Princess Peach's artwork from Fortune Street
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. (1985)|
|Created by||Shigeru Miyamoto|
|Designed by||Shigeru Miyamoto|
|Voiced by|| Jocelyn Benford (Hotel Mario)|
Mariko Mukai (1996-1998)
Leslie Swan (1996-1997; 2004; 2007)
Asako Kozuki (1996, 1998-2001)
Jen Taylor (1999-2008)
Nicole Mills (2005-2006)
Samantha Kelly (2007-present)
Jeannie Elias (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
Tracey Moore (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World)
Princess Peach Toadstool is a character in the critically acclaimed Super Mario series. In the series, she usually portrays the princess in distress, and has been kidnapped by Bowser in almost every game. In the original game, she possessed a special power that would allow her to reverse the black magic of the Koopa clan, thus giving Bowser a reasonable answer to why he would kidnap the princess, as he was at the time using it to cast a spell on all of the Mushroom Kingdom's residents. Another reason could be, that the Koopa King has, like many others, a crush on the mushroom-princess, as he expressed this in his diary.
Mario and Luigi, the protagonists of the series, always seem to rescue the princess and save the Mushroom Kingdom when needed. Other characters also lend a helping hand, such as Yoshi, Toad, Wario and a cast of other characters in the Mario RPGs.
She is the sole ruler of the powerful Mushroom Kingdom. While it doesn't seem like she has a father, her trusty longtime steward Toadsworth seems to act as some kind of father figure toward her, and is always keen on keeping her safe (though because of his age, he is not able to stop the forces of Bowser's army). Her father has been mentioned in the first Nintendo Adventure Book Double Trouble.
Princess Peach is a human. She has blonde yellow hair, and she wears a golden crown on top of her head, which has red and blue spots. She also wears blue earrings and a pair of long white gloves, which covers her arms up to her shoulders. The most obvious part of her appearance is her pink dress, which has a magenta line at the bottom. She also has a sky-blue brooch, bright blue eyes, and extremely fair skin. She used to wear deep pink shoes. More modern artworks have her wearing red shoes.
In sports, Princess Peach changed her outfit. Instead of wearing dress, she wears a pink vest with her blue brooch on it; she also wears pink shorts. She also wears white socks and a single pair of pink trainers. She appears to lack gloves.
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Peach also changed her outfit again. This time, she wears magenta sports trousers, pink jacket with magenta sleeves and blue brooch, and white gloves. She also wears white skate-rollers with pink laces.
In Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8, Peach only changes her outfit if using bike. When she rides a bike, she has her hair in a ponytail and wears a white motorbike uniform with blue brooch and a single pair of pink wellies.
In Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Peach wears a pink leotard with dark pink stripes on the sides for Gymnastic events and a swimsuit for Swimming events.
HistoryPrincess Peach's first game appearance was in Super Mario Bros. for the NES, where she was kidnapped by Bowser and thrown into his fortress in World 8 (in that game she was known as Princess Toadstool). Mario would then go through all of the Mushroom Kingdom to go and save her. Once Mario or Luigi defeated Bowser at the end of the last castle, Peach thanked Mario. In this game, Peach seemed to have reddish hair, which was later changed in the North American version of Super Mario Bros. 2.
In the Japanese game Super Mario Bros 2, known in America as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, the same thing happened - she was kidnapped by Bowser once again. In the other game (later known as Super Mario USA in Japan), which was completely different, she was a playable character. In the game, she was able to float in the air for a few seconds.
In Super Mario Bros. 3, Princess Peach would send letters and items to Mario and Luigi once the duo went on a quest to retrieve the stolen wands that Bowser took. After World 7(Pipe Land), Bowser would then kidnap Peach, leaving the brothers to once again go save her.
In Super Mario World, Princess Peach, Mario, and Luigi went on vacation to dinosaur land. Upon their arrival, Bowser kidnaps the princess, as well as the inhabitants of the island - The Yoshis. The brothers will then, once again, traverse through the land to save all of the Yoshis and the Princess.
Princess Peach also appears in Super Mario Sunshine and is kidnapped by Bowser's son, Bowser Jr. Princess Peach also has her own platform game titled Super Princess Peach which gives her the starring role in which she has to save Mario, Luigi and Toad.
