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Hammer mario

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.

History

Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros. 3/Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

In this form, Mario and Luigi resemble a Hammer Bro. 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 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. 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 the ceilings, walls, and floors. Mario and Luigi can also block enemies' fireballs in this form by crouching, but they 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.

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 Maker series

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.

WarioWare: Twisted!

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

Titles Description Release date(s) System/formats
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 GBA
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

Trivia

  • 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.

See also

References

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