Forest of Illusion

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Forest of Illusion
The world Forest of Illusion as it appears in the game Super Mario World.
Top view of the forest
Game Super Mario World (1990)
Level(s) 9
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A view from outside the world Forest of Illusion.
The outside of the Forest of Illusion
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The Forest of Illusion is the fifth world in Super Mario World. It is the eastern portion of Dinosaur Land and is part of the same landmass as Cookie Mountain, which is the northeastern part of the map. The forest contains one fortress, one Ghost House, one Star Road, the Blue Switch Palace, and many secret paths.

This world is unique in that finding the regular exits only takes the player in a circle, hence its name. To find the way out of the forest, the player needs to find the secret exit in one level. Forest Secret Area, #5 Roy's Castle, and Forest Fortress are the only levels without multiple exits. When any level is beaten, in addition to a path appearing, trees disappear.

A world in New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U known as Soda Jungle features a similar haunted area. In this area, the player must beat a level via the secret exit to create a pathway that will allow the player to proceed through the world.


Levels that are marked with an asterisk (*) feature a secret exit.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Artwork scene of Mario in the Forest of Illusion, from Super Mario World.
Forest of Illusion artwork as featured in Mario Mania
Kooky Von Koopa's contraption destroyed in The Wheel Thing.
Some of the trees in "The Wheel Thing"

A forest named Enchanted Forest, possibly the Forest of Illusion, is featured in the episode "Ghosts 'R' Us" from the Super Mario World animated series, where it is the main setting and the greater location of Wizenheimer's haunted house.

Similar forested areas are also seen in the episodes "King Scoopa Koopa," "The Yoshi Shuffle," and "Mama Luigi," appearing closer to the Forest of Illusion's in-game appearance. The distinctive trees with faces also often appear in the background in several episodes. Here, some of them more closely resemble coconut trees, and their faces lack cheeks. In "Party Line," one of the trees is used to send the caterpillars into space.

In Super Mario Maker 2, there is an additional sprite for a larger variant of the trees more clearly showing that the cheeks are actually the fruit item.

Official description[edit]

Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 website[edit]

  • "The Forest of Illusion is famous for its twisting trails and perplexing paths. Unless you have a knack for finding secret exits, you just might find yourself stuck in the Forest of Illusion for longer than you'd like. For the adventurous type, the secrets hidden within the Forest of Illusion make it the perfect place to blow off some steam."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese まよいのもり[1]
Mayoi no Mori
Forest of Illusion; translated as "Mazing Wood" in the Super Mario World Shogakukan guide.[2] The phrase mayoi no mori is commonly used to refer to forests in Japanese media, such as the Lost Woods, a recurring location within the The Legend of Zelda series.

Chinese 迷失森林[3]
Míshī sēnlín
Lost Forest

French Forêt Illusoire
Forêt d'Illusions

Illusory Forest
Illusions' Forest
German Wald der Illusion
Forest of Illusion
Italian Foresta delle Illusioni
Forest of Illusions
Romanian Pădurea fermecată (Super Mario World television series)
Enchanted Forest
Spanish Bosque Ilusión
Illusion Forest


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  1. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet (fold-out)
  2. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオワールド」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario World), page 83.
  3. ^ Official Super Mario World iQue website. iQue. Retrieved May 30, 2018.