Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube)

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Mario, Princess Peach, Toadsworth, and Toad have come to Isle Delfino for some relaxation. Upon arrival, however, they discover the island has been polluted causing its energy source, the Shine Sprites, to disappear. The culprit is similar in appearance to Mario, who is blamed for the mess, so the portly plumber is forced to clean up the island. Mario is given an invention called FLUDD (a backpack with several water nozzles) to help him clean up graffiti and mud and capture the real villain. Gameplay features a combination of action and puzzle solving, with numerous stages and multiple episodes to each stage, and plenty of hidden secrets and surprises.


Super Mario Sunshine GameCube Use FLUDD to hover above the ground
Super Mario Sunshine GameCube Hitting Gelato Beach.
Super Mario Sunshine GameCube Collect coins
Super Mario Sunshine GameCube Fighting robot Bowser from a roller coaster.

Alternate Titles

  • "SMS" -- Common abbreviation
  • "スーパーマリオサンシャイン" -- Japanese spelling

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Mario’s court ordered community service. Adzuken (818) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Aargh this f*&*ing camera!! AkibaTechno (248) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A vacation from the Mushroom Kingdom - lighten up and enjoy it. MagFram (43) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
The BEST Mario game to come out for GameCube! Dark Cloud (35) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Best Mario Game. Kiara Cunningham (14) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
SMS: Good. Nothing more. laemus (13) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A great follow up to Mario 64. Exodia85 (2150) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

G4 TV: X-Play Jan 01, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep 25, 2002 10 out of 10 100
Diehard GameFan Sep 15, 2002 10 out of 10 100
Insert Credit Sep 03, 2002 9.6 out of 10 96
Game Freaks 365 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
Edge Aug 12, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Meristation Sep 27, 2002 9 out of 10 90 Oct 01, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Gamezine Nov 24, 2002 17 out of 20 85 Dec 05, 2002 8 out of 10 80


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1001 Video Games

Super Mario Sunshine appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


There is a major glitch in the game that allows you to access a sub world, sometimes called the "Blue Hell". The game physics are dropped down (meaning, for example, you can move around normally underwater, but if you jump it will revert to normal) and you can access many areas with little or no effort, particularly the Yoshi fruit boats.

Japanese version

In the Japanese version of Super Mario Sunshine, "Isle Delfino" is known as "Dolphic Island". When a player retrieves a Shine Sprite, the "message" says "Shine Get!" instead of the English "Shine!" Also, despite being developed in Japan, the Japanese version is all in English with Japanese subtitles.


  • This game is set on a tropical island named Isle Delfino. "Delfino" is Italian for "Dolphin", which was Gamecube's prototype's name. Also, there are some words written in Italian around the game, like "Benvenuto" ("welcome"), etc.
  • There's a reference to the Beatles in this game. There is a yellow submarine on the Ricco Harbor stage.
  • In the attic of the Hotel Delfino, the janitor complains about the ghosts, wishing someone would come and "suck them up in a vacuum cleaner". This is a reference to another Gamecube title, Luigi's Mansion, where Luigi did indeed suck up ghosts in a vacuum cleaner.
  • When you first find FLUDD, look in the lower left corner to view scenes from previous Mario games, including Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, and Super Mario 64.


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