Princess Peach (casually Peach, usually known as Princess Toadstool outside of Japan prior to Super Mario 64) is a main character in the Mario franchise and 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, who act as her loyal servants. Her kingdom is often attacked by the Koopa Troop, a group led by Bowser. She is the love interest of Mario.
Peach has an affinity for the color pink, which accents her gentle personality and kind temperament. Peach's gentle nature and role as the damsel in distress are often represented with her heart abilities and crown emblem. Peach's initial design was said to represent her stubborn yet cute appearance.[dead link]
Since her debut, Peach has appeared in installments related to the Mario game series for over three decades. She has appeared in more games than any other female character in video game history. 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 and the most recent mainstream game where she appears as a playable character rather than a damsel-in-distress is Super Mario 3D World.
Creation and development
Peach's initial design had been conceived by Shigeru Miyamoto, with some of his suggestions to Yoichi Kotabe being incorporated into the final design, in particular making her eyes look more "cat-like." Before Kotabe conceived Peach's finalized character design, a couple of prototype designs were created for the character. One such design, seen on the Super Mario Bros. Japanese box art, depicts her with a long-sleeved dress, no gloves, strawberry-blonde hair, and crown jewels that were white instead of red and blue. Another prototype, seen in the 1985 Japanese strategy guide How to Win at Super Mario Bros., portrays her as a Toad rather than as a human, having a mushroom cap instead of natural hair, plus a simple tiara and a gown reminiscent of Aurora from Disney's Sleeping Beauty, whom she somewhat currently resembles.
Peach has always been depicted as a blonde in video game artwork, although it was originally a darker, more strawberry-blonde shade (or in the case of the Japanese packaging, a dark blonde shade). However, due to the graphical limitations of the NES hardware, her on-screen sprite in the earlier Super Mario Bros. games displayed her with reddish-brown hair, and as a result, she was depicted as a redhead in the DiC Entertainment cartoons, as well as reddish-brown in Mario-related merchandise such as a 1988 toy box artwork. Starting with Super Mario World for the SNES, her in-game appearances had her proper hair color. On a similar note, her dress had always been depicted as pink in video game artwork, although because of the aforementioned graphical limitations of the NES hardware, her on-screen sprite in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels depicted her as wearing a white dress with red highlights; this depiction of her old dress would later be reused for her Fire form in Super Mario 3D World. She only gained a pink dress in-game starting with the overseas version of Super Mario Bros 2. Peach's classic main dress had a normal pink high collar, a sash around the waist instead of panniers, and was darker pink from the hem to her knees, but otherwise does not differ greatly from the modern/current main dress introduced with the GameCube-era games, starting with Super Mario Sunshine and Mario Party 4, although the subsequent Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door installment marked the original dress's final appearance. Although the key artwork featured Peach in the Japanese versions of Super Mario Bros., the instruction manuals for both the Famicom and NES versions of the game hid her sprite behind a question mark in order to keep her identity a surprise for players as a way to motivate them into completing the game.
In Japan, her name has always been Princess Peach (ピーチ姫 Pīchi-hime), but in the West, she was originally known as "Princess Toadstool", due to Nintendo of America renaming her when localizing Super Mario Bros., feeling that "Peach" was irrelevant to the theme of the Mushroom Kingdom. In 1993, the English version of Yoshi's Safari marked the first time that the name "Princess Peach" was used outside of Japan, but the name did not catch on for western players until it was used again in Super Mario 64. Games as of Mario Kart 64 use Peach as her prominent name. Certain contemporary sources reconcile the two names by listing her full name as "Peach Toadstool", including subsequent re-releases of Super Mario 64, such as the international, Shindō Pak Taiō Version and the DS remake, which had the princess signing her letter using both "Toadstool" and "Peach". For the most part, however, the "Toadstool" name is hardly used outside of remakes and re-releases of older titles, which most times retain the original localized text. She, along with her Toad subjects, is the only major character that no longer uses her original localized name. However, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U refers to "Princess Toadstool" as a name Peach went by in one of the in-game tips, and in the North American version her title on the Boxing Ring stage is "Princess of Toadstools". On a similar note, although she was mostly referred to as Princess Toadstool in various countries outside the United States in most localizations (or "Princess Mushroom" in some cases), the Danish dub for The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 had changed her name to Prinsesse Slørhat, which translated to "Princess Cortinarius", referring to a genus of poisonous mushrooms. Likewise, the Italian dub for the entire DIC cartoon line also referred to her as "Principessa Amarena" or "Princess Cherry".
Her name when translated into Japanese is normally ピーチ姫 (Pīchi-hime). However, the other translation as プリンセスピーチ (Purinsesu Pīchi) only officially exists in the Japanese title of the game Super Princess Peach as well as in the Japanese name of The Princess Peach from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros.
For the Super Mario videogame series, Peach makes her debut appearance in the Super Mario Bros. game. In the very first game of the Super Mario series as a whole, 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, which depending on what form the player was in upon rescuing her, she either knelt down to Mario/Luigi (small form) or otherwise stood on her tiptoes (Super/Fire forms) to do so. Note that this only applied to the Deluxe version, as the All Stars version had Mario being supplied with a Mushroom to automatically restore him to Super Mario if he was Small Mario. Depending on the version, where she was found also varied. In the original game as well as the Deluxe version, she was merely found on the floor behind the destroyed bridge. In Super Mario All-Stars, she is instead found in a cage dangling above a lava pit.
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, she was found in a room behind a door, and her subjects celebrated around them after she recited a poem. In the Deluxe version, due to it reusing assets from the first game, she was merely found on the floor behind the destroyed bridge. In Super Mario All-Stars, she is instead found in a cage dangling above a lava pit. In both instances, she largely reused her speech from Super Mario Bros.
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. This is the first time in the overall Mario series where Toadstool is a playable character. Her main ability is briefly floating after jumping, but she has slightly poor vertical jumps. Toadstool is also the weakest character in the game, picking up or pulling out items the slowest. Her equivalent in the game it was derived from, Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, is Lina.
Super Mario Bros. 3
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Bowser sends his Koopalings to capture parts of the Mushroom World. 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 and supplying advice via letters. After the Bros. defeat Ludwig, the final Koopaling, they are supplied with a letter from Bowser via the Pipe Land King revealing that the Koopa King 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!" This joke, however, is removed in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3.
In the GBA remake, her role is slightly extended due to having a cameo in Dark Land. The cameo, which occurs upon the player first arriving at the second area of Dark Land, has Peach transposed on a warp pipe behind a locked gate with the help bubble emerging, before suddenly vanishing while either screaming or crying Mario's name (depending on who the player is playing as at this time). Also, she is seen in the opening, which shows her receiving a letter about how the Koopalings are taking over various lands nearby and then dispatching Mario and Luigi.
In the 25th Anniversary release for Super Mario All-Stars, aside from the role she played in-game, her sending letters in the game was referenced by a letter submitted by Nintendo with her being the in-universe author, with the letter itself stylized more after the SNES version in design. In the letter, she explains that, after so many years writing letters to Mario, she decided it was time to find new pen-pals, and jokingly states that she sent a power-up just for the reader and that they not tell Mario, lest he possibly get jealous. She then gives a hint about how they should keep their power up handy as they re-discover their adventures in Super Mario All Stars. She then closes by stating that to get in touch with her, they simply need to find her "at another castle."
Super Mario World
In Super Mario World, Mario, Luigi and Toadstool (Peach in the GBA remake Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2) 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, and during the credits, travels with Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi to Yoshi's House to observe the hatching of the rescued eggs with the other Yoshis.
Aside from this, she also appears in the opening for Super Mario Advance 2, where she accompanies Mario and Luigi via Hot Air Balloon and looks on as Mario and Luigi, gaining Cape forms via feathers found, go and explore the island. When they return, they find her gone (presumably being abducted by Koopas, as some Koopas were seen headed in her direction while they were flying earlier). After Bowser is defeated, the Mario Bros. instead fly behind Peach, who is riding a Yoshi to set up a picnic.
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
In Super Mario 64, Peach invites Mario to the Mushroom 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, she thanks Mario by kissing him and baking him a 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 Shindo Taio Pak Version 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. However, she noticed something amiss in the tour video: Specifically, that there was an ominous figure in the background in the video who resembled Mario. She attempted to inform Mario and Toadsworth about what she saw, but they were too busy thinking of the opportunities for the vacation to pay attention. When seeing this doppelganger near the airport after making an emergency stop, she attempted to no avail to inform Toadsworth and Mario (who were busy discussing how to deal with the dilemma) of the doppelganger's presence, only to notice the doppelganger had disappeared. Before Mario left to find help, she warned him to be careful, as she had an ominous feeling about the situation. She also attempted, to no avail, to defend Mario during his trial at Isle Delfino after it became apparent he was framed for defacing the island with gunk. While Mario is cleaning Delfino Plaza as part of his sentencing, Shadow Mario grabs her and runs off. Mario chases Shadow Mario and rescues Peach. After Mario collects ten Shine Sprites, Shadow Mario kidnaps Peach again and takes her to Pinna Park. He attacks Mario in his Mecha-Bowser, but Mario defeats him. When Mario confronts him after the battle, he reveals that he is Bowser's son Bowser Jr. and says that Peach is his mother (to her shock) and that he is protecting her from Mario. Bowser Jr. then flees to Corona Mountain with Peach. Over time, Mario makes his way to that said area and finds Bowser and Bowser Jr. attempting to force Peach into swimming with them in their hot tub. Mario defeats Bowser in a final battle and rescues Peach. When FLUDD was damaged from the impact after falling from the mountain, Peach showed Mario that the power of the Shine Sprites brought the sunshine back to Isle Delfino. They then managed to spend their vacation for real.
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 (the latter of whom had been revived from an earlier fight with Mario that reduced him to an undead version of himself), rescuing Peach in the end. She then thanks Mario before kissing him.
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, taking her to their airship. Mario, Luigi, and two Toads (specifically Blue Toad and Yellow Toad) give chase to hold them accountable. They eventually manage to find her in Bowser's airship, but Magikoopa takes her to Bowser's Castle and locks her in a cage. After being rescued, Peach takes a hot air balloon alongside Mario (with Luigi accidentally being left behind), with Peach either also alluding to a secret world that she has to tell Mario about, or otherwise ask him how his adventure was like.
She was initially planned to have a playable role in the game, although technical difficulties regarding her dress resulted in this concept being dropped in the final version.
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. Once Mario defeats Bowser, he returns to the Festival and enjoys a giant cake. In the end, when Mario collects the final Grand 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. Postcards from the game reveal that she did managed to knock out a Goomba and make a frantic escape, but ended up recaptured by Bowser's army before she could reunite with Mario, with Bowser also placing Peach in a cage in close proximity.
After Mario defeats Bowser the first time, Bowser reappears and takes Peach away to his second castle. She is found tied to the level's Goal Pole, and tries to warn Mario about Bowser's incoming attack. Once Mario defeats Bowser for good, he frees Peach and they briefly dance together, before the Toads reappear with Super Leaves, which let them and Mario fly Peach back to her castle during the credits.
Once the player fully completes the game, a picture is shown depicting Peach accidentally gaining a Tanooki Suit-styled dress.
