Isle Delfino

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Isle Delfino
A birds-eye view of Isle Delfino.
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Capital Delfino Plaza
Inhabitants Piantas, Nokis, Strollin' Stus, Yoshis
“Welcome to the sun-drenched tropical paradise of Isle Delfino! We're so pleased to welcome you to our beautiful home! Come enjoy a natural wonderland to which we've added the world's finest resort facilities, a spectacular amusement park, and succulent seafood! This and more await you on Isle Delfino! Come relax and let us refresh your body and spirit.”
Pianta, Super Mario Sunshine

Isle Delfino is a tropical paradise island and vacation resort inhabited by Piantas, Nokis, Yoshis, Sunflower Kids, and Raccoons. Alongside the smaller Pinna Island, it resembles a dolphin, as indicated by its name, which means "dolphin" in Italian. This is a reference to the Nintendo GameCube's preproduction code name, Project Dolphin. Isle Delfino is the main setting of Super Mario Sunshine, and has since reappeared in many spin-offs, including the Mario Kart series.

Many of the locations on Isle Delfino can be clearly seen from some of the other locations on the island, with the exception of Noki Bay, which remains virtually hidden from the rest of the island, though small glimpses of it can be seen from the tops of some of the large palm trees in Pianta Village.

History[edit]

A map of Isle Delfino from the South Korean manual for Super Mario Sunshine.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Mario, Peach, Toadsworth and some Toads take a trip to Isle Delfino in Super Mario Sunshine. However, the island had been covered in graffiti by the mysterious Shadow Mario, who the people think is Mario. With the help of the water pack FLUDD, Mario is forced to get rid of all the paint on the island and clear his name by defeating the imposter that has been causing trouble. Shadow Mario turns out to be Bowser Jr., who soon kidnaps Peach, but after Mario defeats him and his father, Bowser, life on the island returns to normal and Mario, Peach and their friends enjoy the rest of their stay on Isle Delfino.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Isle Delfino has appeared in five of the Mario Kart games with new courses and stages based on it.

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Peach Beach takes place on Isle Delfino. After the player completed the Grand Prix, the award ceremony was held there. Mario Kart DS features Delfino Square, which takes place in autumn instead of the usual tropical weather. In Mario Kart Wii, both Peach Beach and Delfino Square returned in the Retro cups, along with a new battle stage called Delfino Pier, which likely takes place in the docking area of Delfino Plaza. Additionally, Coconut Mall takes place on Isle Delfino, and returns in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Tour as a classic course, as well as in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of the Booster Course Pass. Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also features Sunshine Airport, an airport located on Isle Delfino.

Other games[edit]

Locations on Isle Delfino are shown in a couple of Mario Party minigames. Mario Power Tennis includes both the Delfino Plaza Court and the Gooper Blooper Court, which is set in Ricco Harbor.

Delfino Plaza is also one of the boards in Itadaki Street DS and Fortune Street. It is also one of the stages in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Economy[edit]

Like in the Mushroom Kingdom, Isle Delfino uses Gold Coins as currency. However, Isle Delfino may also use Blue and Red Coins as well.

Locations[edit]

A map of Isle Delfino as seen in Super Mario Sunshine, on which is displayed all major locations on the island that can be visited by Mario.
  • Delfino Airstrip – The island's airport.
  • Delfino Plaza – A large plaza, and the main location of Super Mario Sunshine.
  • Bianco Hills – A lakeside village with a giant windmill.
  • Ricco Harbor – A busy fishing port located on the outskirts of the island.
  • Gelato Beach – A sandy and sunny beach and its surrounding coral reef.
  • Pinna Park – The amusement park on the island where many Stus live.
  • Sirena Beach – An extravagant beach with a hotel on it.
  • Noki Bay – A peaceful and serene bay where mainly Nokis live.
  • Pianta Village – A high village populated mostly by Piantas.
  • Corona Mountain – An active volcano high above Delfino Plaza.

Other locations[edit]

Characters[edit]

Species[edit]

Enemies[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドルピック島
Dorupikku Tō
Dolphic Island
Chinese (Simplified) 德尔皮克岛[1]
Dé'ěrpíkè Dǎo
Dolphic Island
Chinese (Traditional) 德爾皮克島[2]
Dé'ěrpíkè Dǎo
Dolphic Island
French Île Delfino Isle Delfino
German Isla Delfino Isla Delfino; Spanish for island and Italian for dolphin
Italian Isola Delfina Dolphic Island
Korean 돌픽 섬
Dolpik Seom
Dolphic Island
Russian Остров Дельфино[3]
Ostrov Del'fino
Isle Delfino
Spanish Isla Delfino Dolphin Island (Spanish for "island" and Italian for "dolphin")
Swedish (Ön) Delfino Delfino (Island)

Trivia[edit]

Isle Delfino and the other islands surrounding it.
Isle Delfino on a promotional map for Super Mario Odyssey (lower left).
  • In the English version of Super Mario Sunshine, the places found on Isle Delfino are named partly in English and partly in Italian. In other translations of the game, the names of these places are completely in Italian.
  • Starshine Beach Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy 2 resembles Isle Delfino.
  • In the introductory cutscene of Super Mario Sunshine, the player can see other islands surrounding Isle Delfino, which are shaped like an ocean sunfish (northwest), a sting ray (west), a crab (southwest), a small fish (south), a sea turtle (east), and a jellyfish (northeast). In this cutscene it is also implied that Isle Delfino is directly on the equator of the planet, as indicated by the red line.
  • Although Isle Delfino appeared on a promotional world map prior to Super Mario Odyssey's release, it does not appear in the final game.

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