Top Ten Reasons Why Super Mario Sunshine is the Best Mario Game Ever

My pick for the top ten reasons why SMS is the best Mario game ever. Agree or disagree? Share your opinions and vote!

The Top Ten

1 It's unique

Definitely the uniquest mario game in the main series - darthvadern

Most Mario games follow a formula.You know the one; goomba stomping, Koopalings after every world, basic story-line where Peach is kidnapped (by Bowser, obviously),? -blocks and other crap like that. Sunshine completely changes it up and makes things a lot more interesting. Sure, Peach get kidnapped, but not right away, and the story is much more interesting than the ones in other games. Goombas and Koopas are nowhere to be found, the Koopalings aren't annoyingly scattered throughout the game. If you never liked the Mario series to begin with, maybe this game will change your mind. - Qadzooks

2 Amazing soundtrack

Gelato Beach has the best song in the game - darthvadern

Easily my favorite soundtrack in the Mario series. - Qadzooks

3 Tight, responsive controls

Nope, these controls remind me of Super Mario 64, but only slightly better, FLUDD makes these controls slightly tolerble but if you've played the secret levels you know how obnoxious the controls are - darthvadern

SM64 had some of the most unreliable controls I've ever seen. In that game, one moment you'd be perfectly fine, but then you'd accidentally brush against a slope and suddenly you'd be flying off Tiny-Huge Island. SMS doesn't have that problem at all. In Sunshine, I felt like Mario always went exactly where I wanted him to go. There isn't any of that awkward, unreliable momentum jump that Mario has had in other games. Mario also doesn't feel so oddly floaty like in Super Mario Galaxy. - Qadzooks

By far the best controls in any Mario game, nay, any PLATFORMER I’ve ever played. Even the controls in sunshine would make Odyssey blush. They’re so quick and precise, and honestly, with an exception of a few glitches here and there, if you mess up, it’s your fault. I never feel like when I mess up that it’s the game’s fault (except for a single glitch I encountered in the ruins level of Noki Bay). This game’s controls are literally perfect, and if I could change anything about all other Mario games, it would be to have this control style once again.

4 It has F.L.U.D.D.

I agree so much, it's such a creative power-up, the rocket fludd is the best in my opinion - darthvadern

Do you like the spin-jump from SMG? FLUDD is even better. When you give Mario the ability to hover using a high-pressure water thingy, you're making the best game ever. - Qadzooks

5 Open worlds

Super Mario 64 may have had open worlds but they felt very small and they also felt like they were some sort of cage, in Sunshine they all feel like you're free - darthvadern

Sure, SM64 had open worlds too, but these worlds feel even more open, because they are. SMS has a lot to explore and do, like collecting 100 coins, red coins, and blue coins. - Qadzooks

6 Deeper story-line

Agreed - darthvadern

I already mentioned this, but still; this game has a story-line like no other Mario game. Mario goes on vacation and is framed for spreading messy goop all over the island he arrives at. MARIO GOES TO JAIL! You see what I mean? You won't be getting any of this from other games. - Qadzooks

7 Variety in levels

I love how all worlds are vacation themed but still manage to be completely different! That's creative! Sirena Beach and Pinna Park stand out as the best worlds in the game - darthvadern

SMS isn't just platform after platform after platform. Sometimes you have to solve 'intense' puzzles, clean up messes with your FLUDD, ride high-speed bloopers and win a race against the clock, or beat a man dressed as a pianta in a footrace. This game never gets old. If it should tire you for even a second, don't worry; you might be cleaning out the mouth of an eel in just a moment. - Qadzooks

8 It has Bowser in a hot tub

Spoilers - darthvadern

Isn't this alone a good reason to pick up this game? - Qadzooks

9 Secrets everywhere

This game certainly has its fair share of secrets and easter eggs. I consider that a plus. - Qadzooks

10 Blissfully challenging

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11 It's the only good GameCube Game

Ya know

12 It holds so many memories

Literally my childhood

13 The best controls

Yeah yeah, something similar was up earlier but I seriously feel like just saying the controls are tight is almost not enough. This game definitely has the best controls, I mean come on, when you master it you can easily skip things you couldn't in your first playthrough. Every playthrough is different. Have at it with your techniques of doing side jumps and spin jumps on small ledges and having just the right amount of weight and speed.

14 Mario's clothes are different

They are different because he has short sleeves! Sense when did he have short sleeves? Well, only Super Mario Sunshine!

15 It has gone through so many changes

F.L.U.D.D. had more of a skinny nozzle. Kug was a considered goomba. All the Delfinos used to be blue. Yoshi was going to be in Noki bay.

16 Its story is very dark

You know how Mario was just going on a vacation right? Then he gets framed. That is how it is dark. Also, Proffeser E. Gadd is actually the true threat of the Mushroom kingdom. So, the next time you play it, remember that.

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