Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 e-Cards

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Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 features e-Reader compatibility, in that it can link up to a second Game Boy Advance with an e-Reader. Upon scanning in one of three types of cards, something will then be triggered in the game. This feature is normally absent in the European version of the game but can be enabled using a cheat device.

  • Power-Up Cards:
Back art for the Power-Up Cards

When one of these is scanned, it will upload an item (or a set of items) into either Mario or Luigi's inventory. There is no limit as to how many times an item card can be used. A variant type of Power-Up Cards are Switch Cards, which will trigger something in the game upon being scanned.

  • Demo Cards:
Back art for the Demo Cards

Plays a movie of either Mario speed-running through a level, collecting enough coins in a certain level to trigger a White Mushroom House, or racking up numerous 1-Up Mushrooms via a special trick.

  • Level Cards:
Back art for the Level Cards

Uploads a brand new level into the game, which can be played in World-e. Note that only 32 levels can be saved on the game at a time, but the listing of levels is endless.

Cards[edit]

SMA4 e-Reader Series 1.jpg
Series 1
SMA4 e-Reader Series 2.jpg
Series 2

The majority of the cards were released in two series (sets) of cards. However, a few cards were included with brand new copies of the game. While most copies only came with two cards, copies purchased at Wal-Mart early on came with an additional five cards.

In Japan, while most cards were still released within two series, things worked differently. Instead of each pack containing every card for that series, the cards were released in a format similar to trading cards, where each pack had five random cards. The cards had a uniformity to their arrangement within the packs, though it changed between Series 1 and 2. In Series 1, it went one level, one demo, three power-ups. In Series 2, it went two levels, two demos, one power-up. In both series, however, an extra level was included if the pack contained a classic level. This deducted a power-up from the pack.

All North American cards (excluding promotional cards) were released in Series 1 in Japan.

Roughly only one third of the cards that were released in Japan were released elsewhere. Therefore, there are over twenty levels that remain unavailable to non-Japanese players. Other missing cards include various Switches and Boomerangs. However, all versions of the game on the Wii U Virtual Console support all the e-Reader levels by default including levels formerly exclusive to Japan.

Note: Due to the discontinuation of the e-Reader, newer copies of the game do not come with cards, although the game itself is still compatible with the e-Reader. When ported to the Wii U in 2016, largely because of it lacking e-Reader compatibility, the level cards are pre-included into the world-e section (also marking the first time the Japanese-exclusive cards were made playable and localized outside Japan). However, the player cannot use any item or demo cards.

Power-Up Cards[edit]

Super Mushroom[edit]

Super Mushroom Power-Up Card

Item: 01

Super Mushroom

English flavor text: "Use the Super Mushroom to turn Mario into Super Mario. Super Mario can survive an extra hit from enemies."

Japanese flavor text: パクパクパクパク こいつはおいしそうなおたからだ!
Meaning: Wow, this item's so yummy! Munch munch...

Note: Wal-Mart exclusive (English)

Fire Flower[edit]

Fire Flower Power-Up Card

Item: 02

Fire Flower

English flavor text: "Use the Fire Flower to turn Super Mario into Fiery Mario. Fiery Mario's fireballs really heat things up for his enemies!"

Japanese flavor text: カランコロン カロンもあるけばおたからはっけん!
Meaning: Crack crock, even a Drybone can find an item! (This is a reference to a Japanese idiom 犬も歩けば棒に当たる "Even a dog can find a stick if it tries")

Note: Wal-Mart exclusive (English)

Super Leaf[edit]

Super Leaf Power-Up Card

Item: 03

Super Leaf

English flavor text: "Use the Super Leaf to turn Mario into Raccoon Mario! With that tail, Raccoon Mario can attack enemies or fly high into the sky!"

Japanese flavor text: マリオさん! すてきな宝物をどうぞ!何がでるかはお楽しみですよ。
Meaning: Hi Mario! Here's a great item. Check out what's inside yourself.

Note: Included with the game upon purchase at any retailer.

Frog Suit[edit]

Frog Suit Power-Up Card

Item: 04

Frog Suit

English flavor text: "Use the Frog Suit to turn Mario into Frog Mario."

Japanese flavor text: ちょっと探検したらびしょぬれだ! もうかえる!
Meaning: Just a little walk and I'm sopping wet! I'VE HAD ENOUGH! (かえる can also mean frog, so もうかえる! has a double meaning of "I'M A FROG!")

Series: Series 1 (English)

Tanooki Suit[edit]

Tanooki Suit Power-Up Card

Item: 05

Tanooki Suit

English flavor text: "Turn Mario into Tanooki Mario. This suit gives Mario all the abilities of Raccoon Mario plus the power to turn into a statue."

Japanese flavor text: ルイージさん! この宝物をお使いください! お役に立つはずです!
Meaning: Hi Luigi! Here's a useful item. It should help you!

