Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork of a Hammer Bro
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. (1985, overall)|
Mario Party (1998, with Donkey Kong)
|Latest appearance||Mario Party Superstars (2021)|
|Latest portrayal||Motoki Takagi (2005–present)|
Hammer Bros. are a species of Koopas from the Mario franchise which stand upright and throw hammers at their targets. Hammer Bros. make their first overall appearance in Super Mario Bros., and would later appear in several spinoffs. The first time they appear in a game with Donkey Kong is Mario Party. Hammer Bros. do not appear in any Donkey Kong games.
Mario Party series
A Hammer Bro appears in the Mario Party minigame Hammer Drop, where rides atop a cloud like the one used by Laktiu. From there, the Hammer Bro drops coins, coin bags, and hammers down at the characters. This is the first game in which a Hammer Bro is seen wearing shoes.
Mario Party 2
In Mario Party 2 a Hammer Bro is featured on the ship in the minigame Deep Sea Salvage. It throws coins and Coin Bags, like in the Mario Party minigame Hammer Drop, but now throws mines instead of hammers.
Mario Party 3
In Mario Party 3 Hammer Bros. appear in three minigames: Awful Tower, Puddle Paddle, and Parasol Plummet. Like in Mario Party, the minigames also involve the Hammer Bros. throwing coins, coin bags, and hammers at the characters. In Awful Tower, the Hammer Bros. are riding a cloud like in Mario Party's Hammer Drop minigame.
Mario Party 5
Hammer Bros. appear in Mario Party 5, their primary appearance being an orb, the Hammer Bro Orb, which causes a player to lose ten coins. They also appear in minigames, such as Fight Cards where one of them is the referee. This is the first game to use the current-era incarnation of their design.
Mario Party 7
Hammer Bros. return as an orb again in Mario Party 7. As with last time, they cause the player landing on them to lose ten coins, but the player that set the orb gains these coins. Four Hammer Bros. are featured in the eight-player minigame Hammer Spammer, where they stand on separate platforms and throw hammers at the players.
Mario Party 8
Hammer Bro appears as a playable character in Mario Party 8. He can be unlocked by beating the Star Battle Arena with Hammer Bro as the opponent in Bowser's Warped Orbit. In this board, Bowser randomly calls either him or Blooper to defeat the character that the player's playing as in a Star Battle Arena-Styled duel.
Mario Party DS
Hammer Bro continues his role as a non-playable character in Mario Party DS, this time in a more significant role, as a boss found in Toadette's Music Room. If a player lands on either of the big bongo drums on the board, Hammer Bro hits the drum, sending the player flying. Whoever has the most stars has to battle Hammer Bro in the boss minigame Hammer Chime. In it, the player has to memorize and copy Hammer Bro's drums beaten in limited time. He beats three drums the first time, four the second time, and five the third time.
Mario Party 9
In Mario Party 9, Hammer Bro is a non-playable character once more. Hammer Bro, along with Fire Bro, are the co-hosts of the Battle minigames; one of them appears whenever a player lands on a Battle Space, though Hammer Bro shows up more frequently than Fire Bro. Hammer Bro takes three Mini Stars from each player, then makes them play a minigame, either the choice of the Captain or the player in last place. After the minigame, Hammer Bro distributes the Mini Stars to each player based upon the results.
Mario Party 10
Mario Party: Star Rush
Mario Party: The Top 100
In Mario Party: The Top 100, a Hammer Bro appears when a board event happens in Minigame Match, where players steal coins from another player.
