Hardest Levels in Super Mario Sunshine

The Top Ten
1 Delfino Plaza - Lily Pad Ride

One-third of the difficulty is just the fact that it takes three years to get to the game in the first place, while trying not to let Yoshi die. The rest of the difficulty is trying to grab the coins while successfully maneuvering the lily pad, AND you have to be fast with it! And if you quit or run out of lives at any point, you've got to do everything. All. Over. Again.

This tortures you in so many ways. Getting there with Yoshi takes about 10 minutes, and then the controls are horrible, and you can't try again if you miss one. Real great level design.

2 Corona Mountain

This area was the reason I couldn't beat Super Mario Sunshine as a kid.

Anything that involves using fludd in order to steer a boat in my opinion.

Even the sprinklers meant to refill fludd crash your boat, real great design.

3 Delfino Plaza - Pachinko Game

This is easy if you know what your doing but it is very annoying when you try to get to specific places but the game forces you to go here and your barely does anything to help.

I got lucky with this and beat it on my second try. A tip I learned is to work with the physics of the Pachinko to get to your destination, rather than overusing F.L.U.D.D. to try to fight against them. Maintaining that strategy effectively while trying not to crack from the pressure is a bit strange, though.

I hate this level its very difficult to get to area you need to get to and a lot of times fall to your death.

4 Pinata Village - Secret of the Village Underside

Ugh maybe the hardest shine in the game a long with the lily pad

5 Gelato Beach - The Sand Bird is Born

It is medium hard getting into the world with the bird. And then being on the bird it is practically impossible to get all of the coins because that moves way to much and you just fall off.

While this level would have been hardwer without FLUDD, he is basically useless here because if you use him the sand bird platform will fly away and you may as well fall, and on top of that, about halfway through he will start rotating and it's so hard! Combine that with Sunshine's terrible controls and you have the perfect run (pun intended)

6 Gelato Beach - The Watermelon Festival

You cannot explain how dreadful this level is with words. It's not possible. It's one of the worst things I tried completing in a video game and I groan every time I think of going through a 100% completion run of Super Mario Sunshine because of it, as well as a few others.

Oh my god. This should be put where number 2 is because the Bowser Boss is quite easy. The Watermelon is annoying enough to push around and then it can get popped by those annoying cataquacks on top of that. You need 110% focus or your melon is done for. This hyperventilated me a LOT!

7 Pianta Village - The Goopy Inferno

Run all the way around the village to the left and enter the first trapdoor you see. Then get up to the platforms, get on the flaming mushroom, and you should have just enough distance to spin-jump to the platforms that lead you to FLUDD.
Hope this helps!

If you don't know how to find a specific short cut, hell awaits you. Good luck.

8 Pinna Park - Roller Coaster Balloons
9 Noki Bay - The Shell's Secret

It's hard enough getting up there because there is no direct path but in the world everything is spinning and tilting then you die after the first jump and then you repeat it a few times until it's game over. It is one of the hardest courses I've ever done.

The wall jumps at angles are incredibly challenging and you have to hit the perfect angle or you're screwed. not to mention the rotating blocks. first one is already hard enough, second one rotates even faster, and the third one is on a angle. makes me lose my mind

10 Sirena Beach - The Manta Storm

This is annoying cleaning the goop, and this big manta ruins all of it and it turns to millions of tiny mantas and it is like a swarm of bees getting you. Mario is a princess rescuer not a janitor.

Just circle spray in the place when the hotel is supposed to be. You can keep the Phantamanta at bay, especially when they try to kill you once you divide them all.

If you didn't know you can kill it by being in the ocean in order maintain your water, it's utter complete hell. End of story.

The Contenders
11 Ricco Harbor - Red Coins on the Water

Run into a solid object, you die. You had to ride the water and you couldn't stop.

If you hit anything, you die, and the shine sprite being on the dock ticks me off

12 Ricco Harbor - Yoshi's Fruit Adventure

Yoshi jumping mechanics are really wack.

This Star sucks until you realise you can just spin jump through the whole level

13 Sirena Beach - The Hotel Lobby's Secret

They never tell us what they just say "do it now" and this is one of those situations where you figure it out or ask YouTube.

14 Delfino Plaza - Super Slide
15 Sirena Beach - King Boo Down Below
16 Delfino Plaza - Red Coin Field

If you run out of water, you can easily mess this level up.

17 Sirena Beach - Mysterious Hotel Delfino
18 Gelato Beach - Mirror Madness! Tilt, Slam, Bam!

Getting onto the mirrors were easy but to try to tilt the thing and not getting hurt by cataquacks and redo the process three times, plain stupid. It is not too hard to beat this but it is still moderately hard.

It took me ages to understand how to beat this level as a kid.

19 Bianco Hills - The Secret of the Dirty Lake

How the heck am I supposed to get to the waterfall without dying, and there were no piantas who said you have to do this to stop it.

You wouldn't think a level in the first world would be that hard, but that's not the case here, you first have to get to an area that is hard rto get to in the first place becuase the water surrounding it is poisonous for no reason, and then the level inside the secret is just cruel! You've got flipping platforms and cubes that will rotate in multiplie directions! This wouldn't be so bad if only the controls weren't horrible!

20 Pinna Park - Red Coins on the Pirate Ships

This level was all about timing and you either made it or you fell in the water again and have swim back and try all over again it was annoying.

It's not that hard, while the coins can be placed in some obnoxious areas, at least you don't die by falling (unlike a certain bird stage)

21 Bianco Hills - Petey Piranha Strikes Back

It was OK, getting to Petey, aiming was hard, but when Petey came to me he was just undoing all of the cleaning I did, it was so annoying.

22 Pianta Village - Fluff Festival Coin Hunt
23 Noki Bay - Il Piantissimo's Surf Swim
24 Sirena Beach - Red Coins in the Hotel
25 Sirena Beach - Scrubbing Sirena Beach

Wow. Don't even get me started with how many times it took me to complete this level. Is there some sort of trick that I've missed? It's been 20 times and I still haven't managed to complete it

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