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. During the credits, she is carried by Mario until they reach the castle, to which they then do a curtsy.
New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
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. When the four reach the castle and manage to defeat Bowser for the first time, Peach can be seen high above a lone tower pleading for the heroes' help until bars and a barrier cover up the window and block further communication. She is rescued after Mario, Luigi, Yellow and Blue Toad prevail against the final battle against Bowser and Bowser Jr., and also proceeded to witness alongside the others the Koopa Troop's hasty retreat.
The game's story and objective stated above in this section is the same for New Super Luigi U.
For the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe installment, Toadette gains a form known as Peachette (after obtaining the Super Crown), which causes her to look much like Peach and gain Peach's Floating Jump. If the player fights Bowser and Bowser Jr. as Peachette, just prior to the boss fight, Peach will notice Peachette and express confusion before the barrier covers up the window.
Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
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 (in 25 years) that she has been playable in a mainstream Mario game, her first playable appearance in a platformer since Super Paper Mario, and also the first time she is 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, various items and power-ups spew from it before 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 soon emerges from the Clear Pipe as well and captures the Green Sprixie Princess. Princess Peach is the first of the foursome to try and stop Bowser, immediately running for the Pipe and ultimately falling into it. She joined by her friends in their quest across the realms of the Sprixie Kingdom and eventually helps to defeat Bowser.
Princess Peach is the second slowest of the playable characters after the unlockable character Rosalina, while her jumps are tied with Mario's for the third-best in the game. However, she also has the ability 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. Additionally, her Tanooki Suit is darker and has puffy pants and dark boots, rather than its Super Mario 3D Land design. When power-up forms and items are set to match each characters' color, Peach's are always pink (Fire form aside, as that form is white and red instead), as her Cat Suit, Boomerang Suit, Koopa Shell (while shell dashing), Propeller Box, Cannon Box, Light Box, and Ice Skate are all that color.
She returns in the game's Nintendo Switch port, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, but only appears as a playable character in the Super Mario 3D World mode. However, in Bowser's Fury, the kittens' colors other than the calico ones match those of Super Mario 3D World playable cast's Cat forms other than Mario, with the magenta one matching Peach's.
Super Mario Maker
Peach also makes some appearances in Super Mario Maker. In the 10-Mario and 100-Mario Challenges, Peach is kidnapped by a group of Goombas, so Mario goes to rescue her, successfully doing so in the latter challenge after the player completes a set number of levels uploaded by other players chosen at random. In addition, Peach appears as an unlockable Mystery Mushroom costume, which can be unlocked either at random upon completion of the 100-Mario Challenge, or by scanning a compatible Princess Peach amiibo. Said costume replaces the usual Super Mario Bros. sound effects with sounds from Super Mario Bros. 2.
Super Mario Run
Although once again the damsel in distress of the game's story mode, Peach returns as an unlockable playable character in Super Mario Run (along with Mario, Luigi, Toad, Toadette, the colored Yoshis and Daisy). She is added to the overall roster after the player defeats Bowser in Bowser's Bob-ombing Run at least once. While playing the game as Peach, her special ability is her Floating Jump, which has her slowly descend in midair, rather than briefly hover.
Super Mario Odyssey
Peach appears again in Super Mario Odyssey, once again taking her signature role as the damsel in distress. In the game, Bowser makes an attempt to marry Peach, and large billboards and posters advertising the marriage can be seen throughout the different kingdoms in the game. Peach is also seen to be wearing a tiara, instead of her usual crown. The tiara is revealed to be Cappy's sister, Tiara.
In Cloud Kingdom, Peach was seen wearing the Lochlady Dress before Mario fights Bowser. Upon Mario defeating Bowser, the latter has the airship fire the onboard cannons to attack the Odyssey and cause Mario, Cappy and the Odyssey to fall to the Lost Kingdom. Peach cries for help from Mario, but as Mario is unable to help her, Bowser leaves the Cloud Kingdom with her.
When Mario reaches the top Pagoda palace in Bowser's Kingdom, he attempts to rescue Peach and Tiara but he is knocked out by Bowser's hat with boxing gloves and takes off with both captives to leave the Kingdom and head to Moon Kingdom.
Mario ultimately manages to catch up to Bowser and Peach and halt the wedding at Moon Kingdom, also defeating Bowser. However, before she and Mario can escape, the chapel starts to collapse. In order to save himself and Peach, Mario is forced to capture Bowser in order to get all of them to safety. After getting to safety, Bowser, even after losing his power, attempts to vie her hand in marriage with a bouquet of Piranha Plants, pushing Mario away. To prevent that, Mario desperately tries the same thing with a Rocket Flower. As a result, Peach gets swarmed by pestering grooms, but ultimately chooses neither and sternly rejects them, annoyed by their behavior. However, when she decides to leave on the Odyssey, she beckons the disheartened archenemies to come along to go home.
In the post-game, Peach disappears from her castle, having packed things up, deciding she wanted to explore the various kingdoms on her own terms with Tiara. She can be encountered at various kingdoms, where she provides Mario with the relevant Power Moon when talked with. After giving Mario the Power Moon, she then makes a brief comment that hints at her next destination. When encountered, she waves enthusiastically at Mario, strongly implying that she has forgiven him for his aforementioned actions in the ending. After meeting and obtaining a Power Moon from her in every kingdom, she returns to her castle, though the player can still see her in kingdoms where she was previously encountered, where she now gives comments that are related to the kingdoms. She wears a gray pea coat and black beret in the Cap Kingdom, Snow Kingdom and Moon Kingdom, the explorer outfit in the Cascade Kingdom, Wooded Kingdom, and Lost Kingdom, a white short-sleeve blouse, pink knee-length skirt, pink scarf, white summer hat with pink trim, and gray high heels in the Sand Kingdom, Cloud Kingdom, Metro Kingdom and Ruined Kingdom, a bikini with a skirt in the Lake Kingdom and Seaside Kingdom, a pink collar shirt, overalls, pink boots and farmer's hat in the Luncheon Kingdom, and a kimono with a Fire Flower pattern on it along with a Boo mask in Bowser's Kingdom. Although she wears her traditional dress when encountering Mario at the Mushroom Kingdom, if the player goes in and out of her castle, Peach will be wearing a different outfit each time she is encountered.
Concept art for the game in a Japanese artbook revealed that Peach at one point was going to be captured by Bowser. Another concept art from the same book indicated that Mario and Peach would have actually married. In addition, at least two cut outfits were unveiled in concept art, including one depicting Peach in a Japanese-style coach wearing a pink kimono as an initial version of the outfit she wore at Bowser's Kingdom. The other was her wearing a pink-colored Arabian bellydancer outfit while sitting near a camel, presumably meant to be used at the Sand Kingdom.
Super Mario Maker 2
Peach appears in Super Mario Maker 2 at the end of the story mode. She appears once the player rebuilds her castle and kisses Mario as a reward. In addition, after her castle is rebuilt, she will offer two jobs, each rewarding her outfit and a wig resembling her hair for the player’s Mii. Her final job can be offered if the player gives Chief 1,000 coins up to ten times to complete a statue of Mario. She rewards the player with her tennis outfit once the job is completed. Her 8-bit form from the Mystery Mushroom in the previous game also briefly appears when the player starts a new game in Course World's Endless Mode.
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 King Koopa appears and kidnaps Peach. Mario and his brother Luigi then set out to save her. A wise sage later reveals that King Koopa 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 King Koopa), and defeat him. It is then revealed that Peach has already been arranged a marriage 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 Momotarō in the Super Mario anime, two elderly Hammer Brothers, Ojīsan and Obāsan, are grandparents to the beautiful girl "Princess Peach". Because of her great beauty, King Koopa kidnaps her, and Momotaro (Mario) goes to rescue her.
In Issun-bōshi, 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, Shirayuki-hime.
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, as her appearance was derived directly from the NES sprite for Super Mario Bros. 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 King Koopa 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 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 King Koopa's Neon Castle and decide to stay in Dome City with the Cave People.
Super Mario World: Mario to Yoshi no Bōken Land
In the interactive OVA Super Mario World: Mario to Yoshi no Bōken 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 King Koopa, 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 appearances.
Mario Kirby Meisaku Video
Peach has a fairly minor role in the Mario segment of the story, as she informs Mario that treasure from a certain school had been stolen by someone calling themselves the Mysterious W.
Dr. Mario series
In the Dr. Mario series, Peach wears a pink nurse outfit. In localizations of the original NES game's 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.
She appears in Dr. Mario World, this time referred to as Dr. Peach and is one of the game's playable characters. She decides to assume this role in order to help out her subjects, who have been infected by the Viruses. She is available as one of the doctors after beating stage 3, or by beating the special stage in World 14. She wears a soft-pink lab coat, unlike other characters who wear white coats, and white heels instead of her usual red. When activated, Dr. Peach's skill is represented by multiple silhouettes of her, and a pink beam of light appears and clears a random column on the board. Columns with at least one virus are prioritized if one exists, followed by other column with at least one object otherwise. In stage mode, only one column is affected, but in versus, this skill hits one column at level 1, two columns at level 2 to 4 (the skill charges faster at higher levels), and three columns at level 5 (same charge speed as level 4).
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 King Bowser Koopa, 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 German 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.
A young version of Peach appears as the lead in the manga strip Otenba Peach-hime.
Mario Golf series
NES Open Tournament Golf
In NES Open Tournament Golf, Peach only appears as Mario's caddy. She also sometimes appears on the menu when on the green when a Cup-Out is declared. This is the second out of the only two NES games (the first being her cameo appearance in the NES version of Tetris) in which Peach is depicted with blonde hair in game, which reflects her artwork by Yoichi Kotabe (all other NES games depict her as either a redhead or a brunette), and also the only game where Peach never wears her crown (or any headwear) at all, even though the illustration of her kissing Mario depicts her with her crown on her head.
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. In single-player modes, she is one of the four default characters.
Mario Golf (Game Boy Color)
In Mario Golf for the Game Boy Color, Peach appears as a supporting character. 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.
This installment marks the debut of Peach starting to wear her modern and current traditional sports attire for the Mario series overall; more details about the outfit she wears in this game can be found here.
Mario Golf: Advance Tour
Peach yet again appears as a playable character in Mario Golf: Advance Tour. In the primary mode of this installment, 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. Although Peach wears her golfing outfit during gameplay itself, she also wears her main dress during the Castle Club mode as well as magically changing into it during post hole celebrations (when the player scores a Birdie or better as her). Additionally, Peach has a course which is designed after her, located in Peach Gardens.
Mario Golf: Super Rush
Peach reappears in Mario Golf: Super Rush as a Control character. She has the Spiral Stinger as her Special Shot and the Ribbon Dash as her Special Dash.
Mario Kart series
Princess Peach has always been a playable character in the Mario Kart series, where she is usually referred to as Peach. She also has several courses that are themed around her. In Mario Kart 8's Toad Harbor, a statue of Peach based on the Statue of Liberty can be seen in the background. Princess Peach also appears on some of the posters for the sponsor Galaxy Air.
