Hammer Mario

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Hammer Mario
Hammer Mario SMB3.png
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 for Nintendo 3DS (cameo) (2016)
“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 a Hammer Bro and, like one, 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, 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. As such, Hammer Mario can be considered a stronger version of Fire Mario. As with fireballs, two hammers can be thrown at a time, but hammers can fly through ceilings, walls, and floors. Mario can also block enemies' fireballs by crouching, but he cannot Slope Slide.

Despite the official artwork depicting Hammer Mario with his normal outfit colors underneath, his NES sprite depicts him with 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.

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

In Super Mario Odyssey, despite the lack of power-ups (due to Mario gaining the Capture ability), Mario can capture an actual Hammer Bro in the game using Cappy and throw hammers to attack, as a reference to 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
WarioWare: Twisted! Cameo in Microgame 2004 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
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


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
German Hammer-Mario Hammer Mario
Italian Mario Martello Hammer Mario

See also[edit]


  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.