Metal Mario (character)

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This article is about the character that resembles a metallic version of Mario. For the metal form that Mario can transform into, see Metal Mario (form). For the power-up regarding this form, see Metal Cap.
Metal Mario
An alternate version of Metal Mario's artwork, from Mario Kart 7.
Artwork of Metal Mario for Mario Kart 7
Species Powered-up human
First appearance Super Smash Bros. (1999)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (2019)
Latest portrayal Charles Martinet (1999-present)
“Metal Mario, the best!”
Metal Mario, Mario Kart 7

Metal Mario is a character in the Mario universe, usually being one of the fiercer end-game opponents in the Mario sport games or Super Smash Bros. series. He is a spin-off from Metal Mario, which is a form of Mario. Metal Mario often plays the role of Mario's rival, suggested by his role in Super Smash Bros. This is also implied in the Mario Kart games, where he says "Mia mamma" as opposed to Mario's "Mamma mia" and "Papa" instead of "Mama". Metal Mario retains many traits from the power-up variant, such as being very slow and not very agile, but being a very powerful character; many games he is playable in has the stats of larger, more powerful characters such as in Mario Kart and various Mario sports titles.

Metal Mario retains much of Mario's voice clips, voiced by Charles Martinet, and he appears voiceless in the Super Smash Bros. series, though Mario Kart 7 is the first installment where Metal Mario has his distinct set of voice clips with a filter applied over them. While Metal Mario in Mario Tennis Open and Mario Sports Superstars recycles voice clips from Mario, the aforementioned filter is still applied over those voices to distinguish him from Mario.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Metal Mario's icon from Super Smash Bros.
Metal Mario in Super Smash Bros.

In Super Smash Bros., Metal Mario makes his debut as a mid-boss encountered in Stage 9 out of 10 stages. He has his own stage, which is playable only in the one player mode of the game. Unlike the power-up he is based on from Super Mario 64, other characters can attack and rack up damage on him. To mirror his role in Super Mario 64, he is a far more durable character than the regular Mario; in fact he is the heaviest and most resistant character in the game. When his damage percent is low, weaker attacks cannot flinch him, and attacks start flinching him only at far higher percentages. Due to his high weight, however, he has trouble recovering when he is knocked off the stage. Additionally, Metal Mario does not dash; he mostly walks around, patrolling the stage.

On a side note, Kirby is unable to copy Metal Mario's powers, which is later possible to do in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

The Mario series emblem, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
Super Smash Bros. character
Metal Mario
Metal Mario
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Special moves
Standard:  Fireball
Side:  Cape (Melee)
Up:  Super Jump Punch
Down:  Mario Tornado
Battle entrance
Metal Mario pops out of a Warp Pipe. (64)
Metal Mario falls from the sky and lands headfirst onto the stage, then stands up afterwards. (Melee)

Metal Mario returns as a mid-boss in Super Smash Bros. Melee's Adventure Mode, being fought on Battlefield. In this game, Metal Mario fights alone by default, but if the player unlocks Luigi, Metal Luigi joins the fray as well. They both retain their strengths from Super Smash Bros.; Metal Mario and Metal Luigi are very heavy opponents who are tough to knock down the stage, but cannot recover once they are knocked down. Additionally, players can pick up the Metal Box item, turning into metal forms, boasting the same attributes as Metal Mario and Metal Luigi, though the power-up is not permanent, unlike Metal Mario and Metal Luigi. KOing Metal Mario and Metal Luigi in Adventure Mode awards the player the "Metal Bros. KO" bonus, worth 8000 points.

He also appears as one of the many collectible trophies in the game. Yoshi's Island, a stage in the game, is reflected on the texture of Metal Mario's model.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Metal Mario appears as the final boss in Bowser's classic mode route, appearing after Mario is defeated in a similar manner to Giga Bowser in Mario's route and in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He also appears as an Ace-class Shield-type primary spirit with one support slot, using his Mario Kart 7 artwork. The spirit increases a fighter's weight during battle. In the spirit's battle, the player faces a metallic Mario on the Battlefield form of The Great Cave Offensive as a reference to his battle in the original Super Smash Bros.

