Merlee's Basement

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Merlee's Basement
SPM Merlee's Basement.png
Level code 2-4
Game Super Paper Mario
Boss Mimi
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Merlee's Basement is the setting of Chapter 2-4 in Super Paper Mario. Serving as the backdrop for the final level in this chapter, it is found within Merlee's Mansion, where Merlee herself is found along with a Pure Heart. A majority of this level takes place in a labyrinth-style structure. Mimi chases the player for a portion of the level and is fought at the end.

Chapter 2-4: The Basement Face-Off[edit]

A map of Merlee's Basement from Super Paper Mario.
A map of the area

Storyline text

The mysterious handmaid Mimi disappeared in a bizarre explosion...

What exactly was her plan, and why did she try to enslave Mario and friends?

After the incident, Princess Peach noticed stairs going down. "Here we go!" she said.

"I wonder if Merlee is down here?" thought our heroes as they traded worried glances...

The two solemnly made their way down, knowing there was no other path to follow.

As Mario, Peach and Tippi start off in the basement of Merlee's Mansion following the events of the previous level, Tippi informs Mario of the Pure Heart being nearby. Abruptly, Merlee appears via a magical projection to contact them. She informs them of her being somewhere in the basement, in addition to someone being after her, referring to Mimi. Just before her feed cuts out and turns to static, she warns them to exert caution when they do find her, foreshadowing what will happen then.

Mario and the others must proceed through the first rooms in this level's maze-like structure. Several of the rooms are similar in design, excluding different enemies and signs to distinguish them. Soon, Mario and the others encounter what appears to be Merlee, who formally introduces herself and offers the Pure Heart in exchange for 10 million Rubees. When she asks them to sign a contract, another Merlee appears as an apparition, warning them not to sign said contract. As Mario and Peach decline to sign the contract, the other Merlee offers more conditions before giving up and revealing herself as Mimi.

Mimi then turns into her true form and proceeds to chase Mario and the others throughout the remainder of the mansion. As Tippi warns, the heroes may not dawdle in a room, as after a certain amount of time, Mimi will find them. Additionally, she is invulnerable and can be neither damaged nor defeated. Eventually, the heroes become locked in a restroom and find the true Merlee in one of the stalls. Unfortunately, at this moment, Mimi enters and turns into Merlee once more. As the heroes are not able to distinguish them, they must play through the "That's My Merlee!" show to determine which one is real and which one is fake. Regardless of whether they are correct or not, Mimi becomes furious and attacks, ensuing a battle. Merlee assists Mario and Peach in defeating Mimi, prior to telling her story along with the Pure Heart.

Storyline text

Count Bleck's servant Mimi had laid a nasty trap for Mario and friends...

But with the help of Merlee, faithful defender of the Pure Heart, the day was won.

But who were the other two heroes mentioned by Merlee?

With five Pure Hearts yet to be found, Mario knew this adventure had only begun...

Enemies and obstacles[edit]

Menu description[edit]

  • "Countless butlers have been lost in this massive cellar. And masters, too! Merlee was hiding in a faraway toilet. Good thing you saved her and stopped Mimi."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 館の地下
Yakata no Chika
Mansion's Basement
French Cave de Merlie Merlee's Basement
German Merlees Keller Merlee's Basement
Italian Lo Scantinato di Merluna Merlee's Basement
Korean 저택 지하
Jeotaeg Jiha
Mansion's Basement
Spanish (NOE) Sótano de Merlí[1] Merlee's Basement
The Basement Face-Off
Language Name Meaning
Japanese まよいの地下ルームへようこそ
Mayoi no Chika Rūmu e Yōkoso
Welcome to the Perplexing Basement Rooms
French Le face-à-face The face to face
German Konfrontation im Keller Confrontation in the basement
Italian La verità in cantina The truth in the basement
Korean 수수께끼 지하의 방에 어서 오세요
Susukkekki jihaui bang-e eoseo oseyo
Welcome to the Mysterious Underground Room
Spanish (NOE) Encuentro en el sótano[1] Encounter in the basement


The floor sign near the female restroom in Merlee's Basement in Super Paper Mario
The floor sign
  • The floor sign outside the female restroom (visible in 3D) reads "清掃中" (seisō-chū) and "Cleaning in Progress". The Japanese text is present even in the US version of the game.