Border Bro

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Border Bros.
MLSSBMBorderBros.png
Sprites from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Species Hammer Bros.
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)

The Border Bros.[1] are the Hammer Bros. that guard the Beanbean Borderlands in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. In order to pass into the Beanbean territory, Mario and Luigi must complete their game of Border Jump, which is basically jumping across a rope.

The player must avoid hitting the rope three times with either character or they will have to restart the challenge. After beating them, Mario and Luigi have the option to come back and challenge them again, but the game is harder every time the brothers beat it. Replaying Border Jump earns them more Hee Beans. Before they continue on with their adventure, the older Border Bro. gives them the Beanbean Map.

One of the Border Bros. wears a red flag atop his helmet while the other wears a blue one; although the Border Bros.' names are unknown, it is confirmed that the one clad in the blue-flagged helmet is the younger of them. They are larger than regular Hammer Bros. and more closely resemble Sledge Bros. Due to their shape and the flags atop their heads, they may be a reference to Tweedledum and Tweedledee from Through the Looking-Glass.

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Trivia[edit]

  • The final Border Jump stage is titled Super Border Jump Sunshine, which is a reference to the GameCube game Super Mario Sunshine.
  • During the Border Bros.' first tutorial of Border Jump, if Mario jumps when they command Luigi to jump, a Border Bro will tell Mario to "give the 'Jumpman' thing a rest". This references "Jumpman", an alternate name for Mario used in the arcade release of Donkey Kong.
  • The poster to the back of the room depicts the ending part of a level from Super Mario Bros., and after the Mario Bros. pass a round, the poster animates and fireworks explode, just like in the game. Additionally, during the jumping game, a cover of the original theme plays.
  • The Border Bros., along with the Hammerhead Bros., and the Starshade Bros. are some of the very few characters from the Beanbean Kingdom that actually know Luigi's name. Most others just call him "Green Mario Guy" or something similar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Well said, little Border Bro! Anyway, we'll be nice and let you practice first. Sound good?" - Border Jump explanation, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga