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“I can't believe I got kidnapped... again.”
Princess Peach (casually Peach, formerly Princess Toadstool outside of Japan prior to Super Mario 64) is a main character in the Mario franchise, and the princess of 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 are often represented with her heart abilities and princess emblems. Peach's initial design was said to represent her stubborn, yet cute, appearance.
Since her debut, Peach has appeared in installments related to the Mario game series for over three decades. Peach is occasionally a supporting character in mainstream games, and almost always playable in spin-off installments. Her most prominent appearance to date is as the heroine of Super Princess Peach.
Creation and development
Before Yoichi 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 with no distinct colorations. Another prototype, seen in the 1987 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, who she somewhat currently resembles.
Peach has always been depicted as a blonde in video game artwork, although it was originally of a darker, more strawberry-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 red or brown hair, and as a result, she was depicted as a redhead in the DiC Entertainment cartoons. 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 the Super Mario Bros and The Lost Levels depicted her as wearing a white dress with red highlights, with her only gaining a pink dress starting with the overseas version of Super Mario Bros 2. This depiction of her trademark dress would later be reused for her Fire Peach form in Super Mario 3D World. Peach's classic main dress had a sash around the waist instead of panniers and was darker pink below 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.
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. Recently, 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".
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros.
The Super Mario Bros. installment was Peach's debut appearance. Bowser invades the Mushroom Kingdom, transforms its inhabitants into various objects, and kidnaps Peach (then known as "Princess Toadstool") so she cannot reverse his spell. Mario and Luigi go to rescue her. After they defeat Bowser, the brothers rescue Toadstool. In the Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe versions, Toadstool also gave her hero a kiss on the cheek.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Bowser kidnaps Peach again. Mario and Luigi travel through the Mushroom Kingdom again to save her. After defeating Bowser, the Bros. save her again. In the original version, her subjects celebrated around them after she recited a poem.
Super Mario Bros. 2
In Super Mario Bros. 2, Princess Toadstool (Peach in the Game Boy Advance remake Super Mario Advance), along with Mario, Luigi and Toad, sets out to rescue Subcon from the evil Wart. This is the first time in the overall Mario series where Toadstool is a playable character. Her main ability is limited fluttering time after jumping, but she has slightly poor vertical jumps. Toadstool is also the weakest character in the game and has the slowest "pull time" of vegetables.
Super Mario Bros. 3
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Bowser sends his Koopalings to capture parts of the Mushroom Kingdom. Princess Toadstool (Peach in the Game Boy Advance remake Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3) sends Mario and Luigi to defeat the Koopalings. She helps them by sending them items and supplying advice via letters. After the Bros. defeat Ludwig, the final Koopaling, they are supplied with a letter from Bowser via the Pipe 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 the 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 with a haunting scream/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 her 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 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 hut to observe the hatching of the rescued eggs with the other Yoshis.
Aside from this, she also appears in the opening for the GBA remake Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World, 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.).
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
“Dear Mario, please come to the castle. I've baked a cake for you. Yours truly, Princess Toadstool, Peach.”
In Super Mario 64, Peach invites Mario to her castle for cake, but before he arrives, Bowser takes control over the Power Stars and seals Peach in the fresco over the entrance of the castle. After Mario defeats Bowser and rescues Peach, Peach thanks Mario by kissing him and baking him cake.
This installment is the only game for the Mario series overall to provide both Peach's Japanese and Western names. In the original Japanese version, it was merely listed as "Peach" - in the North American release and subsequent editions, the letter is formally typed with "Toadstool" and personally signed with "Peach" in pink underneath. This marked a transition to the widespread use of her original name in other markets, therefore making it an international standard and the first (and only) time Japan heard the North American name of the princess (in the Shindou Edition and its remake), though most of the in-game text refers to her as "Toadstool".
A little known feature of both games is that if the player searches in "The Princess's Secret Slide" room, they will find a memo from Peach. It reads "My castle is in great peril!! I know it's because of Bowser again. Will he never tire of terrorizing us? He stole the castle's Power Stars and disappeared into the walls along with us! Retrieve all of the Power Stars from the walls and the paintings in the castle." She has another memo in Bowser in the Dark World, teaching Mario how to fight Bowser (though it is only directly addressed as her in the original version).
