This is the first Fan Art I've submitted in a long time, but I figured if I was going to do it I was going to depict my favorite part of my favorite game. I don't know why Super Mario Sunshine makes me feel so good; I know it's not as spectacular as Galaxy or as groundbreaking as Super Mario 64. Still, I've always had an affinity for tropical settings and I love Mario, so when you combine the two... awesome.
This particular part of the game really sticks out to me, for some reason. I just think that the combination of flying, surrounded by nothing but clouds, on top of a creature made of sand bricks really makes the moment feel dreamlike. Oh, and the music really helps too--so soft and serene. I know there are multiple sky challenges in the game, but the Sand Bird challenge is the only one that really makes you feel like you are flying.
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