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Super Mario Sunshine (スーパーマリオサンシャイン Sūpāmariosanshain) is a 3D-Platform game developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube and is the sequel of Super Mario 64. It was released in North America on August 25, 2002, Japan on July 19, 2002, in Europe on October 4, 2002, and in Australia on October 11, 2002.
The product was bundled with the other three Mario games in Super Mario 3D All-Stars on Nintendo Switch in 1080p with upscaled graphics and a hacked aspect ratio, but without support for GameCube controllers.
Mario, Toadsworth, several colored Toads, and Peach go on to vacation to the fabulous Isle Delfino. As they arrive on Delfino Airstrip to find the runway is covered with goopy slime-like graffiti! After further exploring, he finds Delfino Plaza, along with many other areas of the island are covered with graffiti! This goop sprouts out Polluted Piranha Plants along with little goopy monsters that leave goop trails. The goop has made the island dark, and Mario must clean the mess and retrieve Shine Sprites to make the island light again. Shadow Mario is revealed to be the culprit of this mess, but the Piantas and Nokis accuse Mario of being the culprit, due to them looking so similar. Mario is now set out to clean up every acre of Delfino Island, with the help of F.L.U.D.D., a device created by Professor E. Gadd. Mario uses F.L.U.D.D. to clean up the various messes Shadow Mario makes, and receives Shine Sprites while doing it. Not only that, he has to chase Shadow Mario down on several occasions, and rescue islanders who have become trapped in the goop.
After chasing down Shadow Mario, he turns out to be Bowser Jr. in disguise. He had been using a special bib/cloth tied around his neck that, when worn over his face, turns him into Shadow Mario. He then takes Peach away to Corona Mountain. Mario must continue to clean up Isle Delfino and receiving Shine Sprites along the way. After a major flood happens in Isle Delfino, Mario goes into Corona Mountain to find out this is another one of Bowser's diabolical plots to get Princess Peach. Bowser and Bowser Jr. are relaxing in a giant hot tub with green waters, while Peach is stuck on a boat in the water. After defeating Bowser, they all come falling down and crash into the island off the shore of the cannon leading to Pinna Park. F.L.U.D.D. becomes damaged breaking, but the Toads take F.L.U.D.D. and fix him all up. Mario and Peach continue their vacation along with Toadsworth and the Toads As to the whereabouts of Bowser Jr. and Bowser, they are on the same small island they crashed on. Bowser Jr. says Peach really isn't his "mama" and Bowser tells his son the truth. At the end of the game II Piantissimo, an adversary that Mario has encountered several times throughout his adventure, finds the magic paintbrush, hinting he will use it for evil.
Super Mario Sunshine is the first game where Mario extensively uses an accessory to complete his mission. F.L.U.D.D. features spray and hovering capabilities when it is first acquired; other nozzles can be unlocked to extend F.L.U.D.D.'s functionality, such as the "Rocket Nozzle" which propels Mario high into the air, and the "Turbo Nozzle" that lets Mario sprint on land and water, as well as break down wooden doors.
The game contains a number of independent levels, which can be reached from Delfino Plaza. Gameplay is based around collecting Shine Sprites by completing various tasks in the levels and over world, very similar to Super Mario 64, but with Shine Sprites instead of Power Stars.
There are 120 Shine Sprites in the game, and 240 Blue Coins. There are two Shine Sprites at the airstrip (although it cannot be reached), sixteen in the plaza, and eight in each of the seven other areas. Including the plaza there are eight Sprites for collecting 100 Coins. There are thirty Blue Coins in each of the seven areas, making 210, in the plaza there are nineteen, one in the Airstrip, and ten in Corona Mountain, making 240 altogether. Ten Blue Coins each can be traded for one Shine Sprite at the Blue Coin Shop, making another twenty-four Shine Sprites through the Blue Coins.