Metal Mario's core can be combined with the cores of a Super Mushroom and a Fire Flower to summon the Gold Mario spirit.

Mario Golf series[edit]

Mario Golf (Nintendo 64)[edit]

Metal Mario in Mario Golf

Metal Mario is an unlockable playable character in Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64. He is unlocked when players collect all 108 Birdie Badges. He boasts the strongest drives from his set of clubs, meaning he can hit the ball the furthest out of any character in the game, though his sweet spot and control come at a cost. Metal Mario's ball trajectory is a strong draw, meaning that the ball has a strong curve to the right. If Metal Mario scores a Nice Shot while using a power shot, the ball goes into flames, which is shared with the other Mario characters, namely Mario and Baby Mario. Metal Mario shares the exact voice clips as Mario. In Japanese versions of the game, Metal Mario is absent.

Mario Golf (Game Boy Color)[edit]

Although Metal Mario does not make an appearance in Mario Golf for the Game Boy Color, he is mentioned on the Score Card.

Dr. Mario 64 / Nintendo Puzzle Collection[edit]

Metal Mario in the character select screen from Dr. Mario 64

Metal Mario returns as the final boss of Wario's storyline in Dr. Mario 64, where he appears as a metal version of Dr. Mario. In this game, Dr. Mario turns into Metal Mario when he accidentally eats some Megavitamins. He can be unlocked as a playable character when the Story Mode is beaten with Wario without losing once. In VS mode, Metal Mario has the highest AI level available tying with Vampire Wario.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Metal Mario in Mario Kart 7

After a ten year absence from appearing as an individual character, Metal Mario makes a return as an unlockable playable character in Mario Kart 7, where he is unlocked by winning the 150cc Special Cup. He is one of the four drivers to enter the Mario Kart series for the first time (the other three being Lakitu, Wiggler, and Honey Queen). He is a Heavy class character (alongside Bowser, Wario, and Honey Queen), with an advantage bonus of weight and some speed. Because he ranks among the Heavy class, Metal Mario is the fastest and heaviest character in the game, but he has the lowest acceleration and handling stats. Additionally, Metal Mario's karts have the same body frame size as that of the Medium class characters, which makes him a smaller target than the other Heavy and Cruiser characters. His signature emblem is a shiny, metal version of Mario's M logo. Bowser, Rosalina, or Mario always appear as rivals when he is picked. Additionally, Metal Mario has his own set of voice clips from Mario, and Mario Kart 7 is the first game in the Mario series where Metal Mario is given a filter to differentiate his voice from Mario's voice.

Metal Mario appears as the Normal and Expert Staff Ghosts for Neo Bowser City and DS Airship Fortress.

Mario Kart 8[edit]

“Oh, mia mamma!”
Metal Mario, Mario Kart 8
Metal Mario, in Mario Kart 8

Metal Mario appears as a returning racer in Mario Kart 8, and he is an unlockable character. Additionally, there is another character related to Metal Mario named Pink Gold Peach (who is classified in the same weight subdivision as Metal Mario). Like in Mario Kart 7, Metal Mario is classified as a Heavy character, where he has high speed and weight, but lower handling, traction, and acceleration, but within this category, he is tied with Bowser, Wario, Morton, the large Miis, and Dry Bowser in the acceleration, weight, and traction department. However, his speed and handling are tied with that of Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Waluigi, Roy, and Link.

Also much like in Mario Kart 7, Metal Mario's (as well as Pink Gold Peach's) vehicles use the same body frame size as the Medium class characters, making him a smaller and slightly harder target to hit. His kart emblem is a gray version of Mario's signature "M" symbol with a light gray outline.

