“I can't believe I got kidnapped... again.”
Princess Peach (casually Peach, and up until Yoshi's Safari referred to as Princess Toadstool) is the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom. Peach first appeared in Super Mario Bros. and was created by Shigeru Miyamoto to be the damsel-in-distress throughout most Mario games. She resides in her castle along with many Toads. Her kingdom is often attacked by the Koopa Troop, a group led by Bowser.
Peach has an affinity for the color pink, which accents her feminine personality and kind temperament. Peach's feminine nature and role as the damsel are often represented with her heart abilities and Princess emblems. Peach's initial design was said to represent her stubborn, yet cute, appearance.
Since her debut, Peach has appeared in installments related to the Mario game series for over two decades. Peach is occasionally a supporting character in mainstream games, and almost always playable in spin-off installments. Her most prominent appearance to date is as the heroine of Super Princess Peach.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. was Peach's debut appearance. Bowser invades the Mushroom Kingdom, transforms its inhabitants into various objects, and kidnaps Peach (then known as "Princess Toadstool") so she cannot reverse his spell. Mario and Luigi go to rescue her. After they defeat Bowser, the brothers rescue Toadstool. In the Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe versions, Toadstool also gave her hero a kiss on the cheek.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Bowser kidnaps Peach again. Mario and Luigi travel through the Mushroom Kingdom again to save her. After defeating Bowser, the Bros. save her again. In the original version, her subjects celebrated around them after she recited a poem.
Super Mario Bros. 2
In Super Mario Bros. 2, Princess Toadstool (Peach in the Game Boy Advance remake Super Mario Advance), along with Mario, Luigi and Toad, sets out to rescue Subcon from the evil Wart. Toadstool's main ability is limited fluttering time after jumping, but she has poor vertical jumps. Toadstool is the weakest character in the game and has the slowest "pull time" of vegetables.
Super Mario Bros. 3
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Bowser sends his Koopalings to capture parts of the Mushroom Kingdom. Princess Toadstool (Peach in the Game Boy Advance remake Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3) sends Mario and Luigi to defeat the Koopalings. She helps them by sending them items. After the Bros. defeat the final Koopaling, they return to find that Bowser has kidnapped Toadstool. The two travel to Bowser's hideout in Dark Land and rescue her. In the English version, Toadstool plays a joke on Mario and Luigi at the very end by saying to them, "Thank you, but our princess is in another castle! ... Just kidding!"
Super Mario World
In Super Mario World, Mario, Luigi and Toadstool are having a vacation in Dinosaur Land when Bowser kidnaps Toadstool again. He takes her to his castle in the Valley of Bowser. He holds her inside his Koopa Clown Car during his battle with the Bros., which allows her to throw them items. After she is rescued, Toadstool kisses Mario (or Luigi) on the cheek.
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
“Dear Mario, please come to the castle. I've baked a cake for you. Yours truly, Princess Toadstool, Peach.”
In Super Mario 64, Peach invites Mario to her castle for cake, but before he arrives, Bowser takes control over the Power Stars and seals Peach in the fresco over the entrance of the castle. After Mario defeats Bowser and rescues Peach, Peach thanks Mario by kissing him and baking him cake.
This installment is the only game for the Mario series overall to provide both Peach's Japanese and Western names. In the original Japanese version, it was merely listed as "Peach" - in the North American release and subsequent editions, the letter is formally typed with "Toadstool" and personally signed with "Peach" in pink underneath. This marked a transition to the widespread use of her original name in other markets, therefore making it an international standard and the first (and only) time Japan heard the North American name of the princess (in the Shindou Edition and its remake), though most of the in-game text refers to her as "Toadstool".
A little known feature of both games is that if the player searches in the Princess's Secret Slide room, they will find a memo from Peach. It reads "My castle is in great peril!! I know it's because of Bowser again. Will he never tire of terrorizing us? He stole the castle's Power Stars and disappeared into the walls along with us! Retrieve all of the Power Stars from the walls and the paintings in the castle." She has another memo in Bowser in the Dark World, teaching Mario how to fight Bowser (though it is only directly addressed as her in the original version).
Super Mario Sunshine
In Super Mario Sunshine, Mario, Peach, and Toadsworth go to Isle Delfino for vacation. While Mario is cleaning Delfino Plaza, Shadow Mario grabs her and runs off. Mario chases Shadow Mario and rescues Peach. After Mario collects ten Shine Sprites, Shadow Mario kidnaps Peach and takes her to Pinna Park. When Mario confronts him, he reveals that he is Bowser's son Bowser Jr. and says that Peach is his mother and that he is protecting her from Mario. He attacks Mario in his Mecha-Bowser, but Mario defeats him. Bowser Jr. flees to Corona Mountain with Peach. Mario makes his way to Corona Mountain and finds Bowser and Bowser Jr. forcing Peach to swim with them. Mario defeats Bowser and rescues Peach.
New Super Mario Bros.
Princess Peach is kidnapped once again in New Super Mario Bros.. As Peach and Mario are taking a walk around the castle, it is struck by lightning. When Mario goes to investigate, Bowser Jr. sneaks behind Peach and kidnaps her. Mario chases Bowser Jr., throughout the Mushroom Kingdom. Eventually, Mario was able to confront both Bowser Jr. and his dad, Bowser, rescuing Peach in the end.
Super Mario Galaxy
In Super Mario Galaxy, Peach invites Mario to the Star Festival. When he arrives, Bowser lifts Peach's castle out of the ground and takes her to the creation of his new galaxy. Mario attempts to ride on the castle, but Kamek attacks him, sending him flying into space. With the help of a Luma, Mario sets off to rescue Peach. Peach sends Mario letters with 1-Up Mushrooms throughout the game. After Mario rescues Peach and the universe is saved, Mario and Peach wake up in the Mushroom Kingdom reunited.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Peach is celebrating her birthday with friends at the castle. During that time, Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings bring a cake into the castle and kidnap Peach. Mario, Luigi, and two Toads (specifically Blue Toad and Yellow Toad) give chase to hold them accountable, along with rescuing Peach in the process.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Peach invites Mario to the Star Festival again. When Mario arrives, a giant Bowser kidnaps Peach, so Mario travels through the galaxies to rescue her again. Once Mario defeats Bowser, he returns to the Festival and enjoys a giant cake. In the end, when Mario collects the first Power Star, he and Peach "pose" together.
Super Mario 3D Land
In Super Mario 3D Land, Bowser kidnaps Peach while she was investigating the damage done to the Tail Tree after a ferocious storm. Upon Mario and a few Toads noticing said case the next day at the same location, Mario gives chase to find Peach and bring her back to safety.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
In New Super Mario Bros. 2, the Koopalings kidnap Peach while Mario and Luigi were exploring the castle grounds, which was filled with a lot of coins scattered all around. When news of the kidnapping was revealed to Mario & Luigi, the two give chase to hold each Koopaling (and Bowser) accountable for the capture and rescue Peach at the end.
New Super Mario Bros. U
In New Super Mario Bros. U, Peach is held captive in her own castle after Bowser throws Mario, Luigi, Yellow and Blue Toad out during a tea party. When the four notice from Acorn Plains that Peach's castle is held under siege, they give chase to rescue Peach and take back the castle.
Peach is also captured in the game's add-on content New Super Luigi U, since the game features the same story as the original.
Super Mario 3D World
Princess Peach makes a return in Super Mario 3D World alongside Mario, Luigi and Toad as a playable character, which is the first time since Super Mario Bros. 2 (25 years) she has been playable in the mainstream Mario games, her first playable appearance since Super Princess Peach, and also the first time she appears playable in a 3D Mario title.
At the beginning of the game, the Princess is out for a nighttime walk with Mario, Luigi, and Toad. Toad spots a broken Clear Pipe sticking from the ground, prompting the Mario Bros. to repair it. Once they do, the Green Sprixie Princess emerges and explains that her kingdom is under attack from Bowser, who has kidnapped the other six princesses and sealed them in bottles. Bowser then emerges from the Clear Pipe and captures the Green Sprixie Princess. Notably, Princess Peach is the first of the foursome to chase after Bowser, immediately running for the Pipe and looking down into it in an attempt to stop him. She joins her friends in their quest across the worlds of the Sprixie Kingdom and eventually helps to defeat Bowser.
Princess Peach is the slowest of the playable characters, while her jumps are the third-best in the game. However, she also has the power to temporarily hover in the air, as she did in Super Mario Bros. 2. Like every other character in the game, she can use all of the power-ups that appear. Her appearance changes slightly when using some of the power-ups, most notably the Fire Flower; when she grabs one, her hair, which is normally worn hanging down, is pulled back into a ponytail. When power-ups are set to match each characters' color, Peach's are always pink. She appears wearing a pink Cat Suit, Boomerang Suit, Propeller Box, Cannon Box, and Ice Skate.
Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!
Peach appears in Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! (The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach) as the damsel-in-distress. The story begins with Mario playing a video-game. After the power for the TV cuts out, Peach jumps from the screen with enemies chasing her. She explains that she is a princess from the Mushroom Kingdom and asks for his help. Mario instantly becomes lovestruck, but Bowser appears and kidnaps Peach. Mario and his brother Luigi then set out to save her. A wise sage later reveals that Bowser is madly in love with Peach and wants to force her to marry him. This only hastens Mario and Luigi's journey.
After many adventures in the strange Mushroom Kingdom, they finally arrive at Peach's castle (then transformed into a stronghold for Bowser), and defeat him. It is then revealed that Peach has already been arranged a marriage by the Kinoko Sennin with Haru-ōji of Flower-koku. Mario is jealous over this, but he and the princess remain friends.
Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros.
In the story of "Momotaro" in the Super Mario anime, two elderly Hammer Bros., Ojīsan and Obāsan, are grandparents to the beautiful girl "Princess Peach". Because of her great beauty, Bowser kidnaps her, and Momotaro (Mario) goes to rescue her.
In "Issunboshi", another story in the series, Peach rescues a small Mario and then shows him around the city.
Finally, Peach plays the role of Snow White in the third story.
In the DiC Entertainment cartoons The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, Princess Toadstool appears regularly. She has red hair rather than her usual blond. Toadstool is usually kidnapped alongside Toad, so Mario and Luigi save her often. Toadstool also gets herself out of trouble much of the time.
Toadstool searches for someone to defeat Bowser in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, but she also takes the time to help others. She is very charitable, helping orphanages and opening a school. A special form of Toadstool, Super Princess, appears in the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "The Trojan Koopa".
