The Legend of Sonic Sunshine

Michael explores how three of GameCube’s finest could benefit from direct sequels on Wii U.

By Michael Contino. Posted 07/09/2012 14:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

GameCube may not have brought Nintendo into the 3D realm or featured unique controls but one thing it did bring were the games– and lots of them too! From Super Smash Bros. Melee and Metroid Prime to Star Fox Adventures and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, great games were everywhere. But the purple lunch box had more than just purple Pikmin– in 2003, the renowned Skies of Arcadia Legends made its way to GameCube after its stunning DreamCast debut, and we were even treated to the critically acclaimed Beyond Good and Evil the same year. But let’s not forget what’s arguably the jewel in GameCube’s crown, Capcom’s M-rated Resident Evil 4, which changed the face of survival-horror forever over three years after GameCube’s launch.

Now we know that Nintendo’s never been very big on numbered sequels (except when it comes to Mario perhaps), but there were three GameCube games in particular which I felt did enough things right to warrant a direct sequel, and those three games were The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle and Super Mario Sunshine.

Super Mario Sunshine was akin to Super Mario Bros. 2, shaking things up for the red plumber, while Twilight Princess gave us the gritty Link we were all expecting after E3 2000, and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle brought the long-time platform rivalry between Mario and the blue blur to a close, providing an action-packed Sonic sequel on a Nintendo platform.

With Wii U just around the corner, read on to see how these three games could find new life in sequel form on Wii U.

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2 Responses to “The Legend of Sonic Sunshine”

  • 261 points
    JasonMaivia says...

    -If Sonic returns, I do not want to see another Secret Rings/Black Knight kind of game. With the GamePad, I’m sure Sega will find a way to add some SUCK to their next Sonic Wii U game.
    Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations are the best this gen, so far. I’d love to see another like them.

    -Touch screen Zelda should be left in the past on DS. I only wanted another that controlled like Minish Cap, Nintendo. Is that so hard to do? Next time, please give us multiple control options. Keep traditional-styled Zelda games around.
    With Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, and Skyward Sword (I don’t know if I should count the wagglefest of Twilight Princess), it’s as if Nintendo doesn’t want the old way back. For me, it’s like replacing buttons for a fighting game, and replacing them with waggle and drawing circles and squiggles.

    -Super Mario 2-style gameplay could return to a happy fanbase if only they’d just make the darn thing.
    If Peach needs to be kidnapped again, add Daisy.
    Still, I’m sure people are waiting for another 3D Mario instead.
    **Take us back to the Mushroom Kingdom, Nintendo!**

  • 678 points
    amishpyrate says...

    Super mario sunshine is the only mario game I have ever not liked. I hope it stays in the past forever. I kinda wish new super mario bros. 2 was similar to mario bros 2 but oh well. It’ll be amazing just the same

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