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Nintendo 3DS Reaches 4 Million Mark

Over the holidays, the Nintendo 3DS has passed the 4 million mark, making it more successful in its first nine months than the Wii’s first nine months. In total, Nintendo has sold more than 12 million hardware units in total (4.5 million Wii units, more than 4 million 3DS units, and 3.4 million DS units).

In addition to these feats, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 became the first 3DS titles to sell 1 million units each in the US. Skyward Sword, on the other hand, became the 45th Wii title to reach 1 million units sold.

Super Mario Sunshine is the Most Substantial Game in the Series

Mario Sunshine is the only game in the series that isn’t just a batch of unrelated content. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

What I would like to talk about is Sunshine’s story, and how it’s the most satisfying story a 3D Mario game has delivered.

First of all, the setting is the only Mario locale that “feels real”. Isle Delfino isn’t just a backdrop for the overworld, but in fact the location of the entire game. Rather than transporting you to what are essentially different worlds in 64, Galaxy, and the 3D games, you explore different places where people, of a few different ethnicities, actually live.

The only other time you explore towns in a Mario game are in the RPGs (which is a shame, because they give an insight into the deeper parts of Mario’s universe, but are essentially non-canon).

On top of that, it’s not just the location that’s Italian, but the music as well. Mario music is usually great; often beautiful in Mario Galaxy, but it doesn’t call to mind anything beyond the game.

Sunshine is also the only game in which Mario looks out for the greater good. Pollution (an actual pressing problem) is the main enemy, even though Bowser is behind it. By the time Mario faces Bowser, the islanders are already happy. Defeating him is almost a footnote.

The other Mario games are whimsical adventures, without a care in the world. Sunshine feels like it matters.