Sometime after the events of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 series finale "Super Koopa", King Bowser Koopa, the Koopalings, and their armies are banished from the Mushroom Kingdom. Princess Toadstool, Mario, and Luigi go on vacation to the Dinosaur World, but Toadstool is kidnapped by King Koopa and his minions. After adventuring and befriending Yoshi, Mario and Luigi manage to rescue Princess Toadstool from Bowser's Neon Castle and decide to stay in Dome City with the Cave People.
Super Mario World: Mario & Yoshi's Adventure Land
In the interactive anime OVA Super Mario World: Mario & Yoshi's Adventure Land, Princess Peach is vacationing in Dinosaur Land with Yoshi. She sends a postcard to the Mario Bros., and they decide to join her, only to discover that, as usual, she has been kidnapped by Bowser, who has begun an invasion of Dinosaur Land. When she is rescued, she joins Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Red Yoshi for a picnic and some cake, in one of its earliest Mario appearances.
Dr. Mario series
In the Dr. Mario installments for the series, Peach wears a pink nurse outfit. In localizations of the original instruction booklet, she is mentioned and given the name Nurse Toadstool, although this was revised as Nurse Peach in one of the "Tips" of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Nurse Toadstool would presumably be Dr. Mario's close personal assistant, but she does not have a major role in any version of the game and she is barely seen outside promotional artwork.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee during Event 35: Time for a Checkup, Peach is dressed in white nurse-like clothing and helps Dr. Mario fight Luigi.
Nintendo Comics System
Toadstool appears in the Nintendo Comics System comics as a semi-recurring main character with a semi-regular feature called Dear Princess Toadstool. Several characters, including Luigi and Bowser, send letters in for her to answer.
Toadstool often appears in the main comic, usually as the damsel, but sometimes as a heroine. Notable adventures of hers include A Mouser in the Houser, in which a group of Mousers crown her their queen; Bowser Knows Best, when the Koopalings kidnap Toadstool as a present for their father; Magic Carpet Madness, in which she is hypnotized into a bad girl; and The Legend, a recap of Super Mario Bros.
Notably, the comics feature one of the few direct appearances of her father, the Mushroom King. He is depicted as out of touch, but ultimately benevolent. It is shown that others such as his daughter and the royal mushroom assistant, Wooster, strongly aid him in his decision-making. He would also reappear in the Nintendo Adventure Books.
Peach regularly appears in the Germany-exclusive Club Nintendo magazine comics. After several minor appearances, she plays her first leading role in the story "Super Mario: Verloren in der Zeit". With the help of a manipulated Alarm Clock, Dr. Wily manages to take over Mario's hometown and win Peach over, turning her into an evil black-dressed witch. However, this is only one of Mario's dreams.
"Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens" features a second major appearance of Princess Peach. In this story, she lives together with Mario and several other Nintendo characters in a Brooklyn skyscraper. Wario signs a contract with Abigor, a demon, allowing Abigor to take over the skyscraper in exchange for him manipulating Peach's brain so she falls in love with Wario. The spell ends up turning her into a zombie. When Mario and his friends Link and Kirby try to rescue her, the only thing they find is a magical golden die, which takes them to the underworld. They meet Abigor and his allies there. After defeating them, they find the Princess, who is still a zombie. Mario gives her a hug, and she returns to normal.
Peach also appears in the Japanese-exclusive Super Mario-Kun manga series. She is a less frequently occurring character as Mario, Luigi, or Yoshi, but she serves her role as damsel-in-distress. As a result, the relationship she shares with Mario is less pronounced compared to the relationship in the games, although the relationship is still there. Also in the manga, it is seen that she shares a good friendship with other characters, such as Rosalina. In volume 38, for example Rosalina talks with her as if they are old friends.
Mario Golf series
NES Open Tournament Golf
In NES Open Tournament Golf, Peach only appears as Mario's caddy.
Mario Golf (Nintendo 64)
Peach makes her first Mario Golf playable appearance in Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64. She has one of the lightest hits, best control, great spin, and hits the ball straight despite lacking distance. She is one of the four default characters.
Mario Golf (Game Boy Color)
In Mario Golf for the Game Boy Color, Peach is unplayable. She appears in Peach's Castle when the player gets first place in every tournament, Peach sends a letter, inviting players to participate in her tournament. When the player gets at least third place in the tournament, Peach appears in the awards ceremony to hand out the trophy.
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
Peach is a playable participant in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. Her shot path is straight, but her max yards is a below-average 203. Her shot height is medium. Her impact and control is fairly good, but her spin is low. She holds a tournament in her course named Peach's Castle Grounds.
Mario Golf: Advance Tour
Peach yet again appears as a playable character in Mario Golf: Advance Tour. She invites Neil and Ella to participate in her Open once they have proven themselves in their world. When Neil or Ella gets first place in every Tourney in singles or doubles, she sends them a letter inviting them to her tourney. When Neil or Ella gets at least third place in the tourney, Peach oversees the ceremony as Toadsworth hands out the trophy.
Mario Golf: World Tour
Princess Peach appears in Mario Golf: World Tour as a default playable character. She once again plays with an easy-control, low power style. In the game there are Peach-related clubs and gear for the player's Mii to use. In the Castle Club mode she wears her usual dress, though in-game she wears her golf clothing, unless in the post hole animation for a Birdie or better.
Mario Kart series
Peach has always been a playable participant in the Mario Kart series. In Super Mario Kart, when controlled by the CPU, Peach sometimes uses mushrooms to shrink the other drivers. In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Peach is teamed up with Daisy, and their special item is the Heart. Peach's personal kart in Mario Kart Double Dash!! is the Heart Coach, which is available by default. In Mario Kart DS, her karts are the Royale and the Light Tripper. In Mission Mode, she has to race against King Boo. She is advanced at drifting corners and has average item use. Peach is classified Medium in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, but Light in Mario Kart DS. Peach appears in Mario Kart Wii as a Medium-size driver, unlike Mario Kart DS and has an Acceleration Bonus Stat of +5 making her the easiest Medium driver to reach top speed; in this game, she also wears a biking outfit when the player chooses motorbikes (more details about this outfit can be found here). In Mario Kart 7, Peach is classified as a light racer. Peach is a returning playable racer in Mario Kart 8, and she retains her jumpsuit from Mario Kart Wii when she uses bikes or ATVs, while her signature dress is used exclusively for karts. Pink Gold Peach, a character who appears to be to Peach what Metal Mario is to Mario, is also introduced as an unlockable playable character in this game.
Peach's racing courses are Royal Raceway, Peach Circuit, Peach Beach, and Peach Gardens. In Mario Kart Wii a statue of Peach appears in the battle course Block Plaza. A billboard featuring her also appears in Moonview Highway, and her emblem is seen in Dry Dry Ruins. In Mario Kart 7, Peach does not have a race course, but a battle course called Sherbet Rink. In Mario Kart 8 's Toad Harbor, a statue of Peach based on the Statue of Liberty can be seen in the background.
Super Mario Adventures
Peach also appears in the Super Mario Adventures serial in Nintendo Power. In this story, Bowser proposes marriage to her, but she refuses. Despite being held captive by the Koopalings, she does not give in easily. In the fourth installment she beats up all the male Koopalings and locks them in her own cell, then messes up Wendy O. Koopa's room and threatens to shred her favorite dress. She then drops out of their tower, using a Cape to fly away. On the way, though, she is knocked off-course by a Bullet Bill carrying Mario and lands unconscious. Luigi, Yoshi, and Toad find her. Luigi then sets off to rescue Mario as the others keep an eye on Peach.
When she awakens from a nightmare, she learns from Toad that the Koopalings are holding Mario for ransom and becomes determined to break him out, despite Toad's warning that she might spoil Luigi's plan (infiltrating the tower disguised as her). With some assistance from Yoshi and Friendly Floyd, Peach busts back into the tower, saying she'll light a pack of Floyd's bombs unless Mario is set free. After a lot of chaos the group escapes Wendy's Tower.
Bowser recaptures the Princess later in the story, but as his planned wedding draws near, Peach still refuses to marry him and attacks all the Koopa Troopas attending to her in her dressing room. When trying to sweet-talk her doesn't work, Bowser realizes that he needs a hypnotist, so he has a Magikoopa brainwash Peach into agreeing to marry the Koopa King. As a result of this, she is unable to fight back until a herd of Yoshis destroy the magic wand, thus breaking the spell. Mario, Peach, Luigi, and Yoshi escape and Peach kisses Mario on the cheek.
Mario's Early Years! series
Peach also appeared in Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters where she, along with Mario and Yoshi, traveled in a wooden boat learning about grammar and letters. She also appeared in Mario's Early Years! Fun with Numbers and Mario's Early Years! Preschool Fun.
In Yoshi's Safari, Bowser attacks Jewelry Land. Bowser catches King Fret and Prince Pine and holds them captive. Being a good friend of Prince Pine, Peach sends a letter to Yoshi and Mario to help them. It is also the very first game to call her Princess Peach in the Western games, as opposed to Princess Toadstool.
Mario & Wario
Peach also appears in Yoshi's Cookie, where she is a selectable character in the VS Mode.
Her stats are the following: 1 ATT - 3 DEF - 3 MES - 2 LIM
Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium
Peach appears in the Japan-only game Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium, where she is a playable character (along with Mario, Luigi, Toad and Wario).
Toadstool is the damsel-in-distress in Hotel Mario, where she is kidnapped by Bowser and the Koopalings. Mario and Luigi set out to rescue her by destroying the hotels she is trapped in. Once the player beats Bowser, the Princess kisses Mario and Luigi on the cheek. The Princess, Mario and Luigi then proceed to call the player "the best player ever".
Mario Teaches Typing series
Peach is also playable in several educational computer games. She is one of the playable characters in Mario Teaches Typing, where she gives the typing lessons, then she appears in Mario Teaches Typing 2, with the same role.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Toadstool is one of Mario's party members, along with Mallow, Geno and Bowser. At the beginning of the game, Bowser kidnapps her with his Koopa Clown Car, while she is sitting outside of Mario's Pad. Mario come to save her, and defeats Bowser after a battle. Exor crashes into Bowser's Keep, and send the three flying in different directions. Toadstool lands in the tower of Booster. Booster instantly fall in love with her, and plans to force her to marry him, despite her cries of, "MARIO, HELP ME! MARIO, HELP ME! MARIO, HELP ME!". After Mario has charged Booster Tower and defeats Knife Guy and Grate Guy, Booster grabs Toadstool and run away with her up Booster Hill. He reaches Marrymore, where he wants to marry Toadstool as soon as possible. Mario manages to stop the wedding, and take Toadstool back to the Mushroom Kingdom. She is put under the eyes of the Chancellor, who, desperate for the princess's safety, would not have wanted her to follow Mario on his quest against Smithy. However, Toadstool escapes from the castle with the help of her "Grandma", who dress herself up as the princess, and joins Mario's party to help them defeat Smithy. At the end of the game, Toadstool and Mario return to Mushroom Kingdom together.