At first, each level features one task which may be completed to acquire a Shine Sprite. The player is then returned to Delfino Plaza and a new task is unlocked on the level they just played. Each level consists of up to eight of these tasks, which may be played again at will once they are completed. Once the player has collected enough Shines in total, a new level is available at Delfino Plaza, either by the acquisition of a new ability or some plot-related event, such as Shadow Mario appearing in the Plaza.
Gameplay proceeds in this fashion until all of the Shadow Mario's related missions are completed (the 7th mission of each level), which unlocks Corona Mountain, containing the final boss. As the total number of Shine Sprites available at any given point is greater than the number of Shine Sprites needed to unlock the next level, the player may choose which tasks they want to attempt.
Mario can also ride Yoshis in this game. Yoshis can be used to eat certain insects and birds to produce coins, Blue Coins, Red Coins, and even Shine Sprites in a few cases. Yoshis can also eat fruit and squirt the juice of the color of that fruit, just like F.L.U.D.D. sprays water. This juice can be used to dissolve certain kinds of pulsating goop acting as obstacles, as well as to briefly transform enemies into platforms for Mario to step on. The color of the Yoshi, as well as the effect of its juice, depends on the type of fruit last eaten. Also which direction the platform created by spraying juice on an enemy depends on the color of the platform, Yoshi and the color of the juice it sprayed.
- : Move
- : Rotate Camera
- : Look around
- : Jump, hold for Flutter Jump (when on Yoshi)
- : Switch Nozzle, Dismount (when on Yoshi)
- : Menu Guide.
- : Slide, Pick up Fruit , Talk to characters, Hang loose (when on a tightrope)
- : Set the camera behind Mario, Ground Pound (in air)
- : Use F.L.U.D.D., Spit Yoshi Juice (when on Yoshi)
- (when sliding on a wall): Wall Jump
- + (jump once touching the ground): Double Jump
- + + (jump once touching the ground, full speed): Triple Jump
- then : Backwards Somersault
- then (Opposite Direction) + : Side Somersault
- + : Large range spray
- (rotate) + : Spinning spray
- (rotate) + : Spin Jump
- (rotate) + + : Spinning Spray Jump
- Shine Sprites - When certain totals are achieved, the story progresses.
- F.L.U.D.D. - Helps Mario throughout the game with various abilities.
- Nozzles- Allows Mario to Hover for a short time, blast up in the air, or make him go extremely fast.
- Red Coins - Some levels require all eight Red Coins of the level to be found in order to get the Shine Sprite.
- Blue Coins - Can be traded for Shine Sprites at the Blue Coin Shop.
- 1-Up Mushrooms - Give Mario an extra life.
- Fruit - Food for Yoshis, which refills their Juice Meter.
- Water Bottles - Fill F.L.U.D.D's water tank.
- Mario's Cap - Stops Mario from losing lives.
- Gold Coins - Mario can collect 50 to get a life, or 100 to get a Shine Sprite.
- Water Barrel - Mario can throw it to clean a large area, as it releases a large burst of water.
- Trampoline - Allow Mario to reach higher areas.
- Water Rockets - Missiles that attach to F.L.U.D.D that can be launched with water.
- Barrel - Objects that Mario can carry and throw at enemies.
