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Sunshine almost 20 years later (Switch)

I beat Super Mario Sunshine for the first time this weekend, this time for the Switch. Not being the biggest fan of 3D Mario, which I usually am quite vocal about, made this more of a nostalgia trip rather than an enjoyable moment.

That aside, Sunshine is a charming game. Charming but very frustrating… And it’s like the first appearance of one of my favorite Nintendo characters. Pretty much my favorite, Bowser Jr.

I do like the game, it’s my third favorite 3D Mario after 3D Land and Odyssey. Playing Sunshine made me very aware of the facit that I playbgames for story and exploring nw worlds. With a story as thin as a thread and also an ending that I already knew about, all that was lett was game design and mechanics. Salt it’s not the games strongest points. The best part of the game is the cozy atmosphere and unique charm.

I knew I needed to collect 50 Shines to be able to complete the game, so that’s what I aimed for. I did however, not know that it was a set of particular 50 stars. When I got 50 stars, and the for the time, aptly named Corona Mountain did ger available, I was disappointed. I wanted the game to end. I did also get stubborn and was not about tonquit. So, I powered through, collected all remaining stars I needed and conquered Corona Mountain.

What a shitty section Corona Mountain is. A Long trail of Lava where there is a boat that doesn’t burn Up when in lava. But IF an obstacle would look at it, it would just give up and let Mario melt in the lava.

After the lava section, the final boss was the only part left. I knew what to do, but the mechanics being kind of unfair at times, it took longer than I want to admit.

When the boss was beaten and the credits started ro roll. All I wanted to do was to put the game on the shelf and not play it anymore. Maybe follow Mario and Peach’s examples and to just watch the sun set. No more Sunshine.

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Games Later Generations

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch)

Perhaps one of 2017’s biggest surprises, Mario in a XCOM-like game, holding a gun? One of the most enjoyable games for the Switch, something I never though I would say about a games starring the Ravin’ Rabbids.

The quirky humour is apparent from the start, mere minutes in you hear the signature BWAAAH!, and I can actually say that I enjoy the rabbids being rabbids throughout the game.

The world is colourful and beautiful

Mario and his unlikely companions balance out each other well. The classic Rabbid Peach bit with her taking selfies felt so right as it is a reflection on the contemperary. Rabbid Luigi is described as being crazy and thinking he is some kind of wizard, making him the most hilarious character in the ensemble.

One of the biggest downsides is that Mario always has to be in the party. Mario being the middle ground of everything makes him a bit boring, though very useful. Sometimes it might had been fun to use an other character to further play on the player’s strength and play style.

The score by Grant Kirkhope is fitting, and his take on classic Mario songs, especially the Super Mario 64 Castle theme, are very respectfully handled. The very Conker’s Bad Fur Day-inspired boss fight didn’t feel off-putting even though a bit cringey. Despite Grant Kirkshope composeing the music the score does not feel Banjo Kazooie-esque in a bad way like in Yooka-Laylee, where is just felt forced. In Mario + Rabbids every tune feels light-hearted and fun.

Even on the start screen the game is beautiful, though a bit crazy

The Xcom-like mechanics have been simplified, but that does not mean the combat is trivial in any way. Making the mechanics more streamlined avoids all dumb luck factors as missing a target eventhough the it said 99% for a possible hit. It is only possible to have 0%, 50% and 100% hit-rate. In addition to shooting the enemy rabbids, mario and company may also use slides and jumps in their arsenal to rid wacky world of the threat.

I recommend this game for everyone that can tolerate a bit of cringeyness and quirky humour, because behind all that is a shining game with tons of charm.