Mario Party series
Peach is also playable in all games of the Mario Party series. For the first installment, Peach competes with the others to determine which of them is the superstar. The second installment has Peach helping out to save Mario Land from Bowser's takeover. In Mario Party 3's Story Mode, the player has to defeat her on the Blowhard duel board for the Love Star Stamp. On the Mario Party 3 duel boards, she starts with Toad as her partner.
In Mario Party 4, Peach is one of the participants exploring the Party Cube which like previous installments included boards and corresponding minigames. Peach joins her friends in Mario Party 5 to save the Dream Depot. For Mario Party 6, Peach helps out to end a fight between the Sun and the Moon. In Mario Party 7, her default partner is Daisy, and their Character Orb is the Flower Orb. Peach appears in Mario Party 8 participating in the Star Carnival alongside her friends. The most recent installment, Mario Party 9, has Peach helping the rest of her friends take back the Mini Stars that were stolen by Bowser and his troops.
For the portable installments of the Mario Party series, Peach is one of the playable characters in Mario Party Advance; she must be played in the Love Quest, Love That Princess!, when visiting Mr. I. Peach's second appearance was in Mario Party DS, in which she and her friends answer a fake invitation from Bowser and then are unfortunately shrunken to the size of chess pieces.
Depending on who she is teamed up with will determine their team name. Peach has earned team names such as "Fan Favorites", "Pink Punishers", "Black Peaches", "Sweetie Pies", and "Glamour Hammer".
Mario Party 3 was the final Mario series installment overall for Peach to wear her classic main dress. Mario Party 4 was the first installment overall for Peach to wear her modern/current main dress, which had substantial changes from her classic dress in Mario series' installments prior to it. Certain features were still kept from Peach's classic dress for her modern/current main outfit including her brooch, gloves, and earrings.
Peach is also set to appear as a playable character in Mario Party 10.
Game & Watch Gallery 3
Peach appeared in the modern version of the Donkey Kong arcade game in Game & Watch Gallery 3. Donkey Kong had kidnapped her, and Mario had to rescue her. Peach was also the main character of the modern version of Cook, where she had to flip sausages, bacon, and eggs, without letting them fall.
Mario Tennis series
In the Mario Tennis series, Peach is a Technique character, who depends on strategy since she is not that strong.
Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64)
In Mario Tennis, even though Peach is Technique, she leans more towards all-around. This is because of her height to reach the ball, and her speed and ability to send the ball over the net.
Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color)
Mario Power Tennis
In Mario Power Tennis, Princess Peach is a technique player. Her most notable attribute is her control over the ball, allowing her to make sharp hits that touch the sides of the court. Being taller than Mario, she has slightly above average reach. Her biggest disadvantage is her lack of power; her serve is among the weakest in the game. She is also a tad slow, and her lunge is only average. Her Offensive Power Shot is the Super Peach Spin, which is an extreme curved shot that sends opponents walking toward the net, while her Defensive Power Shot is the Sweet Kiss Return, a lob shot. Peach's home turf is the Peach Dome, which is the same place where trophies get handed out when participants win tournaments. Peach appears in a few of the trophy ceremonies for specified characters (when players choose Singles Tournaments). In the event that Peach herself wins a Singles Tournament, her respective trophies are handed out by Mario and Luigi.
In the Game Boy Advance version for Mario Power Tennis, Mario Tennis: Power Tour, Peach invites Clay and Ace to her tournament after they complete the Island Open. She has them escorted by Mario and Toadsworth on her private plane.
Mario Tennis Open
For Mario Tennis Open, the latest game in the series, Peach returns as one of the starting participants. Her home court is now called Peach's Palace, which is a carpet court. She uses her usual tennis clothes in this game. She has the same stats as she had in Mario Power Tennis; she is still a technique player. Players can buy an entire Peach gear set from the shop for their Miis, as well as unlocking a Peach costume after they have collected at least eight-hundred points in Ring Shot, one of the four Special Games.
Paper Mario series
In Paper Mario, King Bowser once again kidnaps Peach, this time using his castle to carry her away. While being held captive in her own room in the castle, a Star Kid named Twink come to help her, and together they find a secret passage out of her room. Peach sabotages Bowser's plots by supplying Mario with a relatively constant stream of information, using Twink as her messenger. She also uses a special treasure chest, where she could store items, and Mario could fetch them at the chest's counterpart at Shooting Star Summit. Peach then bakes a cake for Gourmet Guy, and also participate in the 64th Trivia Quiz-off run by Bowser's minions. Peach wins a Sneaky Parasol, which allows her to disguise herself as one of Bowser's guards. She could use the parasol to become a Koopatrol, a Clubba and a Hammer Bro. However, her disguise is lifted by Kammy Koopa as Kammy recognizes Peach.
After his defeat, Bowser grabs the princess and run to the roof of the castle. He then uses the Star Rod to make himself completely invincible. Princess Peach and Twink get into a fight with Kammy Koopa, and defeats her. Peach then wishes that her kingdom would remain safe. Twink and Peach adds their power to the Star Beam, then called Peach Beam, making it able to break Bowser's invincibility. Bowser finally is defeated and Peach's castle returns to its original spot in Toad Town. After the celebration parade, Mario take Peach to his place to watch the fireworks.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Before the events of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Peach goes on a trip to Rogueport. At the market, she meets an old saleswoman, presumably one of the Shadow Sirens. They decide that Peach is the best body for the Shadow Queen to possess. They give Peach the Magical Map, as she has a pure heart, which is needed to be able to open the chest of the map. The Shadow Sirens then trick the alien Sir Grodus into capturing Peach and animating the Shadow Queen with her body. Before this happened, however, Peach has already sent the Magical Map to Mario, inviting him on a treasure hunt.
Peach is taken to the X-Naut Fortress on the Moon. While both Mario and Bowser, who is unsuccessful, search for the Crystal Stars to rescue her, the princess become active herself in the fortress. The base's main computer, the TEC-XX, falls in love with her due to a short circuit in its system, and betrays Grodus to help Peach escape. He allows her to send an e-mail to Mario at regular intervals. By the computer's orders, Peach dresses up as an X-Naut to question Grodus, and also make for herself an invisibility potion to find out even more about Grodus's plans. However, Grodus has TEC shut down when he finds out, and then takes Peach to the Palace of Shadow. Mario follows them and meets up with Grodus in the room right where the tomb of the Shadow Queen rests. Grodus confronts Mario, and is ready to kill Peach if Mario makes a false move. However, Bowser crashes through the ceiling and falls on Grodus. While Mario and Bowser are fighting, Grodus takes Peach down to the tomb and offers her as a body for the Shadow Queen. The demon then possesses Peach, she but refuses to take Grodus's orders and nearly kills him instead. The Shadow Queen engages the battle with Mario and his partners; however, she believes Peach's body is too weak and returns to her true form for the final battle. Peach is able to give powers to Mario for this. She can now talk out of the Shadow Queen's body as the demon is weakened by the encouraging voices of the entire population of the Magical Map's world, which are taken to the basement of the Palace of Shadow by the magic of the Crystal Stars. In the end, the Shadow Queen is defeated and Peach is restored. Then she, Mario, Luigi, and Toadsworth leave Rogueport to return to the Mushroom Kingdom. Post-game, Peach remains in the Mushroom Kingdom while Mario, Luigi, and Toadsworth return to Rogueport to find another treasure.
In Petalburg there is a Koopa Troopa Peach fan who collects posters and pictures about Princess Peach. Between Chapters 2 and 3 of the game, one of his posters, which is life-sized, is mistaken by Bowser as the real thing.
Super Paper Mario
In Super Paper Mario, Peach along with Bowser, Luigi, and Bowser's minions are kidnapped by Count Bleck. Bleck forces Peach and Bowser to marry, as doing this is the only way to form the evil Chaos Heart, which would destroy the world. As Luigi, who is attending the wedding, stomps on it in an attempt to stop it, everything is destroyed. Peach, however, survives and later escapes Bleck's Castle (with the help of Private Koopa and Dimentio (secretly), a follower of Count Bleck). Peach falls from the sky into Flipside; although she iss temporarily unconscious when Mario find her, she gets better and joins the team after Mario give her some Spicy Soup. She can float with her parasol, and can also shield herself from her enemies using the parasol as well. Luigi and Bowser later joins the cause, though Bowser has to be convinced by Peach and Mario.
Over time, Peach and the rest of the gang eventually make it to Count Bleck's lair. In Chapter 8-2, Mimi, a loyal minion of Count Bleck, taunts her for having been kidnapped so many times and for being rescued by plumbers instead of just rescuing herself. Peach and Mimi clashes soon after. When Peach wins, a trap door is activated and Mimi falls through it. However, Peach saves her. The two fall down the shaft and believe to be lost, but both survives. Peach comes back during the final battle against Count Bleck. As it is revealed, Dimentio was the real threat, as Bleck only wanted to destroy the world after the loss of his girlfriend. His girlfriend though turns out to be Tippi, a member of Mario's team. After defeating Super Dimentio and freeing Luigi, Peach witness the marriage of Bleck and Tippi in order to stop the Void.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Princess Peach first appears in the intro, when she is hosting Sticker Fest, a holiday where wishes come true with the power of the Royal Stickers and the Sticker Comet. However, Bowser crashes the festival and steals the Royal Stickers. He also kidnaps Peach and the local Toads, sticking them with Bowser Tape. Mario soon saves the Toads and eventually Peach. She then thanks him for allowing everyone's wish to come true - a peaceful kingdom. The Sticker Fest returns and Peach once again congratulates Mario and the kingdom for their efforts.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
For the Super Smash Bros. installments, Peach made her debut appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee (as one of the starting participants). In this installment, she can float in mid-air and pull vegetables out of the ground as in Super Mario Bros. 2. She has a great recovery capacity but is easy to send flying. In spite of this she is a fairly easy character to use. Her Down Smash and Up Smash are quick and have several powerful, high priority hits. Peach is one of the best edge guarders in the series. Her Neutral A slap is good for disrupting combos and grabs, as well as starting combos herself. Peach's Forward Aerial Crown Slap is a great horizontal killer. She can also use an umbrella which can be used to float to the ground and whack people with. In Adventure Mode, she is fought at the end of the first stage. The player will have to fight her and Mario or Luigi. Princess Peach's Castle is also a course in the game. The detail in Peach's appearance is also greatly increased with a much more realistic look as compared to general Mario game series' installments.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Peach's return appearance for Super Smash Bros. Brawl has her heavily redesigned, based on her more recent appearances. She keeps her moveset from Super Smash Bros. Melee, as well as stay as a light character with the ability to float. Peach's new design in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is by far the most detailed look for Peach since her previous appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee. There are several changes about her in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Her Peach Bomber can cover more distance and it releases a cloud of hearts. Also her Parasol and Toad can KO now. Peach's Final Smash is called Peach Blossom, and matches Peach's peaceful personality. It, by default inflicts 40% damage to all foes and causes them to fall asleep. Peach has several trophies in her honor. One is of her Super Smash Bros. Brawl appearance and Final Smash. Also she has two of her Paper Mario appearances and her as Baby Peach. Her stickers are based on game artworks for Super Princess Peach, Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Strikers Charged, and Super Mario Bros. 2.
