- “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
A bird's-eye-view of Isle Delfino
|Inhabitants||Piantas, Nokis, Stus, Yoshis|
|First appearance||Super Mario Sunshine (2002)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)|
|Other appearances||Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)|
Isle Delfino is a tropical paradise island and vacational resort inhabited by Piantas, Nokis, Yoshis, Sunflower Kids, and Tanookis. Alongside the smaller Pinna Island, it looks like a dolphin, as indicated by its name, which means "dolphin" in Italian, and is a direct reference to the GameCube's preproduction codename, 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.
Super Mario Sunshine
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 F.L.U.D.D., 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
Isle Delfino has appeared in four of the Mario Kart games with new courses and stages based on it.
In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, a course named Peach Beach was introduced, which took place on the shore of Isle Delfino. After the player completed the Grand Prix, the award ceremony was held there. Mario Kart DS featured a new course called Delfino Square, which takes place in autumn instead of the usual tropical weather. In Mario Kart Wii, both these courses 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. A new track named Coconut Mall takes place on Isle Delfino. Coconut Mall then returned in Mario Kart 7 as a Retro track.
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. Isle Delfino are one of the courses in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Golf: Advance Tour, which resembles Gelato Beach and Bianco Hills. It is also one of the stages in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Delfino Airstrip – The island's airport.
- Delfino Plaza – A large plaza, and 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.
- Peach Beach – A luxurious beach often visited by Peach.
- Delfino Square – A small port housing an even smaller market.
- Coconut Mall – A huge, three story mall filled with Piantas and Miis.
- Delfino Pier – A sunken section of Isle Delfino, which is often submerged by water.
- Shadow Mario / Bowser Jr.
- Petey Piranha
- Gooper Blooper
- Wiggler (Super Mario Sunshine)
- Mecha Bowser
- King Boo
- Polluted Piranha Plant
- Bullet Bills
Names in other languages
|French||Île Delfino||Delfino Island|
|German||Isla Delfino||Dolphin Island (spanish for island and italian for dolphin)|
|Italian||Isola Delfina||Dolphic Island|
|Spanish||Isla Delfino||Dolphin Island (spanish for island and italian for dolphin)|
|Swedish||(Ön) Delfino||Delfino (Island)|
- 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 widely resembles Isle Delfino. The galaxy is slightly shaped like a dolphin, much like Isle Delfino.
- In the introductory cutscene of Super Mario Sunshine, the player can see other islands surrounding Isle Delfino, which are shaped like a sting ray (west), a crab (southwest), a small fish (south), a sea turtle (east), and a jellyfish (northeast). These islands cannot be visited in the game, and it is therefore unknown whether or not any of them actually have official names. In this cutscene it is also implied that Isle Delfino is directly on the equator of the Mushroom World, as indicated by the red line.
- In Super Mario Sunshine, all of Isle Delfino (except for Noki Bay) is in a constant heatwave.
- In Super Mario Sunshine, Blue Toad mentions that Yoshis lived on the island a long time ago.
- 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 a small glimpse of it can be seen from the top of the large palm tree in the center of Pianta Village.