Super Mario Party
Hammer Bro returns as a playable character in Super Mario Party for the first time since Mario Party 8. His special Dice Block, the Hammer Bro Dice Block, consists of two sides with a 1, three sides with a 5, and a side that gives three coins when landed on.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Hammer Bros. have a similar role as in Super Smash Bros. in that they only appear in the background of a stage, specifically the game's equivalent of the Mushroom Kingdom stage.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Hammer Bros. are featured as both an Assist Trophy and as one of the Mario enemies part of the Subspace Army in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, and are the only character or species to have that distinction. In both cases, a Hammer Bro attacks by throwing hammers at its target, occasionally jumping while doing so, like in the Mario franchise. The hammers thrown by the Assist Trophy counterpart only damage the opponents of whichever fighter released it. Unlike the Hammer Bros. in The Subspace Emissary, the Assist Trophy counterpart cannot take any damage.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Hammer Bros. return as an Assist Trophy. Opponents can now attack a Hammer Bro, like in the previous game's Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, and doing this enough times defeats the Hammer Bro, causing it to flip upside-down and fall off-screen, just like how they are defeated in Super Mario Bros.. The same trophy of Hammer Bro also appears in both games.
In the Smash Run mode of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Hammer Bros. return as an enemy. They retain a similar behavior, although like many other enemies, defeating the Hammer Bro causes it to bounce around several times before disappearing.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Hammer Bro returns as an Assist Trophy again. It is also featured as an Advanced-class Grab-type primary spirit, which depicts its New Super Mario Bros. U artwork, and grants the user slightly increased jump height. In the corresponding spirit battle, the player has to fight Yoshi on the Golden Plains stage, and the Hammer Bro Assist Trophy appears when the opponent is highly damaged.
The core extracted from a Hammer Bro spirit can be used with a Reporter & Wrestler core to summon Masked Dedede's spirit.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, a single Hammer Bro can be seen at the awards ceremony at the end of a Grand Prix alongside other characters.
Mario Kart Wii
Hammer Bro was originally planned to be playable in Mario Kart Wii along with Koopa Paratroopa, Petey Piranha and a Mii Outfit C. Had Hammer Bro been included, this would have been his first playable appearance in the Mario Kart series.
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart Tour
A Hammer Bro appears in Mario Kart Tour as the opponent in the Vs. Mega challenge of the Rosalina Cup in the Baby Rosalina Tour. He uses his Hammers as his special item for the entirety of the race (although he did use a Mushroom at the very start).
He was also teased through the reflection of Baby Rosalina (Detective)'s magnifying glass in the splash art and at the start of the trailer for the Baby Rosalina Tour. Hammer Bro made his official playable debut in the Mario Kart series on March 25, 2020, alongside a Boomerang Bro, an Ice Bro, and a Fire Bro, starting with the Hammer Bro Tour. He is classified as a Super character with his Hammers reprising their role as his special item. His emblem consists of a cartoon drawing of his head facing left, albeit lacking the eyes, similar to Dry Bones'.
Mario Baseball series
Mario Superstar Baseball
Hammer Bro appears alongside Fire Bro and Boomerang Bro as teammates of Bowser in Mario Superstar Baseball. Hammer Bro can be unlocked by beating the game's Adventure Mode as Bowser. Fire Bro and Boomerang Bro function as separate characters, but statistically are nearly identical (barring Fire Bro's run speed, which is slightly lower than the other two). While Hammer Bro and Boomerang Bro use a hammer and boomerang respectively for batting, Fire Bro uses a standard bat with painted flames on it. Boomerang Bro puts a noticeable curve on all his hits, much like Boo and King Boo.
Mario Super Sluggers
In Mario Super Sluggers, Hammer Bro is a playable character, along with Boomerang Bro and Fire Bro. Whereas they were unlockable in the predecessor, Hammer Bro and his variations are available from the start, each exhibiting more varied stats than before. They have new fielding moves, during which they throw their weapon out a short distance and catch the ball. All of them use their standard voice introduced in Super Mario Strikers.
Mario Strikers series
Super Mario Strikers
In Super Mario Strikers, Hammer Bros. appear as teammates and sidekicks to the game's captains. They are offensive teammates. Despite this, they are no different than the other teammates provided in this game. This is the first game that Hammer Bro is given a standard voice as opposed to his computer voice in Mario Party and in Mario Superstar Baseball. They typically exhibit a very cheery and positive attitude.
