Replay – Super Mario Sunshine

by Dan Ryckert on May 08, 2010 at 03:09 AM

When it released in 2002, critics almost unanimously praised Super Mario Sunshine for its fantastic level design, beautiful visuals, and wealth of new moves thanks to Mario's FLUDD device. However, it's far more polarizing than the games directly preceding and following it (64 and Galaxy). Regardless of your feelings on this entry in the series, Nintendo has made it clear that they consider it part of the franchise's legacy. You'll see Sunshine-based stages in Mario Kart and Smash Bros, and characters like Toadsworth and the Piantas have stuck around to this day.

What is it that caused this particular game to be such a divisive entry in the franchise's long history? Watch this week's Replay to see myself, Andrew Reiner, Tim Turi, and Phil Kollar revisit the plumber's only Gamecube platformer.

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