The Guide Book is a feature in Super Mario Sunshine that can be accessed by the player at any time by pressing on the GameCube Controller. It consists mainly of an interactive map of Isle Delfino, which displays all locations on the island as they are unlocked by the player as the game progresses. Each location on the map is represented by a flashing red dot (the name of each location is shown next to its respective dot), with the exception of Delfino Plaza, which is represented by a flashing red dot with a flashing red circle around it. In addition, the location on the map that Mario is currently in will always be represented by an icon of Mario's face. In the beginning of the game, a black "M" signature appears behind the red dot that represents Delfino Plaza, signifying Shadow Mario's negative influence on the island. As the events of the game progress, it gradually disappears; once all Shine Sprites are collected it is gone completely.
When viewing the Guide Book, the player will take control of a small hand for navigation purposes. When the Guide Book is accessed, the hand will automatically be positioned at the red dot that represents the location that the player is currently in. The player can use this hand to click on any of the ten different locations on the island that are displayed on the map by using the button on the controller. After doing so, a small informational box will appear, which shows a tourist-esque picture of the location to the left, along with a small description of the location to the right. Pressing the button a second time will remove the box from the screen.
Additionally, when the player positions the hand over a red dot, a bar at the bottom of the screen will display more information about the location, including the name of the location, the total number of Shine Sprites collected, the total number of hidden Shine Sprites (if any) collected, the total number of coins collected, and the total number of Blue Coins collected at that point in the game (the only exceptions to this are Delfino Airstrip and Corona Mountain, for which is displayed only the total number of Shine Sprites collected and the total number of Blue Coins collected respectively).
Aside from displaying location information to the player, the Guide Book also features information on some of the local species: specifically, Piantas and Nokis. If the player uses the navigational hand to click on the picture of the Noki shell and the Pianta (found next to Noki Bay and Pianta Village on the map respectively), more informational boxes will appear, showing a picture of each species along with a brief description of them. Clicking on the red spiral-shaped sun at the top-right of the map will display a picture and information for Shine Sprites; the origin of power for all of Isle Delfino.
Directly below the red spiral-shaped sun is a moving Shine Sprite icon marked with "Totals" and the flashing word "CLICK!" below it. Selecting this icon will bring up a larger informational box, which displays all currently collected Shine Sprites and hidden Shine Sprites for every location in the game, as well as each location's highest coin score. A small section at the bottom of the box shows the current save file for the game, along with the total number of Shine Sprites collected in the game at the point at which it is accessed. Various other objects on the Guide Book map are also present, including palm trees, fish, a boat, and flowers, but none of these do anything when clicked on, and as such are only used to decorate the map.
Guide Book Information
The following is all of the information that can be viewed from the Guide Book: