This Super Mario Sunshine mod adds new worlds, a new story, and a giant Stu

A group of modders have released the first major demo for Super Mario Eclipse, a fan remake and expansion of the original Super Mario Sunshine.

Level Select, the mod team in question, describes Eclipse as “part beta restoration, part enhancement, part original mod, and all fan service”, with new story content. The full game plans to include new missions, fully custom worlds, secret challenge courses, and an interconnected Isle Delfino map. They’re also adding new playable characters like Luigi and Shadow Mario, plus new mechanics like super jumps and a magic paintbrush.

A new location in the Super Mario Eclipse mod. (Image credit: Level Select Mod Team/Super Mario Eclipse)

I spent a few minutes checking out the demo, and though it’s definitely still a WIP, a lot of the little touches that make Mario Sunshine a love-it-or-leave-it GameCube classic are still there. Nothing beats floating through the air or sliding on your belly via the F.L.U.D.D. water hose. 

I spotted a very peculiar bit of Mario history in the Eclipse demo as well. Originally, Sunshine was going to have a huge two-legged version of the Strollin’ Stu called a “Tramplin’ Stu.” It was cut from the final game, but its file can still be found buried in the game’s code. After running around for a bit, I turn around and witness this horrifying monstrosity sauntering towards me.

Holy mother of Mario. (Image credit: Level Select Mod Team)

The demo has a hub with access to several recreations of Sunshine’s levels, including Delfino Plaza and Ricco Harbor. There are also several new levels in the works, including a mountainous trail called Erto Rock, which gives you a bird’s eye view of the whole island. There’s even a strange Monkey Ball-themed level complete with obstacle courses.

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