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Super Mario Sunshine

Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: GameCube
Released in JP: July 19, 2002
Released in US: August 26, 2002
Released in EU: October 4, 2002
Released in KR: December 14, 2002

AnimationsIcon.png This game has unused animations.
AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article
PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article
NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page
BugsIcon.png This game has a bugs page

Super Mario Sunshine is an open-ended platformer, very similar to Super Mario 64, except on a tropical island and with a talking water pump. This game also marks the first appearance of Bowser Jr.

After 18 years without a rerelease, a slightly updated version was released on the Nintendo Switch as part of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection on September 18th, 2020.

To do:


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info
Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info
Miscellaneous tidbits that are interesting enough to point out here.
Read about notable bugs and errors in this game.

Version Differences

Sunshine J Title.png
Version Differences
Apparently, they could never agree on a consistent logo.


Unused Animations
Toadsworth was actually quite agile.
Unseen Object Features
Who would have guessed II Piantissimo is The Running Man?
Unused or Unseen Map Geometry
Did an intern work on some of these stages?


Unused Audio
This is a pretty common trend with 3D Mario games.
Unused or Early Graphics
Check out some unused, early, and even hidden graphics.
Unused Objects
Remember that weird monster from Spaceworld 2001? Yeah, that's in here.
Unused Pollution Maps
Watch your step, things get a bit messy!
Unused Text
"!!!ERROR!!! Message could not be loaded.", the Mystery of the Delfino Express, among other things.


Cutscene Oddities
No one ever said they had to be consistent.
Internal Name Oddities
Nintendo went a little too far with their inside jokes...
SMS Bianco Hills Misplaced Tree.png
Oddities and Oversights
Not even FLUDD can clean up this mess.

The Test Map

To do:

Super Mario Sunshine contains a test map, named test11, which can be accessed in the US and European versions with the listed Action Replay codes. The textures it uses are the same as test maps from various other games, including The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It contains various objects and terrain, including the unused soccer objects and the Hinokuri enemy. The files also contain an early sky model, though it is not used in the scene. Strangely an ineffective layer of the unused quicksand goop is present fairly high above the terrain which only appears as bubbles when Mario is nearby. The test map was removed in the Japanese version and some of the unused objects featured in the map were removed or replaced in the European version.

USA Europe Switch

Early Town Height Map

That's a weird-looking town, I'll tell ya what.

The test map also has a height map file, and the shape of the terrain matches up with the early version of Delfino Plaza seen in the first trailer for the game.

Removed Maps

Test Maps

According to stageArc.bin, there were a grand total of 20 test maps in the game, divided into two categories. Scale Maps were named scale0 through scale9, and Test Maps were named test10 through test19. Of them, only test11 remains, though not in the Japanese version. It was added back in later by the localization team, as evidenced by the copies of every piece of translated dialogue in the game present in the files.

Secret Stages

Additionally, various secret stages were removed:

  • dolpic_ex5
  • dolpic_ex6
  • dolpic_ex7
  • bia_ex0
  • pinna_ex0
  • pinna_ex1
  • pinna_ex2
  • pinna_ex3
  • pinna_ex4
  • pinna_ex5
  • mare_ex1
  • monte_ex1
  • coro_ex3


These may have been cutscenes for Pinna Park.

  • pinnaDemo0
  • pinnaDemo1
  • pinnaDemo2

Debug Cubes

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: AR code to display these manually. Were the cubes purposely enabled in the SM3DAS ROM? Try the GCM on a real gamecube. Also, its possible these are not necessarily "debug cubes".
SMS SecretLevel DebugCubes.png

In the secret stages, there are grey debug cubes which represent the paths for various moving platforms. These cubes are normally completely invisible, but are shown when the game is played in some older versions of the Dolphin emulator, as shown to the right.

Presumably due to imperfect graphics emulation, these cubes were visible in the initial release of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars port. This was fixed with the Ver. 1.1.0 update released on November 16, 2020.

(Source: Dolphin Emulator Wiki, Dolphin Progress Report: October and November 2020, Nintendo Life)

E3 Sun Shade

To do:
Explain the longer USA code properly

As on the promotional trailers, the sun shade window from the glare used additive blending while later copies have the normal transparency. When the flag using these codes are enabled, the blend factors change when rendering on-screen.

