Solo picture of Princess Peach in her appearance for New Super Mario Bros..
|Full name||Princess Peach Toadstool|
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. (1985)|
|Latest appearance||Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (2022)|
- “I can't believe I'm kidnapped... again.”
- —Princess Peach, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Princess Peach, casually Peach, and up until Super Mario 64 referred to as Princess Toadstool, is the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom. Peach first appeared in Super Mario Bros. and was created by Shigeru Miyamoto to be the damsel-in-distress throughout most Mario games. She resides in her castle along with many Toads. Her kingdom is often attacked by the Koopa Troop, a group led by Bowser.
Peach has an affinity for the color pink, which accents her feminine personality and kind temperament. Peach's feminine 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 spinoff installments. Her most prominent appearance to date is as the heroine of Super Princess Peach.
Creation and development
Peach's initial design had been conceived by Shigeru Miyamoto, with some of his suggestions to Yoichi Kotabe being incorporated into the final design, in particular making her eyes look more "cat-like." Before Kotabe conceived Peach's finalized character design, a couple of prototype designs were created for the character. One such design, seen on the Super Mario Bros. Japanese box art, depicts her with a long-sleeved dress, no gloves, strawberry-blonde hair, and crown jewels that were white instead of red and blue. Another prototype, seen in the 1985 Japanese strategy guide How to Win at Super Mario Bros., portrays her as a Toad rather than as a human, having a mushroom cap instead of natural hair, as well as a simple tiara and a gown reminiscent of Aurora from Disney's Sleeping Beauty, whom she somewhat currently resembles.
Peach has always been depicted as a blonde in video game artwork, although it was originally a darker, more strawberry-blonde shade (or in the case of the Japanese packaging, a dark blonde shade). However, due to the graphical limitations of the NES hardware, her on-screen sprite in the earlier Super Mario Bros. games displayed her with reddish-brown hair, and as a result, she was depicted as a redhead in the DiC Entertainment cartoons, as well as reddish-brown in Mario-related merchandise such as a 1988 toy box artwork. Starting with Super Mario World for the SNES, her in-game appearances had her proper hair color. On a similar note, her dress had always been depicted as pink in video game artwork, although because of the aforementioned graphical limitations of the NES hardware, her on-screen sprite in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels depicted her as wearing a white dress with red highlights; this depiction of her old dress would later be reused for her Fire form in Super Mario 3D World. She only gained a pink dress in-game starting with the overseas version of Super Mario Bros 2. Peach's classic main dress had a normal pink high collar, a sash around the waist instead of panniers, and was darker pink from the hem to her knees, but otherwise does not differ greatly from the modern/current main dress introduced with the GameCube-era games, starting with Super Mario Sunshine and Mario Party 4, although the subsequent Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door installment marked the original dress's final appearance. Although the key artwork featured Peach in the Japanese versions of Super Mario Bros., the instruction manuals for both the Famicom and NES versions of the game hid her sprite behind a question mark in order to keep her identity a surprise for players as a way to motivate them into completing the game.
In Japan, her name has always been Princess Peach (ピーチ姫 Pīchi-hime), but in the West, she was originally known as "Princess Toadstool", due to Nintendo of America renaming her when localizing Super Mario Bros., feeling that "Peach" was irrelevant to the theme of the Mushroom Kingdom. In 1993, the English version of Yoshi's Safari marked the first time that the name "Princess Peach" was used outside of Japan, but the name did not catch on for western players until it was used again in Super Mario 64. Games as of Mario Kart 64 use Peach as her prominent name. Certain contemporary sources reconcile the two names by listing her full name as "Peach Toadstool", including subsequent re-releases of Super Mario 64, such as the international, Shindō Pak Taiō Version and Super Mario 64 DS, which had the princess signing her letter using both "Toadstool" and "Peach". For the most part, however, the "Toadstool" name is hardly used outside of remakes and re-releases of older titles, which most times retain the original localized text. She, along with her Toad subjects, is the only major character that no longer uses her original localized name. However, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U refers to "Princess Toadstool" as a name Peach went by in one of the in-game tips, and in the North American version her title on the Boxing Ring stage is "Princess of Toadstools". On a similar note, although she was mostly referred to as Princess Toadstool in various countries outside the United States in most localizations (or "Princess Mushroom" in some cases), the Danish dub for The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 had changed her name to Prinsesse Slørhat, which translated to "Princess Cortinarius", referring to a genus of poisonous mushrooms. Likewise, the Italian dub for the entire DIC cartoon line also referred to her as "Principessa Amarena" or "Princess Cherry".
