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Good News Everyone!

Playable Princess Peach Pleases Players

Good news, everyone!* Princess Peach is playable in the new Super Mario, Super Mario 3D World, coming out for the Wii U.

Aside from the introduction of the new cat-suit powerup, this game is also exciting because it is the first time Peach has been a playable character in a main-series Mario game (ie, the platformer staples that have been the core of the Mario series since the series began) since 1988 in Super Mario Bros. 2. She has appeared as a playable character in many Mario titles since then, but none within the primary line of platformers.

Her inclusion is no casual toss-in. The developers consciously made sure to include her– Yoshiaki Koizumi, the producer of the game, said in an interview with Polygon:

I feel like Mario games, as you know, have done lots of representation of male characters over the years, perhaps much more so than female — so it’s actually really nice to be able to have a female playable character in the game.

Understatement aside, it’s nice to see Nintendo being self-aware about their representation practices. Peach is, and has always been, a character integral to the game’s world. Though in the early stories it was merely as the “damsel in distress”, over time she has grown her own personality and motives, and has worked with Mario to save the Mushroom Kingdom time and time again. Giving her more agency by making her playable is a great way not only to cement her importance, but also bring her role to the fore of the player’s consciousness. She’s out there with everyone else, doing the same things and looking better than ever while doing it.

Even while rocking the pink catsuit.


*Did you just read this in Farnsworth’s voice? I hope you did.

(via Polygon)

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  • Nuuni Nuunani

    A tad dissapointed that they took out the umbrella for when she uses her floating mechanic though i suppose introducing items would make it a tad complicated and leave questions about stuffs like hammers


    I ALWAYS read that line in Farnsworth’s voice! xD

  • Kim Pittman


  • Anonymous

    I hate to be the obsessive geek guy but…

    Her floating mechanic never used an umbrella to begin with – as seen in Super Mario Bros. 2 for the NES

  • Free hat

    Thank you Princess Peach but Mario is in another castle!

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    I know that~ But in the last several years from super princess peach to super smash brothers, her floating ability had been replaced with an umbrella which made for a neat design in my opinion. Gives a sorta ‘mary poppins’ ambiance to it.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’m still perplexed that she wasn’t in the last few games that had TWO Toads. Who the Hell wants to be Toad, anyway? Stop it.

  • Anonymous

    Ah. Fair point.

  • Dryad

    That was my reaction exactly. >__<

    (Also, this is Steph from school, assuming I didn't just stumble across someone with the same name. Hiiii!)

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  • Kim Pittman

    o.0 Um, perhaps you did stumble across someone, LOL. I mean, I teach one class at SRJC, but I only had one woman in my class, and her name wasn’t Steph. Actually for that matter the only Steph I know is my brother in law’s girlfriend.

    But nice to meet you! :)

  • Dryad

    Oh gosh, so embarrassing! Pfft, hehe. There is a Kim Pittman in my cohort at school (student, not teacher) who’s also very into games and geeky stuff in general. I thought “wow, small world”, but it turns out to be VERY LARGE WORLD.

  • James Fletcher

    Playings as Toad was great in SMB2, but it was ridiculous to have two of them in the NSMB games. If they were going to make Peach playable, then they could have at least made one of them Toadette so you could have a female character and it would make it easier to tell her apart from the regular Toad.

  • Randy

    Yess!! I was so excited when I heard this new :)

  • Anonymous

    Well, in Smash brothers she floats with & without the umbrella. I do like the umbrella, but I also like the bizarreness of just being able to float in air in any direction for 5 seconds, like Guybrush Threepwood being able to hold his breath for 10 minutes for no good reason-except as a plot device.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Well between Elaine getting a pair of monkeys to pose as her in a wedding dress with none the wiser and ghosts being weak against root beer, i suppose secret of monkey island is another good example of bizarreness XD

    Pondering over the whole umbrella thing and how its been used in games, It probably could be explained as floating on her own power in a manner involving weightlessness and the Umbrella being used as a support to send her a bit of an extra distance on air currents.