Super Mario Sunshine
In Super Mario Sunshine, Mario, Peach, and Toadsworth go to Isle Delfino for vacation. 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 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 and takes her to Pinna Park. When Mario confronts him, he reveals that he is Bowser's son Bowser Jr. and says that Peach is his mother (to her shock) and that he is protecting her from Mario. He attacks Mario in his Mecha-Bowser, but Mario defeats him. 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. forcing Peach to swim with them. Mario defeats Bowser in a final battle and rescues Peach. 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, rescuing Peach in the end.
Super Mario Galaxy
In Super Mario Galaxy, Peach invites Mario to the Star Festival. When he arrives, Bowser lifts Peach's castle out of the ground and takes her to the creation of his new galaxy. Mario attempts to ride on the castle, but Kamek attacks him, sending him flying into space. With the help of a Luma, Mario sets off to rescue Peach. Peach sends Mario letters with 1-Up Mushrooms throughout the game. After Mario rescues Peach and the universe is saved, Mario and Peach wake up in the Mushroom Kingdom reunited.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Peach is celebrating her birthday with friends at the castle. During that time, Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings bring a cake into the castle and kidnap Peach. Mario, Luigi, and two Toads (specifically Blue Toad and Yellow Toad) give chase to hold them accountable, along with rescuing Peach in the process.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Peach invites Mario to the Star Festival again. When Mario arrives, a giant Bowser kidnaps Peach, so Mario travels through the galaxies to rescue her again. Once Mario defeats Bowser, he returns to the Festival and enjoys a giant cake. In the end, when Mario collects the 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.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
In New Super Mario Bros. 2, the Koopalings kidnap Peach while Mario and Luigi were exploring the castle grounds, which was filled with a lot of coins scattered all around. When news of the kidnapping was revealed to Mario & Luigi, the two give chase to hold each Koopaling (and Bowser) accountable for the capture and rescue Peach at the end.
New Super Mario Bros. U
In New Super Mario Bros. U, Peach is held captive in her own castle after Bowser throws Mario, Luigi, Yellow and Blue Toad out during a tea party. When the four notice from Acorn Plains that Peach's castle is held under siege, they give chase to rescue Peach and take back the castle. 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.
The game's story and objective stated above in this section is the same for New Super Luigi U.
Super Mario 3D World
Princess Peach makes a return in Super Mario 3D World alongside Mario, Luigi and Toad as a playable character, which is the first time since Super Mario Bros. 2 (25 years) she has been playable in the mainstream Mario games, her first playable appearance since Super Princess Peach, and also the first time she appears playable in a 3D Mario title.
At the beginning of the game, the Princess is out for a nighttime walk with Mario, Luigi, and Toad. Toad spots a broken Clear Pipe sticking from the ground, prompting the Mario Bros. to repair it. Once they do, the Green Sprixie Princess emerges and explains that her kingdom is under attack from Bowser, who has kidnapped the other six princesses and sealed them in bottles. Bowser then emerges from the Clear Pipe and captures the Green Sprixie Princess. Notably, Princess Peach is the first of the foursome to try and stop Bowser, immediately running for the Pipe and ultimately falling into it. She joins her friends in their quest across the worlds of the Sprixie Kingdom and eventually helps to defeat Bowser.
Princess Peach is the second slowest of the playable characters after Rosalina, while her jumps are tied with Mario's for the third-best in the game. However, she also has the power to temporarily hover in the air, as she did in Super Mario Bros. 2. Like every other character in the game, she can use all of the power-ups that appear. Her appearance changes slightly when using some of the power-ups, most notably the Fire Flower; when she grabs one, her hair, which is normally worn hanging down, is pulled back into a ponytail. When power-ups are set to match each characters' color, Peach's are always pink. She appears wearing a pink Cat Suit, Boomerang Suit, Propeller Box, Cannon Box, and Ice Skate.
Super Mario 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, and the colored Yoshis. She is unlocked after the player defeats Bowser in Bowser's Bob-ombing Run at least once, and her special ability consists of slowly descending in midair.