Her name when translated into Japanese is normally ピーチ姫 (Pīchi-hime). However, the other translation as プリンセスピーチ (Purinsesu Pīchi) only officially exists in the Japanese title of the game Super Princess Peach as well as in the Japanese name of The Princess Peach from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 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 thanks, Toadstool gave Mario 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.
Super Mario Bros. 2
In Super Mario Bros. 2, Princess Toadstool, along with Mario, Luigi and Toad, sets out to rescue Subcon from the evil Wart. Toadstool's main ability is limited fluttering time after jumping, but she has poor vertical jumps. Toadstool is 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 sends Mario and Luigi to defeat the Koopalings. She helps them by sending them items. After the Bros. defeat the final Koopaling, they return to find that Bowser 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!"
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 on the cheek.
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.”
- —Peach's letter to Mario
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 it's 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 N64 version).
Super Mario Sunshine
In Super Mario Sunshine, Mario, Peach, and Toadsworth go to Isle Delfino for vacation. While Mario is cleaning Delfino Plaza, 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 and that he is protecting her from Mario. He attacks Mario in his Mecha-Bowser, but Mario defeats him. Bowser Jr. flees to Corona Mountain with Peach. Mario makes his way to Corona Mountain and finds Bowser and Bowser Jr. forcing Peach to swim with them. Mario defeats Bowser and rescues Peach.
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.
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.
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.
Peach is also captured in the game's add-on content New Super Luigi U, since the game features the same story as the original.
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 in a platformer since Super Princess Peach, and also the first time she appears playable in a 3D Mario title. She is the slowest of the playable characters, but much like in Super Mario Bros. 2, she can temporarily hover in mid-air. Like every other character in the game, she can use all of the power-ups that appear. When power-ups are set to match each characters' color, hers are always pink. She appears wearing a pink Cat Suit, Boomerang Suit, Propeller Box, and Ice Skate.
Super Mario Odyssey
Peach appears again in Super Mario Odyssey, once again taking her signature role as the damsel in distress. Bowser makes an attempt to marry Peach, and large billboards and posters advertising the marriage can be seen throughout the different kingdoms in the game. Peach is also seen to be wearing a tiara, instead of her usual crown. The tiara is revealed to be Cappy's sister, Tiara.
In Cloud Kingdom, Peach was seen wearing the Lochlady Dress before Mario fights Bowser. Upon Mario defeating Bowser, the latter has the airship fire the onboard cannons to attack the Odyssey and cause Mario, Cappy and the Odyssey to fall to the Lost Kingdom. Peach cries for help from Mario, but as Mario is unable to help her, Bowser leaves the Cloud Kingdom with her.
When Mario reaches the top Pagoda palace in Bowser's Kingdom, he attempts to rescue Peach and Tiara but he is knocked out by Bowser's hat with boxing gloves and takes off with both captives to leave the Kingdom and head to Moon Kingdom.