Series: Series 2 (English)

Hammer Suit[edit]

Hammer Suit Power-Up Card

Item: 06

Hammer Suit

English flavor text: "In the Hammer Suit, Mario can toss powerful hammers to defeat enemies. The suit is also fireproof!"

Japanese flavor text: ぼくの~だいじな たからもの~ なかみはぜったい おしえない~
Meaning: ♪ This is my precious treasure, I'll never tell you what's inside ♪

Series: Series 1 (English)

Starman[edit]

Starman Power-Up Card

Item: 07

Starman

English flavor text: "Grab the Starman to make Mario invincible against enemies!"

Japanese flavor text: 10, 9, 8… こんなアイテム使ってボクのそばにこないで!
Meaning: Ten, nine, eight... Don't come near me with that!

Series: Series 2 (English)

P-Wing[edit]

P-Wing Power-Up Card

Item: 08

P-Wing

English flavor text: "The P-Wing gives you the power to fly through the level until you run into an enemy."

Japanese flavor text: いろんな場所で役に立つ宝物です! こまったときに使ってください!
Meaning: Here's an item that's useful everywhere! Use this if you are struggling!

Series: Series 1 (English)

Cape Feather[edit]

Cape Feather Power-Up Card

Item: 09

Cape Feather

English flavor text: "The Cape allows Mario to fly far and do Cape attacks against enemies."

Japanese flavor text: おしゃれなすてきなたからもの~ どかんのかげにかくしておこお~
Meaning: ♪ What a handsome item this is, I'll hide it in the shade of a Pipe. ♪

Series: Series 2 (English)

3 Fire Flowers[edit]

3 Fire Flowers Power-Up Card

Item: 10

3 Fire Flowers

English flavor text: "Turn Super Mario into Fiery Mario three times! You can really torch the enemies with Fiery Mario's fireballs."

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 2 (English)

3 Super Leaves[edit]

3 Super Leaves Power-Up Card

Item: 11

3 Super Leaves

English flavor text: "Turn Mario into Raccoon Mario three times! Raccoon Mario can use his tail to fly and to attack enemies !"

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 1 (English)

5 Starmen[edit]

5 Starmen Power-Up Card

Item: 12

5 Starmen

English flavor text: "Make Mario invincible five times!"

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 1 (English)

4-Item Set[edit]

4-Item Set Power-Up Card

Item: 13

4-Item Set (Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, Super Leaf and a Starman)

English flavor text: "Four items give Mario the edge! The Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, Super Leaf, and Starman are the tools of the plumber hero's trade."

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 2 (English)

3-Suit Set[edit]

3-Suit Set Power-Up Card

Item: 14

3-Suit Set (Frog Suit, Tanooki Suit and a Hammer Suit)

English flavor text: "It's a three-suit set! Choose the Frog, Tanooki, or Hammer suit as it suits you!"

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 2 (English)

8-Item Set[edit]

8-Item Set Power-Up Card

Item: 15

8-Item Set (Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Starman, P-Wing, Frog Suit, Tanooki Suit and a Hammer Suit)

English flavor text: "Get all of Mario's tricks and power-up items in one! This set will make quick work of all enemies."

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 1 (English)

10-Up Mushroom[edit]

10-Up Mushroom Power-Up Card

Item: 16

10-Up Mushroom

English flavor text: "Give Mario ten extra lives."

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 2 (English)

5-Up Mushroom[edit]

5-Up Mushroom Power-Up Card

Item: 17

5-Up Mushroom

English flavor text: "Give Mario five extra lives."

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 1 (English)

1-Up Mushroom[edit]

1-Up Mushroom Power-Up Card

Item: 18

1-Up Mushroom

English flavor text: "Grab the Mushroom for an extra life!"

Japanese flavor text:

Note: Wal-Mart exclusive (English)

Others[edit]

Other: X2 Orange Switch

Orange Switch Card

(Series 1) (Japanese: Enemies turn into coins by defeating them by fireball!(ファイアボールで敵がコインに))

Other: X3 Blue Green Switch

Blue Green Switch Card

(Series 2) (Japanese: Vegetables appear in Original levels!(オリジナルコースに野菜出現))

Demo Cards[edit]

World 1-1 Speed Stage[edit]

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World 1-1 Speed Stage

Speed-run through level 1-1.

English flavor text: "Watch Small Mario race through World 1-1 at breakneck speed! Can you beat his amazing time?"

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 1 (English)

World 1-2 Unlimited 1-Ups[edit]

SMA4 e-Card Demo 02.jpg

World 1-2 Unlimited 1-Ups:

Shows a trick to collect a lot of 1-Ups in level 1-2.

English flavor text: "Discover Mario's special abilities as Raccoon Mario, learn the unlimited 1-Up trick, and see what it's like to be invincible!"

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 1 (English)

World 3-4 Unlimited 1-Ups[edit]

World 3-4 Unlimited 1-Ups:

Shows a trick to collect a lot of 1-Ups in level 3-4.

English flavor text: "Watch and learn! See how Mario uses Lakitu and his Spiny Eggs to create a 1-Up factory! Even pesky enemies can be helpful!"

