Top 5 Retro Super Mario Brothers Enemies

The Mario franchise has featured more baddies than you can possibly keep track of! Fortunately, almost all of them have appeared in more than one Mario game, which allows for a bit of consistency. Because there are so many enemies in the Mario franchise, they cannot all make returns as often as we’d like. I’ve taken five classic enemies who haven’t made nearly enough appearances in the Mario franchise, and I personally feel that Nintendo should stop neglecting them! So, here are the five enemies that Nintendo really needs to show more love towards.



#5 Flying Hammer Brothers
One of the most fearsome encounters in Super Mario World when I was younger. Flying Hammer Brothers fly back on forth on winged platforms, throwing an endless barrage of hammers below. They were intimidating foes, and to Mario newcomers they usually spelled death. To defeat one of these hovering baddies, Mario only had to give them a knock on the bottom of the flying platform. However, getting under was the tricky part!


#4 Volcano Lotus
I will always remember the first level of the Donut Plains in Super Mario World very well, because it was the introduction of this frightening plant. It could only be defeated by a cape spin, super star, or Yoshi. Fire flowers and spin jumps were completely ineffective. That isn’t what made these flowers tough opponents though. These guys would periodically spit out several fireballs that would raise quickly to the top of the screen and then slowly drift back down. They weren’t overly difficult on flat plains, but on tricky ledges they were quite a hassle!


#3 Goomba in a Shoe
Goombas introduced Mario to one of his greatest power ups ever, the Kuribo Shoe, which he was only fortunate enough to use for one level in the entire Mario franchise! These shoe-dwelling goombas would wildly jump all over the place and were not to be underestimated. These were not difficult foes like the previous two entries though, and are primarily on this list because of the power up that they provide Mario with when defeated. It is a shame that it has only appeared in one game in the Mario Brothers platformers.


#2 The Chucks
My all time favourite Mario enemies are the chucks, the football loving koopas in Super Mario World. They would run at you, jump at you, wake up nearby hostile fish, split into three and (of course) chase you… The more difficult chucks would pitch baseballs and kick footballs at Mario. These guys made some levels tough and added a bit of challenge to Super Mario World. It really is too bad that they’ve struggled to appear in other Mario games given their interesting design and their admirable set of skills. I cannot believe Nintendo neglects these guys so much.


#1 Angry Sun
… However! It absolutely BAFFLES me that Nintendo has never brought the angry sun back. Without a doubt the most intimidating encounter in all of Super Mario Brothers 3, the angry sun was a force to be reckoned with. The sun can be defeated via shells, hammers, or by using a super star, but the rarity of these items in sun levels made them next to impossible to kill as they would swoop down at Mario with killer intent. The angry sun has only been in two Mario Brothers levels ever, but considering that it is enormously popular among Super Mario Brothers 3 fans says quite a lot. This is, without a doubt, the most awesome neglected Super Mario Brothers enemy of all time.

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One thought on “Top 5 Retro Super Mario Brothers Enemies

  1. Great post. I used to hate the Flying Hammer Brothers because they were difficult to kill. And you needed to kill them to move on in the level. Later I figured out just the right time to stomp on them.

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