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"In MCMLII [1952] Hammer Bro takes the decision to be independent. Leaves home to fight against the imperator."
—Intro message box, Orange Version

Hammer Brother Demo 3 and its finished "English" version is a Super Mario World ROM hack by Blackout77, widely considered to be the Mario Hacking community's (and by extension, the entire Mario fandom's) equivalent of My Immortal.

For those who wish to play it for some reason, you can download patches for Demo 3 and NES version by clicking on the links.


Hammer Brother Demo 3, NES Final Version and Orange Version contain examples of:

  • Alternate Universe Fic: The game takes place in an AU where a Koopa colony exists on Earth. Not that it looks like Earth since it's really just an edited Yoshi's Island.
  • Art Shift: Numerous, numerous examples:
  • Anachronism Stew: Despite the fact the game supposedly takes place in 1952, you have Hammer Brother fighting Robot Masters made at least from the 21st Century, and the second level in the game has Mega Man X graphics.
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  • Author Appeal: Blackout77 really loves Pokémon creepypastas (such as Buried Alive and Lost Silver) and Brutal Mario, as many elements of this game show.
  • Bonus Feature Failure: You can unlock the Top Secret Area normally, although it offers literally nothing to the player except that it's a remake of Lavender Town from Kanto. We wish we were joking but we're not.
  • Call-Back: Secret 4-3 is reused from Blackout's unfinished remake of Super Mario Frustration, even down to the same Level ID in Lunar Magic.
  • Checkpoint Starvation: Most of the levels lack checkpoints.
  • Difficulty Spike: This game rapidly ranks up the difficulty to unfair levels. A notable example would be in Demo 3 where a remake of Super Mario Frustration's first level called "Frustration Redo" is literally the third level in the game (not counting the Yellow Switch Palace)! At least you can preform a skip on it. How to do it?  Fortunately and unfortunately, it got removed as the third level from NES Final Version and replaced as the Red Switch Palace called "Rage Interlude" and the skip is impossible to preform. Plus, you have to press the switch if you want to play the final level.
    • In Infinity Road, you have to jump on a Koopa (reskinned as a Mettaur) and preform a shell jump, as you can't get past it otherwise. It's also placed at the very beginning of the level in the second screen, so you have to do it if you want to try to complete it.
  • Dummied Out: Boss message boxes that never get called on are still in the game. They're probably supposed to be triggered upon defeating the boss but more times than not, it just uses the default level ending sequence.
    • Some Demo 3 music that got unused in Final Version is still in the English version.
    • Leftover submaps (ID 165-168) from a deleted level featuring the Ghost from Creepy Black remain in the game.
    • The final version has a series of submaps (1A0-1A9) that were from the Overworld demo version of Abyss of Death where you had to find a hidden goal and the stage kept looping. The final version made Abyss of Death simpler.
  • Evil Twin: The Rival, a Darker and Edgier version of Hammer Brother himself.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: A lot of the bosses in the levels just randomly appear without any real reason.
  • Guide Dang It!: How are you supposed to know that you need a fire flower (reskinned as a hammer, enabling Hammer Bro to throw hammers) that the game doesn't even give you just to complete the level? And this is only just one of the many moments in the game!
  • Hitbox Dissonance: Due to how the sprites work in the game, this occurs pretty often. Despite their hitbox seeming like it's been changed, it actually hasn't, leading to instances like Bladers (which are actually Rexes) hurting you when you try to walk underneath them, and even seem to die by nothing if you throw a shell at them. Ben the Hacker says this from his review of it:
    That can’t be. I try to slide under this robot head thing [Blader] and yet I die? How does that happen?! L-Look how much space, look how much space is under there! What did I hit?! I touched nothing! So why is this happening? Well, you're not going to believe it, but this is actually a Rex. The same two square hit box is still there! In fact, if you toss a shell under it, that kills it too! This is too fucked up. This one enemy defies every iota of knowledge in the human brain!”
  • Kaizo Trap: Quite a handful appear in the game:
    • The game frequently uses a specific sublevel (13F) that contains a secret exit and an invisible block right over the gap needed to access it (meaning you have to do a precise jump not to hit it) and a bottomless pit to the left of it that you automatically drop into if you don't react quickly enough. It's pretty painful to think that just when you're about to easily get the secret exit, instead the game throws you a trap and you have to do the level again, if not all of it.
    • In the second level after you defeat the boss, Hammer Brother automatically starts walking to the right but there's a pit on the left side of the screen, meaning that unless you're on the right side of the screen, he'll just walk to the pit and fall down, meaning you have to redo the level once again.
  • Multiple Endings: In Final Version, you can complete the game by being eaten by the Buried Alive Model or defeating the Imperator.
  • Never Trust a Title: The "NES version" is not for the NES, and is not NES-themed either.
  • Puzzle Boss: Pix, in the second level, is like this. You have to throw a shell that has the same color as the diamond in order to hurt it.
  • Obvious Beta: While the Final Version and its English translation have some improvements, it's still unfinished, and it shows.
    • In Demo 3, this extended to the point of some levels being impossible to clear as they didn't even have a way to end the level! Thankfully most of these instances were fixed in NES Final Version.
    • In Demo 3 and the Overworld demo, beating Sandstorm Rage revealed an unchanged boss clear message from the vanilla Super Mario World.
    • In all three versions, the path transition graphics on the overworld glitch up as Henrique forgot to uninstall the Title Screen ASM.
    • In all three versions, Metal Man, the boss of the second world, is completely unbeatable unless you cheat the game or modify it.
  • Platform Hell: Mainly because of Fake Difficulty.
  • Ratchet Scrolling: One of the game's many, many problems. All but a few levels have it and said levels often require you to go to the left which the scrolling prevents you from doing, thus you have to lose a life.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: In Pokemon Road (Pokemon Move Hole in Demo 3) Weedle is spelled as Weedlee. Yes, really.
    • In Demo 3, the level "Springboard Trees" was called "Sprigboard Trees".
  • Sensory Abuse: Because the samples weren't inserted correctly, the track that plays in Secret 4-3 (which is supposed to be Cascade Capers) has glitched, high-pitched sounds that change the sound effects. Listen for yourself.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: To an extent, the entire game is this to Brutal Mario, abit without the ASM. There are many, many of these littered throughout the game in a bad attempt to imitate Brutal Mario but specific examples include the overworld in NES Version and in both versions, Entrance to Sorrow is one to Wily's Revenge. Even the music reeks of shoddiness.
  • Shout-Out: A lot of these are in the game, such as shoutouts to Pokémon and its creepypastas (like Buried Alive and Lost Silver, as listed above), Mega Man, Donkey Kong Country, Brutal Mario, and even, bizarrely enough, Derpy Hooves replacing Yoshi in NES Final Version. While it's possible to get her out of the levels that have her, her pallette is glitched up so you end up with this in other levels.
  • Translation Trainwreck: The only difference between NES Final Version and Orange Version is the insertion of an incomplete Engrish script (probably directly through Google Translate) that makes Breath of Fire II look competent. (some level messages are untranslated)
Bombs would explode in
XC Seconds, Hammer Bro
was smart to defeat
Crash Man before the
bombs exploded ... if
Bombs explode
Hurry only and Hammer
Bro would go wrong.
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: There are numerous instances of this but here's one example; in the Final Version, you need to open level 13E in Lunar Magic and add a goal object just to continue playing, as the boss of Metalman Fortress (Purple Metal in Final Version) is impossible to kill. Demo 3 players can circumvent this with the Orb Glitch and you can also cheat your way to complete the level, but you aren't supposed to make a game where major glitch usage nor cheating is forced.

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