Isle Delfino

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This article is about the location in Super Mario Sunshine. For the musical composition of the same name, see Isle Delfino (theme).
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 scan of Delfino Isle's map from Super Mario Sunshine
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.

Language[edit]

Isle Delfino is heavily associated with the Italian language. In Super Mario Sunshine, all locations on the island are named partially in Italian (entirely in Italian in the German version of the game), and signs reading "BENVENUTO!" can be seen in Delfino Plaza.

In addition to English and Italian text, several signs on Isle Delfino are written in a unique spiraling script that is a cipher for the Latin alphabet.[1]

Instance Translation Description
Model of a board from Super Mario Sunshine.
Signs
RZTU BOD TVR No apparent meaning. In the Japanese version, signs instead have English text reading "This isn't gonna Just a little stick. Ready? 1...2...3. There you all do."
Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
Sand Cabana
BAR GELATO Reads "BAR MAMMA" in the Japanese version, matching up with the Japanese name of Gelato Beach, "Mamma Beach".
Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
Entrance to Pinna Park
PARCO Italian for "park".
Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
Pinna Park's pirate ship ride
VIKING Matches the Guide Book's caption for the ride in Pinna Park's image.
Image for Noki Bay from the Guide Book in the North American localization of Super Mario Sunshine.
Noki Bay's Guide Book image
NOKI Located in the corners of the image. Changed from the Japanese version, which instead has MARE to match the name of the area and eponymous species.
Screenshot of a switch in Tricky Ruins from Super Mario Sunshine.
Wall paintings
[various] Some wall paintings have a single letter on them.
Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
Various places in Noki Bay
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ A repeating texture.
Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
Flag on top of the orange
onion dome in Noki Bay
MARE VILLAGE "Mare" is the Japanese name for Noki.

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[3]
Dé'ěrpíkè Dǎo
Dolphic Island

Chinese (traditional) 德爾皮克島[4]
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[2]
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.
Full map version in Super Mario Odyssey
Isle Delfino on a promotional map for Super Mario Odyssey (lower left).
  • 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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