Mario Sunshine is one of those games that is fun to rag on for its weird water gimmick and going green marketing. It’s a weird standout in Mario’s platforming catalog but it’s one that I am obsessed with. Mario Odyssey is my favorite modern 3D platformer objectively, but when it comes to the sounds and sights of Isle Delfino, I will always have a soft spot.
I have been meaning to revisit the game for some time, but I wanted to do something special. It wasn’t until I watched SmallAnt’s attempt at a hover-less run that I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to go the distance and try my first Mario challenge by never using the hover nozzle in Sunshine.
And surprisingly, it went pretty smoothly for almost the entire run … and I learned to appreciate quite a bit more about the game and saw…
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