USA Europe Japan Switch
0417d4a4 38600001
0417d4a8 38800004
0417d4ac 38a00001
0417d4b0 38c00005
0417d4b4 481e491d
0417d4b8 48000024
0417d4bc 38600001
0417d4c0 38800004
0417d4c4 38a00005
0417d4c8 7CA62B78
0417d4cc 481e4905
0417d4d0 80010064
0417d4d4 48000088
0417d558 4bffff64
022976E6 00000002
02295C9E 00000002
020F3086 00000002
020F12D2 00000002
02295E8A 00000002
02294442 00000002
Retail E3/Promos
SMS SunShineWindow Retail.png SMS SunShineWindow E3.png

"Dolpic" Poster


While this unlocalized poster that reads "Dolpic" is used in Hotel Delfino, it shows an early version of Isle Delfino. As one can see, Pinna Park's island is connected to Isle Delfino, which makes sense considering Pinna Park was going to have a train station as mentioned here. Another thing to note is there is an island that has a bridge to what appears to be the early Delfino Plaza from the Spaceworld 2001 trailer. Early Isle Delfino in all its entirety cannot be seen however due to parts being obscured by the Boo drawing.

Leftover mario.MAP file

Please elaborate.
Having more detail is always a good thing.
Specifically: What features are in this file that aren't used?

There is a linker address map file in Sunshine that shows off most of the original sources, as well as showing off features that never really made it into the final game. An address map exists for every country, though the NTSC-U version can only be found in the Korean release. The map is used for the internal exception handler.

Download.png Download MARIO.MAP Linker Address Map
File: MarioMAP.7z (1.12MB) (info)

Obscured Map Text

On the top-left and bottom-right of the in-game map of Isle Delfino is some brief tourism marketing copy, tying in with the idea that Mario received this tourist map upon arrival.

Stored Seen In-game
SuperMarioSunshine-GCN-guide tx 2.png

Picturesque bays, rolling hills, quaint

villages and more await you... Contact

Delfino Tours to plan your vacation today!

While the first section of text of the map is perfectly legible, the second (guide_tx_2.bti) is partially obscured by a simple boat animation. The table above illustrates how the text is seen in-game with the obscured portions marked in bold.

Sequence List

Download.png Download mSound.asn
File: SMS-mSound.asn.zip (62.6 KB) (info)

AudioRes\mSound.asn is an unused file that contains data about sequences, including names for them.

(Source: MasterF0x)

Shadow Mario HP Meter

SMS-Shadow Mario HP meter.png

Shadow Mario has a function called drawHPMeter. If its timer is set to anything other than 0, an HP meter will display for that amount of time upon him taking damage.

(Source: MasterF0x)
USA Japan Europe Switch
0403fd94 60000000
0440fa90 RRGGBBAA
04253748 60000000
04411480 RRGGBBAA
0403fbe4 60000000
04407170 RRGGBBAA
0403fbf0 60000000
04404650 RRGGBBAA
  • The following color values on the second line present the RGBA to the HP meter:

RR = Red GG = Green BB = Blue AA = Alpha

Unused Goop Function

To do:
Add code for NTSC-J version.
MarioSun DirtyMario.png

Previously seen in promotional footage, Mario's entire model could be covered in goop, excluding his eyes. This can be observed in both the International, and European versions with the following Action Replay codes:

USA Europe

(Source: Ralf@GC-Forever, Catley)

Unused Multiplayer Functionality

Woaaaah, look at that camera aperture!.

It would appear that at some point there was a multiplayer mode planned, as a function called SMS_isMultiplayerMap exists within the code. When the scene ID is changed to what the function is looking for (0x0C00), the area's camera will function using an unused multiplayer behavior. This camera behavior can be activated in the European version with the following Action Replay code: 042A8B34 38600001.

Another class called TCameraMultiPlayer was also implemented at one point, but was removed, and instead the multiplayer camera functionality was coded into the CPolarSubCamera class. This class has functions called ctrlMultiPlayerCamera, addMultiPlayer, removeMultiPlayer, and createMultiPlayer. Another class named MultiPlayerData is stored in the CPolarSubCamera class, which holds a few floats relating to the camera.

So close you can count the pixels.

If Shadow Mario is present, the camera will zoom out to show both him and Mario at the same time. The camera is very buggy and will sometimes go right through the level geometry. Moving the C-Stick only makes very subtle camera movements, but not enough to rotate it. If Shadow Mario is despawned, the camera will fixate on Mario and remain there.

