Released: 2002
Developer/Publisher: Nintendo EAD for Nintendo
Platform(s): GC

The GameCube's only real Mario adventure, Sunshine is essentially a prettier version of Super Mario 64, but with a few cool new tricks and treats. Especially neat and really fun are the 2.5D platforming levels that are interspersed throughout the games 3D core—the remixed renditions of the classic Super Mario Bros. themes that play throughout these levels are pretty much the shit too.

YOU AUGHTA KNOW:
Nintendo spent a few months of development on the prototyping of Sunshine's main gameplay mechanics before deciding that this would actually be a Mario game.