Hammer Bros. Sphinx

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The Hammer Bros. Sphinx, as seen in GCN Dry Dry Desert in Mario Kart 8
“The mysterious (and some say cursed) Hammer Bros. Sphinx looms over hapless kart drivers in Dry Dry Desert in Mario Kart 8. Take a lap … if you dare.”
Official American Mario Kart Facebook page[1]

The Hammer Bros. Sphinx[sic][1][2] is a landmark based on the Great Sphinx of Giza that can be seen in desert-themed courses of the Mario Kart series. It ever appears only as a background element, alongside other statues with Hammer Bro visages. It is speculated to be cursed.[1]


Mario Kart series[edit]

The Hammer Bros. Sphinx first appears in the Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe rendition of GCN Dry Dry Desert, replacing the generic sphinx from the course's Mario Kart: Double Dash!! version. It is located near the bend immediately after the oasis. The statue returns in the Mario Kart Tour rendition of Wii Dry Dry Ruins, located in the vicinity of the branching path between the finish line and the oasis; here, it replaces one of the Yoshi sphinx statues from the Mario Kart Wii version of the course.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

Small statues based on the Hammer Bros. Sphinx adorn the surroundings of the Bask Ruins court in Mario Tennis Aces.



  1. ^ a b c MarioKartEN (August 22, 2014). Facebook. Retrieved June 29, 2023. (Archived June 29, 2023, 19:18:53 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  2. ^ NintendoAmerica (August 22, 2014). Twitter. Retrieved July 13, 2023. (Archived January 19, 2015, 01:15:10 UTC via Wayback Machine.)