It seems like Mario is thrown on everything to help Nintendo sell games. On the other hand, this is a pretty solid game from nintendo. While it isn't one of my favorites, it's certainly worth a rent.
Pros: Fast paced, fun gameplay Fun minigames
Cons: Too much of what we've seen before, coins, mushrooms, bowser, stars and seriously, how many times can the princess be captured? To much "basic" adventure game stuff. (Jump from platform to platform, jump on top of enemies, etc)
Super Mario Sunshine was a blast. The water jet pack lets Mario soar to new level of fun and excitement. It is a little lame that the water pack talks. It doesn't have a deep, wonderful story, just the same Bowser captures Princess Peach thing. The camera can be annoying sometimes but is much better than the Mario 64 camera. The controls and moves are easy to master. The final level before the final boss was very annoying though. It is not one of those game that you beat in a day either. If you try and get all the shinesprites, it can take the average video game player a while to get them all. This is a great gamecube game, but the old 2d side scrolling mario games I grew up with are still better to me.
I honestly didn't get a chance to dive into this game that much. I think I am getting older and this game seemed kind of young for me, I was really sad to feel that way. I have grown up with Mario since I was about 6 years old. I think anyone past their teens would feel the same way. Anyway, back to the game. The game was fun and had the great game play that Mario games are known for. This was the one thing that Zelda has over Mario is that it can reach to the older generation of gamer and Mario has become appealing to the younger generation more and more. Any new gamer should try this as well as Luigi's Mansion. Simple, yet fun and challenging games that keep you wanting to play.