer Bro.. They also appear as generic enemies towards the middle of the game, and even Amazing Flyin' Hammer Bros., who were absent from games for some time, reappear. Their militant role is changed, though, by the wild Vibe Scepter, resulting in sub-species such as the Calm Hammer Bro. and Calm Amazing Flyin' Hammer Bro..
Mario Strikers series
Super Mario Strikers
In Super Mario Strikers, Hammer Bros. appear as teammates and sidekicks to the game's captains. They are offensive teammates. Despite this, they are no different than the other teammates provided in this game.
Mario Strikers Charged
Hammer Bros. also appear as offensive teammates in Mario Strikers Charged. Here, they are very good at shooting and passing the ball, but are unable to tackle very well. Hammer Bro. is also very slow in this game, possibly because he carries several hammers strapped to his back. Every time he shoots or tackles, he uses the hammers from the sling on his back.
Hammer Bro. also pulls out these hammers when hitting, faking, and using his skillshot. His Deke allows him to pull a giant hammer out of nowhere, and smash it on the ground to blast anyone he hits away. Despite not having a large range, it is nonetheless a decent defense as it will temporarily paralyze players that come in contact with it.
His Skillshot is the Hammer Throw, which, once fully charged, causes Hammer Bro. to leap into the air and toss hammers at the Kritter, the goalkeeper, nailing him to the ground and thus immobilizing him. This leaves the goal open for a few seconds. Once the Kritter is stuck to the ground, the Hammer Bro. smacks the ball in for an easy shot. However, the Hammer Throw has limited range, meaning that it must be used very close to the goal to be effective. This shot occasionally misses if done from the side, but the player may get lucky if there is a teammate nearby who can score before Kritter gets back up.
Hammer Bro. is also given a standard voice in this game as opposed to his computer voice in Mario Party and in Mario Superstar Baseball. They typically exhibit a very cheery and positive attitude.
A mugshot sprite for a Hammer Bro. was found in the coding for Mario Kart Wii; it may be that one was planned to be a playable character, but was scrapped for unknown reasons. He is in the audience in various courses, such as Mario Circuit in Mario Kart Wii.
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