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Role in the Subspace Emissary
In The Subspace Emissary, Peach is watching Mario and Kirby fighting together with Princess Zelda, and run down to assist them after the arrival of the Primids. However, she is soon captured by Petey Piranha and put into a cage along with Zelda. Kirby, who battles Petey Piranha, has the choice to rescue either Peach or Zelda. If she is not rescued, Wario appears and uses a Dark Cannon to transform her into a trophy and runs off with her. Peach is later rescued by King Dedede along with Luigi and Ness. But his castle is raided by Bowser and his forces, who takes her with him.
If Peach is rescued, she will team up with Kirby and escape the stadium on a Warp Star. Peach and Kirby are chased by the Halberd and are forced to land on it. However, an Arwing, which was hit by the Halberd's artillery, knocks them off the ship. Unfortunately, later on in the story, Peach gets caught off guard, resulting in Bowser turning Peach into a trophy with his Dark Cannon (leaving behind a clone of Peach). As Link and Yoshi slay this clone, Mario and Pit believe that they killed the real Peach, putting the two teams into a brief conflict.
In the very latter part of the Subspace Emissary story, Peach and Zelda are found on the Halberd held captive in trophy form. After Shadow Bugs sneak in to engulf their trophies and copy their forms (resulting in their forming false versions of Peach and Zelda for a second time), they challenge Meta Knight, Lucario, and Solid Snake, who just entered the room to rescue the two princesses. Once the "false forms" of Peach and Zelda are defeated, Peach and Zelda are rescued and able to join the rest of the group to help take back the Halberd and defeat Duon. After that process is done, Peach also run into Subspace with the others, where they find Tabuu, the true enemy. She gets hit by his Off Waves and turns back into a trophy along with the others, but Kirby, revived by one of King Dedede's badges, manages to save her and some of the others before going to face Tabuu in a final battle.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Peach makes an appearance as a returning playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. She retains her appearance from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but has a brighter, less pale color scheme. She retains her moveset from the past installments, though her up smash now spawns a ribbon.
Toad is Peach's standard special move in the Super Smash Bros. games. Peach will bring out Toad to shield her. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Toad will absorb any attack and send it back to the opponent. Since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Toad can release mushroom spores if attacked. According to one of Peach's trophies, he does this by sending spores back at the opponent. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Toad is capable of a knocking an opponent out of the arena. Toad can only be held out for a very small time, so it is hard to master. Kirby can use Toad if he sucks up Peach's powers.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Peach can alter Toad into one of the two custom variants, after they are unlocked first. The Sleepy Toad can put opponents to sleep, while the Grumpy Toad immediately releases mushroom spores.
The Peach Bomber is Peach's side special move in the Super Smash Bros. games. When executed, Peach will leap forward, twirl and ram an enemy with her rear. Upon contact with another player, it will cause an explosion. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, it is a fire explosion which incinerates her opponents, while in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, hearts appear and no incineration. The attack is Peach's strongest move but, despite being powerful, takes a while to use, which can leave her open for enemy attack. It is very effective when she is battling multiple opponents.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Peach Bomber can be customized to one of the two custom variants, although they are locked first. The Flower Bomber can sprout a flower into opponents in contact, which is similar to the effects of Lip's Stick. The Flying Peach Bomber can cause a large explosion upon contact with opponents, but if Peach misses, then she will have to wait for a while before she can do anything else.
Peach Parasol is Peach's up special move in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It serves as a recovery move as well as doing little damage. She smashes up with a white Parasol and damages any players who it hits. This attack is very similar to Mario's Super Jump Punch, in the fact that it launches her up, and hits the opponent several times in one jump. She then comes down, safely gliding down on her parasol, acting as one of the most useful third jumps in both games. Peach is unable to attack while gliding. However, The parasol can damage enemies by touching them. Furthermore, the parasol can be closed during flight to fall quickly and become helpless. Pressing up again will open her umbrella and allow her to float again, although altitude cannot be regained. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, her parasol is based heavily on it in Super Paper Mario; while in Super Smash Bros. Melee, it is a traditional parasol only appearing in that game.
If Peach uses the Peach Parasol while holding the Parasol item, she will replace her usual Parasol with that Parasol.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, her parasol can be customized to one of the two custom variants, provided that they are founded first. The Parasol High Jump deals no damage, but has a higher jump into the air. The Light Parasol lacks vertical recovery in the initial jump, but opening the parasol lifts Peach higher.
Vegetables are items that can be used by Peach in both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. She can pluck them from the ground with her down special move. Peach can throw these vegetables at other players, and they will bounce off opponents, which allows Peach to grab them again, and continue throwing it at the opponent. This can also work to her foes advantage, however, as any character can catch them. The turnips do a varying amount of damage, depending on their facial expression. Sometimes, Peach will pull a Mr. Saturn, a Beam Sword or a Bob-omb out of the ground. Occasionally, a vegetable with sick old-like face will appear. These only appear at a 1/58 chance, but have more than 30% increased damage. The attack is a reference to Super Mario Bros. 2, where players were able to pull Vegetables out of the ground, and then throw them at enemies.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Peach's vegetables can be customized to one of the two custom variants. One is the Light Veggie, which can only be used twice in a row, while the other one is Heavy Veggie, which takes longer to pull out, but deals more damage and can launch opponents
“Somehow, Princess Peach always seems to go at her own pace. Her Final Smash will lure you into her world.... The flowers bloom. The peaches pour down. Yes. It’s so elegant.”
Peach Blossom is Peach's Final Smash from Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Akin to the princess's unique blend of offensive and defensive maneuvers in battle, this tactic allows her to gain an edge over her opponents either by attacking them or restoring her own health. Peach can only perform this attack after breaking open a Smash Ball.
Decorative hearts flutter around her and a decorative "border" featuring blossoming peach trees and two images of Princess Peach adorns the area around her. As Peach dances in a spotlight to a sped up version of the Coin Heaven/Sky Land/Warp Zone theme from Super Mario Bros. 3, all of her opponents fall into a deep Sleep and take damage. The closer to Peach an enemy is, the longer they will sleep and the more damage they will take. Typical damage ranges from ten to forty percent. Next, peaches fall from the top of the stage. At this point the attack technically ends.
However, as the princess's enemies remain unconscious for a time after the attack, she is free to do as she likes for a short time. Peach can restore her health by eating the peaches and use her other attacks on her sleeping opponents. Because of the extra damage she has already inflicted, well-charged Smash Attacks may send opponents flying off the screen. Once Peach attacks an enemy, they will immediately awaken and have a chance to recover. It is possible that her enemies will eat her peaches if they return to the stage. If the peaches aren't eaten, they will eventually disappear. Enemies can also avoid falling asleep if they jump and stay off the ground until Peach finishes the dance. The peaches that appear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U are much larger than the ones in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Prior to the events of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Peach is notified by the Beanbean Kingdom that the witch Cackletta would come and try to steal her voice. Cackletta wants to do this in order to wake the Beanstar, a star-shaped bean which can grant wishes to everyone. The Beanstar has been sleeping and can only be waken by a pure voice, in order to prevent abuse. Peach takes precautions and when Cackletta and Fawful, dressed as ambassadors, arrive at her castle, they aren't received by Peach, but by Birdo, who is disguised as the princess. Cackletta and Fawful unknowingly steal Birdo's voice and escapes from the castle, leaving Birdo with a voice of exploding characters. However, Mario, Luigi and Bowser, who are not aware of the true identity of the "princess", follow Cackletta to the Beanbean Kingdom before the real Peach is able to stop them.
After Mario and Luigi have presumably killed Cackletta at the Woohoo Hooniversity, Peach goes to the Beanbean Kingdom by plane. Peach reveals Birdo's disguise, thanks Mario and Luigi for taking care of the Cackletta problem, and decides to spend the holidays in the Beanbean Kingdom. She express the wish to travel to Little Fungitown, a settlement of Toad emigrants, which is lying across the dangerous Teehee Valley. Toadsworth insists that Mario and Luigi should accompain the princess on this journey. During their venture through Teehee Valley, Peach has to be protect from any harm in the desert. When she disappears from Mario and Luigi's view, Gritty Goombas appear instantly and take her to an underground dungeon. At the valley's end, Peach runn into Trunkle, a giant rock monster, but Mario and Luigi save her from it before it is too late.
Later, Bowletta kidnapps Peach in order to make sure to awake the Beanstar this time, which is showing angry reactions when confronted with Birdo's voice. She takes Peach, who is at the Mushroom Kingdom embassy of Little Fungitown at the time, using Bowser's Koopa Clown Car. However, Cackletta is no longer in the possession of the Beanstar itself. When Mario and Luigi meet Bowletta in Joke's End, Luigi dress himself up as Princess Peach, to fool Bowletta and Fawful, by thinking he is Peach. The plan works, and Bowletta releases the real Peach, and kidnapps Luigi instead. In the meantime, Mario receives a kiss from Peach. After Luigi's escape from the repaired Koopa Cruiser, Peach stays in the Little Fungitown embassy until Bowletta is defeated.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time starts with a flashback to the past. At the time the story starts, Toadsworth the Younger, take care of the baby princess, as she cry often. Baby Mario and Baby Luigi sometimes come to play with her, and even Baby Bowser still come to kidnap her. But one day, aliens known as Shroobs invade the Mushroom Kingdom, and as Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Bowser, Baby Peach and Young Toadsworth are all in the kingdom. Baby Bowser calls Kamek to get them out of the castle, who arrives and took them out of the castle with the Koopa Cruiser, just in time.
