Weird Video Wednesday: That one time Mario got arrested on holiday

Most Mario games teach us nothing needs to make sense to be fun. This is something Miyamoto understood profoundly when he created a colourful cast comprising of an Italian plumber, a dinosaur with a saddle, a hapless princess who bakes, and a giant turtle/dragon nemesis named after plumbing equipment. However, in the late nineties and early noughties, some bright spark decided that players wanted to see their beloved characters in realistic – even edgy – situations for dramatic effect. Super Mario Sunshine (Gamecube) is probably one of the worst victims of this trend (which also gave us Sonic taking a commuter train in Sonic Adventure, and Shadow the Hedgehog – ’nuff said). No wonder Miyamoto is so against stories in games!

In this mini movie we discover that Mario loves succulent seafood, that the Isle Delfino is rife with corruption, that hoses can be philosophical cell mates, and that Peach may be Bowser Junior’s mother. In conclusion: I never want to see a court-room-cum-baby-mama-drama in a Mario game ever again! Leave that to Judge Judy, or the Final Fantasy series. Also, who knew that Peach had the original Kylie Jenner pout?!

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One comment

  1. moresleepneeded

    I find the comments about Mario and similar franchises in the late nineties and early noughties. While the early games seemed to use strange aspects and not concentrate on providing stories, games at this time seemed to provide more complex stories and develop character. I remember this game used a more complex story, rather than Mario rescuing a kidnapped Princess Peach. I like the way the Shine Sprites closely resemble the Power Stars, including a load of smaller ones creating a large Shine Sprite, and the tropical paradise atmosphere in the game. I do not understand why the story includes Mario clearing his name, he always seems to be a hero who would help in any situation and did not need an incentive. I was surprised about Bowser Junior declaring himself Princess Peach’s son and the size of Bowser. I could not understand how Bowser Junior covering his face turned him into a shadow Mario.
    I was also interested to see your observation about Sonic using a commuter train in Sonic Adventure.

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