The Hammer icon appears in Paper Mario
Some enemies cannot be defeated by jumping on them, such as the ones with spikes on top of them, making hammers necessary weapons.
The Hammer appeared as a power-up in Donkey Kong. Collecting it allows Mario to destroy the barrels Donkey Kong throws.
The Hammer appeared as a weapon wielded by the Hammer Bros., elite soldiers for Bowser. Bowser, himself uses hammers in the later levels.
The Hammer was again a weapon for the Hammer Bros, but now Mario can use it by acquiring the Hammer Suit.
In Paper Mario, the hammer is an item that is frequently used. It is found in Goomba Village, in Jr. Troopa's playground. The item is used to break large yellow blocks and can break bricked blocks. It is then replaced by the Super Hammer and Ultra Hammer. Mario can use the hammer in battle as well. The hammer has many badges used for it.
In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, this badge is given to Mario at the very beginning of the game. The hammer in this game is used the same way it is Paper Mario. This game adds and drops hammer based badges as well. It, in this game too, is replaced by a Super and Ultra Hammer later on.
GalleryRustle Burrow after Mario temporary loses his Hammer, he cannot use any Hammer-related stickers. There are many versions of the Hammer besides the regular including the Worn-Out Hammer, Eekhammer, Slaphammer, Hurlhammer, Baahammer, Chillhammer, and Burnhammer. Hammers in this game also have Shiny, Flashy, Big Shiny, and Megaflash ranks which all differ in power and rarity.
The Hammer is again the weapon of choice for Mario and now Luigi. It is forged from a Hoohoo Block by the Hammerhead Bros, and is eventually replaced by the Super Hammer and Ultra Hammer. It is used in battle for both solo attacks and Bros. Attacks.
Super Smash BrosHammers appeared as an item in the Super Smash Bros. Series. It caused between 20% and 25% damage to any other fighter struck by it, but limited the wielder to only a single jump. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, sometimes a fighter would pick up a broken hammer, whose head would fall off after the first swing. The stick itself did no damage. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a variation of the hammer called the Golden Hammer, which is an item from Wrecking Crew, a game Mario appeared in. It could be swung at a much faster rate, and did around 30% damage to other fighters. On occasion, fighters would pick up a fake Golden Hammer, which did no damage, and made a squeaking sound every time it connected with other fighters, making fun of its holder. The Hammer appeared in this game, too, of course.
Mario and Luigi Bowser's Inside Story
In Mario and Luigi Bowser's Inside Story, Hammers are found in the Trash Pit by Mario and Luigi. Hammers are used for breaking hard objects, battling enemies, and for activating switches.