Hammer Mario

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This article is about the form of Mario that resembles a Hammer Bro. For the form Mario takes after obtaining a Super Hammer in Super Mario Maker 2, see Builder Mario.
Hammer Mario
Hammer Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Applies to 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 2 (cameo) (2019)
“Hey, you! How about lending me your clothes? No dice?! What a drag.”
Kings, Super Mario Bros. 3

Hammer Mario,[1][2] also referred to as Hammer Brother Mario,[3] is a form of Mario or Luigi only seen in Super Mario Bros. 3 and its SNES and Game Boy Advance remakes, gained when he wears a Hammer Suit. 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.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In this form, Mario and Luigi resemble a Hammer Brother and, like one, are able to throw an infinite supply of hammers in a short upward arc (which can be lengthened by pressing forward on the +Control Pad). Hammers can defeat most enemies, even those that cannot be defeated with fireballs, such as the Angry Sun, Buzzy Beetles, Boos, Bullet Bills, Chain Chomps, Dry Bones, Firesnakes, Hot Foots, Podoboos, Para-Beetles, Stretches, and Thwomps; they can also defeat Boom Boom and Bowser. They cannot defeat Roto-Discs, Jelectros, Munchers, or the Koopalings, however. As such, this form can be considered a stronger version of the Fire form. As with fireballs, only two hammers can be thrown at a time, but hammers can fly through ceilings, walls, and floors. Mario and Luigi can also block enemies' fireballs in this form by crouching, but they cannot slide down slopes.

Despite the official artwork depicting Hammer Mario with his normal complexion and outfit colors underneath, his NES sprite depicts him with tan skin in levels, a white shirt, white shoes, and black overalls, while his 16-bit sprites depict him with a brown shirt and gray overalls.

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

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

In Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2, knocking on a Warp Door in the Super Mario Bros. 3 theme may cause Weird Mario to appear in this form. In the latter game, Builder Mario's hammer swing can break Hard Blocks (similar to the Gray Brick Blocks in Super Mario Advance 4) and defeat most usually unbeatable foes, like this form.

WarioWare: Twisted![edit]

Hammer Mario appears in the second Super Mario Bros. 3 microgame from WarioWare: Twisted!, where it is one of the power-up forms that can be selected.

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
WarioWare: Twisted! Cameo in microgame 2004 Game Boy Advance
Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Power-up for Mario/Luigi 2010 Wii
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
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Easter egg after knocking on a Warp Door in the Super Mario Bros. 3 game style 2016 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker 2 Easter egg after knocking on a Warp Door in the Super Mario Bros. 3 game style 2019 Nintendo Switch


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハンマーマリオ
Hanmā Mario
Hammer Mario
Chinese (Simplified) 铁锤马力欧
Tiě chuí mǎlì ōu
Hammer Mario
Chinese (Traditional) 鐵鎚瑪利歐
Tiě chuí mǎlì ōu
Hammer Mario
Dutch Hamer Mario Hammer Mario
French Mario-Marteau Hammer Mario
German Hammer-Mario Hammer Mario
Italian Mario Martello
Mario martello
Hammer Mario


Mario and Luigi disguised as Sledge Brothers
  • In the episode "Reptiles in the Rose Garden" in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario and Luigi wear Sledge Brother disguises that make them resemble the Hammer form, in an attempt to hijack the Doom Ship, only for the disguises to end in failure from tricking the Sledge Brothers piloting the ship.
  • In Super Mario Odyssey, Mario can throw hammers to attack similarly to the Hammer Mario form when he captures a Hammer Bro.
  • This is the only form from Super Mario Bros. 3 that has yet to reappear in a later Super Mario game (barring reissues).
  • Despite Hammer Mario normally not being able to slide down on slopes in Super Mario Bros. 3, the player can get Hammer Mario to slide down a slope if he gets the Hammer Suit while already sliding. This can only be done in World 6-10.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 42.
  2. ^ Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 North American instruction booklet, page 27.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 10, page 56.