Pianta Village is the ancestral home of the Piantas on Isle Delfino in Super Mario Sunshine. It is run by the Pianta Village Mayor. Pianta Village is built in a huge crater in the branches of a titanic palm tree to protect it from predators; in fact, the highest point on Isle Delfino that Mario can reach is located in this area, atop one of the giant trees. The village is also home to another special tree, which bears all the fruits (except the Pepper) of Isle Delfino.
The village's underside is composed of giant, bouncy mushrooms. The ceiling in this area is made of bamboo platforms, mesh, and catwalks. Wind Duppies are also lurking down there, making it very tricky for Mario who can fall into the abyss below. A secret area is found in the underside, which is blocked by a yellow Forcefield. Mario has to bring a Yoshi here to remove it. Piantas live in the secret area of the underside.
In order for Mario to travel to Pianta Village, he will need to have the Rocket Nozzle and at least thirty Shine Sprites. After entering the pipe on top of the Shine Gate, Mario will start out on a ledge of the crater. To get to the village Mario must cross a bamboo bridge or jump off onto the mushrooms underneath. On the village side of the bridge is a Bees' nest, and sometimes a Yoshi Egg.
This level is unique in that the time changes between day and night. Odd-numbered episodes take place at night, while even-numbered episodes are during the day. The Piantas are awaiting the Fluff Festival, which draws nearer each episode, and finally takes place in Episode 8.
Episode 1: Chain Chomplets Unchained
In the first mission of Pianta Village, Mario will enter the stage and notice some angry Piantas. When he talks to them, they will explain to him about the Chain Chomplets, who have a high fever and are red-hot with rage, causing chaos in the village. These Chain Chomplets are covered in lava and leave a trail of Lava Goop behind, and the Chomplets themselves will inflict fire damage on Mario if he touches them. Mario needs to cool them down by squirting water at them with F.L.U.D.D. to get their attention, and then squirting their heads to cool them down. When they have cooled down, Mario will have to grab their tail and pull it back, then let go of them so they can fling in a certain direction. Mario must keep on leading them to the lake, where they can cool down, but if he is too slow, the Chomplet will fire up again. Once all three of the Chomplets are in the water, Mario will be awarded with a Shine Sprite.
Episode 2: Il Piantissimo's Crazy Climb
In the second episode, Mario will go see Il Piantissimo at the end of the bridge. He will challenge Mario in a race to the flag on the hot spring's big tree. When Mario accepts the offer, both racers will run to the northwest side of the village, avoiding obstacles. Near the hot spring is a large tree. They must travel up it quickly and turn right, where the flag is. If Mario beats Il Piantissimo, he will be awarded with a Shine Sprite. This is the last race with Il Piantissimo.
Episode 3: The Goopy Inferno
The entire village is covered in Lava Graffiti, and the mayor is stranded. Shadow Mario steals F.L.U.D.D. from Mario and he must re-obtain F.L.U.D.D., by traversing the much more dangerous underside of the tree and rescue the mayor. If the player revisits this episode, Mario will still get F.L.U.D.D. taken away. If the player falls into the Lava Graffiti, he or she will most likely lose all of the wedges of his or her health meter and die, as Mario cannot be moved if he falls in the Lava Graffiti. If Mario explores the underside of the village in this situation, there will be numerous enemies and grates on his path to get the Shine Sprite. An alternative to this is traversing a thin walkway without Lava Goop and then climbing up some trees in order to get to the mayor. This is the last level that Electro-Koopas appear in.
Episode 4: Chain Chomp's Bath
In this episode, Mario will, once again, see that it is chaos in Pianta Village, as yet another Chain Chomp is red-hot with rage because it didn't want to take a bath. Mario will have to cool it down by spraying it with F.L.U.D.D. or throwing a Water Barrel at it. Once the Chain Chomp turns back to its normal color, Mario can grab the chain on it and pull it without getting burnt. Unlike the Chain Chomplets, the larger Chain Chomp can be dragged to the right destination, instead of being flung. Mario must quickly pull the Chomp into the hot springs that is northwest of the village to calm down, but if he is too slow, the Chain Chomp will fire up again. Once Mario gets close to the spring, the Chain Chomp will turn around, jump into the spring, and turn gold. He will then reveal a Shine Sprite.
Episode 5: Secret of the Village Underside
The player will find a Yoshi Egg at the front of the bridge that will request a random fruit, using the tree that grows all the fruits, (except Peppers) the player must take the fruit to Yoshi. They must then go to the underside of the village, and find a flat, green mushroom with a hole covered with a Forcefield. Using Yoshi's juice, the player must destroy the Forcefield and then fall in the hole. Once there, Shadow Mario will steal Mario's F.L.U.D.D., and there will be a level made up of green blocks. This level is flooded with Chucksters, which are Piantas that throw Mario. Mario must talk to them in the opposite of the direction that he wants to be thrown to access several platforms; however, he must take note that each Chuckster can only throw him a specific distance. In addition, some of them move, making placement and timing important. There is also a Pianta on fire that the player can douse if they come to the level a second time. After being "chucked" by all the chucksters in the right direction, Mario will receive the Shine Sprite.
Episode 6: Piantas in Need
In this episode, the mayor will tell Mario about ten Piantas stuck in Lava Goop, and will go ask him to rescue them. Mario must save all of the Piantas engulfed in Lava Goop by shooting water at them. When rescued, they give Mario Blue Coins. If Mario manages to clean all ten of the Piantas within the three minute time limit, the Mayor will award Mario with a Shine Sprite.
Episode 7: Shadow Mario Runs Wild
This episode marks the final appearance of Shadow Mario outside of Delfino Plaza. Completing this episode is required to access the final boss. In this episode, Shadow Mario leaves some Lava Goop behind as Mario chases him (which is the only time he does this in the entire game) which can damage Mario. When Shadow Mario is squirted enough, he disappears and leaves a Shine Sprite for Mario to collect.
Episode 8: Fluff Festival Coin Hunt
The Fluff Festival is going on, and Mario must find the eight Red Coins scattered throughout Pianta Village. The Red Coin locations are:
After collecting them all, he must ride on bits of fluff to the largest of several clouds near the top of the giant palm tree and collect the Shine Sprite which appears there after the Red Coins are collected.
Episode 9: Red Coin Chucksters
In this episode, Mario must replay Episode 5, though this time he must enter the flat, green mushroom and collect eight Red Coins. If he manages to collect them all before the 1:30 time limit is up, a Shine Sprite will be revealed.
Episode 10: Soak the Sun
In this episode, Mario must replay Episode 8, though this time he must travel directly to the top of the enormous palm tree located in the center of Pianta Village. Once here, the player must position Mario on the wooden platform with a picture of a Shine Sprite on it and have Mario look up into the sky at the sun. When the player sprays the sun with water from F.L.U.D.D., a picture of a Shine Sprite will gradually be revealed. When it has been completely revealed, a hidden Shine Sprite will appear.
Blue Coin Locations
Nozzle Boxes only appear in the 8th episode. For unknown reasons, the Turbo Nozzle doesn't appear anywhere in the village.
The ancestral home of the Piantas was built in a giant tree as protection against wild beasts. Giant mushrooms thrive beneath the village.
Pianta Village's theme was composed by Shinobu Tanaka.
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