Delfino Airstrip

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Delfino Airstrip
Delfino Airstrip
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Greater location Isle Delfino
Inhabitants Piantas, Strollin' Stus, Cheep-Cheeps

The Delfino Airstrip is a seaside location where tourists first come to when visiting Isle Delfino by plane. It is a simple landing strip built on small islets in the waters near Delfino Plaza. Travelers can reach the mainland via small boats.


Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Main article: Delfino Airstrip Dilemma

Delfino Airstrip is the first area encountered in Super Mario Sunshine, and is the place where FLUDD is encountered as well as where the first Shine Sprite is encountered. It cannot be revisited until after the player gains access to Corona Mountain. After entering the mountain (it is not necessary to complete it; the player may simply pause the game and select "Exit Area" to leave), the player can pay ten coins to a Pianta at Delfino Plaza to ride a boat to the airstrip.


Image Episode Name Summary
Mario battles against a Gatekeeper at the Delfino Airstrip. Episode 1:
Delfino Airstrip Dilemma
This episode's objective is to find FLUDD and defeat the Gatekeeper at the airstrip.
Mario collecting red coins at the Delfino Airstrip Episode 2:
Red Coin Waterworks
This episode's objective is to find the eight red coins at the airstrip.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Delfino Airstrip only makes a small cameo in the Super Smash Bros. series in the background of the Delfino Plaza stage, which appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The airstrip's model seems to be largely simplified from its appearance in Super Mario Sunshine, in that it simply looks like a floating block in the ocean.

Nozzle locations[edit]

Nozzle boxes appear during Mario's second visit. The Rocket Nozzle does not appear anywhere on the airstrip, although if desired, the player is able to take any nozzle from Delfino Plaza to the Airstrip, allowing them to use the Rocket Nozzle there.

Turbo Nozzle[edit]

  • On the northwest edge of the airstrip. Right of the Hover Nozzle.

Hover Nozzle[edit]

  • On the northwest edge of the airstrip. Left of the Turbo Nozzle.

Official description[edit]

Delfino Airstrip description in Super Mario Sunshine.
Isle Delfino Guide Book information for Delfino Airstrip.

A simple airstrip built on small islets in the waters near Delfino Plaza. Access to the mainland is via small boats.


Main article: Underground Theme

The "Delfino Airstrip" theme is an elongated arrangement of the "Underground Theme" from Super Mario Bros. played on strings and piano backed by tropical percussion. When the player returns to the airstrip, "Isle Delfino" plays instead.

Audio.svg Delfino Airstrip - The arrangement heard in Super Mario Sunshine
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エアポート
Uminoueno Eapōto

Airport on the Sea
French Aéroport Airport
German Pista Delfino Pista Delfino; Pista means runway in Italian and delfino means dolphin in Italian
Italian Aeroporto Delfino Delfino (Dolphin) Airport
Spanish Aeropuerto Delfino Delfino (Dolphin) Airport


  • After completing the game and going back to the airstrip, the Guide Book will erroneously display Mario's location as being in Delfino Plaza. The airstrip is considered a submap of the plaza because its 100 Coin Shine is also the same as the 100-Coin Shine for Delfino Plaza. The Blue Coin on the airstrip is also counted as part of Delfino Plaza's Blue Coin count.
  • Through an elaborate glitch, it is possible for Mario to have the Turbo Nozzle when playing Delfino Airstrip for the first time. If he attempts to bust down the wooden doors this way, the game crashes.[2]


  1. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Sunshine section, page 102.
  2. ^ "Breaking a Door Crashes Super Mario Sunshine" BeaverThingify on YouTube. Uploaded May 14, 2017. Last accessed July 11, 2023.