If Shadow Mario is defeated in a scene with this ID applied, he won't disappear or trigger an event like he normally does. Instead, he will run to his nearest node point and stay there without reacting to Mario's presence.

(Source: Ralf@GC-Forever, Catley, Gamma, shibboleet)

Pickup Function

Additionally, there is an unused multiplayer feature that allows Mario to pick up Shadow Mario and vice versa. For it to be enabled, collision must be applied to the EnemyMario and EMario actors.

(Source: Miluaces)

Unseen 3 Digit Life Counter

The maximum number of lives a player can achieve in the game is 99. However, in the layout files, the layout shows a 3 digit number of lives, but only 2 are shown. The game is only told to show 3 digits if the lives counter is greater than 99, but the lives counter never goes over 99, thus making this never seen. But this might just be a case of reused code from other counters.

Unseeable Shine Spawns

All of the levels have a copy of the 100 coin Shine even if there's not enough coins in that episode to trigger it. However, some maps have unique spawns for scenarios that are impossible without the use of cheating.

Location Type Comment
Bianco Hills: Dirty Lake Secret 100 Coin It's impossible to trigger the Shine in this stage because there's not a single coin.
test11 Red Coin There's only 6 red coins in the level, and you need 8 to spawn the Shine. The coding for normal red coin events is also missing.
Sirena Beach: Hotel Lobby Secret 100 Coin It's impossible to collect 100 coins in Episode 2 as a whole.
Sirena Beach: Casino Secret 100 Coin It's possible to collect 99 coins in the episode, but you can't finish the value in the secret stage because there's no coins.
Noki Bay: Red Coin Bottle 100 Coin There is a total of 50 coins in the bottle, making it impossible to spawn.

Unused Pollution Effects

There are many different styles of Pollution, with three unique effects for when Pollution is walked on: Electric, Muddy, and Fire. However, there are a few unused Pollution effects that can be hacked in-game by changing the properties of the Pollution through the Dolphin emulator's debugger or by editing the 8th word stored in ymaps for each level.

Value Description
Effect 0 Mario begins to sink slowly upon contact with this Pollution, losing 2 points of health per second as he sinks.
  • The two sinking animations that occur though the sinking process are unused, as well as some of the damage noises Mario makes.
  • Mario moves very slowly through the goop, and once deep enough, he cannot use FLUDD.
  • This pollution effect technically exists in the test map, however it is not functional as its pollution layer is too high above the floor to function.
Effect 3 A strange Pollution effect that prevents Mario from traversing under any circumstances upon contact, however he's still able to move vertically.
Effect 5 This Pollution effect kills Mario instantly upon contact.
Effect 6 This Pollution effect just stains Mario's clothes with the normal brown goop.
Effect 7 An unused duplicate of Fire Pollution.

Use the following Gecko codes to change the Pollution effect for all goop:

Version Gecko Code
NTSC-J 041F2B68 38A0XXXX

Replace XXXX with the Pollution effect (Ex. 0000 for the unused sinking goop).

(Source: Noki Doki)

Unused Shadow Mario Shine Spawns

When the player defeats Shadow Mario in the seventh episode of any stage, the Shine Sprite will spawn directly where he falls. However, the actual shine is stored elsewhere in the map before it is called for by the game. By replacing the Shadow Mario spawn functionality (the function "appearShineFromKageMario") with NPC shine spawning ("appearShineFromNPC"), the shine will fly towards their starting location. These seem to be the original intended spawns.

  • Bianco Hills: The shine spawns in front of the building with the archway, to the left of the hover nozzle box. Does not have a camera set up.
  • Rico Harbor: The shine spawns at the beginning of the stage, about where the player spawns.
  • Sirena Beach: The shine spawns on the ground floor stairway in-between the two restrooms. Does not have a camera set up.
  • Noki Bay: The shine spawns in a cliff-side alcove, just underneath the top ledge near the waterfall. It spawns right where the blue coin in front of the steam cube is.
  • Pianta Village: The shine spawns in the center on top of the golden mushroom. It's actually partially inside the mushroom.
  • Pinna Park: The shine spawns at the stage's origin point. No camera.
  • Gelato Beach: The shine spawns directly next to Shadow Mario's starting position. No camera.