After the countless times Mario has defeated Bowser and saved the Princess, he deserves to take a break, right? As you begin Super Mario Sunshine, Mario arrives on Delfino Island to finally take a hiatus from his adventures. Upon arriving however, many locations on the island are covered in graffiti and Mario is falsely suspected to be the perpetrator. In reality though, Shadow Mario is the guilty party. Unfortunately, Mario is arrested for polluting the island with graffiti, and he is ordered to cleanse the island of it using FLUDD. While cleaning the mess up, Mario must also recover Shine Sprites, which are analogous to the stars in Super Mario 64 to restore light and harmony on Delfino Island.
Super Mario Sunshine is quite different from previous Mario games. Of course, being on an island isolates Mario from the traditional scene people are used to. Levels are vivacious and tropical, as well as crisp. However, being isolated also removes many of the characters Mario fans know. Instead, they have been replaced by the Noki’s and Pianta’s. FLUDD is a major addition to a Mario game. FLUDD is a water pump with several nozzles to assist Mario in cleaning up Delfino Island. Using the pump, players can stun enemies, reach high platforms, have a tremendous speed boost, and even hover.
Another exciting gameplay element is jumping on tightropes. Even Yoshi makes an appearance in the game. There are also plenty of new moves and memorable experiences; even more so than in Super Mario 64 such as riding in an intense rollercoaster.
Overall, Super Mario Sunshine is an outstanding game that will fulfill your Mario appetite.