Mario Strikers Charged
Hammer Bros. also appear as offensive teammates in Mario Strikers Charged. Here, they are very good at shooting and passing the ball, but are unable to tackle very well. Hammer Bro is also very slow in this game, possibly because he carries several hammers strapped to his back. Every time he shoots or tackles, he uses the hammers from the sling on his back.
Hammer Bro also pulls out these hammers when hitting, faking, and using his skillshot. His Deke allows him to pull a giant hammer out of nowhere, and smash it on the ground to blast anyone he hits away. Despite not having a large range, it is nonetheless a decent defense as it temporarily paralyzes players that come in contact with it.
His Skillshot is the Hammer Throw, which, once fully charged, causes Hammer Bro to leap into the air and toss hammers at the Kritter, the goalkeeper, nailing him to the ground and thus immobilizing him. This leaves the goal open for a few seconds. Once the Kritter is stuck to the ground, the Hammer Bro smacks the ball in for an easy shot. However, the Hammer Throw has a limited range, meaning that it must be used not too far from the goal to be effective.
Mario Golf series
Mario Golf: World Tour
Mario Golf: Super Rush
Mario Sports Superstars
Hammer Bro appears as a selectable sidekick for the soccer and baseball sports of Mario Sports Superstars. Similar to the Mario Baseball series, Hammer Bro is classified as a Power type. Boomerang Bros. appear as alternate colors in soccer and baseball while Fire Bros. are exclusive to baseball.
In the Super Mario Mash-up for Minecraft, Zombies are replaced by Hammer Bros; additionally, Zombie Villagers are replaced by Hammer Bros. wearing the Villager's clothing. Hammer Bro also appears as a playable skin.
Mario Tennis Aces
Hammer Bros. appear in Mario Tennis Aces in the final world of the game, Inferno Island. They appear in two missions: Sure Shot Challenge (Advanced) where two Fire Bros. and one Hammer Bro pitch the ball at the player, and the mission at Castle Gates, Defeat Bowser's Minions!, where the player must defeat ten Hammer Bros. by reflecting their hammers that they throw at the player and, once the ten are defeated ten Fire Bros. appear and the player must do the same, except with the Bros.' fire. Hammer Bros. are also found as audience members in various stages.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Hammer Bros. only appear in two 2D Events, Volleyball and Marathon, and the Tokyo 1964 minigame Museum Sneak. Like several other Mario characters and species in the Tokyo '64 game system, Hammer Bros. reuse their sprites from Super Mario Bros..
Unlike their other appearances, Hammer Bros. neither use hammers nor have any association with them. In Museum Sneak, some time after Mario starts a stage, a Hammer Bro with a flashlight enters the area. It moves around faster than the other enemies. In Volleyball, five Hammer Bros. serve as Bowser's teammates. In Marathon, several Hammer Bros. are among the 68 participants, and they move at a similar fast speed as the Hammer Bro in Museum Sneak.
Dr. Mario World
Hammer Bros. appear in Dr. Mario World as assistants. Their stage mode skill increases the float time of floating objects such as capsules, bubbles and keys by a multiplier. Their versus mode skill grants a chance that a column is cleared in the player's stage when their opponent uses a skill.
Names in other languages
|Hammer Bros.; romanized as "Hummer Bros" in Super Mario Bros. Special.|
铁锤兄弟 (since Super Mario Party)
Iron Hammer Brother
|Iron Hammer Brother|
Frère Marteau (occasionally)
|"Marto" is a familiar spelling of "marteau" (hammer), "Frère" means "Brother".|
Fratello Martello (first games)
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Irmão Martelo||Hammer Brother|
|Portuguese (Europe)||Mano Martelo
Irmão Hammer (New Super Mario Bros.)
|Spanish||Hermano Martillo||Hammer Brother|
|Swedish||Bröderna Yx-Joe||"Bröderna" means "The Brothers", "Yx" is a shortened form of "Yxa" which means "Axe", and Joe is a term analogous to the British word "chap" which refers to a friend.|
- Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 42.