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 Moon Kingdom 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. Afterward, Peach and Mario met together once and for all, but Bowser, even after losing his power, attempts to vy her hand in marriage, pushing Mario away. To prevent that, Mario tries the same thing. In result, Peach gets swarmed by scampish grooms, but she ultimately chooses neither, annoyed by their behavior, though she eventually decides to leave on the Odyssey and beckons them to come along.
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. She can be encountered at various kingdoms, where she'll provide 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. 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.
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 Bros., 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. 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 Mario appearances.
Dr. Mario series
In the Dr. Mario installments for the series, Peach wears a pink nurse outfit. In localizations of the original instruction booklet, she is mentioned and given the name Nurse Toadstool, although this was revised as Nurse Peach in one of the "Tips" of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Nurse Toadstool would presumably be Dr. Mario's close personal assistant, but she does not have a major role in any version of the game and she is barely seen outside promotional artwork.
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.
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 is unplayable. She appears in Peach's Castle when the player gets first place in every tournament, Peach sends a letter, inviting players to participate in her tournament. When the player gets at least third place in the tournament, Peach appears in the awards ceremony to hand out the trophy.
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
Peach is a playable participant in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. Her shot path is straight, but her max yards is a below-average 203. Her shot height is medium. Her impact and control is fairly good, but her spin is low. She holds a tournament in her course named Peach's Castle Grounds.
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 Kart series
Peach has always been a playable participant in the Mario Kart series. In Super Mario Kart, when controlled by the CPU, Peach sometimes uses mushrooms to shrink the other drivers. In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Peach is teamed up with Daisy, and their special item is the Heart. Peach's personal kart in Mario Kart Double Dash!! is the Heart Coach, which is available by default. In Mario Kart DS, her karts are the Royale and the Light Tripper. In Mission Mode, she has to race against King Boo. She is advanced at drifting corners and has average item use. Peach is classified Medium in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, but Light in Mario Kart DS. Peach appears in Mario Kart Wii as a Medium-size driver, unlike Mario Kart DS and has an Acceleration Bonus Stat of +5 making her the easiest Medium driver to reach top speed; in this game, she also wears a biker/jumpsuit outfit when the player chooses motorbikes (more details about this outfit can be found here). In Mario Kart 7, Peach is classified as a light racer. Peach is a returning playable racer in Mario Kart 8, and she retains her jumpsuit from Mario Kart Wii when she 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.
Peach's racing courses are Royal Raceway, Peach Circuit, Peach Beach, and Peach Gardens. In Mario Kart Wii a statue of Peach appears in the battle course Block Plaza. A billboard featuring her also appears in Moonview Highway, and her emblem is seen in Dry Dry Ruins. In Mario Kart 7, Peach does not have a race course, but a battle course called Sherbet Rink. In Mario Kart 8 's Toad Harbor, a statue of Peach based on the Statue of Liberty can be seen in the background. Princess Peach also appears on some of the posters for the sponsor Galaxy Air.
In Mario Kart 8, 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.
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'll light a pack of Floyd's bombs unless Mario is set free. After a lot of chaos the group escapes Wendy's Tower.
Bowser recaptures the Princess later in the story, but as his planned wedding draws near, 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 doesn't 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 kidnapps her with his Koopa Clown Car, while she is sitting outside of Mario's Pad. Mario come to save her, and defeats Bowser after a battle. Exor crashes into Bowser's Keep, and send the three flying in different directions. Toadstool lands in the tower of Booster. Booster instantly 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 the Mushroom Kingdom. She is put under the eyes of the Chancellor, who, desperate for the princess's safety, would not have wanted her to follow Mario on his quest against Smithy. However, Toadstool escapes from the castle with the help of her "Grandma", who dress herself up as the princess, and joins Mario's party to help them defeat Smithy. At the end of the game, Toadstool and Mario return to Mushroom Kingdom together.
Mario Party series
Peach is also playable in all games of the Mario Party series. For the first installment, Peach competes with the others to determine which of them is the superstar. The second installment has Peach helping out to save Mario Land from Bowser's takeover. 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".
Mario Party 3 was the final Mario series installment overall for Peach to wear her classic main dress. Mario Party 4 was the first installment overall for Peach to wear her modern/current main dress, which had substantial changes from her classic dress in Mario series' installments prior to it. Certain features were still kept from Peach's classic dress for her modern/current main outfit including her brooch, gloves, and earrings.
