Vexing Doors

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Vexing Doors
●23 The Haunted House of Mystery!
Level code 23 (World-e)
Game Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
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Vexing Doors is an e-Reader level for Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. This card was released in Series 2 in Japan. Its official difficulty rating is ★★★★☆. It was initially released only in Japan, but it became available internationally when the game was released on the Wii U Virtual Console in 2016. The level contains five Advance Coins. The key art featured Lemmy Koopa.


World-e, Level 23.
Vexing Doors from Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.
Map of the level.

The level takes place in a Ghost House. The first room is haunted by a Boo and a Big Boo. There are three doors:

  • The first door seen takes Mario to a room with spikes on the floor. He must ride a Snake Block to reach an Advance Coin and back.
  • The third one leads to a small room with a Boo and a ? Block.
  • The second one takes Mario to more doors.

Entering the second door, Mario finds himself in a room with another Advance Coin and three doors, but only one of them is visible without pressing a Switch Block.

  • The one in the far left leads to a room with two doors. Both take Mario to the same room (filled with Hidden Blocks) but the upper one allows Mario to get an Advance Coin.
  • The second invisible door and the visible one basically take the player to the same room, but the P Warp Door takes them to an Advance Coin room first.

The next room has more doors:

  • Entering the one in the left corner, Mario reaches a room before the Big Boo battle, with three doors that take Mario back to the second room. The last one leads to the battle.
  • The one over coins can be accessed by pressing a Switch Block (only accessible by entering the Advance Coin door in the second room). Mario can collect the last Advance Coin and a Control Coin here.

The battle with the Big Boo is similar to the previous one: Mario must toss three White Blocks at him, while avoiding two regular Boos. One of the regular Boos is faster than usual.


Name Count
Boo from Fortress, Castle
Sprite of a Big Boo in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
Big Boo

Flavor text[edit]

  • Japanese:
  • Romaji:
  • Translation:  

ぼくのかわりに テレサたちが たっぷり 遊(あそ)んでくれるよ!
Boku no kawari ni Teresa-tachi ga tappuri asonde kureru yo!
"The Boos will kindly play with you plenty in my stead!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おばけやしきはなぞだらけ!
Obake Yashiki wa Nazo Darake!
The Haunted House is Full of Mystery!


  • The music and theme of this level are from the Ghost Houses from Super Mario World.