Who is Princess Peach? Well, certainly any fan of Nintendo’s video games through the years will recognize her name! And you’d be hard pressed to find any gamer who hasn’t been in her presence at least once while playing one of the countless Super Mario editions or a multitude of other classic and well-loved titles.
What’s in a name? Well, she’s the monarch of the Mushroom Kingdom and she’s always there to look up to, but she’s certainly no damsel in distress! She’s been part and parcel of the Nintendo stage longer than two other well known Nintendo princesses, Princess Daisy and Princess Rosalina. One of Nintendo’s most well-known and longest appearing characters, she’s a full-fledged member of the recurring group of characters showing up in video game series running the gamut from Mario Party to Mario Kart, not to mention the iconic and nothing short of famous Super Mario titles. And that’s just the tip of the metaphorical iceberg!
She may not always be a playable character, rather appearing as a main character in a large plot point for instance, but more often than not she is definitely playable and has been a popular choice for gamers of all stripes! This is in contrast to another famous and noteworthy Nintendo princess, none other than Princess Zelda! Despite Zelda’s name being given to the Zelda franchise, in almost every single game release since the dawn of the series, Princess Zelda is a non-playable character, and the point of each game in the series is to rescue her while playing as the character Link. Not anything bad, but we love how Princess Peach is often able to be selected as a playable character! A fun fact to note though, Peach has actually made a few cameos in two Zelda games, each time appearing in a picture within the game.
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What Do We Know About Princess Peach?
So you may have played before in any multitude of Nintendo games as Princess Peach. But what do we know about her behind the surface? Does she have any backstory? What’s her strongest ability? Any likes or dislikes? Where is she going from here? Let’s take a look at where she came from and where she’s been since her debut on the Nintendo stage!
But just before we learn about her appearances throughout different Nintendo video game titles and series, let’s take a look at some basic information about this pink princess!
Princess Peach was first introduced to the world in the game Super Mario Bros. in 1985, but lucky her, she’s eternally in her early 20’s! She has always been known as Princess Peach in Japan, but for a certain period of time at the beginning of her foray into overseas translations of the game, she was known in English as Princess Toadstool. Not the strangest name considering that she is, after all, the monarch of the Mushroom Kingdom which is populated heavily with characters resembling Toad, but we’re sure glad that she’s now firmly known by the name she was meant to be known by.
Another interesting piece of trivia for Nintendo aficionados is that although she was always meant to have her famous blonde hair, there were technological limitations in the original mid 1980’s Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) that prevented the preferred blonde-like color from being able to render correctly, and as such her hair was rendered as either a light shade of brown or even a shade of red for some time until technology improved and allowed her to display her true hair color as any true princess should be able to do!
Princess Peach’s Video Game Journeys
We could go on and on about the journeys that Princess Peach has been through within the games of the Nintendo universe, and she surely has an endless list of interesting stories to tell! But let’s take a look at a few of her most noteworthy appearances!
Mario Kart Series
Princess Peach appears in each edition of this ever popular Nintendo series! She’s a pro at racing and has traveled the world with her fellow characters, driving her racecar to her heart’s content! She even has certain racetrack circuits named after her! These include Royal Raceway on Mario Kart 64, Peach Circuit in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Peach Beach within Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, and even the luxurious sounding Peach Gardens that can be explored in both Mario Kart DS & Mario Kart Wii.
Mario Party Series
Many people who had never played as Princess Peach in the Mario Kart series likely got their first experience with playing as the princess in the super popular Mario Party series! This game, like Mario Kart, is a magnet at parties due to its multiplayer capacities. She’s so influential in the game that the team name chosen will depend on who she’s teamed up with of course, but there’s always a strong and undeniable Peach aspect to it, such as Pink Punishers or Black Peaches.
Super Princess Peach
It would be criminal to not mention the game that our royal highness offers her namesake to! And that’s none other than the game Super Princess Peach! This 2005 release on Nintendo DS is the first time that Peach gets a full game to herself as the main character. The biggest glory for the princess is that this game puts the kibosh on the trope of her being nothing but a damsel in distress.
Peach saves Mario instead of the usual other way around! Using a mix of magic and emotions, Peach and her sidekick Perry journey through the world and work their way to eventually rescuing not only Mario, Luigi, and Toads as well!
What are your favorite gaming moments that involve the princess? Do you know any pieces of Princess Peach trivia that you’d love to share? Let us know what Princess Peach means to you in the comments below!