Mario ultimately manages to catch up to Bowser and Peach and halt the wedding at Moon Kingdom, also defeating Bowser. However, before she and Mario can escape, the chapel starts to collapse. In order to save himself and Peach, Mario is forced to capture Bowser in order to get all of them to safety. After getting to safety, Bowser, even after losing his power, attempts to vie her hand in marriage with a bouquet of Piranha Plants, pushing Mario away. To prevent that, Mario desperately tries the same thing with a Rocket Flower. As a result, Peach gets swarmed by pestering grooms, but ultimately chooses neither and sternly rejects them, annoyed by their behavior. However, when she decides to leave on the Odyssey, she beckons the disheartened archenemies to come along to go home.
In the post-game, Peach disappears from her castle, having packed things up, deciding she wanted to explore the various kingdoms on her own terms with Tiara. She can be encountered at various kingdoms, where she provides Mario with the relevant Power Moon when talked with. After giving Mario the Power Moon, she then makes a brief comment that hints at her next destination. When encountered, she waves enthusiastically at Mario, strongly implying that she has forgiven him for his aforementioned actions in the ending. After meeting and obtaining a Power Moon from her in every kingdom, she returns to her castle, though the player can still see her in kingdoms where she was previously encountered, where she now gives comments that are related to the kingdoms. She wears a gray pea coat and black beret in the Cap Kingdom, Snow Kingdom and Moon Kingdom, the explorer outfit in the Cascade Kingdom, Wooded Kingdom, and Lost Kingdom, a white short-sleeve blouse, pink knee-length skirt, pink scarf, white summer hat with pink trim, and gray high heels in the Sand Kingdom, Cloud Kingdom, Metro Kingdom and Ruined Kingdom, a bikini with a skirt and a lei in the Lake Kingdom and Seaside Kingdom, a pink collar shirt, overalls, pink boots and farmer's hat in the Luncheon Kingdom, and a kimono with a Fire Flower pattern on it along with a Boo mask in Bowser's Kingdom. Although she wears her traditional dress when encountering Mario at the Mushroom Kingdom, if the player goes in and out of her castle, Peach will be wearing a different outfit each time she is encountered.
Concept art in a Japanese artbook revealed that Peach at one point was going to be captured by Bowser. Another concept art from the same book indicated that Mario and Peach would have actually married. In addition, at least two cut outfits were unveiled in concept art, including one depicting Peach in a Japanese-style coach wearing a pink kimono as an initial version of the outfit she wore at Bowser's Kingdom. The other was her wearing a pink-colored Arabian bellydancer outfit while sitting near a camel, presumably meant to be used at the Sand Kingdom.
Super Mario 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 Bowser appears and kidnaps Peach. Mario and his brother Luigi then set out to save her. A wise sage later reveals that Bowser 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 Bowser), and defeat him. It is then revealed that Peach has already been arranged a marriage by the Kinoko Sennin with Haru-ōji of the Flower Kingdom. Mario is jealous over this, but he and the princess remain friends.
Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros.
In the story of "Momotaro" in the Super Mario anime, two elderly Hammer Bros., Ojiisan and Obaasan, are grandparents to the beautiful girl "Princess Peach". Because of her great beauty, Bowser kidnaps her, and Momotaro (Mario) goes to rescue her.
In "Issunboshi", 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.
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 Bowser 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 Bowser 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 Bowser's Neon Castle and decide to stay in Dome City with the Cave People.
Super Mario World: Mario & Yoshi's Adventure Land
In the interactive anime OVA Super Mario World: Mario & Yoshi's Adventure 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 Bowser, 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, much like how Mario is known as a doctor in these games. 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.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee during Event 35: Time for a Checkup, Peach is dressed in white nurse-like clothing and helps Dr. Mario fight Luigi.
Nintendo Comics System
Peach 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 Bowser, send letters in for her to answer.
Peach 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 Peach as a present for their father; Magic Carpet Madness, in which she is hypnotized into a bad girl; and The Legend, an adaptation of her first adventure with Mario and Luigi.
Peach regularly appears in the Germany-exclusive 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.
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. 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
|Toadstool Tour Character|
|Star Drive||235 yards|
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.