In the present, Peach, Toadiko and Toadbert are using E. Gadd's Time Machine to travel back to the past, unaware of traveling to the time where the Shroobs were attacking. When they get to the past, the Shroobs corner Peach and the Toads. Elder Princess Shroob, the leader of the Shroobs, and Princess Shroob, her younger sister, attacks Peach. Peach grabbed the time machine's power supply, the Cobalt Star, and traps Elder Princess Shroob inside it. Then she brake the Cobalt Star into pieces, while Elder Princess Shroob is still inside. While the Cobalt Star shards are spread around the world, Peach iss held captive by Princess Shroob.
While Mario and Luigi team up with their baby selves to recover the Cobalt Shards, which they need to save Peach, according to Professor E. Gadd. Princess Shroob then dress herself up as Princess Peach. However, she is swallowed by Petey Piranha. The Mario Bros. and their younger selves defeat Petey Piranha, who reveals Princess Shroob, disguised as Peach. She iss brought to the present by the brothers, accidentally. E. Gadd tell the fake princess to take a rest. However, while she is doing so, Bowser come and kidnapps her, believing that she is Peach. The Mario Bros. and Bowser only find out the true identity of Princess Shroob when they are all sucked into the Shroob Mother Ship in the past. During all this time, the real Peach is still trapped in Shroob Castle.
When Mario and Luigi get into the Shroob Castle, they see Peach, but Princess Shroob interrupts their conversation at the point where Peach is going to explain why the Cobalt Star shouldn't be completed and a battle begins. After it, Baby Bowser reunites the Cobalt Star Shards all together, making Elder Princess Shroob appear and giving back all her power. After the battle, Peach and the others return to the present.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
In the third installment of the Mario & Luigi series, the Mushroom Kingdom's citizens fall victim to a mysterious disease known as the Blorbs. Upon hearing this news, Peach proceeds to hold a very important meeting in her castle to discuss the matter at hand (along with Starlow, who explains further about the disease itself). Unfortunately, as Peach is proceeding to give said details, Bowser crashes the meeting... twice. Upon being knocked out by Mario, he is ejected by Peach (with the help of Starlow) the first time. But Bowser manages to return to the castle the second time, but under the control of Fawful, because he ate a Vacuum Shroom. As a result, Bowser inhales everyone at the meeting, including Peach.
Peach is find by Mario and Luigi in the Flab Zone of Bowser's body. Their reunion is cut short, however, when a group of Beta Kretins captures her and takes her deeper into the area. When the brothers catch up and free Peach, the Kretins attack and are subsequently defeated. After the said ordeal is over, Peach, along with Mario, Luigi, and Starlow, overhear Fawful conversing with Bowser about taking the princess from his body. After which, Peach theorizes that Fawful's real plan is to take over the Mushroom Kingdom by using an ancient artifact known as the Dark Star, hidden beneath Toad Town. She also informs them that she is the only one who can release the seal on the Dark Star's power. However, after relaying said information to the two about the impending danger, Fawful quickly captures her through the use of an odd invention that enables him to reach into Bowser's body with a hand-shaped beam and then takes her to her own castle (which was also under Fawful's control at the time). While the story passes, Peach is held captive by Fawful, having her energy absorbed.
Upon Mario, Luigi, and Bowser finally countering the sources of the "blorbs" threat, along with defeating the Dark Star itself for good, everything in the Mushroom Kingdom returns to normal and Peach is rescued at last. She also manages to regain consciousness as well, after being awakened by Bowser ejecting the remaining inhabitants of Bowser's body. Though Bowser attacks the Mario Bros. and still attempts to kidnap Peach directly after the Dark Star is defeated, Peach still express her gratitude toward Bowser for his role in saving the world by sending him a cake.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toadsworth travel to Pi'illo Island for a vacation they were invited to. After arriving at Pi'illo Castle and watching a brief presentation on the history of the island, Peach begins searching the presentation room at the mention of Pi'illo Castle's hidden treasure. After being implored to stop being so reckless by Toadsworth when she steps on the nearby platform, they both accidentally cause it to blast deeper into the castle.
Peach is eventually found with Toadsworth in the same room the immobilized Prince Dreambert rests, surrounded by Smoldergeist. Mario and Luigi's arrival causes the Smoldergeist to flee, only for them to return later to attack the Bros. The group end up entering the collection room after escaping the depths of Pi'illo Castle, where Luigi takes a nap on Dreambert and a bed put on display, which creates a Dream Portal that sucks Peach into the Dream World.
She is later found in Dreamy Pi'illo Castle getting carried by the kidnapper who is revealed to be Antasma, who manages to escape the pursuing Mario and Luigi by creating a temporary path to Dream's Deep. After Mario and Luigi find access to Dream's Deep through exploring Mushrise Park and later Dreamy Mushrise Park, she and Antasma are found there. After Bowser's arrival, Mario, Luigi and Peach are all felled by Bowser's power upped flames and left there, but are rescued by Eldream who takes them back to the Real World. Eventually, Peach heads back to Pi'illo Castle with several Toads.
At some point afterwards, Peach is secretly kidnapped by Kamek, who pretends to be her until he exposes his identity to Mario and Luigi in Dreamy Driftwood Shore. She is held captive in Neo Bowser Castle from then on until Mario and Luigi's arrival at the castle's outdoor area, where a Paratroopa is holding her and eventually takes her to the balcony of the castle. She is later found in a cage, and assists in the destruction of the Dream Stone when Bowser tries to destroy the Bros. with it.
After Mario and Luigi defeat Bowser as Dreamy Bowser, the Bros., Starlow, Dreambert and Peach barely manage to escape on the Zeekeeper and safely return to the castle, where they finally begin their vacation.
Mario Pinball Land
In Mario Pinball Land, Peach and Mario went to visit The Fun Fair. Peach was enthralled by the Air Cannon attraction, and decided to try it for herself. After she was in the cannon, a pair of Goombas rotated the cannon so that it pointed at Bowser's Castle. Peach was blasted far away, right into the castle's gates. Mario turned himself into the shape of a pinball in order to progress through the pinball worlds to rescue Peach. After he rescued her from Bowser, they both returned to The Fun Fair. They were last seen riding the roller coaster together.
Mario Baseball series
Mario Superstar BaseballMario Superstar Baseball. She has one of the best pitching and catching skills. She can also make home-runs at times even though she is not as strong as other captains. Her special pitch is the Heart Ball. In the Challenge Mode, Peach learns it by purchasing the Lovely Heart item. She is the Team Captain for the Peach Monarchs (consisting of several Toads, Toadsworth, Toadette and Princess Daisy as sub-captain). In the Exhibition Mode, alternate names for Peach's team include the Peach Roses, Peach Dynasties or Peach Princesses.
For the Challenge Mode section of Mario Superstar Baseball, Peach is one of the playable captains that the player can choose when she answers a challenge from Bowser to compete against his team. In order to advance, Peach has to go against the other captains working toward the same goal. Upon meeting certain criteria during matches, the opposing team that Peach's team was victorious against is now able to join hers. At some certain points she has to answer a challenge from Bowser Jr..
Mario Super Sluggers
Peach makes a reappearance in Mario Super Sluggers as one of the Team Captains. Although Peach presides over the Baseball Kingdom, she also participates in the baseball games themselves (as seen in the game's overall opening). Her home stadium is the Peach Ice Garden, which has the appearance of an ice palace; it can be played in both daytime and nighttime setting. Outside the rink is a rose and flower garden. Peach is once again good at pitching and fielding.
As the story unfolds for Mario Super Sluggers' Challenge Mode, Bowser and Bowser Jr. invade the Baseball Kingdom, threatening to take it over. During the course of gameplay for this mode, Peach is one of the five captains the player can adventure around with, but she first has to be rescued from Bowser Jr. in the Peach Ice Garden. Upon being added to the Challenge Mode roster after completing said case involving Peach, she has a unique talent to aid in exploration around stadiums using her well-known heart trademark, resembling her overall personality. Also at that point, she is able to assist in finding the other required Team Players to make up her team, the Peach Monarchs.
The icon for the Peach Monarchs team includes a sparkling heart with Peach's brooch in the middle, and has a crown on top.
Super Princess Peach
Super Princess Peach marked a change of roles in the Mario series - it was Princess Peach's turn to save Mario and Luigi from King Bowser. With the aid of a talking umbrella named Perry - who was an amnesiac and therefore possessed a mysterious past - Peach travels to Vibe Island, where Bowser moves his operations in order to obtain the Vibe Scepter. However, the Goomba who brought it to him had been affected by its magic, and with a calm, playful attitude, he uses the scepter on the entire island, thereby creating chaos.
With this, Peach is capable of using four Vibe Techniques to help her through the areas. Princess Peach also was capable of floating for a short period of time like she was in Super Mario Bros. 2 (and subsequently, the Super Smash Bros. series), only this time she used Perry to hold her aloft rather than her dress. This ability is available on Toad's shop, and costs 100 coins.
Eventually, Peach fight her way through the island's many hazards and rescues Mario, Luigi and many Toads. Perry also become less amnesiac as time went on, eventually recovering his memory. After Peach rescues Mario, he picks her up into his arms and gives her some flowers. Then everyone heads home together.
Mario Strikers series
In Mario Strikers Charged, she is a playmaker captain again. Unlike in the previous game, she has a different play style. She is the most agile and her passing is the fastest. As a trade-off, her shooting ability and tackling strength is the weakest. Her deke involves her jumping a short distance, avoiding any possible body checks and even allowing her to jump over obstacles and goalies. Her Super Ability is Freeze Frame!. When Peach initiates her Super Ability in Mario Strikers Charged, cameras flock in and start to take pictures of her and traps any opponents in picture frames. Cameras were also seen taking pictures of Peach during her ground entrance and on certain occasions when she is celebrating after scoring a goal for her team. When Peach executes her Mega Strike, she turns into an angelic creature with wings, prior to knocking the ball down toward the goalie. Her number is 10 and her uniform colors are pink and blue. Peach's mission level is to defeat Daisy for the Star Cup. She is also the opponent of Bowser in his mission mode. Her theme song is a techno inspired tune.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Peach is a technical character. She excels in shooting the ball at a distance. Her special shot is the Heart Shot. To execute it, Peach starts by dribbling out the shape of a triangle. As she spins and flips a sea of hearts appear. The hearts lift Peach and the ball into the air. After one spin she blows a kiss and the ball, followed by the hearts fly into the net. The hearts then form a large heart from a bunch of small ones around the hoop. Peach's home turf is the Peach Field. An alternative outfit can be unlocked for her, by beating the Mushroom Cup as her. The outfit is her tennis attire.
