Hammer Suit

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Hammer Suit
A Hammer Bro-like suit.

First Appearance

Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)

Latest Appearance

Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)

Effect on Player

Turns Mario or Luigi into Hammer Mario / Hammer Luigi.
Mario in the Hammer Suit.

The Hammer Suit[1] (alternatively Hammer Bros. Suit,[2] Hammer Brothers Suit,[3] or Hammer Brother Suit[4]) is an item found in Super Mario Bros. 3. This item transforms Mario or Luigi into Hammer Mario or Hammer Luigi, which gives him the ability to throw Hammers. He also gains a fireproof shell when ducking, but loses his ability to slide down hills. If Mario or Luigi ducks, he resembles a Buster Beetle.

Hammers defeat almost everything, including Bowser, but like all the suits, one hit from an enemy causes Mario to lose the power.

In the original Super Mario Bros. 3, retrieving a Hammer Suit will make Mario and Luigi's skin turn a darker, yellowish tone, while no other power-ups in the game do so. It is unknown what purpose this skin color change has, but it is possible that Nintendo placed the odd effect in to make the textures of Mario and Luigi's skin bear more resemblance to that of the Koopas and Hammer Brothers themselves. In remakes, Mario and Luigi's skin color stay the same when they wear the suit.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Traje de Martillo Hammer Suit
French Tenue Marteau
Costume Marteau
German Hammer-Anzug Hammer Suit
Italian Abito Martello Hammer Suit


  • The Hammer Suit (as well as Hammer Mario) is not mentioned in the original NES instruction booklet or the All-Stars version. The Virtual Console re-release's Operations Guide, which is based on it, also has no reference to it.


  1. ^ Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 North American instruction booklet, page 27.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, pages 5, 61 and 62.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 71.
  4. ^ Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 70.