Main Locations & Episodes
|Bianco Hills||Ricco Harbor||Gelato Beach||Pinna Park||Sirena Beach||Noki Bay||Pianta Village|
|Road to the Big Windmill||Gooper Blooper Breaks Out||Dune Bud Sand Castle Secret||Mecha-Bowser Appears!||The Manta Storm||Uncork the Waterfall||Chain Chomplets Unchained|
|Down with Petey Piranha!||Blooper Surfing Safari||Mirror Madness! Tilt, Slam, Bam!||The Beach Cannon's Secret||The Hotel Lobby's Secret||The Boss of Tricky Ruins||II Piantissimo's Crazy Climb|
|The Hillside Cave Secret||The Caged Shine Sprite||Wiggler Ahoy! Full Steam Ahead!||Red Coins of the Pirate Ships||Mysterious Hotel Delfino||Red Coins in the Bottle||The Goopy Inferno|
|Red Coins of Windmill Village||The Secret of Ricco Tower||The Sand Bird is Born||The Wilted Sunflowers||The Secret of Casino Delfino||Eely-Mouth's Dentist||Chain Chomp's Bath|
|Petey Piranha Strikes Back||Gooper Blooper Returns||II Piantissimo's Sand Sprint||The Runaway Ferris Wheel||King Boo Down Below||II Piantissimo's Surf Swim||Secret of the Village Underside|
|The Secret of the Dirty Lake||Red Coins on the Water||Red Coins in the Coral Reef||The Yoshi-Go-Round's Secret||Scrubbing Sirena Beach||The Shell's Secret||Piantas in Need|
|Shadow Mario on the Loose||Shadow Mario Revisited||It's Shadow Mario! After Him!||Shadow Mario in the Park||Shadow Mario Checks In||Hold It, Shadow Mario!||Shadow Mario Runs Wild|
|The Red Coins of the Lake||Yoshi's Fruit Adventure||The Watermelon Festival||Roller Coaster Balloons||Red Coins in the Hotel||The Red Coin Fish||Fluff Festival Coin Hub|
- Big Boos
- Bull's-Eye Bills
- Bullet Bills
- Chain Chomp
- Cheep cheeps
- Pirahna plants
- Monty mole
- Chain chomplets
- Coo coos
- Red electro koopas
- Green electro koopas
- Blue electro koopas
- Giant stus
- Jumping bloopers
- Pokey sprouts
- Polluted piranha
- Seedy pods
- Sleepy boos
- Smolderin stus
- Snooze a koopas
- Soaring stus
- Strolling stus
- Swipin stus
- Wind spirties
- Wire traps
- Polluted Piranha: Huge Piranha Plants made out of sludge. Defeated by simply squirting water into their open mouths. They appear once in both Delfino Airstrip and Bianco Hills and a total of three times in Delfino Plaza.
- Petey Piranha: Appears in two of the episodes of Bianco Hills.
- Gooper Blooper: Appears in two of Ricco Harbor's episodes and one of Noki Bay's.
- Wiggler: Resides on Gelato Beach as the boss of the third mission, angry at Mario for disturbing his nap.
- Mecha-Bowser: A giant mechanical version of Bowser that is controlled by Bowser Jr. Appears only in the first episode of Pinna Park.
- Monty Mole: Shows up in two levels, both times arming a large, triple-gun cannon that fires Bullet Bills, Bull's-Eye Bills, Bob-ombs, and Glorpedoes.
- Phantamanta: The silhouette of a giant manta ray appearing in Sirena Beach's first episode that splits into smaller manta rays when sprayed by F.L.U.D.D.
- King Boo: Only appears in Sirena Beach's fifth episode.
- Eely-Mouth: Has taken up residence under Noki Bay and is unwittingly poisoning the water with purple sludge due to his teeth being in poor condition.
- Shadow Mario/Bowser Jr.: Although causing the whole island's issues, is never actually the boss of a level, besides every level's one Shadow Mario chasing mission found in episode seven of every main area.
- Bowser: The final boss of the game, is found sitting in a hot tub full of green sludge floating in the skies of Corona Mountain. Bowser Jr. and Princess Peach are both found in the tub with him.
|Role||English Actor||Japanese Actor|
|Mario||Charles Martinet||Kōichi Yamadera|
|Isle Delfino Commercial|
|Male Pianta||Toru Okawa|
|Princess Peach||Jen Taylor||Yuri Shiratori|
|Bowser||Scott Burns||Kenji Utsumi|
|Bowser Jr.||Dolores Rogers||Atsuki Murata|
|Female Pianta||Yumi Tōma|
|Male Noki||Kat Harris||Urara Takano|
|Female Noki||Satomi Kōrogi|
|Petey Piranha||Toru Minegishi|
- This is the game where the "game over" music samples the "too bad" music.