Game & Watch Gallery series
Game & Watch Gallery
Peach appeared as Mario's partner in the Modern version of Octopus, where she waited in a boat for Mario to retrieve treasure in a sunken ship while avoiding 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 appeared in the modern version of the Donkey Kong arcade game in Game & Watch Gallery 2. Donkey Kong had kidnapped her, and Mario had to rescue her. Peach was also the main character of the modern version of Chef, where she had 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
Peach appears in the Game & Watch Gallery 3 minigame Turtle Bridge where she acted as a recipient for Mario's gifts that Toad has to deliver, and likewise she has Toad deliver stuff to Mario when she receives her stuff.
Game & Watch Gallery 4
Peach appears on a swing 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 role in the Modern versions of Chef, Donkey Kong, and Octopus minigames.
Aside from this, she also appears in some preview animations for some games if the player selects a game yet does not start. In particular, she appears in the animation for Donkey Kong and Chef.
In the animation for Donkey Kong, Peach is watching with admiration Mario trying to balance on a barrel. However, this ended up turning out badly when Mario started rolling out of control, forcing Peach to flee until Donkey Kong unwittingly saves Peach by standing in front of the barrel, sending Mario flying, as Peach 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 pieces of egg, several more end up falling down with Peach flipping them to Mario's table at a quick enough rate that Mario ultimately ended up buried underneath the eggs, clearly overwhelmed by the amount, before Yoshi comes in and eats all the eggs, and takes a stunned Mario away.
Mario Tennis series
In the Mario Tennis series, Peach is a Technique character, who depends on strategy since she is not that strong.
Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64)
In Mario Tennis, even though Peach is Technique, she leans more towards all-around. This is because of her height to reach the ball, and her speed and ability to send the ball over the net. 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)
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.
Paper Mario series
In Paper Mario, King Bowser once again kidnaps Peach, this time using his castle to carry her away. While being held captive in her own room in the castle, a Star Kid named Twink come to help her, and together they find a secret passage out of her room. Peach sabotages Bowser's plots by supplying Mario with a relatively constant stream of information, using Twink as her messenger. She also uses a special treasure chest, where she could store items, and Mario could fetch them at the chest's counterpart at Shooting Star Summit. Peach then bakes a cake for Gourmet Guy, and also participate in the 64th Trivia Quiz-off run by Bowser's minions. Peach wins a Sneaky Parasol, which allows her to disguise herself as one of Bowser's guards. She could use the parasol to become a Koopatrol, a Clubba and a Hammer Bro. However, her disguise is lifted by Kammy Koopa as Kammy recognizes Peach.
After his defeat, Bowser grabs the princess and 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. After the Victory 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 make for herself an invisibility potion to find out even more about Grodus's plans. However, Grodus has TEC shut down when he finds out, and then takes Peach to the Palace of Shadow. Mario follows them and meets up with Grodus in the room right where the tomb of the Shadow Queen rests. Grodus confronts Mario, and is ready to kill Peach if Mario makes a false move. However, Bowser crashes through the ceiling and falls on Grodus. While Mario and Bowser are fighting, Grodus takes Peach down to the tomb and offers her as a body for the Shadow Queen. The demon then possesses Peach, she but refuses to take Grodus's orders and nearly kills him instead. The Shadow Queen engages the battle with Mario and his partners; however, she believes Peach's body is too weak and returns to her true form for the final battle. Peach is able to give powers to Mario for this. She can now talk out of the Shadow Queen's body as the demon is weakened by the encouraging voices of the entire population of the Magical Map's world, which are taken to the basement of the Palace of Shadow by the magic of the Crystal Stars. In the end, the Shadow Queen is defeated and Peach is restored. Then she, Mario, Luigi, and Toadsworth leave Rogueport to return to the Mushroom Kingdom. Post-game, Peach remains in the 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. However, after a certain point, Black Bowser finds out what she is up to, and orders for her color to be drained.
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.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
For the Super Smash Bros. installments, Peach made her debut appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee as one of the starting 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's neutral 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. Princess 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. 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 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 doesn't 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. 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 / 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.
Although Princess Peach herself doesn't 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.
