SUPER MARIO SUNSHINEReviewed By: Caleb Thiessen
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
Finally it's time for a well-deserved vacation for Mario and the mushroom kingdoms' beautiful princess, Peach! But alas! When Mario and his pals arrive on Isle Delfino they are surprised to see it covered in a goopy paint-like substance. Not only is the island a mess but Mario is being blamed for it! He's thrown into prison and the court decides that if he wants to leave the island he must first clean it up! The rest of the story unfolds as you play, which is something that never happens in a Mario game!
Mario is equipped with a back pack sprayer called FLUDD (Flash Liquidizer Ultra-Dousing Device) and with it he can spray away the goop covering the island. He can change nozzles too! There is the hover nozzle, the turbo nozzle and even a rocket nozzle! The way Nintendo implemented the sprayer is total genius--you can do giant rotating jumps while spraying and Mario becomes a human sprinkler as water flies around to the left and right. Of course there is all the jump and run action you'd expect from a Mario game and FLUDD just makes it more outrageous! The play control is very tight and you'll find that before you know it you'll be performing the various moves with ease. You may have a hard time with the camera though. It's basically up to you, the player, to control it instead of letting the game do it for you. This could be frustrating for a beginner but anyone should be able to figure it out with some practice.
The graphics are top-notch, especially the water effects. If you move the camera under the water and look up out of it at the land around you, you'll be pretty shocked to see that it wobbles and ripples just like in real life! The draw-distance (how far you can see into the horizen at objects like houses and baddies or collectibles) is incredible. You can be on one side of the island and see a coin spinning on the other side--it's that good.
The sound is good: FLUDD clanks around when Mario runs, the sound of Mario's shoes on wood makes you wanna get up and tap-dance. It has all the “boinks”, “kabloops” and “dingle-da-dings” of a typical Mario game. Every level has it's own theme-song, each very vacation-oriented and jumpy. I especially like the original Mario song done acappela in the sub-worlds (better off not to be explained, but experienced).
There isn't much to say about offensive material, It's basically void of anything objectional. Although I find Peach's ditzy personality somewhat disturbing, I wish Nintendo would make her more intelligent. All in all it's another Nintendo masterpiece you'll want to play again and again.
Year of Release—2002
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Positive—The game is great, but the camera is horrid. I'd say even worse than Super Mario 64. The camera does distract from gameplay, but not so much that this game shouldn't be in any 'cubers library. Also, there is one thing that Christians, may find offensive, and that is the use of magic. The Lord has really been convicting me of magic in games as of late, and while it is not extreme, I'm sorry, but the way, trying not to spoil the game, “evil mario” is revealed, is magical. It is not just a “costume”, that is shape-shifting to me. But would I recommend this game. Without hesitation, but very little reservation. My Ratings: [5/4]
—Jeremy, age 22
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