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Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Sunshine (NA)
North American box art
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube platform icon
Genre(s) Platformer, Adventure
Rating(s)
ESRB  PEGI  ACB

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Super Mario Sunshine is a GameCube video game released in 2002. In the game, Mario will make use of his new device, F.L.U.D.D., who can squirt water and clean up goop, in an effort to rid Isle Delfino of its pollution problem, which Mario was falsely credited for. The real culprit and the motives behind it are revealed as the player progresses.

Story

Isle Delfino
Isle Delfino
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Mario sets out for a tropical retreat on Isle Delfino for a well-deserved vacation with Princess Peach, Toadsworth, and Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, and Purple Toad. Upon arrival, Mario finds that the once-beautiful island, has now been vandalized with graffiti and toxic goop. As a result of this pollution, sun-shaped guardians of the island called Shine Sprites, the island's sources of power, have dispersed and the island is covered in a perpetual shadow. Even worse, the culprit is seen spreading the graffiti disguised as Mario (later referred to as Shadow Mario). Thus, Mario is promptly arrested as soon as his plane lands.

Mario is put on trial, found guilty, and is ordered to clean up the mess and return the Shine Sprites. To help with the cleaning, Mario finds F.L.U.D.D., a powerful water cannon toted like a backpack. Mario sets out on his adventure, promising to clear his name and locate the real criminal while restoring tranquility and order to Isle Delfino.

Gameplay

SMS Screenie
Mario using the Hover Nozzle.
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Super Mario Sunshine is similar to Super Mario 64 in many ways, though evolves upon the tried and true formula while taking advantage of the Nintendo GameCube controller. Fans of Super Mario 64 will feel right at home, though will have to adjust to the new device by Professor E. Gadd. Later in the game, the gameplay is almost similar to a sandbox game, as you can roam almost freely throughout the island.

Hub and levels

The game featured a multitude of stages that could all be accessed by the game's hub, which is Delfino Plaza. While in Super Mario 64 the game's levels could be accessed via paintings on walls, Mario Sunshine's stages can be found by going through rainbow-colored paint that was created by Shadow Mario, with the exception of a few stages. Once you enter a level, you'll be able to choose which mission you want to partake in.

After the player chooses the mission he wishes to conquer, the goal will always be the same: collect the missions' Shine Sprite. Shine Sprites give life to Isle Delfino. Sometimes Mario has to defeat a boss to earn a Shine Sprite or secret platforming stages that are around the island. Doing so requires patience and determination, as well as plenty of dexterity to complete the more challenging levels. After Mario collects the desired item, he'll be sent back to the hub world where he can choose where to go next. Some of the Shine Sprite are actually found in the Hub, similar to Super Mario 64. If Mario loses a life or quits the mission, he'll appear back where he entered in a bummed out sort of way. If Mario completes the mission however, he'll appear back where he entered taking his cap off and putting it back on as a victory pose.

The game's secret levels are unarguably the most popular stages in the game. They represent the true essence of a Mario game and are nothing but pure platforming. During secret stages, Mario will not have F.L.U.D.D. to aid him, and will have to complete each of the suspended stages by using his abilities alone. They are complete nonsense and will have the player thinking critically during the final stages. Upon revisiting these stages, F.L.U.D.D. can be used. In all, there are an average of 1 or 2 of these stages in each area.

Characters

  • Mario - The main character of the game. His first appearance in the game is on the airplane to Isle Delfino
  • F.L.U.D.D. - A sentient robotic water pack that can squirt water and clean up goop. His first appearance in the game is in Delfino Airstrip.
  • Yoshi - A dinosaur that can jump high and do other sorts of tricks. He can turn enemies into platforms by squirting Juice. If he touches water, he'll disappear and want a random kind of fruit each time. Yoshi first appears in the game after Episode 4 in Pinna Park where he gets kidnapped by Shadow Mario in Delfino Plaza and Mario must defeat Shadow Mario to earn Yoshi.
  • Peach - Comes along with Mario on his vacation. She first appears in the game on the airplane in Isle Delfino.
  • Toadsworth and the Toads - Peach's steward who also takes care of the Toads during their stay at Isle Delfino. They first appear in Delfino Airstrip.
  • Bowser - Mario's worst enemy and the final boss of the game. He gets his son to kidnap Princess Peach. He doesn't appear until the very end of the game.
  • Bowser Jr. - Bowser's apparent 8th son and Mario's main unexpected enemy who disguises himself as an imitation of Mario, also known as Shadow Mario. He is not seen until Episode 1 of Pinna Park in his real form.
  • Piantas - A kind of people in Isle Defino who have trees on their heads to have relief of the sun's heat.
  • Nokis - One of the residents of Isle Delfino who wear seashells as a reminisce of their home.

Levels

Level Name: Description:
Bianco Hills A grassy area with a small village, and a huge windmill. A lake surrounds the area, and the boss in this area is Petey Piranha.
Ricco Harbor A big harbor with a small little shopping area next to it. A ton of construction pieces hang over the polluted lake, including a yellow submarine. A race takes place here where Mario races on Bloopers.
Gelato Beach A nice beach with plenty of Cataquacks that throw Mario up in the air. A local celebration takes place here where Mario must find the biggest watermelon. In the center is a tower with a Giant Wiggler on top of it holding the egg of the legendary Sand Bird.
Pinna Park An amusement park on an island south of the mainland featuring a giant roller coaster, two swing ships, a huge Ferris Wheel, a Yoshi-go-round, and other rides. Right outside the park is a huge patch of Sunflowers. This is where Bowser Jr. reveals himself.
Sirena Beach A beach with a hotel and casein resort. The hotel is overrun with ghosts scaring away visitors. Inside the casino are a couple of casino games, including the boss fight against King Boo.
Noki Bay An island inhabited by the Noki people. Huge cliffs surround the bay with a waterfall and spikes shoot out of the water, atop one is a massive shell. Underneath the water lies a huge eel named Eely Mouth.
Pianta Village A village that is built atop a giant plant overhanging a deep pit. A huge tree is in the middle with smaller trees surrounding it. Below the village are mushrooms growing from below and a mass of platforms.
Corona Mountain A huge volcano with lava traps surrounding it, as well as the final boss battle with Bowser Jr. and King Bowser, who kidnapped Princess Peach.

