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Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Super Mario Sunshine GameCube Climb through or over obstacles
Super Mario Sunshine GameCube Enter a giant watermelon competition
Super Mario Sunshine GameCube Collect coins
Super Mario Sunshine GameCube Bowser's kid arrives on the scene.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Mario’s court ordered community service. Adzuken (728) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Aargh this f*&*ing camera!! AkibaTechno (228) 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
SMS: Good. Nothing more. laemus (13) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A great follow up to Mario 64. Exodia85 (2158) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

The Press Says

Nintendojo 2002 9.7 out of 10 97
Insert Credit Sep 03, 2002 9.6 out of 10 96
Game Revolution Aug, 2002 A- 91
Thunderbolt Games Dec 07, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 04, 2002 9 out of 10 90
GamesCollection Oct 15, 2008 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 02, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Bright Hub Dec 08, 2008 4 out of 5 80
Random Access 2005 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Bugs

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.

References

  • 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.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2002 – Best GameCube Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2002– Best GameCube Dexterity Game of the Year
    • 2002 – Best GameCube Dexterity Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Ben Miller, gamewarrior, MegaMegaMan, and Tiago Jacques

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