Mario Golf: Advance Tour
Peach yet again appears as a playable character in Mario Golf: Advance Tour. 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. In the Castle Club mode she wears her usual dress, though in-game she wears her golf clothing, unless in the post he animation for a Birdie or better.
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 her cousin 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 biking 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 uses bikes or 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'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.
Super Mario Adventures
Peach 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, Peach 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, Peach 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 Peach 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, Peach, 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).
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.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Toadstool was one of Mario's party members, along with Mallow, Geno and Bowser. At the beginning of the game, Bowser kidnapped her with his Koopa Clown Car, while she was sitting outside of Mario's Pad. Mario came to her aid, and defeated Bowser after a battle. Exor crashed into Bowser's Keep, and sent the three flying in different directions. Toadstool landed in the tower of Booster. Booster fell in love with her, and planned to force her to marry him, despite her cries of, "MARIO, HELP ME! MARIO, HELP ME! MARIO, HELP ME!". After Mario had charged Booster Tower and defeated Knife Guy and Grate Guy, Booster grabbed Toadstool and ran away with her up Booster Hill. He reached Marrymore, where he wanted to marry Toadstool as soon as possible. Mario managed to stop the wedding, and took Toadstool back to the Mushroom Kingdom. She was 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 escaped from the castle with the help of her "Grandma", who dressed herself up as the princess, and joined Mario's party to help them defeat Smithy. At the end of the game, Toadstool and Mario returned 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. 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 the Sun and the Moon. 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. The most recent installment, 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 3
Peach appeared in the modern version of the Donkey Kong arcade game in Game & Watch Gallery 3. Donkey Kong had kidnapped her, and Mario had to rescue her. Peach was also the main character of the modern version of Cook, where she had to flip sausages, bacon, and eggs, without letting them fall.
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.
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, the latest game in the series, 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.
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 run 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 defeats her. Peach then wishes that her kingdom would remain safe. Twink and Peach adds their power to the Star Beam, then called Peach Beam, making it able to break Bowser's invincibility. Bowser finally is defeated and Peach's castle returns to its original spot in Toad Town. After the celebration parade, Mario take Peach to his place to watch the fireworks.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Before the events of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Peach goes on a trip to Rogueport. At the market, she meets an old saleswoman, presumably one of the Shadow Sirens. They decide that Peach is the best body for the Shadow Queen to possess. They give Peach the Magical Map, as she has a pure heart, which is needed to be able to open the chest of the map. The Shadow Sirens then trick the alien Sir Grodus into capturing Peach and animating the Shadow Queen with her body. Before this happened, however, Peach has already sent the Magical Map to Mario, inviting him on a treasure hunt.
Peach is taken to the X-Naut Fortress on the moon. While both Mario and Bowser, who is unsuccessful, search for the Crystal Stars to rescue her, the princess become active herself in the fortress. The base's main computer, the TEC-XX, falls in love with her due to a short circuit in its system, and betrays Grodus to help Peach escape. He allows her to send an e-mail to Mario at regular intervals. By the computer's orders, Peach dresses up as an X-Naut to question Grodus, and also makes for herself an invisibility potion to find out even more about Grodus's plans. However, Grodus has TEC shut down when he finds out, and then takes Peach to the Palace of Shadow. Mario follows them and meets up with Grodus in the room right where the tomb of the Shadow Queen rests. Grodus confronts Mario, and is ready to kill Peach if Mario makes a false move. However, Bowser crashes through the ceiling and falls on Grodus. While Mario and Bowser are fighting, Grodus takes Peach down to the tomb and offers her as a body for the Shadow Queen. The demon then possesses Peach, she but refuses to take Grodus's orders and nearly kills him instead. The Shadow Queen engages the battle with Mario and his partners; however, she believes Peach's body is too weak and returns to her true form for the final battle. Peach is able to give powers to Mario for this, with the Shadow Queen having no choice but to do so thanks to inhabiting her body. She can now talk out of the Shadow Queen's body as the demon is weakened by the encouraging voices of the entire population of the Magical Map's world, which are taken to the basement of the Palace of Shadow by the magic of the Crystal Stars. In the end, the Shadow Queen is defeated and Peach is restored. Then she, Mario, Luigi, and Toadsworth leave Rogueport to return to the Mushroom Kingdom. Post-game, Peach remains in the mainland of the Mushroom Kingdom while Mario, Luigi, and Toadsworth return to Rogueport to find another treasure.