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Prior to the events of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Peach is notified by the Beanbean Kingdom that the witch Cackletta would come and try to steal her voice. Cackletta wants to do this in order to wake the Beanstar, a star-shaped bean which can grant wishes to everyone. The Beanstar has been sleeping and can only be waken by a pure voice, in order to prevent abuse. Peach takes precautions and when Cackletta and Fawful, dressed as ambassadors, arrive at her castle, they aren't received by Peach, but by Birdo, who is disguised as the princess. Cackletta and Fawful unknowingly steal Birdo's voice and escapes from the castle, leaving Birdo with a voice of exploding characters. However, Mario, Luigi and Bowser, who are not aware of the true identity of the "princess", follow Cackletta to the Beanbean Kingdom before the real Peach is able to stop them.
After Mario and Luigi have presumably killed Cackletta at the Woohoo Hooniversity, Peach goes to the Beanbean Kingdom by plane. Peach reveals Birdo's disguise, thanks Mario and Luigi for taking care of the Cackletta problem, and decides to spend the holidays in the Beanbean Kingdom. She express the wish to travel to Little Fungitown, a settlement of Toad emigrants, which is lying across the dangerous Teehee Valley. Toadsworth insists that Mario and Luigi should accompain the princess on this journey. During their venture through Teehee Valley, Peach has to be protect from any harm in the desert. When she disappears from Mario and Luigi's view, Gritty Goombas appear instantly and take her to an underground dungeon. At the valley's end, Peach runn into Trunkle, a giant rock monster, but Mario and Luigi save her from it before it is too late.
Later, Bowletta kidnapps Peach in order to make sure to awake the Beanstar this time, which is showing angry reactions when confronted with Birdo's voice. She takes Peach, who is at the Mushroom Kingdom embassy of Little Fungitown at the time, using Bowser's Koopa Clown Car. However, Cackletta is no longer in the possession of the Beanstar itself. When Mario and Luigi meet Bowletta in Joke's End, Luigi dress himself up as Princess Peach, to fool Bowletta and Fawful, by thinking he is Peach. The plan works, and Bowletta releases the real Peach, and kidnapps Luigi instead. In the meantime, Mario receives a kiss from Peach. After Luigi's escape from the repaired Koopa Cruiser, Peach stays in the Little Fungitown embassy until Bowletta is defeated.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time starts with a flashback to the past. When the story starts, Toadsworth the Younger, is taking care of the baby princess, as she cries often. Baby Mario and Baby Luigi sometimes come to play with her, and even Baby Bowser still comes to kidnap her. But one day, aliens known as Shroobs invade the Mushroom Kingdom, and as Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Bowser, Baby Peach and Young Toadsworth are all in the kingdom, Baby Bowser calls Kamek to get them out of the castle, who arrives and takes them out with the Koopa Cruiser, just in time.
In the present, Peach, Toadiko and Toadbert are using E. Gadd's Time Machine to travel back to the past, unaware of traveling to the time where the Shroobs were attacking. When they get to the past, the Shroobs corner Peach and the Toads. Elder Princess Shroob, the leader of the Shroobs, and Princess Shroob, her younger sister, attack Peach. Peach grabs the time machine's power supply, the Cobalt Star, and traps Elder Princess Shroob inside it. Then she breaks the Cobalt Star into pieces, while 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, Princess Shroob then dresses herself up as Princess Peach. However, she is swallowed by Petey Piranha. The Mario Bros. and their younger selves defeat Petey Piranha, who reveals Princess Shroob, disguised as Peach. She is brought to the present by the brothers, accidentally. E. Gadd tells the fake princess to take a rest. However, while she is doing so, Bowser come and kidnapps her, believing that she is Peach. The Mario Bros. only find out the true identity of Princess Shroob when they are all sucked into the Shroob Mother Ship in the past. During all this time, the real Peach is still trapped in Shroob Castle.
