Super Mario Sunshine

Super Mario Sunshine
System GameCube
Developer Nintendo
Genre Action / Platformer
Series Super Mario Series

Mario and Peach land on the tropical Isle Delfino for a well-deserved vacation, but they are confronted with a living, paint-like goop on the runway. Mario equips the FLUDD water pump to clean it up, but he is arrested and locked up for causing the pollution and scaring away the island's guardians, the Shine Sprites.

Mario's punishment is to clean up the island, but a mysterious Shadow Mario kidnaps Peach, so Mario must use FLUDD to cross the island and rescue her from her mysterious captor.

From Delfino Plaza, Mario can enter stages and collect Shine Sprites, used to open more levels. Using FLUDD, Mario can spray water or hover in midair for short periods of time.

Release Information

Region Name Release
Japan スーパーマリオサンシャイン Super Mario Sunshine 19 Jul 2002
US Super Mario Sunshine 26 Aug 2002
Europe Super Mario Sunshine 04 Oct 2002


Dolphin References

Delfino Island

Before it was finally named, the working name for the GameCube was "Dolphin". This name has been referenced in many games, and Super Mario Sunshine perhaps more than any other.

  • The game is set on the tropical Isle Delfino. Delfino is Italian for "dolphin".
  • Isle Delfino is shaped like a dolphin.
  • Delfino Plaza features many dolphin statues and fountains.
  • On the Noki Bay stage, you have to clear up graffiti in the shape of a dolphin.

Submitted by Fryguy64

Mario Clips During FLUDD's Scan

Mario video clips during FLUDD's scan

When you first find FLUDD on the runway, it scans Mario and you get to see a series of computer readouts. Look carefully at the bottom-left corner and you will see three short video clips:

  1. Mario and Bowser in Super Mario Bros.
  2. Mario fighting Iggy Koopa in Super Mario World
  3. Mario fighting Bowser in Super Mario 64

In the bottom-right corner you can see a mirrored list of all of the main series Mario games.

Submitted by Deezer, Kirbychu

Secret Areas

Mario video clips during FLUDD's scan

Each level has "Secret" areas; stand-alone platforming challenges where FLUDD is taken away from you. The music in these areas is an acapella remix of the Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme.

The Secret areas usually have strange backgrounds. On some levels, the background features giant pixellated Marios from Super Mario Bros.

Submitted by Fryguy64

Professor E. Gadd

Professor E. Gadd's face logo on the FLUDD upgrade crates

Throughout Super Mario Sunshine, references are made to "Gadd Sciences" and a "strange old man in a white coat" who invented a number of the game's gadgets. This refers to Professor E. Gadd, the eccentric inventor and ghost hunter from Luigi's Mansion. Each of his gadgets is marked with a logo shaped like his face.

  • The Gadd Sciences logo appears on FLUDD.
  • The FLUDD Nozzle Crates also bear the Gadd Sciences logo.
  • You later find out that Shadow Mario's graffiti brush was also made by E. Gadd and sports the Gadd Sciences logo.

Submitted by Fryguy64

Luigi's Mansion Reference

A Pianta talks about someone sucking up ghosts with a vacuum

In the haunted Sirena Beach hotel, head into the air duct maze and talk to the Pianta scrubbing the floors.

All these ghosts are causing such trouble… They're everywhere! Why can't someone come along and suck 'em up with a vacuum? What? Why are you looking at me like that?

This is a reference to Luigi's Mansion, where Luigi had to clear out a haunted mansion armed with a flashlight and a vacuum cleaner.

Submitted by Fryguy64

GameCube Controller Courtyard

The Sirena Beach Hotel courtyard is shaped like a GameCube controller

On the Sirena Beach stage, the hotel courtyard is in the shape of a GameCube Controller.

Submitted by Fryguy64

SMB3 Head Sprite

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When you are exploring the sewers of Delfino Plaza, press Z to open the map and check the information on Delfino Plaza. You can see a map of the underground sewer system, and Mario's location is represented by Small Mario's head from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Submitted by YoungLink

Il Piantissimo

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Il Piantissimo, the strange man dressed as a Pianta, wears a mask at all times. Gamers who have managed to manipulate the game code to view his 3D model confirmed that under the Pianta mask, he has the face of the Marathon Man from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Submitted by kingmario

Animal Crossing Gyroid

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A sprite of a Gyroid from Animal Crossing has been found hidden in a texture map. The sprite has yet to be found in-game.

Submitted by Koopaul

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