Metal Mario appears as the Staff Ghost used by Nin★Leonel for N64 Rainbow Road. This combo uses the Standard ATV, Monster tires, and Super Glider.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

Metal Mario in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

Metal Mario appears in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, an arcade entry of the Mario Kart series. Just like previous Mario Kart games, he is a heavyweight, with high speed, but below average acceleration and handling. His kart is the Metal Spark. Metal Mario also has an alternate costume, Gold Mario, which not only changes Metal Mario's color scheme, but adds pupils to his eyes as well.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Metal Mario with Gold Mario and Pink Gold Peach on DS Tick-Tock Clock in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

As with every character playable in Mario Kart 8, Metal Mario returns as a playable character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, this time being available from the start. Similarly to Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, Metal Mario has a Gold Mario variant, which can be unlocked by winning every 200cc Grand Prix cup.[1] Although Metal Mario's statistics have been slightly altered when compared to the original Mario Kart 8, he is still classified in the same weight subdivision as Pink Gold Peach, and is still a heavy character.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Metal Mario reappears in Mario Kart Tour as a High-End driver. His special skill is the Fire Flower, shared with his normal self. Metal Mario was featured in the Beta Test alongside a self-titled cup, and was added to the release version in the New York Tour. When racing on certain courses such as GBA Sunset Wilds, Metal Mario will turn golden due to the light.

Metal Mario has consistently appeared in regular tour pipes, including All-Clear Pipes, and is also a part of the base Daily Selects set. Additional availabilities for Metal Mario are listed in the following table by tour. (Click "Show table" to reveal it.)

Tour Availability
New York Tour Gold gift
250 Grand Stars
Paris Tour (2019) Gold gift
200 Grand Stars
Trick Tour (2020) Metal Mario Pack
$19.99 / €21.99 / AU$30.99
April 22, 2020 - April 29, 2020
Super Mario Kart Tour Metal Mario Pack
$39.99 / €43.99 / AU$62.99
September 9, 2020 - September 23, 2020
1st Anniversary Tour Token Shop
50 event tokens
Mario vs. Luigi Tour Team Mario
Metal Mario Pack

$19.99 / €21.99 / AU$30.99
November 25, 2020 - December 2, 2020
Rosalina Tour Week 1 Tier Shop
12,000 coins
Peach vs. Daisy Tour Token Shop
100 team tokens
Mario Tour Iron Cucumber Pack
$39.99 / €43.99 / AU$62.99
March 16, 2021 – March 23, 2021
Bowser vs. DK Tour Token Shop
100 team tokens
Summer Tour Premium Challenges card completion reward
Mario vs. Peach Tour Gold gift
100 Grand Stars
2nd Anniversary Tour Token Shop
100 event tokens
Halloween Tour (2021) Week 1 Tier Shop
12,000 coins

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

Metal Mario
Metal Mario, in Mario Tennis Open
Metal Mario QR Code
QR Codes

Metal Mario returns in Mario Tennis Open as the final QR Downloadable Character, being the only QR character that is not a Yoshi. His type in this game is Power, and, as in Mario Kart 7, his voice is a warbled variation of Mario's voice, although he has the same voice set as Mario otherwise. He is the strongest character in the game with the fastest serves, and his shots travel very quickly through the court. Due to his power and weight, he returns Chance Shots with little effect on him (if he returns them correctly), and his Chance Shots themselves have a longer-lasting effect on his opponents. He is one of the slowest characters in the game, however, and unlike Bowser, another slow character, he has below-average reach and a poor lunge, which makes it difficult for him to predict shots and reach up to them. Metal Mario's racket costs 1750 coins to buy at the Clubhouse for Miis to be able to use, where his racket can be paired with other Mario-themed costumes to get a boost in stats.

