When we think about classic Mario games from the past titles such as the original Super Mario Bros Trilogy along with Super Mario World and Super Mario 64 all come instantly to mind. The games just mentioned from the 80’s and 90’s time period all had very high replay values and are classics that longtime fans of the Mario series still play to this day. However, when it comes to Mario games from the 00’s such as Super Mario Sunshine they do not get mentioned quite as much as various other titles from the series despite its critical acclaim. As many people know Super Mario Sunshine was initially released for the Nintendo GameCube back July 2002 in Japan before coming to America in August of that same year. One of the most interesting things about Super Mario Sunshine was its plot especially since it was somewhat different from what people were used to seeing within the series prior to 2002. While Bowser is normally the main villain in most Mario games the main antagonist in Super Mario Sunshine was character by the name of Shadow Mario. In Super Mario Sunshine Shadow Mario was responsible for kidnapping Princess Peach while vandalizing Isle Delfino with graffiti.
The funny thing about the plot for Super Mario Sunshine was that Mario himself was framed for the crimes committed on Isle Island whole being on vacation with Princess Peach and a couple of Toads and was forced to clean up everything which was somewhat interesting. Older installments within the Mario series emphasized level completion by outmaneuvering various monsters such as Goombas and Koopa Troopers in order to reduce to the Princess. However, in Super Mario Sunshine Nintendo managed to keep elements of older Mario titles while adding new ones without drastically changing the formula of what made the series a huge success in the first place. While players were required to collect 120 stars in Super Mario 64 for game completion Super Mario Sunshine has them gather Shine Sprites after they completed various objectives. The FLUDD game mechanic along with the inclusion of Yoshi in Super Mario Sunshine were strong positives especially since the green dinosaur was not a playable character back in Super Mario 64 when he should have been.
While the gameplay and graphics for Super Mario Sunshine were great by standards relating to the early 00’s one of the main drawbacks of this game was its lack of multiplayer gameplay. Some people believe Luigi should have been a playable character in Super Mario Sunshine. However, Luigi had his own big game which came out back in September 2001 and its possible that Nintendo felt that there was no need to include him in the Super Mario Sunshine. Super Mario Sunshine managed to reach approximately 6.3 million units in worldwide sales since its release while Luigi’s Mansion did roughly around 3.6 million. Despite, the praise that Super Mario Sunshine has received from various gaming publications since its release in the early 00’s its shocking that Nintendo has never made any plans to create a remastered version of it for the Switch console. If the fan support is high its possible that Nintendo might consider bringing Super Mario Sunshine to the Switch console within the next few years or so. After all, Super Mario Sunshine was the third best selling video game for GameCube and was a huge attraction on a console that performed poorly in sales compared to the likes of the Wii console.