When Mario and Luigi get into the Shroob Castle, they see Peach, but Princess Shroob interrupts their conversation at the point where Peach is going to explain why the Cobalt Star shouldn't be completed and a battle begins. After it, Baby Bowser reunites the Cobalt Star Shards all together, making Elder Princess Shroob appear and giving back all her power. After the battle, Peach and the others return to the present.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
In the third installment of the Mario & Luigi series, the Mushroom Kingdom's citizens fall victim to a mysterious disease known as the Blorbs. Upon hearing this news, Peach proceeds to hold a very important meeting in her castle to discuss the matter at hand (along with Starlow, who explains further about the disease itself). As Peach is proceeding to give said details, Bowser crashes the meeting twice. Upon being knocked out by Mario, he is ejected by Peach (with the help of Starlow) the first time. But Bowser manages to return to the castle the second time, but under the control of Fawful, because he ate a Vacuum Shroom. As a result, Bowser inhales everyone at the meeting, including Peach.
Peach is find by Mario and Luigi in the Flab Zone of Bowser's body. Their reunion is cut short, however, when a group of Beta Kretins captures her and takes her deeper into the area. When the brothers catch up and free Peach, the Kretins attack and are subsequently defeated. After the said ordeal is over, Peach, along with Mario, Luigi, and Starlow, overhear Fawful conversing with Bowser about taking the princess from his body. After which, Peach theorizes that Fawful's real plan is to take over the Mushroom Kingdom by using an ancient artifact known as the Dark Star, hidden beneath Toad Town. She also informs them that she is the only one who can release the seal on the Dark Star's power. However, after relaying said information to the two about the impending danger, Fawful quickly captures her through the use of an odd invention that enables him to reach into Bowser's body with a hand-shaped beam and then takes her to her own castle (which was also under Fawful's control at the time, 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.
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 releases the Paper Mario universe into the Mario & Luigi universe. After some disagreements Bowser and his paper form kidnap her and her paper counterpart respectively. The two versions of Bowser Jr. 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.
The princesses are able to escape at Bowser's Castle, but are soon caught and recaptured by the Bowser Jrs. Despite this they are promptly defeated by Mario and escape with the team. They return to Peach's Castle and reassemble the castle after it was blown up by the Koopa Troop as retaliation after their loss to Mario. Once Mario has defeated Shiny RoboBowser they regroup at the castle. She says goodbye to her paper form of 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 in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games as a Skill type character, and she once again has a costume a Mii can wear to alter their stats, which must be unlocked to do so. Peach's horse in the Equestrian events is a white horse with pink hair and tail, and she also gains a new outfit for the Gymnastics and Swimming events, as well as retaining her primary athletic outfit from the first game for the other featured events in this game. In the Wii version, Peach has a very high Technique stat, high Acceleration and Stamina, above average Max Speed and below average Power.
In the 3DS version, Peach is part of the Girls group, and is mainly encountered during the Story Mode of the game during their stories. Like most of the other characters, she plays a vital part in the clearing of the fog Bowser and Eggman spread over London.
Prior to when London becomes shrouded in fog, Peach is seen voluntarily working with Amy, Blaze and a group of Toads to prepare invitations for the Olympics. When Daisy appears and nearly coaxes Amy into following her downtown for some shopping, but is stopped by Peach, who chooses to decide whether they all work on the invitations or take a break over an event between her and Daisy. Peach manages to win, but they go out for a brief break anyway, to find the invitations scattered by the wind when they return, having to collect them all and redo Bowser and Eggman's lost invitations because of this.
Afterwards, Peach and Amy end up encountering Bowser and Eggman while taking a break, who both complain about when they'll receive their invitations. Amy suggests that whether they go home quietly and wait or get their invitations should be decided over an event between them. Despite winning, Peach and Amy decide to give Bowser and Eggman their invitations, and head back to where they were working to get them. Two Toads end up getting stopped by the two while mailing them out, and flee in fear, leaving behind both Bowser and Eggman's invitations, both of them confiscating the letters under the assumption they're love letters. Peach and Amy return without the invitations, to see they've both left, thus assuming they already found their invitations and left peacefully.
When the fog begins to cover London, alongside Blaze, Peach is first seen fending off a horde of foggy clones of Daisy and Amy, who are challenged to an event by a pair of them. After Peach and Blaze defeat them, they end up spotting Daisy and Amy sprawled across the nearby ground, approaching them as they wake up.