Super Mario Kart
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Peach returns in Mario Kart: Super Circuit with her own course, Peach Circuit. She is a Lightweight driver.
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Peach is classified as a Medium driver. She is teamed up with Daisy, and their special item is the Heart. Peach's personal kart is the Heart Coach, which is available by default. Her own course is Peach Beach.
Mario Kart DS
In Mario Kart DS, Peach is a Light driver, and 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. The Peach Gardens course is themed around her, and GBA Peach Circuit returns as a classic course.
Mario Kart Wii
Peach appears in Mario Kart Wii as a Medium-size driver, 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 biker/jumpsuit outfit when the player chooses motorbikes. A statue of Peach appears in the battle course Block Plaza, a billboard featuring her appears in Moonview Highway, and her emblem is seen in Dry Dry Ruins.
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Peach is a returning playable racer in Mario Kart 8, and she retains her jumpsuit from Mario Kart Wii when she is driving bikes/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 reprises her role in the Nintendo Switch port Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
One of Peach's tricks involves blowing a kiss that varies depending on which vehicle that she is riding; if the player is using a sport bike, she blows the kiss with her right hand, and when using a standard bike, she uses her left hand.
Mario Kart Tour
Peach reappears in a playable role yet again in Mario Kart Tour, where she is available as a Super character; the Heart reappears as her special item. As of the Tokyo Tour, Peach in a kimono outfit, known as Peach (Kimono) in-game is a playable variant in Mario Kart Tour, being the first High-End Spotlight driver of the tour and having the Mushroom Cannon as her special item. In addition, Peach also has other separate variants for various tours, those being Peach (Vacation) for the 2019 Paris Tour, whose design is derived from the outfit she wears when visiting the Sand, Ruined, Cloud, and Metro Kingdoms during the post-game for Super Mario Odyssey; Peach (Wintertime) for the Ice Tour, whose design is derived from the outfit she wears when visiting the Cap, Snow, and Moon Kingdoms during the post-game for Super Mario Odyssey; Peach (Wedding) for the Wedding Tour, whose design is based on her wedding dress in Super Mario Odyssey; Peach (Halloween) for the 2020 Halloween Tour, whose design originated from a Halloween-themed HOME Menu theme for the Nintendo 3DS; Peach (Explorer) for the Sunset Tour, whose design is derived from the outfit she wears when visiting the Cascade and Lost Kingdoms during the post-game for Super Mario Odyssey; Peach (Happi) for the Mario vs. Peach Tour, whose design is based on Mario (Happi)'s design, and Peach (Yukata) for the Samurai Tour, whose design is partially derived from the outfit she wears when visiting Bowser's Kingdom during the post-game for Super Mario Odyssey. The first variant utilizes the Coin Box as her special item, the second variant utilizes the Dash Ring, the third variant utilizes the Triple Mushrooms, the fourth variant utilizes the Fire Flower, the fifth variant utilizes the Bob-omb Cannon, the sixth variant utilizes the Lucky Seven, and the last variant utilizes the Giga Bob-omb. Pink Gold Peach and Cat Peach also appear as drivers, with the former having the Coin Box as her special item and the latter having the Super Bell. Peach in her doctor outfit from Dr. Mario World will later debut in the Peach vs. Bowser Tour.
Starting from the 2021 Holiday Tour, Peach (Wintertime) is available in regular tour pipes, including the All-Clear Pipe. Peach (Explorer) is also available in regular tour pipes starting from the Singapore Tour.
Like almost every character, she has her own self-named cup, and also has her own self-named tour and three Team Rally tours, the first one was between herself and her friend Daisy, the second one was between herself and Mario, and the third one was between herself and Bowser.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Peach appears as a playable character in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, where she is a selectable character in the game's Relay Mode.
Super Mario Adventures
Princess Toadstool 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, the Princess busts back into the tower, saying she will 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 to force her hand in marriage, also threatening to curse the Mushroom Kingdom's denizens if she refuses. However, as his planned wedding draws near, she still refuses to marry him and attacks all the Koopa Troopas attending to her in her dressing room. When trying to sweet-talk her does not work, Bowser realizes that he needs a hypnotist, so he has a Magikoopa brainwash her 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, Princess Toadstool, 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). She also proceeds to kiss Mario if he wins first prize (with Wario being "bumped").
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. In these two games, her dress is colored purple instead of pink compared to her other appearances.
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 kidnaps 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 Booster Tower. Booster instantly falls 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 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 Mushroom 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. Aside from this, she also was responsible for creating the Peach's Birthday Cake board, as revealed by Toad in one of his quotes. The second installment has Peach helping out to save Mario Land from Bowser's takeover. The opening also has her suggesting they name the new theme park "Peach Land", with the rest of the cast humorously collapsing in response to this suggestion before resuming their argument. 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 Brighton and Twila. 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. 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".
The most recent Mario Party series appearance for Peach is Super Mario Party; like with the other characters in this installment, she has her own Dice Block, which allows her to roll between 0, 2, 4, 4, 4, and 6.
Game & Watch Gallery series
Game & Watch Gallery
Peach's Castle is used as the setting for the Game & Watch Gallery minigame Fire, and Peach herself appears in the 200-, 500-, and 700-point borders where she blows a kiss, which can be used to redeem an earlier miss.
Peach appears as Mario's partner in the Modern version of Octopus, where she waits in a boat for Mario to retrieve treasure in a sunken ship while he avoids the titular creature. If the player succeeds in getting back to the boat with treasure, she is overjoyed to see Mario.
Game & Watch Gallery 2
Peach appears in the Modern version of the Game & Watch adaptation of the Donkey Kong arcade game in Game & Watch Gallery 2. Donkey Kong has kidnapped her, and Mario has to rescue her. Peach is also the main character of the Modern version of Chef, where she has to flip sausages, bacon, and eggs, without letting them fall. Key artwork for the latter minigame shows Peach flipping fish and some meat while sticking her tongue out in concentration, while Toad watches with a very obvious desire to eat the prepping food, while the image representing Chef on the Overseas box art/cartridge art depicts Peach attempting to catch scrambled eggs, a sausage, and some fish that Luigi presumably threw at her.
Game & Watch Gallery 3
Aside from the game above, Peach also hosts with Mario the Gift Mode of the Gallery section, where she, alongside Mario, explains how to unlock more items as well as what is unlocked if one meets the requirements.
Game & Watch Gallery 4
Peach appears on the swing in the lower right-hand corner in the Modern version of Rain Shower in Game & Watch Gallery 4 if the player gets a high enough score, and as such, Mario needs to move her out of the way of Bowser's water balloons. Aside from this, she also reprises her roles in the Modern versions of Fire, Chef, Donkey Kong, and Octopus.
Aside from this, Peach also appears in some preview animations for some games if the player selects a game yet does not start it. In particular, she appears in the animations for Donkey Kong and Chef.
In the animation for Donkey Kong, Peach is admirably watching Mario trying to balance on a barrel. However, this ends up turning out badly when Mario starts rolling out of control, forcing Peach to flee until Donkey Kong unwittingly saves her by standing in front of the barrel, sending Mario flying, as she admires Donkey Kong.
In the animation for Chef, Peach flips some eggs to Mario, who is clearly waiting to be fed. Although Mario manages to eat three eggs, several more end up falling down with Peach flipping them to Mario's table at a quick enough rate that he ultimately ends up buried underneath the eggs, clearly overwhelmed by the number, before Yoshi comes in, eats all the eggs, and takes a stunned Mario away.
Mario Tennis series
In the Mario Tennis series, Peach is a Technique character who has strong ball control. She can send the ball to the edges of the court, potentially forcing the opponent to lose form while trying to retrieve the ball. Her weakest attribute, however, tends to be her power. Her serves are usually below average, putting her at a disadvantage making and returning serves.
Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64)
In Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, 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. In the game's intro, Peach participates in the tournament, where she wins against Birdo to advance to the semi-finals, but loses to Luigi in the following semi-final match.
Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color)
In the Game Boy Color version of Mario Tennis, Peach is an unlockable character, much like Mario. She appears in her castle, narrating the game. Daisy is at her side all the time. She is unlocked once the player beats the Doubles Mario Tour.
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, 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.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
Peach appears once again as a default playable character in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. She retains her stats as a Technique character from the two previous Mario Tennis installments before this one. Peach's amiibo can be used as well, and serves as a doubles partner that can be trained by the player.
Mario Tennis Aces
Peach makes a return in the Mario Tennis Aces installment, where she is once again a playable character. For the majority of modes in this game where the player is allowed to play as Peach, her Special Shot involves her forming a heart with her racket and hitting the ball.
For this game's "Adventure Mode," after winning the tournament with Mario, Peach was to be "bequeathed" alongside the judges (who were Wario and Waluigi in disguise) with the enchanted racket Lucien. However, Luigi ended up intercepting the racket, and ended up being possessed alongside Wario and Waluigi. She, alongside with Daisy, then learned from Toad (after being pressured by the latter) about the Kingdom of Bask and the racket's possible connection to it. Peach stayed at what remained of the stadium at Toad's request alongside Daisy, citing that Lucien alongside the possessed Wario, Waluigi, and Luigi would have exploited their absence to attack the stadium again if they had accompanied Mario and Toad, requesting only that they do not get themselves into extremely dangerous situations. Just prior to Mario and Toad's return, she alongside Daisy received a flyer advertising that Team Mario face Team Luigi at Marina Stadium for the five Power Stones, and revealed as much to them upon their return after learning of what they've discovered. Peach, Daisy, and Mario were initially unsure whether they could even beat Lucien, until Astren informs them of how Lucien only controls weak-willed individuals, and also had portions of King Bask's powers donated among them to allow them a fighting chance at defeating them and freeing them from Lucien's control. Peach and Daisy then fought Wario and Waluigi while Mario faced Luigi, ultimately succeeding in freeing them.
Their victory is short lived as Bowser stealing Lucien. Peach attempts to warn Bowser against stealing it, and implies he is possessed by it, although Bowser makes clear he was stealing it of his own free will and intending to settle his rivalry with Mario with it before leaving for the depths of Bask Ruins. After Mario defeated the resulting fusion between the two, Bowcien, Peach congratulated Mario for surpassing the odds, and also reflects that true power is to be used for protect instead of controlling others.
Peach was also available to play as in the game's online tournament demo, where she was available from the start.
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 comes 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 runs 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 defeat her. Peach then wishes that her kingdom would remain safe. Twink and Peach add their power to the Star Beam, then called Peach Beam, enabling it to break Bowser's invincibility. Bowser finally is defeated and Peach's castle returns to its original spot in Toad Town. During the celebrations, she also proceeds to inform the gathered guests about how the Star Haven has been fully restored after Bowser's defeat, and expresses hope for peace for a long time to come before formally announcing the beginning of the celebrations. After the parade, Mario takes 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 makes 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, with the Shadow Queen having no choice but to do so thanks to inhabiting her body. 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 mainland of 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 the Chaos Heart 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, a follower of Count Bleck). Peach falls from the sky into Flipside; although she is temporarily unconscious when Mario find her, she recovers and joins the team after Mario gives her some Spicy Soup. Peach can float and shield herself from enemies using her parasol. Luigi and Bowser later join the cause, although Bowser has to be convinced by Peach and Mario first.
