We already need a new Princess Peach game

Princess Peach is a central figure in Mario mythology, having risen from the standard Princess Mcguffin to one of the most fleshed out and fully realized characters. While she initially only existed as a damsel in distress for Mario to win, she grew in popularity across the various Party and Kart games, offering something different to the plethora of male characters. Her popularity spawned a clone, in Princess Daisy, who was later given her own personality away from Peach’s. In the last mainline Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey (no, Bowser’s Fury doesn’t count), we see Peach picked up like a damsel yet again, but she completes the game way more, and that’s why she needs the his game again.

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Odyssey has a very familiar narrative structure in Mario games. This doubles down on the whole damsel thing, with Bowser stealing Peach to marry her, with the game shifting to following him in various settings as he prepares for his wedding. It has adventures around the cake, the dress, the band… I’m sure couples who have painstakingly planned their own wedding down to the smallest detail will tell you that it’s as much fun as jumping in a spaceship and to use a fancy hat to befriend a cuddly little dinosaur. Either way, it all boils down to Mario crashing the wedding à la The Graduate, only instead of running away with Mario, Peach decides she doesn’t want to get married at all. She then spends the post-game venturing out into the world as an independent woman, and you know what? Good for her.


Related: Mario Needs An All-Female SpinoffThat’s why we need another Peach game. In 2005, Super Princess Peach launched and was essentially a classic Super Mario game, except instead of defeating enemies, Peach showed them love and vibes until they passed on her. I am not joking. Peach harnessed the power of her emotions (you know, that thing only women have) in order to defeat her enemies instead of just jumping on them. It’s a pretty flat take on her character and it’s less about telling the story of Peach and more about a bunch of guys designing a game with the single brief “what if Mario but for girls” which is a pretty reductive way to look at it, but about equal for video games in 2005. At least girls were recognized as a viable market.


No one expects Red Dead Redemption 2’s storytelling from a Mario game, but Princess Peach has grown significantly since 2005, while the Switch’s continued popularity as a family console means there’s a huge audience for this, not to mention that we are (hopefully) less restrictive in what we consider girls games these days. Animal Crossing has had this label for a long time and has ended up being the Switch’s secret sauce throughout the pandemic.

Nintendo clearly recognizes the power of Peach. She has remained a central figure in recent Mario games, including the upcoming Strikers game from which Daisy appears to be absent. In the upcoming Mario movie, Peach will be played by Anya Taylor-Joy, and while her stock has certainly gone up since she was cast (and could go up further after The Northman and Canterbury Glass’ upcoming double-header and The Menu), it’s clear Nintendo was looking for a talented and nuanced star to capture what modern fishing is all about.​​​​​​​


Nintendo has no shortage of options on what to do with the Mario series with a new main game overdue and several beloved spin-offs in need of love and nurturing. Super Princess Peach is probably at the bottom of the list, but with the potential to create something new, Disney could do a lot worse.

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