I live in Brazil. The GameCube was never very popular here, mostly because the Playstation 2 was a fever among gamers. So it took me a while to play Super Mario Sunshine. I knew the game existed, but the first time I played it was somewhere around 2011.
Anyway, I love Super Mario 64, so I was kinda excited to see what Nintendo could do with a more powerful console. Some of my friends said this game were almost as good as Galaxy (I hadn't played Galaxy either). But around the internet, I found some mixed reactions. While some people were saying this game was very good, others classified it as the worst mainline Mario game.
As for me... Well, Super Mario Sunshine is good, but personally, I like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy 2 better. However, using the water pump is actually very fun,