Mario Sports Superstars[edit]

Metal Mario on the tennis character selection screen in Mario Sports Superstars

Metal Mario appears as one of two unlockable playable characters in Mario Sports Superstars. In most sports, he is classified as a Power character, like in Mario Tennis Open. In golf, his default drive is 228 yards, and his shots travel very high in a draw trajectory. Metal Mario must be unlocked separately for each sport by winning the Star Cup in each sport's tournament mode or by tapping in a corresponding Metal Mario amiibo card. Most of Metal Mario's animations are identical to Mario's, with a few exceptions:

  • If Mario scores a Double Bogey or worse in golf, a Green Shell hits him and he reverts to Small Mario. If Metal Mario receives one, he is buried by many Green Shells and Red Shells, although he retains his form.
  • In baseball and soccer, Mario's special shots surround the ball in red fire. Metal Mario's special shots surround the ball in gray flames.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Main article: List of Metal Mario profiles and statistics

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Appearance(s) Description
Metal Mario
Metal Mario
Super Mario 64
Mario was in for a surprise the first time he hit a Metal Box in Super Mario 64. The metal cap that popped out transformed Mario into living metal, giving him great stamina, a heavy tread, and the ability to walk underwater. In Super Smash Bros., Metal Mario showed up as an incredibly stubborn midlevel boss.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

# Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
21 Metal Mario Artwork of Metal Mario from Mario Kart 7 Super Mario Series Primary (1) Ace Shield
Weight ↑
-Spirit Board
-Purchase from the Vault Shop for 6000G
Metal Mario
  • The enemy is slow but has increased defense and attack
  • The enemy is metal
The Great Cave Offensive (Battlefield) Metal Battle

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release date System / format
Super Smash Bros. Boss 1999 Nintendo 64
Mario Golf Unlockable playable character (*NA/EU) 1999 Nintendo 64
Dr. Mario 64 Unlockable playable character 2001 Nintendo 64
Super Smash Bros. Melee Boss, trophy 2001 Nintendo GameCube
Nintendo Puzzle Collection (Dr. Mario) Unlockable playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart 7 Unlockable playable character 2011 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Tennis Open Playable character (scan QR Code) 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Kart 8 Unlockable playable character 2014 Wii U
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Playable character (playable in a later update) 2015 Arcade
Mario Sports Superstars Unlockable playable character 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Playable character 2017 Nintendo Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit, boss 2018 Nintendo Switch
Mario Kart Tour Unlockable playable character 2019 iOS, Android

Voice clips[edit]

Audio.svg Mario Kart 8 - Metal Mario saying his name.
File infoMedia:MK8 Metal Mario - Metal Mario.oga
Audio.svg Mario Kart 8 - Metal Mario saying, "Bravissimo!"
File infoMedia:MK8 Metal Mario - Stunt - Bravissimo.oga
Audio.svg Mario Kart 8 - Metal Mario saying, "Oh, Papà!"
File infoMedia:MK8 Metal Mario - Oh Papa.oga
Audio.svg Mario Kart 8 - Metal Mario saying, "Oh, Mia Mamma!"
File infoMedia:MK8 Metal Mario - Mia Mama.oga
Audio.svg Mario Kart 8 - Metal Mario saying, "Hee hee, I got it!"
File infoMedia:MK8 Metal Mario - Hee gee I got it.oga
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For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Metal Mario (character).

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メタルマリオ
Metaru Mario
Metal Mario
Chinese (Simplified) 金属马力欧
Jīnshǔ Mǎlì'ōu
Metal Mario
Chinese (Traditional) 金屬瑪利歐
Jīnshǔ Mǎlì'ōu
Metal Mario
Dutch Metalen Mario Metallic Mario
French (NOA) Mario de métal Metal Mario
French (NOE) Mario de métal (since Mario Kart 8)
Métal Mario
Metal Mario
German Metall-Mario Metal Mario
Italian Mario metallo (since Mario Kart 8)
Mario Metallo
Metal Mario
Korean 메탈마리오
Metal Mario
Metal Mario
Portuguese (NOA) Mario metálico Metallic Mario
Portuguese (NOE) Mario Metálico Metallic Mario
Russian Марио-металл
Metal Mario
Spanish (NOA) Mario de metal Metal Mario
Spanish (NOE) Mario de Metal Metal Mario

See also[edit]