Super Mario Galaxy 2’s “Hell Valley” Turns Out To Be Nothing More Than A Lake of Fire

Hell Valley Shadows

“I spent all that time pondering on a cool mystery, for THIS?”

If you’ve ever spent any time reading a “Top [X] Creepiest Easter Eggs In Video Games” list, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the Hell Valley Sky Trees in Super Mario Galaxy 2. If not, here’s a brief rundown:

In the Shiverburn galaxy, looking out into the sky will reveal what appear to be silhouettes in the far distance watching your every move. In the game’s source files, the aforementioned silhouettes are found in a folder called ‘Hell Valley’, and labeled as “Sky Trees”.

As there is no level in the game named “Hell Valley”, we can only assume that Nintendo took part in a deal with the devil gone awry, as apparently, Hell Valley just didn’t make the cut.

In the spirit of tradition, I did some additional digging, and found that, with the right combination of button presses, 2 wiimotes, and a bit of mixed martial arts, you can actually access Hell Valley. However, for the sake of brevity, I’ll just skip all the details, and jump straight to the meat of the subject: what Hell Valley looks like.

lava lake

As you can clearly see, it’s nothing more than a lake of lava, and… wait a minute. Oops, wrong picture! Let me see if I can find it… and… presto!

lava lake fixed

THIS is Hell Valley. Clearly, you can tell, because there’s one of Mario’s signature 1-up mushrooms making it’s way through the level. And yes, in Hell (Valley), evidently you don’t swim in lava – you walk on it (just ask the Jesus-shroom above).

That aside, there’s not much else to say. Lots of hot. That’s it.

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