Nintendo Game Boy Advance ‘Super Mario Bros 4’ e-Reader Exclusive Levels Recreated In Super Mario Maker

SMB3-eReader-Levels-in-Mario-MakerWhile many remember Nintendo’s efforts to bring Mario’s back-catalogue to the Game Boy Advance, few will recall the additional features packed into Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3. This vibrant remake of the NES classic not only reintroduced the game to a new generation, but also called upon the e-Reader accessory to introduce new level packs too - all of which have now been recreated in Super Mario Maker.

To get you up to speed, the e-Reader was an oversized cartridge for the Game Boy Advance which featured a barcode scanner within, and a slot to scan cards through. By simply scanning a compatible card through the device, mini-games could be played, and features could be unlocked too. A good example of the device being put to use was through Nintendo’s Animal Crossing e-Reader cards, which once connected to the GameCube, unlocked all sorts of bonuses.

While the e-Reader may have skipped out on a European release, both Japan and North America were gifted a set of cards that unlocked new levels and extras within Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3. As you’d expect, so few of us have had the pleasure of trying out these stages, something which has since been remedied by Super Mario Maker on the Wii U. By using the codes below, you’ll finally be able to access these stages which have been recreated in the game by Baddboy78 and theycallmeshaky.

  • E-1 Wild Ride in the Sky : 2B4B 0000 007B 5343
  • E-3 Bomb Volley : FE1E 0000 007B 53BC
  • E-4 Pipes O’Plenty : F5F3 0000 007B 546E
  • E-5 Bombarded by Bob-Ombs : 1209 0000 007B 559D
  • E-6 Magical Note Blocks : 4388 0000 007B 5682
  • E-7 The Ol’ Switcheroo : 8F1F 0000 007B C071
  • E-8 Piped Full of Piranhas : 6078 0000 007B E3D8
  • E-9 Swinging Bars of Doom : 7742 0000 007D F093
  • E-10 Para Beetle Challenge : 656C 0000 007E 1CC9
  • E-11 Magical Note Blocks 2 : B3DB 0000 0080 4E1C
  • E-12 Airship 1 : 660E 0000 0081 0A27
  • E-13 Chill Cavern : A8C9 0000 0081 33FA
  • E-16 Castle a Go-Go : BC9E 0000 0082 FFF5
  • E-17 Frappe Snowland : 3245 0000 0083 25D7
  • E-18 Frozen Fortress : A403 0000 0084 0A35
  • E-19 Brick Maze : 2967 0000 0085 E914
  • E-21 60 Seconds : 3A6B 0000 0087 5003
  • E-22 Ropeland : 81A6 0000 0087 E28E
  • E-24 Clear Skies : B111 0000 0084 2101
  • E-25 Koopahari Cavern : 637A 0000 008A CB63
  • E-26 Aqua Bars of Doom : 3305 0000 008B 706A
  • E-27 The Gauntlet : EF71 0000 008C BC39
  • E-28 Hammer Bro. Ship : 240D 0000 008E C639
  • E-29 Bowser’s Airship – Part 1 : 1E56 0000 008F 0485
  • E-30 Bowser’s Airship – Part 2 : FFD8 0000 008F 9487



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(Link to this comment) Welshwuff 2015-10-10 10:48
Didn't these mix in enemies from SMB2 though? Hopefully some DLC can make these even more faithful to the source material.
(Link to this comment) DarakuTenshi 2015-10-28 20:56
I'm loving Mario Maker, but I'd like to see a bit more customization. I'd like to make a sunset background in the desert, or enemies that were not included like Ninji or the Noko Bombette from Mario Land. There is just so much that needs to be added to this to make it really good.

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