The player must press the A or B button close to when a large ! flashes before them, and if they are too early or late, they loose, the latter following with a cutscene of Mario's head being removed. There are three opponents that he faces, following consecutively, that award a total amount of 1-UPs if Mario manages to beat them and dies on the next try:
The level has no music, uses the ghost house graphics and layer 3 clouds. There is a pallette glitch where if Mario shows up with his fire power, his sword appears bloodstained.