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  • Summary: When Mario, Peach, and an entourage of Peach's loyal Toad friends set out for a tropical vacation on lovely Isle Delfino, they're in store for much more than a relaxing holiday. A mustachioed maniac has mucked up the entire island, and Mario is accused of committing the crime. Armed with aWhen Mario, Peach, and an entourage of Peach's loyal Toad friends set out for a tropical vacation on lovely Isle Delfino, they're in store for much more than a relaxing holiday. A mustachioed maniac has mucked up the entire island, and Mario is accused of committing the crime. Armed with a hi-tech water cannon called FLUDD (Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device), Mario sets out to clean the island, clear his name, and solve the mystery of the villainous vandal. With new enemies, moves, and surprises, Super Mario Sunshine offers plenty of challenges. Expand
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  1. Positive: 60 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. 100
    A masterpiece of superior game design, infinite gameplay variety, creativity, and life-and it's got a water cannon…and a damn brilliant one at that.
  2. Combine the wonderfully fluid control system, level designs that ooze the 'one more go' appeal and the fact that it's Mario, and you've got one of the best games in a long time and certainly the GameCube's finest hour to date. [Import]
  3. An excellent title, and almost certainly the very best GameCube title to date.
  4. Sunshine isn't the leap forward from Mario 64 that Mario 64 was from the previous Marios. But of all the titles that are available right now, on viable platforms, this is as good as videogaming gets. [Import]
  5. Even three and a half years later, there hasn't been a more complete, entertaining, lovingly wrought platformer made for the GameCube.
  6. Although not quite the revolution in game play or visual aesthetics that "Super Mario 64" was in its heyday, Super Mario Sunshine still stands as one of the premier platform games of this console generation.
  7. To say that the camera in this game is atrocious is like saying being kicked in the teeth kinda hurts-it gives the person an idea about how bad it is, but it doesn't even begin to describe the agony in detail.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 241
  1. Jan 13, 2016
    10
    It was like Super Mario 64 to me, just better. Sure the water cannon led to a different gameplay and feeling. But not in a bad way. PerformingIt was like Super Mario 64 to me, just better. Sure the water cannon led to a different gameplay and feeling. But not in a bad way. Performing and learning new techniques with that thing was enjoyable. The light-hearted location with its great soundtrack was enjoyable. And even the party frustrating "Galaxy" worlds were enjoyable. A classic. Expand
  2. Dec 3, 2020
    10
    I grew up with this game back in 02’ and this just is a pure nostalgia trip. The game also still holds up really well on a CRT, the graphicsI grew up with this game back in 02’ and this just is a pure nostalgia trip. The game also still holds up really well on a CRT, the graphics are really spot on and yet still feels like a great well made game too. Highly recommend this game to the youngsters out there who want to get into the Mario games, this one really shows you what Nintendo can do. Expand
  3. Apr 21, 2011
    10
    Super Mario Sunshine was my first and one of my favorite games growing up. I worked through it and always enjoyed the great look and feel.Super Mario Sunshine was my first and one of my favorite games growing up. I worked through it and always enjoyed the great look and feel. Unfortunately my memory card went corrupt and I had to start over, which I put off until recently. The game is just as good if not better then I remember and I just wish Nintendo had gone back to Isle Delfino in another main title and not just as cameos in sports games. The closest thing to it are some of the planets from Super Mario Galaxy, and there my favorite planets in the game. The game is just is full of charm. Go out and find a copy right now, then buy it and don't ever stop playing. Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2017
    9
    This is the best Mario 64 sequel we could have got. It improves in almost every way while having new mechanics to feel new. It would be aThis is the best Mario 64 sequel we could have got. It improves in almost every way while having new mechanics to feel new. It would be a 10/10 if it wasn't for the lack of polish that other mario games have. Expand
  5. Nov 18, 2017
    8
    The game is pretty buggy at times, but it's really fun and enjoyable. F.L.U.D.D was a fun addition to the game. It felt like I was actuallyThe game is pretty buggy at times, but it's really fun and enjoyable. F.L.U.D.D was a fun addition to the game. It felt like I was actually accomplishing something when I grabbed a Shine Sprite. I love the cartooniness of this game and the game-play is great. Expand
  6. PeteP.
    Nov 18, 2002
    8
    I give this game an 8 because of two issues. I purchased this game just because it was Mario. I didn't initially get hooked on the game I give this game an 8 because of two issues. I purchased this game just because it was Mario. I didn't initially get hooked on the game because of the controls. I'm talking about learning all of the many moves and jumps that Mario could accomplish. People, give it a chance, just like any game it'll grow on you. Let me tell you SMS is growing on me. So, getting over the control is one and second is the camera. At times, the camera gets stuck and it's a bit tricky trying to move the camera into a viewable position while say jumping to the next block. If the camera were improved I would've given this game a 9. It's not a 10 because it doesn't break new boundries like Mario 64 did. There's nothing really revolutionary about this game. It's been done before and you could consider it a revamped version of Mario 64 with better graphics and sound. Overall this is a good game. Maybe one of the best GCN has to offer. Definately worth purchasing because of the replay value and the overall exploration contained in this game. If you like SM64 then your sure to like this game. Expand
  7. Dec 21, 2020
    0
    Terrible game. It's rigged. The secret levelz are impossible to finish. Waste of time.

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