Mario & Sonic series
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Peach also appears Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, the first crossover sports installment featuring characters from both the Mario and Sonic universes competing in Olympic events. In this installment, Peach is classified as a skill character sporting excellent ratings in events such as the track, archery, skeet, and aquatics. She has the highest level of skill of all female characters but the lowest power. Peach is also one of the fastest characters. Peach uses her heart abilities again in the Dream Events for this game. In Dream Fencing, Peach charges up and releases a huge pink heart. When the heart hits her opponent it explodes into smaller hearts. It has a very long range and Peach does not have to be close to her opponents. In Dream Table Tennis, Peach can make the ball disappear making it difficult to find. When she unleashes her shot, she spins around in a sea of hearts and then hits the ball.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Peach reappears in the Mario & Sonic series as a Skill-type character in the follow-up to the original, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, and a costume of her a Mii can wear can be bought from the in-game store. Like the other female participants in this game, Peach wears a winter outfit that corresponds with and matches the overall theme of the Winter Olympic events. In the Wii version of the game, Peach has a very high Skill stat, with average Acceleration, slightly lower Power and an incredibly low Speed. In the DS version, Peach has high Jumping and Technique stats, average Speed and slightly lower Power and Stamina. Peach's special abilities include the Mid-Air Float ability (for both versions) and the Princess Dash ability, exclusive to the DS version.
In the DS version's Adventure Tours story, Peach initially goes to Sparkleton to peek at the snow festival, and upon Mario and Sonic finding her, she is challenged by Mario to the Snow Machine Fight dream event, and is defeated, joining the group afterwards. She later competes in the Snow Machine Fight dream event again for the sake of a Goomba who wants to see how good she is. After winning the event, she receives a Shooting Rifle the Goomba obtained from Bowser that allows the group to compete in games that include shooting. Once the group returns to Frostown and encounters the unhappy Thwomp there, Peach cheers up the Thwomp and gets it to move, allowing everyone to now access the area at the end of the newly opened path.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Peach reappears in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games as a Skill type character, and she once again has a costume a Mii can wear to alter their stats, which must be unlocked to do so. Peach's horse in the Equestrian events is a white horse with pink hair and tail, and she also gains a new outfit for the Gymnastics and Swimming events, as well as retaining her outfit from the first game for the other featured events in this game. In the Wii version, Peach has a very high Technique stat, high Acceleration and Stamina, above average Max Speed and below average Power.
In the 3DS version, Peach is part of the Girls group, and is mainly encountered during the Story Mode of the game during their stories. Like most of the other characters, she plays a vital part in the clearing of the fog Bowser and Eggman spread over London.
Prior to when London becomes shrouded in fog, Peach is seen voluntarily working with Amy, Blaze and a group of Toads to prepare invitations for the Olympics. When Daisy appears and nearly coaxes Amy into following her down-town for some shopping, but is stopped by Peach, who chooses to decide whether they all work on the invitations or take a break over an event between her and Daisy. Peach manages to win, but they go out for a brief break anyway, to find the invitations scattered by the wind when they return, having to collect them all and re-do Bowser and Eggman's lost invitations because of this.
Afterwards, Peach and Amy end up encountering Bowser and Eggman while taking a break, who both complain about when they'll receive their invitations. Amy suggests that whether they go home quietly and wait or get their invitations should be decided over an event between them. Despite winning, Peach and Amy decide to give Bowser and Eggman their invitations, and head back to where they were working to get them. Two Toads end up getting stopped by the two while mailing them out, and flee in fear, leaving behind both Bowser and Eggman's invitations, both of them confiscating the letters under the assumption they're love letters. Peach and Amy return without the invitations, to see they've both left, thus assuming they already found their invitations and left peacefully.
When the fog begins to cover London, alongside Blaze, Peach is first seen fending off a horde of foggy clones of Daisy and Amy, who are challenged to an event by a pair of them. After Peach and Blaze defeat them, they end up spotting Daisy and Amy sprawled across the nearby ground, approaching them as they wake up.
Later on, after one of the Toads accompanying the girls mention seeing as suspicious character, the group encounters Rouge, who promises to let them out of the fog if she is defeated in an Olympic event. Peach volunteers to challenge Rouge, and manages to defeat her, Blaze destroying the nearby fog machine afterwards. Mario and Luigi arrive shortly after to check on the group, and they learn Eggman may be the one causing this, and was at the British Museum. As the Bros. head off to confront Eggman, Peach and the rest of the group choose to stay behind to take care of Hyde Park.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Peach appears once again in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, once again as a Skill-type character. She has a high technique stat, as well as above average acceleration, max speed, and stamina, but low power. In this game, she shares special animations with Mario, demonstrating their relationship.
Itadaki Street series
Peach, along other Mario series characters and several characters from the Dragon Quest series, appeared in the game Itadaki Street DS. In that game her castle was also a playable stage.
Peach also appears in Fortune Street, as an unlockable character, unlocked by placing first or second on the Peach's Castle board in Tour Mode. She is a rank S character, which means when she is played by CPU, she is a very hard character to beat.
Mario Sports Mix
Peach appears in Mario Sports Mix as one of the Technical characters for the game. She has a high technique stat and average speed, but her power stat is very low. Like Mario Hoops 3-on-3, her home court is her castle which is compatible with the four featured sports (basketball, volleyball, hockey, and dodgeball). Her special move in this game involves releasing four large hearts that will stun characters of the opposing team upon their contact with them.
Other appearances, cameos and references
Peach is a minor character in Dr. Mario, appearing as Nurse Toadstool. She was in the GameCube versions of both SSX on Tour and NBA Street V3, in which she was a playable participant along with Mario and Luigi. She also makes an appearance in the Nintendo Monopoly board game, where her space costs $220 and takes the place of Indiana Avenue.
Peach has made numerous cameo appearances outside of the Mario series. In F-1 Race, she appears on the fourth course waving, just before the player begins the race. Similarly, in Kirby Superstar Ultra, she is located in the audience, clapping while two characters fight. Peach also made a cameo in The Legend of Zelda series, including a painting of her, that could be seen through a window on Hyrule castle. An item called the Peach Kart, a remote control kart with the princess, appeared in Nintendogs, and was only unlockable in Lab & Friends; puppies liked to chase after it, and when it drove around, the music from Peach Beach played.
In addition, numerous other games make reference to her. One of the treasures in Wario Land: Shake It! is called Peach Sandals, the description claims they have been worn by a princess, probably Peach, because of the name. This treasure was found in the first underwater level of this game, Wavy Waters of Wiggly Wilds. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, an item is available called Peach's Parasol in Tom Nook's shop if the player earns 4,000 points. And in Ridge Racer DS, a car featuring Peach's face on a hood is unlockable.
A wide range of Peach-themed merchandise has appeared to the public over the years. Items include plush dolls, action figures, slippers, key chains, mugs, wallpaper, DS kits, and shampoo bottles. Peach was also included in Super Mario Chess as one of the Bishops, alongside Princess Daisy. Peach had a central role in the story accompanying the CD White Knuckle Scorin', and was even named in the opening song "Ignorance Is Bliss". Various official game soundtracks also make reference to Peach in their song title.
In Bayonetta (Wii U), there is a downloadable costume that resemble Princess Peach, and also have a special moveset based over Mario and Peach abilities. The costume consists of a Mini version of Peach's dress, with Mario dolls attached to it, and golden details. A pallete swap (also downloadable) for it is avalaible, and resembles Princess Daisy, but it lacks the Mario Dolls.
In Tekken (Wii U), one of the costumes is based off of Peach.
Some VOCALOID songs inspired on the Super Mario Franchise features Peach. The songs made by Owata-P based on Mario depicts the VOCALOID character, MEIKO, as Peach.
Peach is a human with sky-blue eyes and golden-blonde hair. She is portrayed to be a capable character, but usually excels in skill level over other characters in most activities.Peach has a tall height in terms of other characters. She is taller than characters like Luigi and Daisy, but she is shorter than characters such as Rosalina and Waluigi. Peach has a similar body type to Daisy's, but her waist is more elongated, and her frame is unique in comparison. Peach's skin is fair in complexion. She has a pert, pointed, sharp nose with a curved stem. Peach is commonly depicted with a
She has a very thick, flowing, long hairstyle; flipped, fringed bangs with wavy layers are included. Her hair consists of four, small, flipped pieces, which reach above shoulder-length. Peach's bangs are soft as well as heart-shaped, and they have one large part at the top shaping down the center of her forehead. Peach's hairstyle also has long, split, ear-tails that shape her face.
Peach's hair is best described as golden. Her hair is always a golden shade and she is well known for her status as a blonde. She sometimes wears her hair tied up in a ponytail. Peach is the only princess who ties her hair back, considering its long length; her ponytail hairstyle is mostly seen in the sports category of the Mario series' spinoff installments except for her group artwork from the GameCube version of NBA Street V3, though it made its debut in Super Mario Sunshine, where it was her preferred hairstyle due to the heat of Isle Delfino.
Peach usually wears a floor-length pink gown with white evening gloves beyond elbow-length. Peach's gown has puffy sleeves and an up-turned collar is also included. At Peach's waist are two deep pink panniers, used to accent the gown's frame. At the bottom of the gown is a deep pink ruffle, completed with deep pink high heels. Peach also wears a sapphire brooch, set in gold. Included in the set is a pair of round sapphire earrings, and rubies and sapphires are on her crown; Peach's crown is golden with four jewels: two rubies and two sapphires. She also wears a white petticoat under her gown, though this is omitted in some games. Her old design doesn't differ much from her current one, except that the strip in the end of the dress was larger and her gown was light pink.
