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.
HammerSuit Map SMB3.png

The Hammer Suit[1][2] (alternatively Hammer Bros. Suit,[3][4] Hammer Brothers Suit,[5] or Hammer Brother Suit[6]) is an item found in Super Mario Bros. 3 and its remakes. This item transforms Mario or Luigi into Hammer Mario or Hammer Luigi, which gives them the ability to throw hammers. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 adds a new utility to this suit: its hammers can break Gray Brick Blocks.

Mario in the Hammer Suit

Hammers thrown by Hammer Mario or Hammer Luigi can defeat almost everything, including Bowser, but as with other power-ups, one hit from an enemy causes them to lose their power. The characters also gain a fireball-proof shell when ducking, but lose their ability to slide down hills. If Mario or Luigi ducks while in the Hammer Suit, they resemble a Buzzy Beetle.

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 Koopa Troopas and Hammer Brothers themselves. On the map screen and in remakes, Mario and Luigi's skin colors stay the same when they wear the suit.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハンマースーツ
Hanmā Sūtsu
Hammer Suit
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 or All-Stars versions' instruction booklets. The Virtual Console re-release's Operations Guide, which is based on them, also has no reference to it. In the original game, it is something of a "secret" powerup, as it only shows up in hidden areas and randomly from Toad Houses, though in later versions, it is made to consistently appear in certain Toad Houses.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 10.
  2. ^ Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 North American instruction booklet, page 27.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, pages 5, 61 and 62.
  4. ^ "Fly above the action using the Super Leaf, swim faster by donning the Frog Suit, or defeat enemies using the Hammer Bros. Suit." - Super Mario Bros. 3 details on Virtual Console and Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
  5. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 71.
  6. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 70.