She eventually is sent to the Overthere after Dimentio seemingly vaporized her as well as Bowser and Mario, and ended up unknowingly eating a Golden Apple which left her in a deep sleep. She is eventually awoken after Mario fed her a Black Apple to forcibly wake her up.
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 battle 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 are believed to be lost, but both survive. 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, however, turns out to be Tippi, a member of Mario's team. After defeating Super Dimentio and freeing Luigi, Peach witnesses the marriage of Bleck and Tippi in order to stop The Void.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Princess Peach first appears in the intro of Paper Mario: Sticker Star, 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.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Peach first appears in the intro of Paper Mario: Color Splash, where she hands Mario a postmarked colorless Toad. She then accompanies Mario on their voyage to Prism Island. After Mario meets Huey for the first time, Peach occupies a hotel room in Port Prisma and heals Mario whenever his HP is low. However, after Mario obtains the red Big Paint Star, she is kidnapped by Black Bowser. She then sends various Holo-Peaches to Mario as he progresses throughout his adventure, telling Mario her whereabouts and spying on Bowser, attempting to learn his plans. However, after a certain point, Black Bowser finds out what she is up to and orders for her color to be drained. The final battle has a color-drained Peach on display above Bowser's throne, and is used beforehand to lure Mario into a battle with Roy.
After beating Black Bowser and restoring him to his original form, Mario recolors Peach, and together they escape Black Bowser's Castle. Peach is later seen next to Mario at Port Prisma in the celebration of the return of the Paint Stars to Prism Island, cheering him up over the loss of Huey, saying that he would probably be watching over the island right then.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
In Paper Mario: The Origami King, Peach invites Mario and Luigi to Toad Town to celebrate at the Origami Festival. However, she is transformed by King Olly into one of his Folded Soldiers, which causes her to obey him and her demeanor to change completely to become far more distant. When Mario encounters her in this state at the beginning of the game, she suggests in a series of questions to Mario that the Mushroom Kingdom be "refolded" and her Toad subjects be "silenced" (foreshadowing King Olly's hatred of Toads), and also offers to recruit Mario as one of the Folded Soldiers. Regardless of whether Mario replies "Yes" or "No" to her questions, she says his replies are meaningless and "paper thin" and traps him in her castle's dungeon.
Eventually, she was turned into a tapestry hanging over Olly's throne after her castle transforms into Origami Castle. She is eventually restored to her original self as a result of Olivia's wish to undo Olly's actions to the 1,000 cranes, with her wondering why Mario, Luigi, the Toad Origami Craftsman, Bowser, Bowser Jr., and Kamek were present. She eventually accompanies Mario to the Origami Festival, and upon noticing Mario staring at an empty throne in a scale model of the Origami Castle, assures Mario that Olivia is with them in spirit, and wishes she could personally thank Olivia for what she has done.
Peach, or rather her origami form, was planned to be a boss at one point, even having some moves programmed in.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
For the Super Smash Bros. installments, Peach debuts in Super Smash Bros. Melee as one of the starting characters. While her design in this game is based on her earlier design, her appearance is still significantly different from her normal design, having a more realistic appearance than she does in actual Mario games. Peach's attributes are similar to Super Mario Bros. 2, in that while she is slow and not as powerful, she can move more quickly and falls more slowly in the air, and has the unique ability to temporarily float through the air by holding down the jump button. She is voiced by Jen Taylor in this game, who provided her voice for the late Nintendo 64 Mario games and voiced her in several games since. Peach is a lightweight fighter, weighing 89 units in this game and all subsequent installments.
Peach's standard special is Toad, in which Peach pulls out and hides behind Toad, who counterattacks if hit. Her side special is Peach Bomber, in which Peach flies forward hips-first into opponents. Her down special is Vegetable, which, based on Super Mario Bros. 2, allows Peach to pull a turnip from the ground. Her up special move is Peach Parasol, which allows Peach to fly into the air and float to the ground with her parasol.
In Adventure Mode, Peach is fought at the end of the first stage. The player will have to fight her and Mario or Luigi. Peach's Castle is also a course in the game.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Peach reappears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Her appearance in this game is now based on her more recent appearances, though with much more detail, such as several overskirt layers and lace trims, which is an original design for the Super Smash Bros. series. She is also now voiced by Samantha Kelly, her current voice actress. While her moveset is unchanged from Super Smash Bros. Melee, her Final Smash move is Peach Blossom, which puts enemies to sleep and spawns peaches that allow her to recover damage. She also does not move as quickly in the air, and her second jump does not give her as much height.
Alongside her Super Smash Bros. trophies, Peach also has two trophies for 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.
Her tendency to get kidnapped by Bowser and be rescued by Mario was referenced in Solid Snake's codec call while fighting Peach. Although Mei Ling considers it somewhat romantic that someone's always there for her even in the worst situations, Snake was less than impressed, bluntly stating that Mario should be smart enough to tell Peach to stop getting herself kidnapped, with Mei Ling then inferring that Snake does not get much dates for that reason.
Role in The Subspace Emissary
In The Subspace Emissary, Peach is watching Mario and Kirby fighting together with 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, and then supplies her parasol to Duon's original state, Mr. Game & Watch, after briefly scolding him. After that process is done, Peach also runs 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 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. While her appearance is mostly the same as in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, her design is now less detailed to reflect her cartoony nature. She retains her moveset from the past installments, though many of her moves now have added aesthetic effects such as rainbows, hearts, and sparkles. Her running animation has also been changed to be based on Super Mario 3D World.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Peach returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable character, where she is unlockable for the first time in the Super Smash Bros. series. When Peach grabs an opponent, Toad appears and attacks them instead of Peach for her pummel, and two of her throws. The Toad special move itself has also been slightly changed, with Toad appearing in front of Peach when the move is used instead of Peach holding him up. Daisy also makes her playable Super Smash Bros. debut as an Echo Fighter (a fighter whose attacks, animations and abilities are directly based on those of another fighter in the game) based on Peach. Owing to this, Peach's second costume is changed to being a pure gold dress. Peach's forward smash is now known as A Tool for Every Job, while her up smash is called Ribbon Dance.
On a side note, as with several other returning characters, Peach's victory theme, which is the orchestral arrangement of the level clear theme from Super Mario Bros. (and is shared with Mario, Dr. Mario, Luigi and in this game, Daisy), has been slightly shortened and sped up compared to the previous installments.
Two spirits in the game are based on the adult form of Peach, aside from her fighter spirit. One of them is her Cat form, known as Cat Princess Peach in-game, while the other is based on her wedding appearance from Super Mario Odyssey. The latter is an Ace-class support spirit that helps the user recover a large amount of health when they are critically damaged during a fight. The spirit can be encountered in The Final Battle portion of World of Light, or obtained from Peach's Super Mario Odyssey amiibo. In the spirit battle, the player, who takes constant damage, faces Peach and Mario in their wedding costumes on the New Donk City Hall stage. To win the battle, only Peach has to be defeated.
Classic Mode route
Peach's Classic Mode route has her fight villains who kidnap damsels on a recurring basis. The vast majority of the fighters in this route are Mario characters.
Luigi's Mansion series
Although Princess Peach herself does not make an appearance in Luigi's Mansion, she is mentioned by Toad who says that she sent them to look for Mario and help Luigi.
Luigi's Mansion 3
Peach makes her first physical appearance in the Luigi's Mansion series in Luigi's Mansion 3, where she is invited to The Last Resort alongside the Mario Bros. and a few Toads, only to be trapped in a painting like everyone else, barring Luigi. Peach is the last to be freed from her painting, right after Mario is freed and leads Luigi to it; however, King Boo immediately traps her and everyone else in a single painting, again barring Luigi, who was saved by Polterpup. After King Boo is defeated, Luigi frees everyone from the painting, and Peach then contributes in rebuilding the hotel.
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
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 are not 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 (with Bowser's presence in particular also forcing her to avoid telling Mario and Luigi this).
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. If talked to her, she will also head in the opposite direction, due to a suggestion made by Toadsworth earlier. At the valley's end, Peach run into Trunkle, a giant rock monster, but Mario and Luigi save her from it before it is too late.
Later, Bowletta kidnaps 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, because the Beanstar had earlier self-destructed under a fit of rage from the Peach-Bot's voice, 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 (as Toadsworth had previously provided them with an extra dress for the princess), to fool Bowletta and Fawful, by thinking he is Peach. The plan works, and Bowletta releases the real Peach, and kidnaps 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.
The key artwork for "Peach" in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is technically Birdo in disguise, since she is shown using explosive vocabulary.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time starts with a flashback to the past. Toadsworth the Younger greets Baby Mario and Baby Luigi and tells them the princess needs playmates. When they enter the room she is in, Baby Bowser has taken Peach. After Baby Mario defeats Baby Bowser, the Shroobs invade the Mushroom Kingdom and attack the castle. Baby Bowser calls Kamek to get them out of the castle, who arrives and takes them out with the Koopa Cruiser just in time.
In the present, Peach, Toadiko, and Toadbert use Prof. 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. The Elder Princess Shroob, the leader of the Shroobs, and Princess Shroob, her younger twin sister, attack Peach. Peach grabs the time machine's power supply, the Cobalt Star, and traps the Elder Princess Shroob inside it. Then she breaks the Cobalt Star into pieces, while the Elder Princess Shroob is still inside. While the Cobalt Star shards are spread around the world, Peach is 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. However, she is swallowed by Petey Piranha. The Mario Bros. and their younger selves defeat Petey Piranha, although Kylie Koopa, who also got swallowed by Petey, says that Peach was spat out earlier. Further into the Gritzy Caves, they find Princess Shroob, disguised as Peach. She is brought to the present by the brothers accidentally. The Toads tell the fake princess to take a rest. However, while she is doing so, Bowser come and kidnaps her, believing that she is Peach. The Mario Bros. 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 should not be completed and a battle begins. After it, Baby Bowser reunites the Cobalt Star Shards all together, making the Elder Princess Shroob appear and giving back all her power. During the first phase of the final battle, Peach throws stars at Mario and Luigi, which they can use to destroy the UFOs, and she occasionally heals them with mushrooms. However, she is unconcious during the second phase. After the battle, Peach and the others return to the present.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
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). 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 found 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, with it being heavily implied that he got Bowser extremely obese in the first place in order to draw Peach out into the open). While the story passes, Peach is held captive by Fawful, having her energy absorbed. She is later inhaled by Dark Star, or rather, Dark Bowser, which had been created via Dark Star absorbing parts of Bowser's DNA, in an attempt to get more dark power, although since she was devoid of dark power, he does not gain any power whatsoever. Dark Bowser eventually removes Peach from his body (off-screen) after absorbing Dark Fawful and gaining his full power back.
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 & Luigi: Paper Jam
In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Peach meets her paper counterpart when Luigi accidentally releases the Paper Mario world into the Mario & Luigi universe. After some disagreements, Bowser and his paper self kidnap her and her paper counterpart, respectively, forcing Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario to rescue them. The Bowser Jrs take the princesses to Mount Brrr, where they are spotted by some Toads. Toadette builds a Papercraft version of Peach that defeats the Papercraft Bowser Jr. However, the Bowser Jrs escape with the princesses, going back to Bowser's Castle.
