Super Mario Sunshine might not be everyone's Mario game of choice, but it's still managed to develop a bit of a cult following over the years. While many Nintendo fans would love to see a sequel to the original 2002 GameCube title, it doesn't seem it'll be happening any time soon, so how about a mod instead?
Enter 'Super Mario Eclipse' - as highlighted by Kotaku, it's a custom creation that's part "beta restoration", part "enhancement", part "original mod" and all "fan service". Here's a more detailed rundown - noting how this mod includes an all-new expanded story, new missions, new custom worlds, new playable characters such as Luigi, collaborations - like Monkey Ball - and much more...
"Super Mario Eclipse is part beta restoration, part enhancement, part original mod, and all fan service. With dozens upon dozens of new missions, fully custom worlds, challenging secret courses, and an interconnected Isle Delfino to boot, this is the Super Mario Sunshine experience you always wanted- and then some! Isle Delfino is hiding all new secrets just waiting to be uncovered, and with multiple playable characters by your side, there's nothing you can't do. Presenting an all-new expanded story, crazy new gimmicks, exciting new moves and abilities, and references to your favorite Gamecube era Mario Games, get ready for the collaborative efforts of the entire Sunshine modding community to finally come together and bring you something special! This Super Mario Sunshine mod is sure to Eclipse the rest!"
The same YouTube channel this video is featured on notes how it's not particularly worried about Nintendo disrupting development:
"Nintendo rarely strikes mods. It's fangames they're usually after."
If this has got you in the mood for Super Mario Sunshine, Nintendo has previously released the original game as part of last year's Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection - just keep in mind, it was a limited-time release, so it might be a little hard to track down.
Mario's not the only one getting entirely new expansion content thanks to the mod community, either. Characters like Link from The Legend of Zelda series are also receiving new "mod" expansions. Just last week, Zelda: Breath of the Wild 'Second Wind' got a major update - adding a new town, new NPCs, and a new storyline.
What do you think of Super Mario Sunshine Eclipse? Would you like to see Nintendo release a follow-up to this GameCube classic one day? Tell us down in the comments.