- This is the first game where Bowser and Bowser Jr. receive their main voices, thus completing the non-human Mario characters' vocal effects changelog direction that started with Yoshi Story and continued with Donkey Kong 64.
- This is the second game in the Mario series since Hotel Mario to feature extensive voice acting. But unlike Hotel Mario, The protagonist (Mario) remains silent/unscripted or non-extensive dialogue.
- This is the only game where Mario wears a T-shirt as opposed to his normal long-sleeved shirt.
- This is the first Mario game where Princess Peach wears her hair in a ponytail as it is later reused for future Mario sports games and the later Mario Kart games starting with Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
- This also makes Super Mario Sunshine the first game of the mainline series (with the exception of the protagonist (Mario)) to have voice acting.
- This is Bowser Jr.'s first appearance in the Mario series.
- This is also Toadsworth, Petey Piranha, Gooper Blooper, and Shadow Mario's debut in the series.
- This is also F.L.U.D.D.'s first appearance in a Mario game. He appears again as one of Mario's special moves in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In addition to all of them, Delfino Plaza returns as well.
- This is one of few Mario 3D games not to feature any of the common enemies such as Goombas, Koopa Troopas, and Piranha Plants.
- As F.L.U.D.D. scans Mario, various clips from previous games are shown such as Mario swinging Bowser by the tail in Super Mario 64 in the level, "Bowser in the Dark World", and the fight with Iggy Koopa from Super Mario World. This also confirms that the events of Super Mario Sunshine take place after Super Mario World and Super Mario 64.
- F.L.U.D.D. was made by Gadd Science, Incorporated, which means it was made by Professor E. Gadd from Luigi's Mansion.
- Accordingly, Mario's voice actors, Kōichi Yamadera in japanese, and Charles Martinet in english stated that Super Mario Sunshine is an underrated game in the franchise.
- This game would make the last 3D sandbox Mario game until Super Mario Odyssey, to not feature Luigi.
- The regular boss theme is a remix of the Super Mario World Bowser battle theme, which is just as ominous as the latter, and later got its own, but lighter and less ominous, remix in the 2003 Disney MMORPG Disney's Toontown Online, reprising the role it has in Sunshine.
- This is the first main series Mario game for the Nintendo GameCube, as Luigi's Mansion is a spin off.
- Super Mario Sunshine is the only game to include Shine Sprites.
- Shine Sprites do return in Capture the Shine mode in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
- Super Mario Sunshine is the 2nd Best-Selling Mario game on the GameCube, right behind "Mario Kart: Double Dash!!". It is also the 3rd Best-Selling game for that console.
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|Characters||Protagonists||Mario • F.L.U.D.D. • Princess Peach • Toadsworth|
|Antagonists||Bowser • Bowser Jr./Shadow Mario|
|Other Characters||Il Piantissimo • Pianta • Noki • Noki Elder • Noki Elder's Grandson • Toad • Hotel Delfino Manager • Yoshis|
|Locations||Areas||Isle Delfino • Delfino Airstrip • Delfino Plaza • Bianco Hills • Ricco Harbor • Gelato Beach • Pinna Park • Sirena Beach • Noki Bay • Pianta Village • Corona Mountain|
|Other Areas||Windmill Village • Hotel Delfino|
|Bosses||Main Bosses||Bowser • Bowser Jr. • Shadow Mario • Petey Piranha • Gooper Blooper • Phantamanta • King Boo • Mecha Bowser • Eely Mouth • Wiggler|
|Minor Bosses||Polluted Piranha Plant • Plungelo • Monty Mole|
|Enemies||Enemies||Piranha Plant • Strollin' Stu • Boo/Red Boo • Bullet Bill • Electro Koopa • Snooze-a-Koopa|
|Miscellaneous||Items||Shine Sprite • 1-up Mushroom • Water Bottle • Fruit|
|Nozzles||Spray Nozzle • Hover Nozzle • Rocket Nozzle • Turbo Nozzle|
|Other||Fluff Festival • Watermelon Festival|