Super Paper Mario
In Super Paper Mario, Peach along with Bowser, Luigi, and Bowser's minions were kidnapped by Count Bleck. Bleck forces Peach and Bowser to marry, the only way to form the evil Chaos Heart, which would destroy the world. As Luigi, who was attending the wedding, stomped on it in an attempt to stop it, everything was destroyed. Peach, however, survived and later escapes Bleck's Castle (with the help of Private Koopa and Dimentio (secretly), a follower of Count Bleck). Peach fell from the sky into Flipside; although she was temporarily unconscious where Mario found her, she got better and joined the team after Mario gave her some Spicy Soup. She could float with her parasol, and could also shield herself from her enemies using that same parasol as well. Luigi and Bowser later joined the cause, though Bowser had to be convinced by Peach and Mario.
Over time, Peach and the rest of the gang would eventually make it to Count Bleck's lair. In Chapter 8-2, Mimi, a loyal minion of Count Bleck, taunted her for having been kidnapped so many times and for being rescued by plumbers instead of just rescuing herself. Peach and Mimi clashed soon after. When Peach won, a trap door was activated and Mimi fell through it. However, Peach saved her. The two fell down the shaft and were thought to be lost, but both survived. Peach comes back during the final battle against Count Bleck. As it was revealed, Dimentio was the real threat, as Bleck only wanted to destroy the world after the loss of his girlfriend. His girlfriend though turned out to be Tippi, a member of Mario's team. After defeating Super Dimentio and freeing Luigi, Peach witnessed the marriage of Bleck and Tippi in order to stop the Void.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Princess Peach first appears in the intro, 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.
Super Smash Bros. series
| Super Smash Bros. fighter|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee|
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
|Standard: Toad |
Side: Peach Bomber
Up: Peach Parasol
Final Smash: Peach Blossom (SSBB)
|Peach appears from thin air. (SSBB)|
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 participants). In this installment, she can float in mid-air and pull vegetables out of the ground as in Super Mario Bros. 2. She has a great recovery capacity but is easy to send flying. In spite of this she is a fairly easy character to use. Her Down Smash and Up Smash are quick and have several powerful, high priority hits. Peach is one of the best edge guarders in the series. Her Neutral A slap is good for disrupting combos and grabs, as well as starting combos herself. Peach's Forward Aerial Crown Slap is a great horizontal killer. She can also use an umbrella which can be used to float to the ground and whack people with. In Adventure Mode, she 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. The detail in Peach's appearance is also greatly increased with a much more realistic look as compared to general Mario game series' installments.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Peach's return appearance for Super Smash Bros. Brawl had her heavily redesigned, based on her more recent appearances. She keeps her moveset from Super Smash Bros. Melee, as well as stay as a light character with the ability to float. Peach's new design in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is by far the most detailed look for Peach since her previous appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee. There are several changes about her in Brawl. Her Peach Bomber can cover more distance and it releases a cloud of hearts. Also her Parasol and Toad can KO now. Peach's Final Smash is called Peach Blossom, and matches Peach's peaceful personality. It, by default inflicts 40% damage to all foes and causes them to fall asleep. Peach has several trophies in her honor. One is of her Brawl appearance and Final Smash. Also she has two of 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.
Solid Snake Codec Conversation
- Snake: Mei Ling, tell me what you know about Peach.
