The Possible Potential of a Mario Sunshine Remake

Super Mario Sunshine HD Wii U

Coming out of E3 2014, Nintendo once again proved that they could present a unique and entertaining show, while also giving its consumers plenty of titles to look forward to. They managed to find an efficient medium in appealing to their long time consumers by building on some of their long time franchise favorites such as Kirby and Yoshi, while also showing off impressive works of originality such as Splatoon and Captain Toad Treasure Tracker. With all of their revealed titles, it feels selfish to be asking for more, however one often heard gripe with Nintendo’s presentation is their lack of a new 3D Mario title. I can’t be the only one who was secretly hoping for a Super Mario Sunshine Remake Reveal while watching what resembled a blooper hop from puddle to puddle, only to find out that I was watching the opening sequence of Nintendo’s E3 reveal for Splatoon. At the end of Splatoon’s reveal I was impressed and looking forward to the colorful and unique third person shooter, but I still couldn’t stop thinking about the potential of a Super Mario Sunshine Remake. The question remains, could the once lauded GameCube game give the Wii U the financial push that it desperately needs?

I can't be the only one who saw the resemblance

I can’t be the only one who saw the resemblance

Nintendo’s history with its 3D Mario games is one riddled with glowing reviews and record setting sales. Their past titles such as Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and the Galaxy installments all managed to prove their place in being considered one of the best titles to their respective platform. The Super Mario Galaxy Series managed to sell a combined total of 18.5 million copies, Super Mario 64 stands atop the list of bestselling N64 games at a grand total of 11.6 million copies sold, and Super Mario Sunshine is the third bestselling GameCube game with a total of 5.9 million copies sold. Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World, the two most recent 3D Mario titles, do well in following in their predecessors’ footsteps in being the greats of their own platform. Many critics go as far to regard Super Mario 3D Land as a pivotal game that turned the 3DS into a successful gaming system. As a company known for its successful remakes, it could be time to take full advantage of their past achievements.

It’s been nearly a decade since the Super Mario 64 Remake was released for the Nintendo DS, and it remains as the only 3D Mario remake that has been released. The remake managed to stay committed to its roots, while also introducing well received new elements such as additional character choices. Along with new innovation, it sold just over 10 million copies. This shows us that a 3D Mario remake is not only something that Nintendo is equipped to do, but also something that could help mend the financial wounds of the clearly bleeding Wii U console.

Is it finally time to revisit Delfino Plaza?

Is it finally time to revisit Delfino Plaza?

While it would be nice for a Super Mario Sunshine remake to bring in the same revenue as its original, it can only be wishful thinking unless the Wii U is able to sell more consoles. From an optimistic perspective, Super Mario Sunshine could have the potential to release once the Wii U has a sizeable number of owners. If marketed correctly and sold at the predicted amount, larger titles such as Super Smash Bros and the Legend of Zelda can be what the Wii U needs to sell consoles, which could in due time lead to a 3D Mario release on par with its own predecessor.

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Eli Hile is a feature writer at Always Nintendo. He likes spreading his opinions and knowledge on all things Nintendo, and is currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aside from logging countless hours into Pokemon and Super Smash Bros, Eli enjoys playing tennis or golf with friends.