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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: 16 out of 167
  1. 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
  2. May 29, 2015
    10
    I adore this game! this is the first mario game i have ever played. i first played back in 2007, and to this day, I still belive that this isI adore this game! this is the first mario game i have ever played. i first played back in 2007, and to this day, I still belive that this is the best mario game out there! theres only one problem though, there are SO MANY BLUE COINS!!! Expand
  3. AlexS.
    Sep 7, 2002
    10
    Best. Need I say more?
  4. puffy
    Nov 29, 2005
    9
    great game,,,,, real fun ..... lot of intresting ideas.... but kind hard..graphics are pretty godo... i thougth star fox adverure had great great game,,,,, real fun ..... lot of intresting ideas.... but kind hard..graphics are pretty godo... i thougth star fox adverure had great water afects.. i played this game an this game beats that ... the sand n water will flip ur mind out ... i luv knoick that big calapiller or what ever that thing on its back..... the stand it blows up as it runs buy u look pretty dang real...the mirror afects are cool.... them are jsut trippy.... i can say this game is worth buyin for that fact even worth rentin...the camra does take some time to get use too but once u do .....ur flyin...one great gamecube game... one that u should not miss out on...... Expand
  5. Apr 8, 2017
    9
    Super Mario Sunshine is the best Mario game I've ever played in the Nintendo GameCube. It had more storytelling than Mario 64, beautifulSuper Mario Sunshine is the best Mario game I've ever played in the Nintendo GameCube. It had more storytelling than Mario 64, beautiful graphics and designs, fun gameplay, a lot of new elements including F.L.U.D.D. and Yoshi, smoother controls, improved boss battles and difficulty over Mario 64 and excellent music. Unfortunately, it still has the same camera issues like Mario 64 and the secret levels are a mix, sometimes it can be fun and challenging especially with F.L.U.D.D and the red coin missions, while others, it can get quite frustrating and annoying without F.L.U.D.D, and if you make a mistake once, you have to start all over again without any sort of checkpoints due to how short these levels are. That's all the flaws I can easily point out. If you loved Super Mario 64 so much, you'll love this game even more. And If you ever own a Nintendo GameCube, this is a must-own for your NGC library. I gave it the same score as Super Mario 64, a 9 out of 10. Expand
  6. 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
  7. May 6, 2018
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I can't believe this like the game is not even 2D Nintendo has betrayed me, with the big hit of the acclaimed Super Mario Bros 2 for the NES not to mention 30 YEARS WINNER IN A ROW of game of the year award you would think Nintendo wouldn't risk it and continue with the so awaited Super Mario Bros 2 31 but they did risk it and they fu**** it up BIG and instead we got this abomination of a game, like Super Mario Sunshine what kind of name for a video game even is that? It doesn't even have the number 2 in it.

    0/10 WORST MARIO GAME EVER.
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