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Sunshine Games – #4: Super Mario Sunshine

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Ethos’ Sunshine Games Countdown is a completely arbitrary list of games that make him smile. They are games that are pure unadulterated fun with none of the heaviness that might come from more epic titles. They are games that make you giddy just thinking about them, and have the same refreshing optimism that Spring yields.

Super Mario Sunshine

D’uh! This one was destined. It has “Sunshine” in the goddamn title! Yes, the GCN iteration of the 3D Mario games is the most controversial one. People slam the setting, the awful cutscenes, and the jetpack for ruining the Mario formula. I, on the other hand, agree about the cutscenes, but am glad Nintendo actually tried something different with their overall-clad plumber. Maybe the island stuff fell a little flat, and the *insert name of stupid fat island idiots here* weren’t as timeless and endearing as good ol’ Ninty hoped for, but the jetpack stuff was a lot of fun, and many of the missions were a complete blast.

Gaining 120 stars (or shines, whatever) had never been more frustrating, however, so despite the cheery nature, and pure fun of the jetpack, the later portions of the game stop this from being high on this Sunshine list. Still, the game’s carefree mood and cheerful art style were complimented well by bouncy physics, a fun sense of humour, and often (though not always) great level design.

That’s all from me today! I’ve got a party to go to, so no Scatter Storming again this week. I know, I’m turning into Riddles. Speaking of that guy, look forward to his #4 “I’m a Depressed Loser” list later on!