It has its fun for sure. I love the music, it still looks wonderful and I think Mario is probably the most fun to control in Sunshine out of any of the 3D games. A handful of missions and levels are great fun. But I looked past the nostalgia I had for it as I played it again and it’s just so full of BS that I’m shocked Nintendo ever saw it fit for release to begin with, let alone a rerelease without considerable reworking. Just so many moments that are just not fun in the slightest (red coins on the pirate ships in the theme park, the chuckster level etc). Add on top of that the frustrations of it booting you out of levels if you die, the glitches, the restrictive progression system. I can’t defend this game, as much as it pains me to. I loved it so much as a kid.
It’s very clearly a rush job of a game pushed out because the GameCube needed a Mario game. Really should’ve been so much better.