|First appearance||Super Mario Sunshine (2002)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)|
|Greater location||Isle Delfino|
|Inhabitants||Bowser, Bowser Jr., Lava Cheep Cheeps|
Corona Mountain is the eighth and final level in Super Mario Sunshine. Corona Mountain is a volcano on Isle Delfino, located directly behind Delfino Plaza. As Isle Delfino is shaped like a dolphin, Corona Mountain is placed where the dolphin's blowhole would be. The entrance to the volcano is located behind the Shine Gate, over a couple of ledges and behind a hot spring. To enter Corona Mountain, the player must complete each of the other levels' seventh episode, which are the Shadow Mario episodes. Upon doing so, the gate blocking the entrance to the volcano will break and Delfino Plaza will become flooded. Simply entering and leaving Corona Mountain will return Delfino Plaza to normal.
Super Mario Sunshine
The interior of Corona Mountain is a large pool of lava with several scattered platforms. Several of the platforms appear to be part of a broken walkway that used to lead to the back of the volcano. The first half of the volcano has large, square platforms Mario has to jump between. The platforms contain either spikes that move in and out of the platform or fire that Mario has to spray with FLUDD to dowse. Several Lava Cheep Cheeps will also be jumping out of the lava in the first half of the stage. In the center of the stage, there is a sprinkler players can use to refill FLUDD and a crate with a 1-Up Mushroom in it.
The second half of the stage has many spires coming out of the lava and the player needs to use a mudboat to move through them to the platform in the back. To propel the boat, players have to spray water in the opposite direction of where they want the boat to move, though the propulsion also takes into account where Mario is standing on the boat. If the boat crashes into something, it will sink and Mario could fall into the lava. In the center of the spires is a sprinkler that will refill FLUDD if Mario travels underneath it.
At the end of Corona Mountain is a large, circular platform with a Rocket Nozzle power-up. Using the Rocket Nozzle, Mario can shoot up to the clouds above; at the top is a red cloud that will send Mario to the final boss fight when he shoots through it.
This location contains only the following episode. Despite this, there is an unused banner for this episode, meaning it was intended to have an episode selection; the Shine Sprite collected after the level is counted as a Shine Sprite for Delfino Plaza.
Father and Son Shine!
|This episode's objective is to defeat Bowser and Bowser Jr. at the top of the mountain.|
Ten blue coins are found within Corona Mountain. One is found on the stone platform in the first half of the stage, and the other nine are found above the lava in the second half.
Mario Sports Mix
Corona Mountain appears in the premade world for the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft. In this game, it is located in the Extreme Hills biome, and the end of the level section has a Music Disc.
The hot spring at the foot of Isle Delfino's mountain is relaxing, but the lava caves, which open on the plaza, are forbidden for public safety.
"Corona" means "crown" in Italian, Spanish and Latin, and can also refer to the superhot plasma atmosphere that surrounds the sun. Because the rest of the locations of Isle Delfino have Italian names, the lava-filled volcano's allusion to the sun's heat may have merely been an afterthought or coincidence when "corona" was chosen for the mountain that crowned the "head" of the dolphin-shaped island.
| Corona Mountain - Corona Mountain theme (full version). The whole song is a racey drum rhythm, with ambient crashes and wind, plus an organ.||File info|
Names in other languages
|French||Mont Corona||Mount Corona|
|German||Collina Korona||Collina Corona; Italian for Corona Hill|
|Italian||Vulcano Corona||Corona (Crown) Volcano|
|Spanish||Montaña de Fuoco||Fuoco Mountain (Fuoco is fire in Italian)|
- The entrance to the mountain was once covered in grass in pre-release versions of the plaza.
- This is the only place that can be seen from everywhere in Isle Delfino.
- This course recycles the same sky dome for some secret courses. This also goes for the Blooper Racer course in Episode 2 of Ricco Harbor.
- While Mario would normally die the second he touches the lava, if Mario has been hit by something and is under invincibility frames, he can land on the lava and swim under and on it as if it were regular water. Not only that, but he can also drown in lava if he stays under too long, much like water. However, if Mario resurfaces, he loses a life immediately as Mario is no longer invulnerable.