Later on, after one of the Toads accompanying the girls mention seeing as suspicious character, the group encounters Rouge, who promises to let them out of the fog if she is defeated in an Olympic event. Peach volunteers to challenge Rouge, and manages to defeat her, Blaze destroying the nearby fog machine afterwards. Mario and Luigi arrive shortly after to check on the group, and they learn Eggman may be the one causing this, and was at the British Museum. As the Bros. head off to confront Eggman, Peach and the rest of the group choose to stay behind to take care of Hyde Park.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Peach appears 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.
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. Also, Jen Taylor's voice clips from Mario Power Tennis are reused alongside new voice clips recorded by Samantha Kelly, her current voice actress.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Other appearances, cameos and references
Peach is a minor character in Dr. Mario, appearing as Nurse Toadstool. She was in the GameCube versions of both SSX on Tour and NBA Street V3, in which she was a playable participant along with Mario and Luigi.
She also makes an appearance in the Nintendo Monopoly board game, where her space costs $220 and takes the place of Indiana Avenue. In addition, Peach is one of the four base Characters included in the Standard Edition (five in the Collector's Edition) of Monopoly Gamer.
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, that could be seen through a window on Hyrule castle. An item called the Peach Kart, a remote control kart with the princess, appeared in Nintendogs, and was only unlockable in Lab & Friends; puppies liked to chase after it, and when it drove around, the music from Peach Beach played.
In addition, numerous other games make reference to her. One of the treasures in Wario Land: Shake It! is called Peach Sandals, the description claims they have been worn by a princess, probably Peach, because of the name. This treasure was found in the first underwater level of this game, Wavy Waters of Wiggly Wilds. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, an item is available called Peach's Parasol in Tom Nook's shop if the player earns 4,000 points. And in Ridge Racer DS, a car featuring Peach's face on a hood is unlockable.
A wide range of Peach-themed merchandise has appeared to the public over the years. Items include plush dolls, action figures, slippers, key chains, mugs, wallpaper, DS kits, and shampoo bottles. Peach was also included in Super Mario Chess as one of the Bishops, alongside Princess Daisy. Peach had a central role in the story accompanying the CD White Knuckle Scorin', and was even named in the opening song "Ignorance Is Bliss". Various official game soundtracks also make reference to Peach in their song title.
In the Wii U version of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, there are a unlockable costumes for Bayonetta, and Jeanne, that resemble Princess Peach, and also have 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 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 Japanese only Virtual Console series The Cat Mario Show.
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. She has a soft, oval face with large blue eyes framed by six lashes ( three to four in other artwork), and thin, dark blonde eyebrows. She has long, flowing, golden-blonde hair with both V-shaped and fringed bangs, and a single two thin locks framing her face. She sometimes wears her hair tied up in a ponytail.
Her overall physical appearance suggest that she is in her early 20's and is much younger than Luigi, but seems to be a bit older than Princess Daisy.
Peach usually wears a floor-length pink gown with puffy sleeves, a high collar, deep pink panniers at the waist and a ruffle of the same color at the hem. From Super Mario Bros. to Mario Kart: Super Circuit and then once again in Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, she originally wore a deep pink band around her waist before switching to the panniers starting with Mario Party 4. 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 four jewels: two rubies and two sapphires. She wears white evening gloves beyond elbow-length, deep pink high heels, and in some games, has a white petticoat under her gown. Her dress is far more elaborately designed in recent Super Smash Bros. titles, but is otherwise the same.
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) and her outfit in Bowser's Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey.
In NES Open Tournament Golf, she is seen wearing a sundress 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.
In Mario Party 2, aside from her traditional pink dress that she wears on Rules Land/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 (a female pirate, a cowgirl, a space cadet, an explorer, and a witch 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 ruby ring and gold bracelet in place of gloves, due to the tropical setting of the game. In the Dr. Mario series, she wears a pink nurse's uniform with matching sandals.
Although technically not an alternate outfit, her standard dress was slightly modified in 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, plus a sapphire ring on her left middle finger. In Brawl, said dress is radically altered to possess 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 and 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). The white dress in Melee is notably the only one of her dress options 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 and Wii U is based on Pauline's dress, and she also possessed a black dress, as well as a dress based directly on her Fire Peach form in Super Mario 3D World.