The princesses are able to escape at Bowser's Castle, but are soon caught and recaptured by the Bowser Jr. duo. Despite this, the Bowser Jrs are promptly defeated by Mario's team and the princesses escape with them. They return to Peach's Castle and reassemble it after it was blown up by the Koopa Troop as retaliation for the Bowser Jrs' loss to Mario's team. Once the Mario team defeats Shiny RoboBowser, they regroup at the castle. She says goodbye to her paper self as she returns to the Paper Mario world.
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 Baseball
Peach is one of a few technique captains in Mario Superstar Baseball. She is tied with Boo for having the second best pitching stat in the game, losing only to Waluigi and Bowser. Her fielding stat is also tied for the second best in the game with Diddy Kong, only being slightly worse than Magikoopa's. Her batting is slightly below average while her running is average. Her fielding skills are the Super Catch and Quick Throw. 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's batting and running stats remain unchanged from before, but her pitching and fielding were both improved, and she is now tied with Boo for having the best pitching stat in the game. She lost her Super Catch ability, but still has Quick Throw.
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 fights 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
For Mario Strikers Charged, Peach has a different play style as compared to the Super Mario Strikers installment. 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 (which is her modern 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 as a Skill type playable character in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, wearing her usual sports outfit for most Events, her winter outfit for Equestrian events and a new outfit for Gymnastics and Aquatics events. Peach appears in the opening with all of the other athletes at the start, as well as later competing in Synchronized Swimming and Rhythmic Ribbon. A Mii outfit based on Peach returns, but has been updated to use her regular sports outfit rather than her winter one, and Peach also appears as a character that can be spoken to in order to play minigames and earn stickers in London Party mode.
In the Nintendo 3DS version, Peach is included in the Girls group, meaning that she is only playable in certain events. In the Story Mode, Peach first appears with Blaze protecting a group of Toads from some Fog Imposters, which they manage to defeat and then rescue Daisy and Amy. When the group find Rouge, Peach defeats her in an event to stop her brainwashing, and then Rouge leads the group to the Fog machine in Hyde Park, which Blaze destroys. Peach decides to stay in Hyde Park with the other Girls to keep an eye on things there, and the group later call Mario, Luigi, Sonic and Tails when they face Bowser and Dr. Eggman to offer support. Peach later appears at the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games. In the bonus episodes, Peach volunteers to help with the invitations for the Olympic Games, and when Daisy visits them and offers to take Amy shopping, Peach defeats her in an Olympic event to convince her to help. When Bowser's invitation is accidentally damaged, Peach ends up rewriting it. Peach also helps Amy defeat Bowser and Dr. Eggman when they come for their invitations early, but decides to let them have them anyway as they hadn't caused any trouble. When Peach returns after finding Bowser and Dr. Eggman's invitations missing, the group find that they have left and assume that they must have found their invitations anyway, and they head on a shopping trip to celebrate. A badge of Peach can be obtained from the badge machine.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Peach appears 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.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Princess Peach appears as a Skill-type playable character in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in both the 3DS and Wii U versions. In the 3DS version, she is exclusive to the Golf and 100m Freestyle events.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Princess Peach reappears in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as a Technique-type playable character, and also as one of the eight characters that are playable in 2D Events. In the Story Mode, Peach is first encountered in Chapter 11, where she is shown to be competing in the Archery event; she then joins the player's party after Daisy defeats her. Later on, in Chapter 13, she beats Larry Koopa in Equestrian in order to win back the Excitement Battery, before teaming up with Yoshi to beat Shadow and Knuckles in Badminton during Chapter 15. At the end of the game, she is shown rejoicing alongside Amy Rose.
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 in 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.
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition
Princess Peach appears as a helper character in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. She is unlocked after the player completes World 8, and her attribute is Light.
As a helper, Peach's skill restores half of the party's maximum HP, while her helper skill raises the ATK of all teammates by 3x, as long as the party's current HP is at or above 50% its maximum value.
Another version of Peach, called Super Peach, can also be unlocked by completing ★World 8. Her main attribute and sub-attribute are both Light.
Super Peach's skill fully restores the party's HP, along with removing the paralysis condition from all paralyzed teammates. Her helper skill raises the ATK of all teammates by 4.5x, as long as the party's current HP is at 100% its maximum value.
All Peach variations have RCV as their strongest stat, while their HP and ATK are only at average levels.
Mario Sports Superstars
Princess Peach is a playable character in Mario Sports Superstars. In all sports, she is a technique-oriented player, giving her better shot accuracy or horse control. In golf, her default drive is 206 yards, and her shot travels straight and medium-low. In most sports, she wears her sports outfit from such games as the Mario Baseball series, while in tennis and golf she wears her miniskirt.
Mario + Rabbids series
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Peach reappears as a playable character in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Peach, along with Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi, was sucked into the vortex linking the Rabbids to the Mushroom Kingdom at the beginning of the game, and later rejoiced when Mario returned safely. She later freed Mario and one of his Rabbid partners from Icicle Golem in the level It Came From the Freezer, and joins as a playable character afterwards.
Peach's primary weapon is a Boomshot, a short-range weapon that can hit more than one target in front of her, and her secondary weapon is a Grenaduck. Her weapons' Super Effects are Burn and Freeze. Peach has balanced offense and defense with high mobility, possessing the second highest health points after Yoshi. Her Team Jump can heal heroes within landing radius. Her techniques are a reaction shot called Royal Graze and Protect, which allows her shield her allies from damage by absorbing some (if not all) of their damage.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Peach returns as a playable chracter in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. She now wields the Boom-Brella, an umbrella-shaped weapon with a cannon attached to it that fires a powerful cone attack. Her technique is Team Barrier, which protects her allies similar to Protection. This effect also applies with her unlockable Barrier Jump skill.
LEGO Super Mario
Other appearances, cameos, and references
Peach is a minor character in Dr. Mario, appearing as Nurse Toadstool. Nurse Toadstool also had a brief cameo alongside Dr. Mario on the Japanese instructions for cleaning Famicom cassettes, with some official artwork cropping her lower half off. 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.
Princess Toadstool makes a cameo in Game B of the NES version of Tetris alongside the Mario Bros. upon completing one of the heights, specifically height 5. Toadstool in particular is atop the highest turret applauding, and is the only one of the characters that appear that neither use a musical instrument or, in the case of the Mario Bros., do any dancing. As noted above, this was also one of her only two NES appearances that depicted her as having blonde hair in-game, the only other being NES Open Tournament Golf.
Like the other Mario characters, she also frequently appears in the gag manga series Super Mario by Kodansha manga, with her appearing in the Mario Kart volume as well as the cover of the Super Mario World third volume.
She also makes an appearance in the Nintendo Monopoly board game, where her space costs $220 and takes the place of Indiana Avenue. In addition, Peach is one of the four base Characters included in the Standard Edition (five in the Collector's Edition) of Monopoly Gamer.
Although Peach, or more accurately, Toadstool, herself does not physically appear in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, she is mentioned in the game's manual, and in addition, a massive statue in her likeness played a major role in the game's story as the Black Sugar Gang had stolen it, and Wario had set out to retrieve it with the ulterior motive of holding it for ransom in order to gain his own castle. However, Wario would never get the chance to hold it for ransom as Mario managed to airlift it away after Wario defeated the Syrup Gang, including their leader Captain Syrup.
Peach, or rather, Toadstool, only appears in the CD-ROM Deluxe version of Mario is Missing! However, her likeness is used for the curators in the SNES version of the game, which is partly derived from her appearance in Super Mario World.
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 Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, she is located in the audience along with other Mario characters. Peach also made a cameo in The Legend of Zelda series, including a painting of her in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that could be seen through a window at Hyrule Castle. In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, a goat character Christine sends Mr. Write (based on Mr. Wright from SimCity) a portrait of Princess Peach through a letter. In the Nintendo Switch remake, the portrait is replaced with promotional artwork of Peach holding her parasol. An item called the Peach Kart, a remote control kart with the princess, appears in Nintendogs, and is only unlockable in Lab & Friends; puppies like to chase after it, and when it drives around, the music from Peach Beach plays.
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. And in Ridge Racer DS, a car featuring Peach's face on a hood is unlockable.
The Animal Crossing series also features multiple references to Peach. In City Folk and New Leaf, an item is available called Peach's Parasol that can be obtained respectively from Tom Nook's shop if the player earns 4,000 points or from Timmy and Tommy's store from purchasing a fortune cookies to win a prize. Pocket Camp features Peach's Crown and Peach's Dress as clothing items, and in New Horizons, the Princess Peach dress, Princess Peach crown, and Princess Peach shoes can be obtained from Nook Shopping to celebrate Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary. Additionally, the yellow variant of the tulip surprise box will, when interacted, display a Princess Peach doll.
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.
Peach has cameos in the DSi apps Mario Calculator and Mario Clock that appear via easter eggs. In the former, the player if they implement a number that matches their birthday, has Peach emerge after a flagpole sound effect, with four fireworks appearing. In the latter, collecting 1200 coins has Peach appearing in World 8-4 to congratulate either Mario or Luigi (depending on which character the player used to reach the threshold) and tell them she is sending them on a new quest. In both instances, due to the apps being derived from the initial Super Mario Bros, she utilized her NES sprite.
In the Wii U version of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, there is an unlockable costume for Bayonetta and Jeanne that resemble Princess Peach, as well as a special moveset based on Mario and Peach's abilities. The costume consists of a shortened version of Peach's dress, with Mario dolls attached to it, and golden details. A palette swap for it is available, and resembles Princess Daisy, but it lacks the Mario doll and instead has a Luigi doll. In both versions, her summon is Bowser.
In Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition, one of the costumes is based off of Peach.
Peach, or more accurately, her Cat Peach form, is a character on the Virtual Console series The Cat Mario Show.
In the Nintendo Switch Online trailer in the September 13 Nintendo Direct, she was seen as one of the players in various portions of the Online Play, and during the NES portion showing online gameplay, Princess Peach and Bowser Jr. were shown playing against each other remotely with the Dr. Mario NES game.
Peach is a young, fair-skinned woman with an average build. She is taller than most human characters, exceeded only by Rosalina, Pauline, and Waluigi. It is to be noted that in the original and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe versions of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, she is depicted as being shorter than Super Mario/Super Luigi (with the difference in size being enough that she has to stand on her tip-toes to kiss Mario/Luigi if they are in Super/Fire form in the Deluxe version). She has a soft, oval face with large eyes with blue irises framed by six lashes (three or four in other artwork), and thin, dark blonde eyebrows. She has long, flowing, golden-blonde hair that reach past her waist, with both V-shaped and fringed bangs, and two thin sideburns with v-shaped ends framing her face. She sometimes wears her hair tied up in a ponytail with a blue scrunchie for certain installments which involve more activity including, but not limited to, sports events and kart racing, starting with Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.
The DIC cartoons' version of the princess has been officially stated to be seventeen years old. As for the video game version of Peach, though no fixed age has been revealed, her overall physical appearance and appearing as a baby alongside Baby Mario suggests that she is in her early 20's.
