Super Mario Sun is arguably one of the best 3D Mario games ever released, but have you ever wondered what it would look like if it was ported to the Game Boy Advance around the same time as its original GameCube release in 2002?
If so, wonder no more – as a pixel artist known as ‘huttaburger’ on Twitter recreated the game’s main island, Delfino Plaza – reimagining what it might have looked like on Nintendo’s 32-bit handheld system.
According to the artist, this “GBA port” would have been “much like the game” on GameCube, but not entirely. At the time, a perfectly mirrored port from console to handheld would have been unlikely, so that makes sense.
The only downside to all of this is that there is no real game play here. If that makes you want some fun in the sun, Nintendo has re-released Super Mario Sunshine on the Switch as part of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection in 2020, the only issue is that it was a limited time release, so it is no longer purchasable on the eShop and physical copies may no longer be readily available.
The same artist also made various other console-to-portable pixel art adaptations based on the sonic the hedgehog series and more. In somewhat related news, last week an online GBA emulator for Switch was apparently discovered, suggesting that the return of GBA titles might not be far away.
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