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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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]

Forest of Illusion artwork as featured in Mario Mania
Some of the trees in "The Wheel Thing"

A forest named Enchanted Forest, presumably 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, they 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 showing that the cheeks are actually fruits.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese いの[1]
Mayoi no Mori
Forest of Illusion; translated as "Mazing Wood" in the Super Mario World Shogakukan guide[2]
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


  • The Japanese name for the Forest of Illusion is the same as that for the Lost Woods, a recurring location within the The Legend of Zelda series; the concepts of both areas are also the same, involving the player getting lost.


  1. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet (fold-out)
  2. ^ Super Mario World Shogakukan Book 1. Page 83.
  3. ^ Official Super Mario World iQue website. iQue. Retrieved May 30, 2018.