Primary sports outfits
When the dedicated Mario sports installments started with Mario Golf and Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, Peach's sports uniform was her same classic gown, except it was shorter and she was not wearing gloves. Additionally, she was wearing white knee-highs as well as orange-and-beige tennis shoes for that outfit. However, when the GameCube Mario sports installments came around, Peach started to have more variety in her sports attire. For Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Peach wore a sporty miniskirt to match the theme of her current main gown. Peach's outfit for the mentioned game would be seen again for Mario Power Tennis, SSX On Tour, Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Mario Sports Mix (as an unlockable outfit). In the case of other primary Mario sports installments that required Peach to be more active, she wears an outfit which has the same design as the outfit Princess Daisy had worn in previous installments where Peach had the miniskirt. The outfit in question includes a pink tank top and pink shorts, as well as the white bobby socks and red-and-pink tennis shoes from the miniskirt. The tank top has white-rimmed arms, and the shorts have white rims at the legs, and two white curved lines running from the side seams to the front waist. Both modern sports outfits that Peach wears for the majority of GameCube, Nintendo DS, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS Mario sports installments include Peach's obligatory elements that match her persona.
For the Mario Strikers family of Mario sports installments, Peach wears soccer outfits to match the theme of the sport itself. For Super Mario Strikers, Peach wears a 2-piece soccer outfit which consists of a pink midriff-baring uniform with blue accents, as well as pink-and-blue cleats. Later on in Mario Strikers Charged, Peach now wears pink midriff-baring armor; this is due to the increased intensity of the game. Aside from the increased amount of protective equipment, the outfit includes crown patterns along with blue-and-yellow accents. Peach is one of the few characters who doesn't have to change uniform colors when away.
In Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8, Peach gains a new outfit when riding motorbikes. The jumpsuit is white with pink vertical lines going down Peach's arms and legs. Her accessories include a pink scarf, a pink belt with a white buckle, pink boots, and pink gloves. Along with that accompanies her traditional jewelry. There is also a heart-shaped pattern on her back. Daisy and Rosalina also have a similar outfit design like Peach's, but with different color schemes as a result to match their respective themes and uniqueness.
In Super Mario Sunshine, the dress that Peach wears bears resemblance to Peach's current main gown. However, the color scheme is different as it is light rose with pink accents, and to match the setting, it does not include gloves or sleeves. She also wears a ruby ring and a gold bracelet.
In the Dr. Mario series, Peach wears pink nurse clothing with matching sandals.
In the three Super Smash Bros. games Peach is in, she wears a pink bouffant gown. In Melee, it had gold designs and a flounced red hem, but now, in Brawl and the new installment, it has many layers of overskirts, lace trim, pleats, and gold decorations.
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Peach wears a pink winter outfit that is exclusive to the game and matches the theme for the Winter Olympics. The outfit's contents include white winter gloves and ankle boots with pink lace. The outfit itself includes a purple shrug and purple leggings with a white line accenting each limb. Additionally, the core of the outfit is designed like a pink mini dress with one white ring at the bottom. Peach's winter outfit still includes her standard jewelry including crown.
In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Peach wears an outfit that's exclusive to the Rhythmic Gymnastics and Synchronized Swimming events. The outfit itself is a light pink leotard with dark pink stripes on the sides, and like her other outfits her earrings, brooch, crown, and collar. However, unlike the other sports outfits that she wears, this one does not include shoes.
Peach's classic dress lacked panniers, had a sash of the panniers surrounding her waist, had short sleeves, and the bottom of the dress's border went up close to her sash. Peach’s looks have not changed as drastically as other females like Daisy and Pauline. It should be mentioned that Peach shares very similar character features with Rosalina. Peach has always been depicted as a blonde in video games. In official artwork by Nintendo, her hair has been blonde since the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 (a.k.a. the Lost Levels); however, due to the graphical limitations of the NES hardware, her on-screen sprite in the earlier Super Mario Bros. games displayed her with brown hair or red hair and outlines. Presumably, this was the reason why Peach was depicted with red hair instead of blonde in the DiC Entertainment cartoons. This discrepancy was remedied in the SNES with Super Mario World, in which was she shown with her proper hair color, though was in the strawberry blonde variation in most SNES games. Her last appearance in her classic dress was in Mario Kart: Super Circuit before her makeover in Super Mario Sunshine and Mario Party 4, although she wore that dress once again in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door despite being redesigned.
In Japan, the Princess's name has always been Princess Peach (ピーチ姫 Pīchi-hime). In the United States and other western countries, she was initially known as Princess Toadstool, as Nintendo of America at the time (while localizing Super Mario Bros. for North America) found the name "Peach" irrelevant to the theme of the Mushroom Kingdom and found that "Princess Toadstool" was the name that fit her because it matched with the theme of the Mushroom Kingdom, hence the name change. However, the North American and European localization of Yoshi's Safari (1993) marked the first time that the name "Princess Peach" was used outside of Japan as opposed to the usual name of Princess Toadstool at the time; however, the name did not catch on at that time, as the game itself was not very popular, and was quickly reverted back to "Princess Toadstool" by games like Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 and Hotel Mario. However, the name made an another appearance in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars where it was simply just a reference during the boss battle with Belome. If Belome swallowed Princess Toadstool to clone her during the fight with him in Belome Temple, he would comment that she tasted "peachy" .
It was not until Super Mario 64 that the name Peach became widely known outside Japan, and somewhat vice versa; while the initial Japanese release lacked this detail, subsequent re-releases such as the International, Shindō Pak Taiō Version and DS editions had the princess signing her letter using both "Toadstool" and "Peach". Regardless, the Toadstool name is hardly touched upon anymore, as the original Japanese name has supplanted it and became her universally localized name (with the rare exception of certain re-releases of older titles like Super Mario Bros. Deluxe and Virtual Console re-releases, which generally continue to use the older localized name as opposed to keeping the original Japanese name intact like the newer games). For a long time, the name made its last appearance in the opening cutscene of Mario Party 2. Recently, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U referred to Princess Toadstool as a name Peach went by in one of the game's randomly-generated tips. It is also referenced in her Boxing Ring title in the North American version, "Princess of Toadstools".
Personality and traits
Princess Peach is classy, kind, clever, and adventurous. She often displays an unselfish and noble spirit and puts her friends ahead of herself. For example, in Super Paper Mario, Peach states she was taught to help others. She has been said to have a gentle demeanor but can be tough when the situation calls for it. Peach is also into sports and has been referred to in the Mario Party 5 official guide as being able to "play with the big boys". Besides sports, Peach is also into ball-room dancing and video games. Both Mario Super Sluggers and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story hint at Peach's enjoyment of gardening.
Throughout the games many aspects of Peach's personality is showed. Peach displayed her pure heart in Super Paper Mario when she saved Mimi despite being picked on by her. Along with that, she can be naive and very strong-willed at times, but Peach is also wise and motherly. Peach seems to enjoy exploring and trying new things. Peach is also sweet and hospitable to others. An example of this is how she often bakes cakes for Mario. Also in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's story mode, Peach offered tea to Fox and Sheik in order to calm them down. Peach was the only one able to recruit Mr. Game & Watch, who didn’t have a concept of right and wrong. When Master Hand is defeated by Tabuu, she is the first to reach him attempting to check on him. Peach has often expressed loneliness without Mario and she also apologizes excessively for getting into trouble. Peach enjoys the company of others, as she has hosted parties in her castle in Paper Mario and had Baseball Kingdom constructed for all her friends. She generally has the personality of a polite lady though she can be competitive and playful. She still shows good sportsmanship in many appearances. Deep down inside it bothers her that she is a constant victim of kidnapping, as seen in Super Paper Mario, but she still is very grateful for what Mario and Luigi do.
In the cartoon shows, she was also practical and generous to a fault; in one episode where the Mario Bros. are getting homesick, she vows to find a way to get them home, and when they find it later in the episode, insists they take it even though Koopa is still on the loose. She was a motherly figure to the young Yoshi and Oogtar. She also has a feisty side, especially in her comic appearances.
Powers and abilities
Peach isn't a typical "damsel-in-distress." When held captive Peach either sneaks around to find out information, or sends useful items to Mario, normally in Super Mario Bros. 3, the Super Mario Galaxy games, and the Paper Mario series. Like other Mario characters, Peach can Jump, Ground Pound, and use slap attacks, which is her specialty. Besides these abilities, Peach has many more; she can float in mid-air and use her parasol as well. Peach also has never been regarded as a physically strong person (in fact being the slowest person to pluck vegetables in Super Mario Bros. 2), but she makes up for it in technique and skill. With the release of Super Mario 3D World, Peach is able to use power-ups, such as the Fire Flower, the Tanooki Suit, the Cat Suit and the Double Cherry, among other power-ups and items.
In spin-off installments for the Mario game series, Peach's magic abilities and powers usually deal around hearts. They're mostly seen in the sports installments including, but not limited to Mario Power Tennis (Sweet Kiss Return) and Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (Heart Shot).
In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Peach is shown to have impressive healing abilities like Therapy and Group Hug. She is also shown to have telepathic powers like in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 when she calls out to Mario as a hologram in Dark Land and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door when she cheers on Mario (while being possessed by the Shadow Queen) along with the entire world and fully heals the party in a similar way to Group Hug.
Peach can jump in the air and float using her dress. Princess Peach also has a parasol that helps her float or attack enemies. As shown in several games, she can pluck vegetables and hurl them at enemies. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Peach has a powerful special attack called the Peach Bomber. She twirls and then rams her rear into the opponent, who is then engulfed in an explosion. She can also take her crown off and whack her opponents. In recent games, such as Mario Strikers Charged, she has been shown to be fast and agile. She can somersault over opposing teams. She can also summon cameras to aid her. In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Peach is a Skill-type player. She has high speed and a high level of skill, but decent stamina and low power. Peach is the only female character to have the highest level of skill but the lowest power. She does well in events such as Archery, Vault, and Aquatics.
Princess Peach is shown to be very graceful. When performing the Heart Shot in Mario Hoops 3-on-3, she will perform elegant moves while dribbling out the shape of a triangle. In many of her victory scenes Peach will do delicate twirls. Her heart abilities are once again shown in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Her Final Smash is Peach Blossom. Decorative hearts flutter around her and a decorative "border" featuring blossoming peach trees and two images of Princess Peach adorns the area around her. As Peach dances in a spotlight to a short musical piece, all of her opponents fall into a deep Sleep and take damage.
