F.L.U.D.D. might not be a household name, but if you're a longtime Mario fan, you've likely heard about this nifty device before.
It first appeared in the 2002 GameCube release Super Mario Sunshine and is an incredibly important tool for Mario throughout his adventure - a bit like the Poltergust 3000 in the Luigi's Mansion series. You might have even gone hands-on with F.L.U.D.D. when Nintendo re-released Sunshine in the Super Mario 3D All-Stars anniversary collection last year.
To get to the point, it seems F.L.U.D.D. has returned, but not in a way everyone might have expected. In Nintendo's latest game Mario Golf: Super Rush it makes a cameo as a corner post, and well, Mario fans online have of course taken notice:
As you can see above, it's got people's hopes up for a sequel of sorts to Mario's 3D adventure on the GameCube. While it's probably best to just treat this as nothing more than a cool easter egg, who knows what could potentially be on the horizon.
Have you spotted F.L.U.D.D. in Mario Golf: Super Rush yet? Do you think this is a sign of things to come? How are you finding Mario's new golf game? Leave your own thoughts down below.
FLUDD for Mario Golf, like...a DLC character or something...just imagine FLUDD golfing. lol
Every one talking about dlc and junk, but is no one talking about how they probably had to behead FLUDD for that thing?
How’s the game for the people who already have it worth it?
I don't really care with Super Mario Sunshine anymore after several minutes playing from 3D All Stars, found the FLUDD control was a mess, i stop playing Mario Sunshine since then. I still thinking Ratchet & Clank games have better weapon control and aiming.
@Nook_Gwala I received it in the mail and couldn't stop playing it for about 4 hours. So I'm loving it so far. Speed golf is something I've wanted for years. Everybody's Golf allowed walking around everywhere, but the whole game is based on a 30fps refresh rate (with 60fps for the swing bar only)(and yes they've updated the framerate to target 60fps, but animations were set at 30fps — it just doesn't come together like Speed Rush does on Switch). Basically, I've enjoyed the motion controls, button controls, speed golf, regular, battle golf, awesome lack of load times, single player gameplay, online multiplayer gameplay, there's not much I don't like about this new Mario Golf game. Some of the music could be better, but I find it pleasant enough.
@Anti-Matter fludd controls were fine and work well... it's not a game that's gonna hold ya hand that's for sure...
I wouldn't be surprised to see FLUDD "playable" again in a new Mario, but never again as a core mechanic, and I certainly don't believe there will be a Sunshine 2 ever. We're more likely to see a Galaxy 3 or Odyssey 2, and that's still a long shot.
It's probably just a nozzle designed to look like FLUDD. XD
FLUDD "dying" at the end of Mario Sunshine was honestly one of the saddest moments in a Nintendo game for me! Granted, he came back to life but him being used as a damn post in Mario Golf reminded me of that moment. 😉
Bowser's Fury had lots of Sunshine reference's too... Still think it's a shame we didn't get Pianta's in the Seaside Kingdom in Odyssey!
@KnightsTemplar Any game with thought or budget put into them are probably not going to cut it for him.
@VoidofLight seems like it... anti matter what he thinks anyway. 7 minutes of sunshine ain't enough to make a relevant opinion of a game mechanic
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It's just the nozzle, those things also showed up in the galaxy games to shoot the bubbles.
@Anti-Matter Do you even enjoy any games outside of games with muscular chibi dudes?
@MetalToad chill dude - your insecurities are showing
@BobLong-RickTangle sure dude. Advice taken. It’s Saturday
@Anti-Matter "several minutes" lol, you didn't give it much of a chance!
@Pokester99 ok.. well each to their own but I found them intuitive and a great mechanic
Oh, come one. It's not a sign for Super Mario Sunshine 2 Where are these dumb theories coming from? It's probably there because we just saw Super Mario Sunshine in 3d all-stars.
Note: If 3D All+Stars never came out, we would think a Sunshine remaster would be coming out.
It looks more like the ones that shoot bubbles out fast in Super Mario Galaxy
Not sure I want a Sunshine sequel. The first game made me want to throw my controller across the room on many occasions. Those obstacle courses are so frustrating.
Cameos don’t necessarily mean a sequel is on the way. Geno is in Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga but we never got a Super Mario RPG sequel.
@MetalToad Dw, that got a laugh out of me anyway 😂😂😂
FLUDD in Smash naaoowwww
@Anti-Matter Did you play with a Switch controller or a GameCube controller?
I don't expect your opinion to change, but if you play it with a GameCube controller you'll get the original (and much better) control experience.
As for decapitated FLUDD, my guess is they made various FLUDDs and these are the defective ones repurposed.
I played with Joy Cons and to aim the target, FLUDD control was really a mess like i couldn't even aim the target precisely with such a crappy control schemes.
I have played Ratchet & Clank games on PS2, PS3 & PS4 with better target aiming control schemes.
That looks less like F.L.U.D.D. and more like those things from Super Mario Galaxy that shoot out water balls that Mario could ride in.
Sunshine port confirmed?!
@Slowdive Exactly. Besides I don't think Nintendo ever leaves cryptic hints for their next games
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Well, one game maybe is not everyone's cup of tea. I found Mario Sunshine was not the game i will enjoy so i moved on, find another similar games that made me get engaged.
@Anti-Matter well, I guess it's pretty normal, that Mario Sunshine isn't the best 3D entry.
But Ratchet and Clank and Mario are pretty different in Gameplay. I don't remember having any problems with aiming the water gun
@Nook_Gwala what I played so far, I really like it. I don't know why the critics are so hard on this game
Now that is a one cool easter egg. Sunshine 2 happening would be great but of course that won't happen easily.
F.L.U.D.D. - The reason I almost never play as Mario in Super Smash Bros. anymore.
@BoostPower FLUDD is in Smash Bros as Mario's down+B attack.
@Anti-Matter use Dolphin emulator or a real Gamecube
The problem is with the controller, since it is digital
Analogic triggers work in the Gamecube or Dolphin emulator, It'll be SO MUCH BETTER
Wasn't Super Mario 3d All Stars updated to fix control issues with fluid?
@damien33ad I wouldn't use the word awful.. if it's not for you so be it but I found it super fun. One of the better mario games out there
Super Mario Sunshine has a ton of potential, but it's so full of bugs and glitches that it's a pain to complete. Stuff like the Pachinko Shine that made me break the left joycon's rail out of frustration have soured my experience enough.
I was glad when Fludd "died", I always found it annoying with its voice and awkward controls, quite literally a d**chebag
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