Peach usually wears a floor-length pink gown with puffy sleeves, as well as a high collar, panniers at the waist, and a ruffle at the hem, all colored deep pink; this design debuted in Super Mario Sunshine before being finalized in Mario Party 4. From Super Mario Bros. to Mario Kart: Super Circuit, her dress had a thin deep pink band around her waist rather than panniers, the collar was the same pink as the chest and sleeves, and the lower half of the dress skirt was a deep pink; this particular dress design was reused in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. The dress has a sapphire brooch, set in gold on Peach's chest, and she wears round earrings of the same color. Her crown is golden, with two rubies and two sapphires; these gems also became set in gold. She wears white evening gloves beyond elbow-length (these have a v-shaped opening, but were formerly straight), deep pink or red high heels, and in some games, has a white petticoat under her gown. In the Nintendo 64 Mario Party games and the Paper Mario series, she wears white tights underneath. Her dress is far more elaborately designed in recent Super Smash Bros. titles, but is otherwise the same; because of the Super Smash Bros. games using more realistic dimensions for the various characters, Peach is also given slightly more realistic dimensions in these games, including a slightly smaller head and a slightly larger bust.
The earliest alternate outfit Peach had was in All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros., where she was dressed up in a Kimono and had her hair in a geisha-style complete with chopsticks. This was because of it being released during a Japanese holiday. Although this particular outfit has not appeared in any games since, Peach wore similar Kimono outfits that appeared in an advertisement for Nintendo's involvement in the Kyoto Cross Media Experience 2009, a Club Nintendo calendar award, a New Year 2017 wallpaper (which was reused from one of the artworks from the Kyoto Cross Media Experience 2009), her outfit in Bowser's Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey, and a pink yukata in Mario Kart Tour.
A promotional flyer for a Japanese pachinko machine was created in Mario's earlier years, depicting Peach wearing bunny ears and tail, a one-piece, fishnets, and high heels.
In NES Open Tournament Golf, she wears a sundress with ballet flats due to the golfing aspect of the game. Although in the artwork and during actual gameplay it was colored pink, the in-game sprite for the title screen depicts her with a green dress, presumably due to the graphics limitations of the NES.
Although not seen wearing this outfit in-game, one of her character arts for Super Mario World depicted her with sunglasses, heart earrings, as well as a purple-pink two-piece bikini, with her crown featuring three points as well as a red bottom with at least four diamonds. She wore a similar outfit in the KC Deluxe Super Mario Kart gag manga, only the bikini was slightly more skimpy, it lacked the crown, sunglasses, and earrings, and she was wearing a sash that said "Racingqu" (presumably meant to say "Racing queen"), as well as carrying a parasol, due to her implied role as one of the racehands. On a related note, the Japanese advertisement for Super Mario All-Stars, owing to the basis being events like the Oscars, depicted Peach wearing a sparkling lavender sequined dress as well as matching heels and opera gloves, as well as a fluffy white scarf.
In Mario Party 2, aside from her traditional pink dress that she wears on Rules Land and Bowser Land, as well as the opening and ending of the game, she also wore five distinct outfits fitting into the five themes for Mario Land (pirate, cowgirl, space cadet, explorer, and witch versions of her dress for Pirate Land, Western Land, Space Land, Mystery Land and Horror Land, respectively).
In Super Mario Sunshine, Peach wears a lighter, sleeveless version of her dress, and wears a gold bracelet in place of gloves, due to the tropical setting of the game. She also wears her hair in a ponytail for the first time. In addition, similar to in Super Smash Bros. Melee, she also wore a ring, only it was ruby and placed on her right middle finger.
In the Dr. Mario series, she wears a pink nurse's uniform with matching hat and sandals. Upon becoming a doctor in Dr. Mario World, she instead wears a light pink lab coat, a pink skirt, and a white shirt and shoes. She also wears her ponytail hairstyle and does not wear her crown, similar to the other doctors.
Although technically not an alternate outfit, her original standard dress was slightly modified in Super Smash Bros. Melee to feature gold, flame-like designs as well as silk extensions near the bottom of her skirt, plus similar flame-like designs near her brooch and a deep pink corset below it; she also wears a sapphire ring on her left middle finger. In Brawl, said dress is radically altered to be based on her modern appearance, and as such, possesses frills at the front of her skirt that split down the legs, flame-like designs near these frills, as well as pink and red portions of the bottom portions of the skirt, plus a silk front near the brooch, with it being given a slightly more realistic appearance. The dress in Wii U and 3DS is largely similar to the one in Brawl, although it is slightly less detailed due to her returning to a more cartoon-like design. Aside from the standard dress, she also has several alternate costumes in each of the games (four in Melee, five in Brawl, and seven in 3DS / Wii U). Her blue and green dresses were based on similar palette swaps used in the Mario Golf and Mario Tennis series (and to a lesser extent on Daisy and Peach's respective sprites in NES Open Tournament Golf in Melee and 3DS / Wii U, respectively). Her white dress, depending on the game, is either based to a certain extent on her NES appearance (Melee) or otherwise on the wedding dress she wore in Super Paper Mario (Brawl as well as 3DS and Wii U). Her white dress in Melee is notably the only one of her dress options in the Super Smash Bros. series that has her wearing different undergarments. Her yellow dress is obviously based on that of Princess Daisy. Likewise, her red dress option in Brawl as well as 3DS / Wii U is based on Pauline's dress, and she also possessed a black and yellow dress, as well as a dress based directly on her Fire form in Super Mario 3D World. She retains most of her outfits from 3DS / Wii U in Ultimate, although her orange alternate color is replaced with a gold dress and matching parasol that resembled her Gold form from Super Mario Party, most likely due to Daisy becoming her Echo Fighter in the game.
When the dedicated Mario sports installments started with Mario Golf and Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, Peach's sports uniform was simply a shorter, sleeveless version of her usual dress, with white knee-high socks and orange-and-beige tennis shoes. In Mario Golf, her animation when doing a hole-in-one has her dress transform from her sports uniform to her usual dress in her excitement. Starting with the GameCube Mario sports games, however, she started to have more variety in what she wears. In many earlier games like Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Power Tennis, the standard outfit that she wears is a sporty sleeveless pink miniskirt colored deep pink at the bottom, separated by a white wave design. In World Tour, while otherwise similar to her uniform from Toadstool Tour, Peach's miniskirt, in a similar manner to Mario Golf as noted above, will transform at the wave of her parasol into her trademark dress whenever she gets an Eagle or a Birdie. In other general sports installments which require Peach to be more active, her standard outfit for those games is a pink tank top and shorts with white accents, similar to Princess Daisy's usual sports uniform; in both cases, she wears white bobby socks and red-and-pink tennis shoes, and retains her characteristic blue brooch, earrings, and her crown.
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, where every character's attire varies depending on the sport being played, Peach is given a whole slew of new outfits that are exclusive to the game. In most events, she wears an outfit similar to her regular athletic outfit, though the tank top sports white accents on the sides and bares her midriff, while the shorts have the colors reversed. Additionally, the look is complete with pink and white sneakers adorned with magenta laces. This outfit receives some minor additions depending on the event, such as a brown harness belt in the Sport Climbing and Archery events, or magenta knee-high socks in Football and Rugby Sevens. Other outfits include a red and white Equestrian uniform, a white karate gi with a blue (or red) belt, a pink and white Fencing uniform, and a pink and black wetsuit for Shortboard Surfing.
For the soccer-themed Mario Strikers games, Peach wears two-piece, midriff-baring soccer outfits and cleats. In the case of Mario Strikers Charged, armor is added to the ensemble due to the increased intensity of the game. Her color scheme is still pink, with blue accents and yellow accents. Along with her nurse and doctor outfits in the Dr. Mario series, these are her only clothes that lack her signature blue brooch, although unlike in Dr. Mario (and NES Open Tournament Golf), she still has her crown here.
In Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Peach wears a primarily white jumpsuit with pink stripes when riding motorbikes, as well as ATVs in the latter two titles, with a pink scarf, belt, boots, gloves, and other detailing, including a heart-shaped pattern on her back. The gloves are styled similarly to her typical ones and are pink with a white trim to match the boots, which have white soles. She keeps her regular crown, earrings, and brooch.
For the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games installments, Peach wears a pink sleeveless mini dress with a white trim around the bottom, and darker pink leggings and sleeves, and white gloves and ankle boots.
For Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Peach wears a light pink leotard with dark pink stripes on the sides for the gymnastics events, which is additionally used as swimwear for the swimming events.
A Super Mario Relaxing Life digital sticker briefly depicted Peach wearing a faint pink nightcap as well as a matching nightgown with no sleeves, before she quickly reverted to her formal attire. Likewise, a Halloween-themed HOME menu key art depicted Peach wearing a Halloween outfit which was later reused for her "Peach (Halloween)" skin in Mario Kart Tour. It overall resembles her default outfit, only with the addition of a magenta witch's hat, a matching mantle, and her carrying a wand with a sapphire stone on it. Her earrings are also of a slightly darker shade of blue in this outfit.
In Super Mario Odyssey, aside from her traditional pink dress (which only appears in the prologue and when encountering her at Mushroom Kingdom in the post-game), she has a wide variety of outfits, such as the wedding dress she wore for most of the game (later revealed to be the Lochlady Dress), as well as various outfits she wore in the post-game, with the specific type depending on the world visited. For the Cascade Kingdom, Wooded Kingdom, and Lost Kingdom, she wears an explorer type outfit with short beige shorts, white knee-length socks, brown hiking boots, a brown shirt with rolled-up sleeves, a roll-up backpack, white gloves, and an explorer's helmet. For the Sand Kingdom, Ruined Kingdom, Cloud Kingdom, and Metro Kingdom (and to a certain extent the Mushroom Kingdom), Peach wears a knee-length pink dress with a white blouse, white Mary Kane heels, a purple mini-scarf, and a white and pink sunhat. For the Cap Kingdom, Snow Kingdom, and Moon Kingdom, she wears largely black attire: a black wool coat reaching her knees, black gloves, a black beret, and black tights. For the Luncheon Kingdom, she wears a pink shirt, blue overalls, pink rain boots, and a pink sunhat. For the Seaside Kingdom and Lake Kingdom, she wears a pink pearl necklace, a pink bikini with a blue brooch similar to the one on her trademark dress, pink flip-flops, a pair of sunglasses, and a sarong with pink crescent moon patterns. For Bowser's Kingdom, she wears a Fire Flower-patterned blue kimono and wears her hair in a ponytail with a Boo mask on the left side of her head, as well as having a blue uchiwa fan with a Blooper on it on her back (this particular outfit also had two planned variations, specifically a pink yukata with a school of Cheep-Cheep on it as well as a Super Leaf-style mask and green uchiwa fan, and a dark blue yukata with mushrooms on it and a mushroom-style mask and red uchiwa fan). The outfits listed here can also be accessed by using the Capture on a pole at the top of Peach's Castle after gaining all 999 Power Moons. The Sand/Ruined/Cloud/Metro Kingdom outfit as well as the Cap/Snow/Moon Kingdom outfit, the Cascade/Wooded/Lost Kingdom outfits, and the wedding dress, were later reused as alternate versions of Peach for Mario Kart Tour, called "Vacation Peach", "Wintertime Peach", "Explorer Peach", and "Wedding Peach", respectively.
