With it's vast variety of levels and amusing, unique plot, quite possibly the best 3D mario game ever made.
Legend_of_Merah wrote this review on .
One thing that is strikingly different about Super Mario Sunshine is that the main objective isn't to rescue Princess Peach. Mario, Peach, and the Toads are on vacation, but they find that the island has been covered by graffiti, and the inhabitants believe the culprit to be Mario. The objective here is to clean up Isle Delfino so that the shine sprites will return to Delfino Plaza and provide power to the island. You are given a water pump named FLUDD towards the beginning, and this creates a lot of new gameplay mechanics.
Although in the beginning the game mostly consists of cleaning up the multicolored graffiti left by "shadow mario", after a few levels, the player gets to play levels with more variety, and eventually 6 worlds are unlocked to be explored, as well as being able to explore Delfino Plaza, which contains a few hidden shine sprites. The levels have a lot of variety, and each has a specific objective to obtain a shine sprite. Some involve cleaning with FLUDD, but the water pump can also be used to defeat certain enemies in a variety of ways. There are a few sublevels in which FLUDD is taken away and you must make it to the shine sprite relying on only mario's basic moves. These get more challenging as the game progresses and provide even more challenge if the red switch is pressed, triggering 8 red coins that must be obtained before the time limit runs out.
The music in the game is simple, but catchy, and definitely memorable. The final boss battle is challenging, but very satisfying, and although the plot throughout isn't very deep, it's amusing and still compels you to keep playing. With the vast variety of levels in the game, this review has only scratched the surface, but I encourage anyone with a Wii or Game Cube to buy this game because it can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.