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. 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, she wears a sporty miniskirt that resembles her current main dress with some slight differences. In other general sports installments which require Peach to be more active, her standard outfit is a pink tank top and shorts with white accents, similar to Princess Daisy's usual sports garb; in both cases, she uses white bobby socks and red-and-pink tennis shoes, and retains her characteristic blue brooch, earrings and her crown.
For the Mario Strikers family of Mario sports installments, Peach wears two-piece, midriff-baring soccer outfits and cleats. In the case of Mario Strikers Charged, armour 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 nursing outfit 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, but has her hair tied up into a ponytail with a blue band.
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 depicted Peach wearing a faint pink nightcap as well as a matching nightgown with no sleeves, which she quickly changed into her formal attire.
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 large amount 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 shoes, 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 an knee-length pink dress with a white blouse, white mary jane 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 boots, and a pink sunhat. For the Seaside Kingdom and Lake Kingdom, she wears a pink pearl necklace, a pink bikini top with a blue brooch similar to the one on her trademark dress, pink sandals, 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. 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.
Princess Peach is classy, kind, clever, sociable 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, such as saving 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 knocks her out). She often acts as a peacemaker, such as in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's story mode, where she offers tea to Fox and Sheik in order to calm them down, and later converts Mr. Game & Watch to their cause. 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. But while Peach is often considered the archetypal damsel in distress when it comes to video games, she is often showed to be 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.
While she occasionally seems naive, she is generally level-headed and expresses more common sense than those around her, such as noticing a 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 in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, and talking a stubborn Bowser into joining her and Mario in Super Paper Mario. 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 she is still under the threat of Koopa. 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 flushing in the face while drinking from the champagne bottle.
Although she is generally depicted as kind, clever, sociable, and generous to a fault in most games, the game Super Mario Strikers does 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 stamp her foot in anger (Game & Watch Gallery 2) or otherwise putting her hand over her head and scream repeatedly in frustration before proceeding to wince (Game & Watch Gallery 4).
Although most games emphasize her innocent nature, the Super Smash Bros. series tended to depict her as having a slightly more flirty, mischevious, and confident attitude, including having one of her taunts depicting her as making a flirtatious wink, as well as making some victory remarks that at times directly taunt the player. In Brawl, she is also shown to be slightly eccentric, such as offering a stalemate between Sheik and Fox by offering them tea while aboard the Halberd, and earlier her casually strolling across the Halberd's deck while Fox and Falco had been undergoing a bombing run on the deck in their Arwings.
Powers and abilities
Like other Mario characters, Peach can Jump, Ground Pound, and use slap attacks, which is her specialty. 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, the Tanooki Suit, the Cat Suit and the Double Cherry, among other power-ups and items. She also has the unique ability to float in mid-air, first seen in Super Mario Bros. 2, and can also use her her parasol to achieve this effect or slow her falls.
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 a Bob-omb at her opponents, and a similar scene occurred in the Super Mario Adventures comic, when she used a barrage of Bob-ombs 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 the castle, but throw him far into the forest outside the kingdom. However, it's implied that she was only able to do this with Starlow's help, largely because Starlow had weakened Bowser earlier.
In general, however, Peach's special abilities and powers usually involve hearts, not bombs. They're 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.
The Mushroom King is the only confirmed member of her family in the games, although very little is known about him. According to his depiction in the Nintendo Comics System, while 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.
Friends and love interests
“Oh Mario! You came to the party to see me! You're so sweet! Thank you!♥”
Peach has always maintained a friendly attitude towards Mario, although the matter of their true relationship remains unclear. The two are shown to have been close companions since childhood 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-basked 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. 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 does get 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 fury, although she nonetheless calms down enough to tell Mario and Bowser that they should go back home, and the post-game implies 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.
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 show that there are no romantic feelings between them. 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".
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. While Wario has sometimes shown antagonism towards Peach, such as in Mario Power Tennis, he also helped save her in Super Mario 64 DS and was invited to have cake as thanks. he was shown to have stolen a giant golden statue of her from Mario in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, 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.
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. In Super Paper Mario, Nastasia uses mind control to force Peach to marry the willing Bowser in order to fulfil 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 his feelings are depicted in numerous other media as well.
While Peach does not return Bowser's feelings, 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 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 face off as rivals in Mario Strikers Charged.
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.
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:
Names in other languages