Hidden Games: Super Mario Sunshine

Words By Jason Sewald

Super Mario is an Icon of video game culture and an icon of pop culture in general. Nintendo’s main man has been in people’s hearts since the 80s and not without good reasons. Over the years, Super Mario has featured in generation-defining games such as Super Mario World and Super Mario 64. However, as with everything, there is always dark sheep amongst the flock, which is Super Mario Sunshine.

Super Mario Sunshine starts with our hero Mario going on holiday with Princess Peach and her royal cour to the resort island Isle Delfino to take some time off from the Mushroom Kingdom. As they arrive, Mario gets immediately detained by the local law enforcement and accused of vandalising the whole of Isle Delfino. So we find ourselves trying to clear Mario’s name and find the real culprit of these acts of vandalism.

As it is a 3D Mario game, you pretty much can expect the same if you have played Super Mario 64. However, one notable change is F.L.U.D.D, who acts as a water pump and a hover to get through the necessary levels.

I’m well aware of how divisive this game is amongst the fandom, but one thing that cannot be denied is that this is one of the best looking Mario games to date and in 2021, this game aged like fine wine… visually. As for the gameplay, it becomes apparent how dated and almost jankie F.L.U.D.D was but never to the point of it being unplayable. Despite all that, it still is a unique game that deserves to be experienced at least once.

Super Mario Sunshine is currently available to buy physically and digitally in a Super Mario 3D Allstar pack for the switch. So if you own one and haven’t copped it, hurry up because it is only available digitally until March 31st.


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