In Super Mario Galaxy, Bowser has kidnapped Peach, and is making a giant empire galaxy in the center of the universe. It is unknown why he kidnapped Peach, although it could have been for a valuable Luma she had. Peach will send Mario/Luigi letters, Mario's having 5 1-ups attached, and Luigi's having a massive 20 1-ups, although this number will drop to 5 if you receive 2 letters in one playtime. Princess Peach also appeared in the two subsequent Wii Mario (New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2) games where she was once again kidnapped by Bowser. Miyamoto became a source of controversy when asked why Princess Peach wasn't playable in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, when he replied that they made the decision not to include her because of "dress physics", implying that it would have been too hard to program the movements of the princess' dress in the game.
In Mario Kart Wii Princess Peach was listed as a medium-weight driver. Princess Peach was listed as a light-weight driver in every other Mario Kart racing game.
Princess Peach has also appeared in many of the spin-off games in the Mario series. These would include the Mario Kart, Party and Sports installments where she is featured as a regular. Princess Peach has also appeared in the Super Smash Bros. series as well, starting from Super Smash Bros. Melee where she was a base character.
CharacteristicsBeing the royal princess of the Mushroom Kingdom, Peach is always shown as a very kind and beautiful woman who cares for her people and the well being of others. She even shows pity to those who tend to cause trouble in her kingdom (most notably Bowser). Peach's favorite color is pink and she always wears pink clothing to prove it. She usually is seen in a pink dress however she does wear more athletic clothing in the majority of the Mario sports titles.
Princess Peach is usually represented by one of her emblems in the games, which is usually her own crown or a heart. It is also rumored that Peach and Mario are in a love relationship, since Mario always rescues Peach. This is confirmed in the official European Mario website, where Princess Peach is listed as Mario's girlfriend. In Super Mario 64, Peach kissed Mario on the nose, and in Mario Tennis, it was the cheek that Peach kissed. Peach will usually bake Mario a cake, kiss him, hold his hand and walk home or dance with him (as shown in Super Mario 3D Land and some other Mario games). In Super Princess Peach, when Peach saves Mario, she and Luigi both run up to Mario. Peach knocks Luigi out of the way and Mario picks her up in his arms and he gives her a bunch of flowers. They both show deep devotion to each other. Peach is very selfless and puts others before herself.
Throughout the series, Peach has been shown and said as a person with magical abilities. In the story of the game Super Mario Bros., she was said to have been the only one to break Bowser's spell over the Mushroom Kingdom (however she was kidnapped by him due to this). Starting from Super Mario Bros. 2, Peach had the unique ability to float short distances and often this is shown as by her graceful nature. Peach also had a variety of abilities from the game Super Princess Peach involving her emotions. Hearts are often used as a part of her moveset in games such as in the Smash bros. series and the Mario and Sonic series.
In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, she has demonstrated the ability to float, and in Super Mario 3D Land, she was shown fighting off a stack of Goombas with her parasol. In various games Peach is able to heal herself and even others.
In Super Mario 3D World, Princess Peach is again a playable character who again uses her ability to float short distances. As Fire Princess Peach, she throws fireballs at enemies or boxes. As Cat Princess Peach, she claws enemies and boxes. As Tanooki Princess Peach, she whacks enemies with her tail.
- “Mario you're my knight in shining armor”
- ―Princess Peach from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- “Oh I'm dizzy”
- ―Peach, double bogey from, Mario Golf Toadstool Tour
- Peach debuted on September 13, 1985, and this coincides with her sapphire brooch.
- Peach has appeared in more games than any other female character in video game history.
- In every Mario Kart game she's appeared in, Peach has always been a starting character.
- Peach is regarded as a "universal princess" or "perfect princess", having multiple traits consistent with both archaic and modern views of princesses. Far from being a damsel-in-distress, she is oft times spunky, sassy, extroverted, and enthusiastic, and always sees the bright side of any situation. She also has multiple skills that most ordinary princesses don't; she is skilled at most sports, kart racing, ice-skating, and other activities. She is quite possibly the most unique and most multi-talented female in video game history.
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- ↑ Sharkey, Scott (Unknown) "Top 10 Videogame Politicians"
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|Main characters||Mario • Luigi • Princess Peach • Toad • Yoshi|
|Supporting characters||Birdo • Princess Daisy • Diddy Kong • Donkey Kong • Pauline • Professor E. Gadd • Rosalina • Toadette • Toadsworth • Nabbit|
|Enemies||Bowser • Bowser Jr. • Fawful • Foreman Spike • Kammy Koopa • Kamek • King Boo • Koopalings • Petey Piranha • Tatanga • Waluigi • Wario • Wart|