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Jessica Knott's product review of Super Mario Sunshine
(Nintendo GameCube video game)

Review Copyright Jessica Knott, 2002


Game: Super Mario Sunshine
Format: Nintendo GameCube
Release: August, 2002

The latest in a long legacy of Super Mario Brothers games, Super Mario Sunshine appeals to young and old alike. When Mario, Princess Peach, Toad and their merry band of travelers land on picturesque Isle Delfino, they expect a vacation from crime fighting. Unfortunately, a Marioesque vandal has been making the rounds, covering all of Isle Delfino in a muddy goop, and Mario is accused of committing the crime. His sentence? To clean the island and rescue the shine sprites that lend the island its sunny beauty.

Armed with nothing but F.L.U.D.D. (Flash Liquidator Ultra Dousing Device), Mario sets off on his quest to rid the island of its goopy film by spraying it clean, and return the shine sprites to their rightful place in Delfino Plaza. Along the way he encounters goopy flinging plants, malicious flowers and complex puzzle levels that challenge both his mind and dexterity

As Mario games go, Super Mario Sunshine is a fine addition to the family. Its stunning, bright graphics and tropical music create a fun feeling, though the game itself is quite involved and complex. Mario is capable of and must execute many complex moves, in a variety of situations. From the high flying cartwheel to the trapeze jump, many of the moves require multiple buttons for execution, and can require two or three tries to accomplish them successfully and with the desired result.

In addition to the complex moves, the level progression in this game is complicated and must be followed in a certain order for the unlocking of shine sprites to go as planned. In some cases, one misstep can cause a shine sprite to be unreachable, and too many of these can render finishing the game nearly impossible.

CHEAT GUIDE ALERT: Walkthrough guides are readily available in video game aisles, at bookstores (and while you're there, check out Three Black Chicks Review Flicks, published by HarperCollins), and online at and I HIGHLY recommend picking one of these up. Even with the cheat guide, this game is difficult, without it, it could take years to finish.

Overall, this game is a lot of fun and can appeal to a widely varied audience, though its difficulty might make it better suited for players over the age of ten. It's fun, it's colorful and it definitely constitutes a good way to spend a rainy afternoon.

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