I've been playing Super Mario Sunshine over the weekend. I was curious. Like Final Fantasy VIII, it's one of those games that critics loved but ardent fans seem to hate.
Anyway, I gave it a try. I like Mario, but I, like nearly everyone I know, gave the Gamecube a pass on it's initial run in lieu of the PlayStation 2. So I'm just now getting to an entire generation of beloved franchises: a cell-shaded Link, Samus in first person, and Mario with a water gun.
So I'm not a huge fan of 3D platformers in the first place. Super Mario 64 does nothing for me except give me motion sickness--thankfully controls have been fixed and the camera mostly fixed in Sunshine. But, having played the far superior Super Mario Galaxy, I gotta say, Sunshine is fun but a little underwhelming.
Will I finish it? Who knows? Star Wars: The Force Unleashed comes out next week, so I imagine I'll be pretty wrapped up in that once Tuesday rolls around, so maybe. Unless someone convinces me to pick up Spore.