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 2 (English)

World 4-6 Unlimited 1-Ups[edit]

World 4-6 Unlimited 1-Ups.jpg

World 4-6 Unlimited 1-Ups:

Shows a trick to collect a lot of 1-Ups in level 4-6.

English flavor text: "See strategies for battling giant enemies as Raccoon Mario! Watch carefully to see how Mario uses his Raccoon abilities to create endless 1-Ups!"

Japanese flavor text:

Note: Wal-Mart exclusive (English)

World 3-2 Star Power[edit]

World 3-2 Star Power

Plays a video of Invincible Mario speeding through level 3-2.

English flavor text: "The Cheep-Cheeps charge at Mario with a vengeance, but he gets the last laugh by becoming invincible and using his athletic abilities to outsmart them."

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 2 (English)

World 2-2 Toad's Hidden House[edit]

World 2-2 Toad's Hidden House

Shows how to collect enough coins to trigger the hidden Toad House in Desert Land.

English flavor text: "Watch as Mario demonstrates the tricks and secrets you'll need to know in order to collect all 30 coins in World 2-2!"

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 1 (English)

World 3-8 Toad's Hidden House[edit]

World 3-8 Toad's Hidden House

Shows how to collect enough coins to trigger the hidden Toad House in Water Land.

English flavor text: "Boss Bass is hungry and relentless in his pursuit of Mario. If Mario isn't careful, Boss Bass will swallow him whole! Can he survive to collect all the coins?"

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 2 (English)

World 4-2 Toad's Hidden House[edit]

World 4-2 Toad's Hidden House

Shows how to collect enough coins to trigger the hidden Toad House in Giant Land.

English flavor text: "Cheep-Cheeps are plentiful in this level, but if Mario can avoid them long enough to collect all the coins, a special house will appear on the map!"

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 2 (English)

World 5-5 Toad's Hidden House[edit]

World 5-5 Toad's Hidden House

Shows how to collect enough coins to trigger the hidden Toad House in Sky Land.

English flavor text: "What a show! Small Mario deftly dodges a number of enemies before sneaking into a secret area to don the Tanooki Suit. Watch how he collects all the coins."

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 1 (English)

World 6-7 Toad's Hidden House[edit]

World 6-7 Toad's Hidden House

Shows how to collect enough coins to trigger the hidden Toad House in Ice Land.

English flavor text: "Fiery Mario sets World 6 ablaze! His firepower stops enemies dead in their tracks, allowing him to use the Donut Lifts to grab all the coins."

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 2 (English)

World 7-2 Toad's Hidden House[edit]

World 7-2 Toad's Hidden House

Shows how to collect enough coins to trigger the hidden Toad House in Pipe Land.

English flavor text: "Frog Mario has to do some tricky jumps to outsmart the many Venus Fire Traps intent on setting him aflame. Watch his coin-collecting technique carefully!"

Japanese flavor text:

Series: Series 1 (English)

Level Cards[edit]

Level Card for Wild Ride in the Sky.
  1. Wild Ride in the Sky (Included with the game)
  2. Slidin' the Slopes (Series 1)
  3. Vegetable Volley (Series 2)
  4. Doors o' Plenty (Series 1)
  5. Bombarded by Bob-ombs (Series 2)
  6. Magical Note Blocks (Series 1)
  7. The ol' Switcheroo (Series 2)
  8. Piped Full of Plants (Series 1)
  9. Swinging Bars of Doom (Series 2)
  10. Para Beetle Challenge (Series 2)
  11. Airship's Revenge (Wal-Mart exclusive)
  12. Classic World 1-1

Japan-only Cards[edit]

Power-Up Cards[edit]

Demo Cards[edit]

  • 05 World 1-4 Toad's Hidden House
  • 13 World 3-3 1-Up Trick
  • X1 Classic World 1-1 1-Up Trick
  • 22 World 6-10 1-Up Trick
  • 23 World 8-1 1-Up Trick
  • 24 World 7-3 Continuous Stars
  • 25 World 5 Fortress 1 Hidden 1-Up
  • 26 World 6-9 Hidden 1-Up
  • 27 World 8-1 Hidden 1-Up
  • 28 World 3-7 Hidden Item
  • 29 World 5-1 Hidden Item
  • 30 World 6-3 Hidden Item
  • X2 Bombarded by Bob-ombs 300 Coins
  • X3 Para Beetle Challenge Hidden 1-Up
  • X4 60 Seconds Fastest Clear
  • 14 World 1-6 Fastest Clear
  • 15 World 7-6 Fastest Clear
  • 16 World 8 Fortress Fastest Clear
  • 17 World 2-1 Continuous 1-Ups
  • 18 World 2 Fortress 1-Up Trick
  • 19 World 2-5 1-Up Trick
  • 20 World 3-9 1-Up Trick
  • 21 World 5-7 1-Up Trick

Level Cards[edit]

M16 "It's a Shoe-in"

Gallery[edit]