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

Appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Levels 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 beating the regular exits will only take 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 will disappear.

Levels[edit]

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"

The Forest of Illusion, renamed the Enchanted Forest, 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 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 berries.

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 animated series) Enchanted Forest
Spanish Bosque Ilusión Illusion Forest

Trivia[edit]

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

References[edit]

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