Hammer Mario

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Hammer Mario
SMB3 HammerMario.jpg
Used on Mario, Luigi
Item Needed Hammer Suit
Power(s) Given Throw hammers, block enemy fireballs
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Maker (version 1.20) (cameo) (2015)

“Hey, you! How about lending me your clothes? No dice?! What a drag.”
Kings, Super Mario Bros. 3

Hammer Mario[1][2] is a form of Mario or Luigi only seen in Super Mario Bros. 3 and its remakes, gained when he wears a Hammer Suit. In this form, he resembles Hammer Bros and, like them, is able to throw an infinite supply of hammers in a short upward arc (which can be lengthened by pressing forward on the +Control Pad), which can defeat most enemies and bosses, even Bowser; as such, Hammer Mario can be considered as a stronger version of Fire Mario, since the hammers can defeat most enemies that cannot be defeated with fireballs, such as, Buzzy Beetles, Boos, Dry Bones, Stretches, Podoboos, and Thwomps. He can also block enemies' fireballs by crouching. While the suit appears to thoroughly protect Mario or Luigi, it does not defend against the simplest of attacks and will be lost in one hit. Hammer Mario also cannot Slope Slide.

Super Mario Advance 4 adds a new utility to this form: its hammers can break Gray Brick Blocks.

In Super Mario Maker, knocking on a Warp Door in the Super Mario Bros. 3 theme may cause Weird Mario to appear in this form.

This form is not to be confused with Mario or Luigi wielding a hammer, with the difference being the infinite disposable supply of hammers and the black shell armor.

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release date System/format
Super Mario Bros. 3 Power-up for Mario/Luigi 1988 NES
Super Mario All-Stars Power-up for Mario/Luigi 1993 SNES
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World Power-up for Mario/Luigi 1994 SNES
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Power-up for Mario/Luigi 2003 Game Boy Advance
NES Remix 2 2014 Wii U
Super Mario Maker Easter egg after knocking on a Warp Door in the Super Mario Bros. 3 game style 2015 Wii U


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハンマーマリオ
Hanmā Mario
Hammer Mario
French Mario-Marteau Hammer Mario
Dutch Hamer Mario Hammer Mario
Italian Mario Martello Hammer Mario



  1. ^ Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 42.
  2. ^ Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 North American instruction booklet, page 27.