Summary[edit | edit source]

Super Mario Sunshine is the continuation of the Mario Open World series. It utilizes the new mechanical character known as the Flash Liquidizing Ultra Dousing Device (or FLUDD).

Story[edit | edit source]

Everybody's favorite Plumber, Princess Peach, and her Toad Retainers decide to go on a vacation to the famous tropical island of Isle Defino. But as soon as they got there, the island is now covered in some strange goop. What's worse is that Mario is accused of this crime and is now sentenced to clean the entire island. But what Mario will soon realize that something sinister is working behind the scenes.

Johnny's Reviews[edit | edit source]

General Thoughts[edit | edit source]

Now, in the Nintendo community, this is considered the weakest of the Mario Open World games, especially when compared to the commercial giants of SM 64, SM Galaxy, and SM Odyssey. If you ask me, I say that looks can be deceiving as this is one of my favorite Gamecube games. Maybe you should read my review and find out for yourself.

Graphics[edit | edit source]

The graphics in this game are nicely done, and I also like the wavy effects which add to the heat of the immediate environment. I also like the lighting of the game, when it's day out and the sun overhead, it gives you that feel that the sun's rays are actually touching your skin (it's recommended to wear sun protection cream). Sometimes, the graphics can look a bit rough, but nothing too serious.

Grade: A-

Music[edit | edit source]

The game's soundtrack uses a great mixture of Caribbean Metal Drums and accordion music too. There are other pieces of music too, and though most of these tracks are the same song with different instruments, and of course there's a remixed version of the Super Mario Bros. theme in the secret areas. If you like multiple instruments played on soundtracks, you'll be pleased with the game's music.

Grade:  B-

Sounds/Voice[edit | edit source]

The sounds in this game are also nicely done, the sounds of different footsteps on different tiles such as wood and stone. The sounds of water (especially when using FLUDD) and even the sounds of some enemies too are good. The voices are also good though a bit flat at times, but still good.

Grade: B+

Gameplay/Controls[edit | edit source]

The gameplay is what you would expect from a Mario Open World Game. This time, however, Mario has FLUDD and he can't do certain jumping moves such as the long jump or the backflip jump. Eventhough most of the emphasis is on using FLUDD to clean up the goop that you can find in all of the worlds, but there are areas where Mario must rely on his jumping abilities (namely the secret areas), and the secret areas themselves can make the game somewhat repetitive at times. The controls of the game are also somewhat getting used to, unlike in the recent Mario Open World Games, the controls in this game are a bit loose, meaning if you're not careful with your jumps, you can either fall short, or overshoot your jump, so you need to master the art of slight tilts if you want to get some of the harder to reach sprites.

Grade: C+

Replay Value[edit | edit source]

Even if you beat the game, there's still a lot of Shine Sprites to collect, and it also opens the Delfino Airstrip. Unlike in the original game, however, you can before you beat the game put on Sunglasses which dims the screen the entire time you have them on. If you like collecting everything even after you beat the game you won't be disappointed with the other things you can collect.

Grade: B-

Final Thoughts[edit | edit source]

Yes, Super Mario Sunshine is considered the "black sheep" of Mario open World games, but it doesn't necessarily mean n=the game is total garbage and should be ignored. Personally, I have played very few Mario games that were "total garbage" (hint, hint, Mario's Time Machine) But SM Sunshine shouldn't be missed if you like not just Mario games but collecting stuff too.

Final Grade: B

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