December 03, 2004

A few quick remarks on Super Mario Sunshine

     Well I just replayed the last 2 stages of Mario Sunshine for my friend. Yes, I know there are a million reviews, just let me bitch about it too! Although I enjoyed the gameplay, but I thought that both the plot and the voices sucked. While certainly I don't normally expect much depth from Super Mario game... Well, here's a little overview of the plot:
     Someone disguised as Mario is going around plastering "graffitti" all over town. This "graffitti" actually causes pain on contact, and monsters spring from it. Of course, the only thing the people who live here notice, is the fact that when they are covered in goop they try desparately to shake it off, and you have to spray them with water. Nevermind the monsters, they're not a nusence. Anyway, since this evil mario is going around giving you a bad name, you have to go clean up the mess. Of course, about two levels into the game they throw in the princess getting kidnapped by... Baby Bowser? Who was apparently the one masquarading as Mario due to a "Magic Wand" which some "mysterious stranger" gave to him. Now the reason Baby Bowser kidnapps princess Peach is because he is under the misconception that Peach is his mother. Now, if you think about that for just one second.... How did Bowser's *ahem* seed get into Princess. Like... one of those times she was kidnapped did Bowser like.... ugh... You get my general drift at why this plot bothers me. Anyway, this is backed up by some crappy voices too. Bowser sounds like a skinny nerd disguising his voice as... Bowser. Which in the end makes him sound awful and awkward. Peach sounds a little too much like a ten year old girl who's never spoken to anyone except for her Mom's hired housewife. Mario's and Baby Bowser's voices are fine. Certainly not fantastic, but not awful. Anyway, I liked the gameplay for the most part, but the fact that they don't give you a "restart level" option after you die annoyed me.
     The only other part that really bothered me about this game is at the very end, in an attempt to add drama, your backpack "dies" for about two seconds. But since all it ever did was provide unhelpful advice and get stolen rendering you completly helpless. So when (I'm guessing it's battery) died you didn't care, and he had the ultra super-sappy line: "Did I do a good... job..." before... becoming an inanimate object. Oh wait! He totally WAS an imanimate object! Or he was if you TURNED HIM OFF! He's a fucking machine! Go buy a new water pack! GAH! Then the end credits roll about 20 seconds later where he was miraculasly alive and proclaims: "Now let's get this party started!" After which I killed the scriptwriter.

Posted by Kickmyassman at December 3, 2004 11:56 PM

I haven't played Sunshine yet but from your review (and others), I'm probably not going to. Have you ever played Luigi's Mansion? I never tried that either and didn't think it looked too good, but haven't read any reviews of it.

Posted by: ESJ at December 4, 2004 12:19 AM

     Yeah, Luigi's Mansion is a great game. I really liked it (even though I have yet to beat it), but there are a few downsides. The gameplay has a tendancy to get a tad repetitive, due to the fact that you're only goal is to suck up ghosts. The plot was at pretty funny/interesting, and it was kinda nice to see Luigi shine for once. In other words I'd recommend it. But allow me to digress on the Mario game:
     I would actually recommened getting it, but just never actually beating the final boss. The gameplay is plenty fun, and it'll explain all those weird colorful blobs you see running around in those new Mario franchise games. The only thing that's really blatantly BAD about this game is the plot and the voices. And even then, the only two people who are actually important (and actually talk) are Baby Bowser and Princess. Mario doesn't actually speak (except for when you touch flames or lava in which case he screams "MAMA! AHHAHAHAAAA!") and so the only times that the game involves voices is at cutscenes and the final boss. Eh... whatever, make your video game buying decisions. And if you want a real recommendation?
     Buy Ikaruga. Awesome game. Almost impossible, but still fucking incrdible. Note: I've beaten this on easy but I can only get to level 3 on normal (note: level 3 out of five).

Posted by: Kit at December 4, 2004 01:42 PM
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