Table of episodes

Stage Stage
Delfino Airstrip
Delfino Plaza
Piranha Plant in the Generator Airstrip's Red Coins In the Pipe on the Islands Clean the Southwest Bell
Bianco Hills
Spray the Sand near the Lighthouse Box Bashing Minigame
Road to the Big Windmill Down with Petey Piranha! Harder Box Bashing Minigame Get Chucked through a Window
The Hillside Cave Secret Red Coins of Windmill Village Red Coin Pinball Machine Spray the Golden Bird
Petey Piranha Strikes Back The Secret of the Dirty Lake The Very Annoying Yoshi Shine Blast Through the Guarded Doors
Shadow Mario on the Loose The Red Coins of the Lake Blast Through the Bell Tower Doors Clean the Shine Gate
Hillside Cave Secret Red Coins Dirty Lake Red Coins In the Pipe Near Pinna Park's Entrance Super Ground Pound the Lighthouse
Blue Coin Shine #1 Blue Coin Shine #2 Clean the Other Bell Blue Coin Shine #1
Blue Coin Shine #3 100 Gold Coins Blue Coin Shine #2 100 Gold Coins (This can alternatively be gotten in Delfino Airstrip)
Ricco Harbor Gelato Beach
Gooper Blooper Breaks Out Blooper Surfing Safari Dune Bud Sand Castle Secret Mirror Madness! Tilt, Slam, Bam!
The Caged Shine Sprite The Secret of Ricco Tower Wiggler Ahoy! Full Steam Ahead! The Sand Bird is Born
Gooper Blooper Returns Red Coins on the Water Il Piantissimo's Sand Sprint Red Coins in the Coral Reef
Shadow Mario Revisited Yoshi's Fruit Adventure It's Shadow Mario! After Him The Watermelon Festival
More Blooper Surfing Safari Ricco Tower Secret Red Coins Hidden Shine Picture Under a Sand Bud Dune Bud Sand Castle Secret Red Coins
Blue Coin Shine #1 Blue Coin Shine #2 Blue Coin Shine #1 Blue Coin Shine #2
Blue Coin Shine #3 100 Gold Coins Blue Coin Shine #3 100 Gold Coins
Pinna Park Sirena Beach
Mecha-Bowser Appears! The Beach Cannon's Secret The Manta Storm The Hotel Lobby's Secret
Red Coins of the Pirate Ships The Wilted Sunflowers Mysterious Hotel Delfino The Secret of Casino Delfino
The Runaway Ferris Wheel The Yoshi-Go-Round's Secret King Boo Down Below Scrubbing Sirena Beach
Shadow Mario in the Park Roller Coaster Balloons Shadow Mario Checks In Red Coins in the Hotel
Beach Cannon's Secret Red Coins Yoshi-Go-Round's Secret Red Coins Hotel Lobby's Secret Red Coins Casino Delfino's Secret Red Coins
Blue Coin Shine #1 Blue Coin Shine #2 Blue Coin Shine #1 Blue Coin Shine #2
Blue Coin Shine #3 100 Gold Coins Blue Coin Shine #3 100 Gold Coins
Noki Bay Pianta Village
Uncork the Waterfall The Boss of Tricky Ruins Chain Chomplets Unchained Il Piantissimo's Crazy Climb
Red Coins in a Bottle Eely-Mouth's Dentist The Goopy Inferno Chain Chomp's Bath
Il Piantissimo's Surf Swim The Shell's Secret Secret of the Village Underside Piantas in Need
Hold It, Shadow Mario! The Red Coin Fish Shadow Mario Runs Wild Fluff Festival Coin Hunt
The Golden Bird Shell's Secret Red Coins Cool It, Sunshine! Village Underside Secret Red Coins
Blue Coin Shine #1 Blue Coin Shine #2 Blue Coin Shine #1 Blue Coin Shine #2
Blue Coin Shine #3 100 Gold Coins Blue Coin Shine #3 100 Gold Coins
Corona Mountain
Defeat Bowser Blue Coin Shine

Trivia

  • This is the only game in the Mario platforming series to be released on the Gamecube console, though was welcomed to critical (92% average on GameRankings) and commercial (5.5 million copies sold) acclaim (despite its predecessor and successor performing better on both fronts).
  • The year after the game was released, it was introduced to the Player's Choice line of products, making it a mere $20 (USD).
  • Despite being developed in Japan, the Japanese version of the game uses the English voice with Japanese subtitles.
  • During the short movie where F.L.U.D.D. examines Mario, he will see a screen on the bottom left showing screens from Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, and Super Mario 64.
  • In the Pinna Park's first secret world, the background will have a Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island theme.
  • In a few of the backgrounds of secret worlds, you'll see an old school Mario sprite from Super Mario Bros..
  • Episode 4's secret stage in Ricco Harbor also appears in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
  • Even though the cutscenes in Super Mario Sunshine make Delfino Island look like a Dolphin, Ingame, it does not.
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