Mario title for the next generation of gaming comes at last.
Sunshine doesn't pull its punches in this all-out Mario game and it
leaves Luigi back where he started (and to some, where he belongs),
as a second rate sidekick to Mario. This is the game for
everyone, whether you buy every game or pick and choose your titles
The game, which starts out with our hero and several familiar
friends (Though suspiciously Luigi-free, sour grapes?) arrive at the
Island Delfino for some typical "fun in the sun" down
time. However, when Mario and company arrive the group is
suddenly sent hurdling into a new Mario adventure, an adventure of
epic proportions and non-stop fun.
The Mario series dazzles you with its graphics which, though you may
not have really suspect it at first, have made a tremendous leap in
quality since the days of 64. That's not to mention the leaps
and bounds from when the plumber first started. Many of the
classic Mario moves have been brought back, in full, for the game
and all of them are integral to complete
the game. In addition to the classics, Mario has also been
equipped, in many ways, with a new set of techniques and tools.
Among these, the now famous F.L.U.D.D. This hydro powered
gadget, which is only one of the new gadgets many Nintendo
characters are being overhauled to include, is an all-purpose,
hydro-powered, Mario tool. The tank on Mario's back, which has
a limited but refillable water supply, lends everything you could
ever imagine to Mario, making him a force to be reckoned with.
Now Mario can over, be boosted along, and even shoot enemies.
Aside from the visual upgrade, the new techniques, and the new
gadget at Mario's disposal, the game also totes an impressive line
of characters to interact with. In your quest for Shine
Sprites (over 100 all together that you must collect!) and coins you
can collect to buy the Shine Sprites, these diverse surroundings may
lend to hours of play. The island residents alone offer
a myriad of quests to earn certain rewards time and time again, even
if they are easily appeased characters, the tasks themselves can
sometimes be a little challenging. The locations in Sunshine
can also be just as diverse as the many residents, with levels
taking place everywhere from a harbor to a theme park. If that
alone wasn't enough, each world also has a seemingly infinite amount
of quests to attend to.
The enemies in Mario Sunshine are also often familiar at times
though some new ones, not to mention the heinous pollution
everywhere, offer some new challenges. Often times the enemies
can be used to your advantage so be sure to not destroy them all
quickly and take time to notice how they react to some of the things
you can do. Sunshine also offers a variety of obstacles that
must be successfully completed in order to make it to a new area or
simply earn Shine Sprites or other prizes. Perhaps more
challenging than one might originally expect from a Mario game,
younger children or inexperienced gamers might not easily accomplish
it, so know your skill level if you venture to purchase.
The controls in Mario sunshine can also present a bit of a problem,
sometimes Mario may seems awkward to control or get precision aiming
might be needed at times. Despite all of this, a seasoned
Mario veteran should be able to complete the game with no problem,
tackling most of the obstacles, enemies, and even Mario, with little
to no problem.
- Classic Mario
fun, techniques, and characters. Lots of new ones too!
- A vast game
environment that will insure you won't be shelving Sunshine
visuals and other game elements rejuvenate the Mario franchise.
- Sometimes twitchy
- The rapid, fast-paced
gaming may cause you to get an unexpected reaction out of Mario.
- The addition of FLUDD
makes the game seem more like a spin-off than a sequel.
Does Mario have a future?
A great addition to your library and the Mario game series, it may
very well be the reason to own a GameCube. Unfortunately it
may be too little too late for Nintendo, people have had time to
look towards other new systems. Had this been a launch title,
there would have been more sales and loyal Nintendo fans. The
controls may be awkward at times, though if you wait it out and pay
attention you can soon wield Mario like a professional.
Familiar elements, supporting cast and enemies will have you
you loved Mario in the first place.
If you are unsure about Mario, or never really cared for his
original 64 3-D transformation in the first place, I recommend
renting it, just to
see how you like it. Mario fans, of course, will probably buy
it regardless, though I would recommend that you rent it at least
once to get a feel for the altered GameCube controls Mario uses now.