I still have never played Mario Sunshine. I would love to as I've never owned it on GC. I would also love to revisit the Galaxy series again. I do have them on my Wii though. I'm looking forward to Nintendo releasing some more titles again. They really should.
You’re not missing much by skipping Sunshine. It’s not a game of the same epic scale and diversity as the other Mario games (2D and 3D alike). In my opinion, the squirt gun felt gimmicky, Yoshi’s implementation was frustrating, the camera was even more frustrating (it might be worse than Mario 64, I really hated having to get things precise with the camera in those two games, just to make a section playable), and it remains the slowest paced Mario game to date.
Galaxy came out only a few years later, but even to this day the game feels cutting edge in much of its design. Sunshine was dated at the time of its release, and I can only imagine it’s worse today. The stunning discrepancy in quality between Sunshine and Galaxy makes me wonder if they even had the same dev teams.
If you can get past all the short-comings of Sunshine, you can probably enjoy the game. I wasn’t able to.
It’s not the only Mario game that disappointed me, but I don’t want to open that can right now =P
Last edited by Jumpin - on 09 June 2020