With the exception of the attire she wore while possessed by the Shadow Queen in The Thousand-Year Door or the two disguises she wore in the first two Paper Mario games, Peach, or rather, Paper Peach, has worn a white wedding dress in Super Paper Mario, due to Count Bleck forcing her and Bowser to marry in order to create the Chaos Heart in his agenda to destroy all worlds. Aside from this, she also briefly wore a brown cloak at the beginning of Paper Mario: Color Splash, due to her traversing to Mario's Pad during a thunderstorm.
Princess Peach is shown to be a sweet, kind, and optimistic person, while also being classy and sociable, with more and more portrayals further displaying her as clever and adventurous. She has a warm heart and often acts unselfishly, putting her friends, loved ones, and citizens ahead of herself, and apologizes excessively for getting into trouble and requiring Mario to rescue her. She even shows concern and compassion towards her enemies frequently; she saves Mimi in Super Paper Mario, despite the girl's constant antagonism of the princess, and in the same game and other games, her pure and noble characteristics are often shown in different ways, from being the only person who can activate certain powerful objects (including but not limited to the Beanstar and Dark Star) to landing in the Overthere, the Mario equivalent of heaven (after Dimentio seemingly "ends her game").
While gentle by nature, Peach is also strong-willed and can hold her own in sports competitions and battle, provided she is not already being held captive. Her strong-willed nature is best demonstrated at the beginning of Super Paper Mario, where she managed to outright resist Nastasia's mind control abilities during the "wedding", which Nastasia indicated was unprecedented. A similar demonstration of her strong will was also shown in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, where she managed to fight off the Shadow Queen's possession long enough to not only offer words of encouragement to Mario and his party, but also heal them (with the Shadow Queen, due to possessing Peach's body, being forced to go along with it). At the end of Super Mario Odyssey, when Mario and Bowser start squabbling for her hand-in-marriage while shoving their flower proposals in her face, Peach puts an end to the conflict with firm assertiveness, showing she will not put up with immaturity and nonsense. Largely because of her frequently being kidnapped, she has frequently been the subject of a running gag in the Super Smash Bros. series where several characters refer to the frequency of her abductions and infer she is useless for it, such as Snake in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Pit (and to a certain extent, Viridi) in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. But while Peach is often considered the archetypal video game damsel in distress, she is often shown actively working against her captors, such as sneaking around searching for power-ups and/or information to send to Mario in games such as Super Mario Galaxy and the Paper Mario series, and even attempting to escape her confinement in Super Mario 3D Land.
While Peach occasionally seems naive, she is generally level-headed, knows when to take charge, and shows more common sense and observance than those around her, such as noticing a Mario doppleganger in the Isle Delfino vacation guide video's background in Super Mario Sunshine, insisting that an emergency meeting continues even after it is briefly interrupted by Bowser and deducing what Fawful was planning regarding her in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, and talking a stubborn Bowser into joining her and Mario in Super Paper Mario. She often acts as a peacemaker; for example, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's story mode, she offers tea to Fox and Sheik in order to calm them down, and later converts Mr. Game & Watch to their cause. In the Super Mario World cartoon, she is a motherly figure to the young Yoshi and Oogtar, and in the cartoons overall, she is practical and generous to a fault, such as trying to convince the Mario Bros. to return home, despite the fact that Koopa is still after her. She also has a feisty side, which shines through particularly well in her comic appearances. Besides sports, Peach is also into ballroom dancing, video games, and gardening, and seems to enjoy exploring and trying new things. In the Japanese version of Super Mario Kart, she is also implied to get drunk easily from champagne, as she was seen blushing while drinking from the champagne bottle.
Although she is generally depicted as kind, sociable, and generous in most games, the Mario Strikers games do show a slightly more arrogant and petulant side to Peach, including her pitching a fit to one of her teammates and eventually jumping up and down in an apparent tantrum if the opposing team scores. A similar temperamental nature can be observed if the player fails to flip food in time and have it land on the floor in the Modern versions of Chef, where Peach will either stomp her foot in anger (Game & Watch Gallery 2) or otherwise put her hand over her head and scream repeatedly in frustration before proceeding to wince (Game & Watch Gallery 4), in either case causing Yoshi to crouch down in fear. In the accompanying audio drama for the Japan-exclusive Satellaview game BS Super Mario USA, she is depicted as being high-strung. On two occasions, she gets so angry that her speech has to be bleep censored.
Although most games emphasize her innocent nature, the Super Smash Bros. series tended to depict Peach as having a slightly more flirty, mischievous, and confident attitude, including having one of her taunts depicting her as making a flirtatious wink; some of her victory remarks directly taunt her opponents, such as asking if she won a match in a condescending tone, or saying their match was fun. In Brawl, she is also shown to be slightly eccentric, such as casually strolling across the Halberd's deck while Fox and Falco do a bombing run on the ship in their Arwings, and offering a stalemate between Sheik and Fox by offering them tea while still aboard said ship. In one issue of a Satellaview virtual magazine where she and other Mario characters appear, this is exaggerated as a form of adult humor; Mario catches Peach cheating on him with Toad, which gets her in trouble with Mario.
Early in her history, while Peach did speak, it was largely done via text dialogue. It was not until Mario is Missing where Peach got some dialogue, and it would not be until Super Mario 64 onward that she maintained having voiced dialogue. In Super Mario 64, she largely spoke with a mature, feminine tone, though in Mario Kart 64, Mario Party 1-3, and Super Mario Advance, Peach spoke with a slightly higher-pitched, somewhat shrill tone, albeit one that exuded confidence, and also possessing a slight Italian accent in the case of the last game. Starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Mario Sunshine, she was given a very soft, very girlish soprano voice that exuded innocence and simplicity, yet at times grew sharp when yelling, which was largely retained to her current appearances. Her laugh is a cheeky, girlish giggle. In the Super Smash Bros. games, other than her taunt and her victory animations, as well as once saying "Tea time" during Subspace Emissary, Peach doesn't say anything beyond grunts. In the Japanese versions of certain games, such as Itadaki Street DS and Fortune Street, Princess Peach tends to end her sentences with "ですわ" (desu wa), a stereotypical trait in Japanese media reserved for females of high class such as princesses and noblewomen, and even women who were simply haughty and arrogant.
Powers and abilities
Like other Mario characters, Peach can Jump and Ground Pound; she also slaps opponents, which is her specialty, rather than punching. While not very strong physically, she makes up for it in technique and skill, and many games reveal her to be fast and agile as well. She is also shown to be very graceful, often embellishing attacks and victory scenes alike with elegant movements, twirls, and dances. With the release of Super Mario 3D World, Peach is able to use power-ups, such as the Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Super Bell, and Double Cherry, among other power-ups and items. She also has the unique ability to float in mid-air by means of her skirt, first seen in Super Mario Bros. 2, and can also use her parasol to achieve this same effect. This ability returns in Super Mario 3D World and the Super Smash Bros. series; in the former, it is also revealed that Peach can still glide even when she doesn't have a skirt on. In New Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and New Super Mario Bros. 2, she is also shown to slow down her descent from a fairly large height.
In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Peach is shown to have impressive healing abilities like Therapy and Group Hug, and this ability is seen again in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door when she overcomes the Shadow Queen's mind control over her to heal Mario and his party. She has occasionally been 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, or when she and Starlow combine powers to drain and then send Bowser flying in the beginning if Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Additionally, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, her Final Smash, Peach Blossom, puts her opponents to sleep. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Peach has a powerful special attack called the Peach Bomber, where hip-checking her opponents engulfs them in an explosion. Earlier, Super Mario RPG also linked her with explosions, as one of her attacks, Psych Bomb, involved throwing bombs at her opponents, and a similar scene occurred in the Super Mario Adventures comic, when she used a barrage of bombs against the Koopalings. In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, she was also shown to have enough strength to not just telekinetically throw Bowser out of her castle, but throw him far into the forest outside Toad Town. However, it's implied that she was only able to do this with Starlow's help, largely because Starlow had weakened Bowser earlier. She also was powerful enough to counteract Bowser's magic, which was the initial reason why Bowser had abducted her in Super Mario Bros.
In general, however, Peach's special abilities and powers usually involve hearts. They are mostly seen in the sports installments including, but not limited to, Mario Power Tennis (Sweet Kiss Return), Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (Heart Shot), Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Super Mario Strikers (heart trails follow the balls after special hits). Her special item in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is also a heart, and allows her to co-opt others' attacks. Besides hearts alone, Peach will sometimes use the power of love to combat her opponents in sports, such as her Super Peach Spin offensive shot in Mario Power Tennis, or how her Heart Swing in Mario Super Sluggers dazes any male player who tries to catch it, while the other females are immune. In addition, many of her abilities in Super Mario RPG have a heart as her magic symbol. Additionally, the Super Smash Bros. series as of Brawl has generally given her moves more of an embellished feminine flair, such as replacing certain moves and adding details like ribbons, rainbows, sparkles, and hearts to others (including replacing the Peach Bomber's explosion with hearts).
Aside from her magical abilities, she is also shown in a few games to be a good chef, or at least a good baker, such as the Modern version of Chef in some of the Game & Watch Gallery games, as well as Paper Mario, when she has to bake a cake for Gourmet Guy in exchange for information regarding Mario. In addition, incidental dialogue from Toad after getting a star on the Peach's Birthday Cake board from Mario Party revealed that she was responsible for the titular cake's creation. She also was shown to be good at chemistry, having created an invisibility potion with the help of TEC-XX in an attempt to retrieve vital information on the X-Nauts' plans from Grodus's office.
During her trek on Vibe Island in Super Princess Peach, she also was shown to utilize various Vibe Powers, with Gloom making her run faster and use tears to grow plants, Rage making her shake the ground upon landing and burn hot enough to melt ice, Calm letting her heal herself, and Joy making her fly and spin foes and objects with a whirlwind.
The Mushroom King as well as the Mushroom Queen are the only confirmed members of her family in the games, although very little is known about them. According to his depiction in the Nintendo Comics System, while he does embarrass her 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 Gramma Toadstool and her mother. In Mario Superstar Baseball, a Lakitu mistakenly refers to Toadsworth as Peach's grandpa, but in reality, while he is very protective of her and has cared for her ever since she was a baby, he is actually her steward and not a blood relation. Similar confusion surrounds an elderly chambermaid Toad referred to as Grandma by Peach in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, however, it is most likely that this was a term of endearment carried over from the Japanese version, where it is more common to use familial terms for non-relatives. 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, but that statement has yet to be proven in the games themselves. Similarly, according to the PRIMA Official Game Guide for Super Mario Galaxy, Rosalina was initially intended to be a relative of Princess Peach's, hence her similar physical appearance to Peach, although this concept was dropped. In the Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros. adaptation of Momotarō, Ojīsan and Obāsan are the parents of Princess Peach.