Princess Peach is mostly shown to have powers and magic relating to hearts. She can use hearts to absorb attacks as shown in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. When she hits the ball nicely in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, a trail of hearts will follow the ball. Peach uses the power of love in Mario Power Tennis. Super Peach Spin is Peach's Offensive Power Shot. Peach closes her eyes, spins very fast, and hits the ball with the power of love. This will knock the opponent back a few inches then attract the opponent to the net, leaving them open to Lob Shot and lose any Power Shots they are storing. It has an amazing curve, in fact the best curve in the game. The recovery time is very slow though. Sweet Kiss Return is Peach's Defensive Power Shot. Peach blows a sweet kiss at the ball, and hearts will appear and carry the ball back to Peach so she can hit it. After it is used, the ball is lob shot across the net with a bit of speed. When she performs a Super Strike in Super Mario Strikers, hearts will follow the soccer ball. Peach uses her heart abilities again in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and Mario Super Sluggers. In the latter game, Peach can use her Heart Power to interact with objects in Challenge Mode. Her hitting ability greatly increases when she uses her Heart Swing. A star-lit bluish and pink background appears as Peach traces out the shape of a heart with her bat. After which she hits it shattering it into smaller hearts; the hearts travel with the ball and daze any male character who tries to catch the ball. Female characters are immune to the charm. For her Heart Ball, Peach winks and blows a kiss. She then dances while charging up and then pitches the ball fast.
Pictures, posters and dolls of Princess Peach exist. In Paper Mario, there is a "Secret Sale" that offers "beautiful photos of Princess Peach". In addition, a Peach doll, Dolly, is owned by Goombaria and longed for by Jr. Troopa. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, there is a Koopa Troopa Peach fan in Petalburg who collects Peach merchandise. He has photos and posters of Princess Peach in his house. When tattling him Goombella says to Mario, "Boy, get a life, know what I mean?" "Hey! Mario! Don't tell me YOU have a secret collection of plush Peach dolls, too!", implying that Peach merchandise is popular.
Princess Peach has multiple relationships with characters. Peach is widely respected in Mushroom Kingdom, and her Mushroom Retainers are very loyal. They always attempt to protect Princess Peach from getting kidnapped, despite their frequent failures.
The Mushroom King is the only confirmed member of her family in the games, although very little is known about him. According to his depiction in the Nintendo Comics System, while she does embarrass him with his general foolishness, she knows he has good intentions and loves him dearly. Other media have shed light on Peach's other relatives, such as Grandma Toadstool and her mother. There is also much confusion surrounding Peach and Toadsworth's relationship, although it is understood since his debut that Toadsworth is Peach's steward. It is also known that Toadsworth is very protective of and has cared for her ever since she was a baby.
“Oh Mario! You came to the party to see me! You're so sweet! Thank you!♥”
Peach has always maintained a friendly attitude towards Mario, although the matter of their true relationship remains unclear. The two are shown to have been close companions since childhood. Mario saves Peach's life quite often, and she will usually bake him a cake or gently kiss him upon her rescue. Since Peach has essentially replaced Pauline in the series, there are hints that the bond they share may have romantic tension, such as the official European Mario website listing Peach as Mario's girlfriend.
In Luigi's Mansion, she sends Toads to help Luigi search for his brother, and in Mario Party 5, Peach and Mario are called "Cutest Couple". They also share chemistry together in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers, as they are "buddy players". Mario Power Tennis even goes as far as showing Mario himself telling Peach of his love for her in Peach's victory scene. Peach responded with a smile and blew a kiss. Also, in Mario's victory scene in Mario Power Tennis, Peach gives him a small kiss on his cheek. They both show deep devotion to each other as depicted in many of the games, especially in the Paper Mario series. The official Mario Kart: Double Dash!! guide describe them at this: Aw, isn’t that cute? Mario and Peach are together again, zipping down the Rainbow Road and leaving you coughing up their dust.
In the comic "Warios Weihnachtsmärchen", published in the German Club Nintendo magazine, it is even revealed that they spent their graduation ball in school together, and that Peach decided in favor of Mario and against Wario.
In the first Paper Mario, one of the Toads tells Mario to take Peach on a date to Shooting Star Summit. For the official guide of Yoshi's Island DS, in the description for Baby Mario and Baby Peach: Dynamic Duo, Nintendo mentioned that before the "romantic entanglements" in their adult lives, they teamed up as babies to stop evil. It is known that Baby Peach and Baby Mario have known each other even before the events of Yoshi's Island DS as shown in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, where Baby Mario and Baby Luigi would often visit her at her castle to play with her and Mario would even protect her from Baby Bowser, showing that Mario has faithfully protected Peach from evil even since infancy. Also the official guide for Mario Party 8 stated that Peach is apple of Mario's eye. Rosalina in Super Mario Galaxy even referred to Peach as Mario's 'Special One'. Also the two are seen holding hands toward the ending. In Mario Kart Wii, while racing with the Wii Wheels Peach and Mario playfully bump each other.
Daisy and Peach have been portrayed to be best friends since Daisy's big comeback appearance in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64. Soon after in Mario Tennis for the Game Boy Color, Daisy is commonly alongside Peach in many cut-scenes. If something involves partners in the Mario spin-offs, the two will usually be a team. Daisy and Peach share a team orb (Flower Orb) in Mario Party 7, a team item (Heart), in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, and are automatic partners in a vast amount of other games as well.
While Daisy and Peach are considered to be best friends, they are rivaled against each other in games like Super Mario Strikers (where the two face-off in the game's opening) and in Mario Strikers Charged (where the two go up against each other in Challenge Mode). In the Super Mario manga series, the two have a friendly rivalry.
Like Luigi, the two share good chemistry in the game Mario Superstar Baseball, and she appears as the second member of Peach's team in Challenge Mode. Nintendo's Mario Power Tennis website says that Daisy is Peach's "sister in arms", a term used to describe a close friendship. In the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart Wii official guides published by Prima and licensed by Nintendo, Daisy's biographies state that Peach is her cousin. That statement has yet to be proven in the games themselves, however.
Mario Super Sluggers is the first game to show the two sharing dialog in which Peach was shown to have a lot of concern for Daisy’s welfare. This can be seen after the player has rescued Peach from Bowser Jr. in the Peach Ice Garden, resulting in Peach joining the overall roster in the game's Challenge Mode.
Luigi is portrayed to be one of Peach's closest friends. Luigi has accompanied Mario on many of his adventures to save Peach and she greatly appreciates him. In Super Mario Galaxy when the player plays as Luigi and rescues Peach, she thanks him in a very similar way as she does with Mario and the two are seen flying away holding hands just how Mario does. The two share good chemistry in Mario Superstar Baseball but not in its sequel, Mario Super Sluggers. The two's team names in the Mario Party games have confirmed their good interactions with team names like Green Escort.
Toad is Princess Peach's obedient servant, and often tries to protect her. More than once he has gotten kidnapped by the Koopa Troop trying to save her from Bowser, and other times he is seen to dote on her. Evidence of the two's closeness are seen in their Mario Party teams names such as 'Royal Family' in Mario Party 5 and 'Loyal Friends' in Mario Party 8. They also share good chemistry in the Mario Baseball installments. Toad's collectible card from Super Mario Galaxy states that Toad cares about Peach so much that it caused him to team up with a few other Toads to form the Toad Brigade and go into space in order to save her (regardless of his cowardice). In many of the games in the Mario series, Toad is usually the first (and sometimes only) character who is brave enough to inform Mario and the other heroes of her kidnapping (thus, beginning many of the plot lines of the adventures). His forced bravery in these games can be seen in relation to the loyalty that he has for the Princess.
Although in Super Mario Galaxy it is not seen that Rosalina and Peach are friends, in issue 38 of the Super Mario-Kun manga, they are shown to be good friends. While the "Ends of the Universe" begins to occur, they talk as old friends.
Peach and Toadette’s friendship is evident in the good chemistry they share in both Mario Baseball installments. Toadette is also part of Peach’s default team, the Peach Monarchs. In the second installment, Toadette joins Mario’s cause as she wants to help him free the park Peach had built. After Peach is rescued from Bowser Jr., Toadette struggles to tell her what became of Daisy, as she doesn’t want her to worry.
In Mario Party DS, Toadette had received a set of touching trumpets from Peach as a gift.
Although Princess Peach is not necessarily a close friend of Wario, he aided in her rescue during the events of Super Mario 64 DS (although not necessarily by choice) and afterwards Peach thanked him and allowed him to stay for some cake. He, along with Waluigi, is angry about her winning tournaments in Mario Power Tennis, as seen in her victory scene. They even tried to steal her trophy before she could grab it. Wario appeared to have a crush on her in the Mario & Wario arc of Super Mario Adventures, seeing as he tried to buy Peach's prize item, a Samus Doll, for her birthday before Mario did.
Foes and rivals
Bowser has repeatedly kidnapped Peach over a dozen times, and torments her kingdom constantly. It has been shown Bowser has fallen in love with her, and wants to win her heart. Bowser's profile, in Mario Party Advance, states he has the "hots" for Peach. Bowser is also intensely envious of Peach's relationship with Mario, and hates it when another villain kidnaps her.
Bowser has been more open in expressing himself lately. An example of this was seen in Mario Power Tennis, where he tried to get Peach to kiss him in front of the spectators, an attempt that failed. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Bowser set out to kidnap her back from Grodus. The two do not play well when together in Mario Superstar Baseball because of their bad chemistry. In Super Paper Mario, Peach and Bowser are supposedly married by Count Bleck, making them husband and wife. However, they were wed by Count Bleck, who is obviously not authorized to do such a thing, which means that the wedding is a "sham" and, therefore, unofficial. Bowser, though, continued to believe in the marriage. In Mario Strikers Charged, the two are depicted as rivals. Bowser has been shown to have feelings for her in other media as well.
Despite his feelings for her, Peach does not display them back. She is shown to be visibly afraid of him, especially in Super Mario RPG when she jumps higher than Mario upon seeing Bowser on his side. When Bowser refuses to team up with Mario to defeat a greater evil, the princess often sweet-talks him into doing it, much to the Koopa King's annoyance. She even went as far as to calling Bowser a sweetie when he agreed to join her and Mario's group in Super Paper Mario.
Bowser Jr. appeared in Super Mario Sunshine claiming Peach was his mother. It is stated in Brawl he felt so strongly about her, he kidnapped her. Junior, as shown in Super Mario Sunshine, liked Peach and tried to get her to join him and Bowser, but Peach politely refused the offer.
Even though Bowser Jr. knows Peach is not his mother, he still called her 'mama' in Mario Superstar Baseball. Bowser Jr. also must be present on Peach's team in order for the team to be called Peach Princesses. Bowser Jr. has kidnapped her in Super Mario Sunshine, New Super Mario Bros., Mario Super Sluggers, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
List of appearances by date
Official profiles and statistics
Super Paper Mario Catch Cards
The following voice actresses have portrayed Princess Peach during the course of the Mario game series:
Names in other languages