Mario and Nintendo are no strangers to solid 3D platformers. Featuring solid gameplay and amazing controls Mario made the transition into the third dimension almost seamlessly. But, one game stands out among them as the weird one and it is Super Mario Sunshine. A game we have spoken about in RGM at lengths, even discussing the strength and weaknesses of its gameplay. Yes, Super Mario Sunshine was an odd game to say the least.
Nobody expected Nintendo to mess around with the formula that made Super Mario 64 great. But, somehow in an effort to try and show off their water physics (which were amazing) they flubbed up and created a game which featured unexpected difficulty spikes, the F.L.U.D.D gimmick and new characters which just managed to raise more than a few eyebrows. While it was praised for its graphics and beautiful level design the gameplay itself left a lot to be desired. After all, who could ever forget the ridiculous quest to find all of the blue coins?
But, coins weren’t the least of your concern when the pachinko mini-game probably broke more than a few controllers. But, we have to remember that this game is still a prized jewel in the history of Nintendo. It had memorable mechanics and running in the water at full speed or rocketing towards the heavens using a rocket nozzle were extremely fun.
Throughout all of this the controls were very solid and handled extremely well. It was telling that the only moments it was considerably unfair was when it crippled Mario by taking away F.L.U.D.D. or making it so that you had to move a melon from the highest peak in the hills to a beach infested with enemies or even cleaning an eel’s teeth while underwater while trying to avoid being eaten. Yoshi being unable to swim was also an unexpected change which was unexplained (they live in an island!).
In-spite of all of these complaints the game sold masterfully, but the proof is in the pudding as they say. Super Mario Sunshine’s distinguishing mechanics were not implemented in future Mario games. Yet, Super Mario Sunshine has managed to worm its way into the hearts of many gamers. To this day you can still find people enjoying it through methods such as the Versus Channel in YouTube. A sunny adventure in Isle Delfino waits for those who play Super Mario Sunshine.
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