Friends and love interests
Peach is the love interest of Mario. The two are shown to have been close companions since childhood in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, and in the comic "Warios Weihnachtsmärchen", published in the German Club Nintendo magazine, it is revealed that they spent their graduation ball in school together. In adulthood, Mario tirelessly saves Peach's life quite often, usually being rewarded with a fresh-baked cake, and often a kiss on the nose or cheek. When Mario disappears in Luigi's Mansion, she sends Toad to help Luigi search for him, and she herself rescues all three of them from Bowser in Super Princess Peach, as well as saved Mario and one of his allies from the Icicle Golem in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. They also share good chemistry together as "buddy players" in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers, and in Mario Kart Wii, while racing with the Wii Wheels, Peach and Mario playfully bump each other.
Numerous games, alternate media, and supplemental material depict Mario and Peach as having mutual romantic affection for each other as well as a friendship. In Mario Party 5, Peach and Mario are called "Cutest Couple" and the official guide for Mario Party 8 states that Peach is the apple of Mario's eye. In the official guide of Yoshi's Island DS, the description for Baby Mario and Baby Peach: Dynamic Duo mentions the "romantic entanglements" in their adult lives, while the official Mario Kart: Double Dash!! guide reads "Aw, isn’t that cute? Mario and Peach are together again". In the first Paper Mario, one of the Toads tells Mario to take Peach on a date to Shooting Star Summit, and Rosalina refers to Peach as Mario's "Special One" in Super Mario Galaxy, with the two seen holding hands toward the ending of the game. Mario Power Tennis even goes as far as showing Mario himself telling Peach of his love for her in Peach's victory scene, which she responds to with a smile and a blown kiss. Also, in Mario's victory scene in Mario Power Tennis, Peach gives him a small kiss on his cheek. While she does care for Mario, there are times where she gets annoyed if Mario misbehaves. A notable example of this was in the ending to Super Mario Odyssey, where, after Mario attempts to prevent Bowser from getting her hand in marriage by behaving in a similar manner, she shouts "enough" and storms off in a huff, although she nonetheless calms down enough to tell Mario and Bowser that they should all go back home, and the post-game shows she forgave Mario for the earlier incident.
Daisy and Peach have been portrayed to be best friends since Daisy's big comeback appearance in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64. If something involves partners in the Mario spin-offs, the two will usually be a team, from various sports games to Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. By contrast, they face off as rivals in the Strikers games and are also depicted as having a friendly rivalry in the Super Mario manga series. Mario Super Sluggers is the first game to show the two sharing dialog, wherein Peach reveals that she has a lot of concern for Daisy's welfare. Nintendo's Mario Power Tennis website says that Daisy is Peach's "sister in arms", a term used to describe a close friendship, and while the Prima guides for Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart Wii say they are cousins, no known first-party material has confirmed this. Prior to Daisy's comeback appearance in the games and by extension the establishment of their being best friends, however, a 4 Koma segment of the Super Mario Kun manga depicted Peach as being jealous of Daisy getting attention from Mario to the extent that she threw a mushroom at the latter in anger.
Luigi is portrayed to be another one of Peach's closest friends and often helps Mario rescue her. Cutscenes do not differ if it is Mario or Luigi saving her; however, individual interaction shows that there are no romantic feelings between them. The lone exception is Mario Power Tennis, where Luigi is seen swooning over Peach in her victory scene. The two share good chemistry in Mario Superstar Baseball but not in its sequel, Mario Super Sluggers.
Toad is Princess Peach's obedient servant who dotes upon and attempts to protect her despite his fear of Bowser, often getting himself kidnapped along with her in the process. Toad's collectible card from Super Mario Galaxy states that he even formed the Toad Brigade and followed Peach and Bowser to space in order to try and save her, while in numerous other games, he is the one to go and alert Mario about Peach's disappearance. They have good chemistry in the Mario Baseball games, and their team names in the Mario Party series include "Royal Family" and "Loyal Friends". In the Super Smash Bros. games, Peach holds Toad in front of herself for protection, though the latter is shown to be reluctant, and attacks out of fear. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate however, Toad acts like a proper bodyguard and blocks opponents off from Peach. In Shitamachi Ninjō Gekijō, however, both Toad and Peach enter an illicit affair, which gets them both attacked by an outraged Mario.
Peach is on friendly terms with numerous other characters. In the baseball games, she shares good chemistry with Toadette, who is on her starting team, and in Mario Party DS, she gives Toadette a set of touching trumpets. While Peach and Rosalina did not speak in the Super Mario Galaxy games, the two were shown to become fast friends upon meeting in issue 38 of the Super Mario-Kun manga, and were also shown to work together in Super Mario 3D World. While Wario has sometimes shown antagonism towards Peach, such as in Mario Power Tennis, he helped save her in Super Mario 64 DS and was invited to have cake as thanks. He also attempted to retrieve a stolen statue of Princess Peach in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (albeit with the selfish motivation of trying to hold it for ransom to gain his own castle), and appeared to have a crush on her in the Mario & Wario arc of Super Mario Adventures comic, seeing as he tried to outdo Mario and buy Peach's prize item, a Samus Doll, for her birthday. Furthermore, the comic "Warios Weihnachtsmärchen" also revealed that Peach turned Wario down and instead accompanied Mario to their high school graduation ball.
Initially, Peach was unable to get along with her Rabbid counterpart, due to the latter feeling jealousy towards the former's relationship with Mario. Rabbid Peach has tried to get Mario's attention several times and got angry when Peach approached them. When Mario and co. came to the revamped Mushroom Kingdom, Rabbid Peach looked at Peach with disgust, to the point of touching her dress and then looking away. Peach herself does not show animosity towards her Rabbid counterpart, and she is willing to cooperate with her to stop the Megabug. Although not fond of her counterpart, Rabbid Peach nonetheless has some respect for her, such as placing the Icicle Golem's head in place before stepping aside while making a gesture indicating that the Rabbid's counterpart is free to kick it back into the freezer. After defeating the said villain, Peach constructs a new statue of Rabbid Peach holding a Power Star, much to the latter's delight. Then, Rabbid Peach invites all of her teammates including Peach to take a group selfie. Outside of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, artwork shows Peach and Rabbid Peach taking a selfie together, with the former winking and putting up a V-sign.
If Peach is saved in the Subspace Emissary, she willingly teams up with Kirby to ward off the Subspace Army's forces. Peach also gets along with Zelda, as the two characters interact in a friendly and even playful manner. When Zelda transforms into Sheik to investigate what's happening in the Halberd, Peach giggles, and chooses to follow her. When Peach is about to get injured by the Arwing's blasts to the Halberd, Zelda (as Sheik) goes out of her way to assault the Arwing (and Fox McCloud) to ensure Peach's safety, only refraining from attacking Fox when Peach breaks up the argument for tea.
The opening of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and the story mode for the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games show Peach, alongside Daisy, being great friends with Amy Rose (having a special victory animation in the sequels) and Blaze the Cat.
Bowser has repeatedly kidnapped Peach and invaded her kingdom, both out of a megalomaniac desire to rule the world, but also because he has fallen in love with her. While Peach initially discovered his feelings by reading his diary in Paper Mario, he has since become quite upfront about his crush, such as attempting to get her to kiss him in public in Mario Power Tennis and becoming enraged whenever other villains kidnap her. He even told his son that Peach was his mother, and while it was later revealed that Bowser Jr. knew it was a lie all along, he went along with it anyway, and even continued to refer to her as "mama" in Mario Superstar Baseball out of his own affection for her. Likewise, Peach, when Bowser Jr. revealed their "relationship" to both Mario and her, expressed shock and confusion at her being his mother. She does not seem to mind playing online games with Bowser Jr. in the Nintendo Switch Online trailer. In Super Paper Mario, Nastasia uses mind control to force Peach to marry the willing Bowser in order to fulfill an ancient prophesy, but while Peach considers the wedding a sham and refuses to acknowledge it, Bowser insists on calling her his wife throughout the game, even as they team up to defeat Count Bleck. Bowser also attempted to marry the unwilling Peach in the Super Mario Adventures comic and Super Mario Odyssey, and his feelings are depicted in numerous other media as well.
While Peach does not return Bowser's feelings and is exasperated with his repeated abductions of her, she is not above sweet-talking him into teaming up with her and Mario in Super Paper Mario, and occasionally shows him goodwill, such as baking him a thank-you cake at the end of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, and hesitating when she had to leave him to his presumed death in Super Paper Mario. However, other games and media depict her as being frightened or apprehensive of Bowser, such as how she jumps higher than Mario upon seeing Bowser on his side in Super Mario RPG, and how she cries over her captivity in the Mario anime movie. In the baseball games, the two have bad chemistry, and they face off as rivals in Mario Strikers Charged. In Super Mario Party, all characters are shown to get along well, including Peach and Bowser. Although mostly on friendly terms, Peach says "I'll help you... this time. Shall we be off, then?" to Bowser when joining him as an ally, alluding to the latter's habit of kidnapping her and being on bad terms with the Mushroom Kingdom.
She also held some animosity towards Mimi, especially after the latter implied that Peach was only good for getting herself kidnapped. This resulted in her being outraged enough at her insult that she insisted on fighting her alone, even snapping at Mario and Luigi to leave before fighting her. Nonetheless, despite her animosity, she risked her life to save Mimi when they were in danger of falling due to the Void's increasing power.
While not an actual foe, after Mr. Game & Watch was restored to life after his clones' merged form Duon was defeated, Peach proceeded to scold him for his (albeit unwitting) role in the events of the game, though after he bowed his head in shame, she did supply him with her umbrella and expressed amusement at his curiosity towards the object.
Peach is widely respected in the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond. Her Toads are very loyal, and her citizens adore her. Many people in the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond buy and even collect merchandise of her. In Paper Mario, there is a "Secret Sale" that offers "beautiful photos of Princess Peach", and a Peach doll named 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, including pictures, photos, and even a life-sized print he keeps at his window, which he claims he would risk life and limb to protect.
Since her debut, she had as her theme a repetitive 4-bar musical theme, with it being expanded in VS. Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Japanese version) or Super Mario Bros. 3 (overseas) to feature chimes nearing the end before it loops. The Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels version was what Koji Kondo envisioned, but had to cut it short due to memory limits for the original game. In later games, the music varied between either something akin to Richard Wagner's Bridal Chorus (Paper Mario) or ballet-style music (New Super Mario Bros. series and Paper Mario: Color Splash).
List of appearances by date
Profiles and statistics
Princess Peach's bios typically describe her as the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom and the Toads, as well as her tendency to get kidnapped by Bowser. Throughout most Mario sports games, she is classed as a Technique type character, and in the Mario Kart series, she is classed as either a lightweight or middleweight character. Her emblem in the various spin-off titles is her crown.
The following voice actresses have portrayed Princess Peach during the course of Mario franchise history:
Mami Yamase, a pop singer, voiced Peach in Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!, marking the first time the character was given an official voice. In the foreign-language dubs of the DiC cartoons, Peach was dubbed by the following actresses:
- General quote used whenever rescued from Bowser or another enemy in a game
- Recurring taunt in the Super Smash Bros. series.
- When encountered in the Mushroom Kingdom in the postgame of Super Mario Odyssey.
Names in other languages