- Mei Ling: Princess Peach is the beloved ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom. She's been kidnapped numerous times by Bowser.
- Snake: Sounds pretty serious...
- Mei Ling: Yes, but every time it happens, Mario ends up saving her. Sure, he may not look like your ideal "knight in shining armor." A little on the short side, I'd say... But still, don't you think it's romantic? I mean, to have a guy who's always there for you?
- Snake: If he was smart, he'd tell her to stop getting kidnapped.
- Mei Ling: ...You don't get a lot of dates, do you, Snake?
Role in the Subspace EmissaryIn The Subspace Emissary, Peach was watching Mario and Kirby fighting together with Princess Zelda, and ran 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 were defeated, Peach and Zelda were rescued and were able to join the rest of the group to help take back the Halberd. After that process was done, Peach also went into Subspace with the others, where they find Tabuu, the true enemy. She gets hit by his Off Waves and turned 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 has been confirmed to be a returning playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. She retains her appearance from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but has a brighter, less pale color scheme. She appears to be retaining her moveset from the past installments, though her up smash now spawns a ribbon.
Toad is Peach's standard special move in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Peach will bring out Toad to shield her. Toad will absorb any attack and send it back to the opponent. According to one of Peach's trophies, he does this by sending spores back at the opponent. In Brawl, Toad is capable of a knocking an opponent out of the arena. Toad can only be held out for a very small time, so it is hard to master. Kirby can use Toad if he sucks up Peach's powers.
The Peach Bomber is Peach's side special move in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. When executed, Peach will leap forward, twirl and ram an enemy with her rear. Upon contact with another player, it will cause an explosion. In Melee, it is a fire explosion which incinerates her opponents, while in Brawl, hearts appear and no incineration. The attack is Peach's strongest move but, despite being powerful, takes a while to use, which can leave her open for enemy attack. It is very effective when she is battling multiple opponents.
Peach Parasol is Peach's up special move in Melee and Brawl. It serves as a recovery move as well as doing little damage. She smashes up with a white Parasol and damages any players who it hits. This attack is very similar to Mario's Super Jump Punch, in the fact that it launches her up, and hits the opponent several times in one jump. She then comes down, safely gliding down on her parasol, acting as one of the most useful third jumps in both games. Peach is unable to attack while gliding. However, The parasol can damage enemies by touching them. Furthermore, the parasol can be closed during flight to fall quickly and become helpless. Pressing up again will open her umbrella and allow her to float again, although altitude cannot be regained. In Brawl, her parasol is based heavily on it in Super Paper Mario; while in Melee, it is a traditional parasol only appearing in that game.
If Peach uses the Peach Parasol while holding the Parasol item, she will replace her usual Parasol with that Parasol.
Vegetables are items that can be used by Peach in both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. She can pluck them from the ground with her down special move. Peach can throw these vegetables at other players, and they will bounce off opponents, which allows Peach to grab them again, and continue throwing it at the opponent. This can also work to her foes advantage, however, as any character can catch them. The turnips do a varying amount of damage, depending on their facial expression. Sometimes, Peach will pull a Mr. Saturn, a Beam Sword or a Bob-omb out of the ground. Occasionally, a vegetable with the face depicted on the left will appear. These only appear at a 1/58 chance, but have more than 30% increased damage. The attack is a reference to Super Mario Bros. 2, where players were able to pull Vegetables out of the ground, and then throw them at enemies.
- “Somehow, Princess Peach always seems to go at her own pace. Her Final Smash will lure you into her world.... The flowers bloom. The peaches pour down. Yes. It’s so elegant.”
- —Masahiro Sakurai, Smash Bros. DOJO!!
Peach Blossom is Peach's Final Smash from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Akin to the princess's unique blend of offensive and defensive maneuvers in battle, this tactic allows her to gain an edge over her opponents either by attacking them or restoring her own health. Peach can only perform this attack after breaking open a Smash Ball.
Peach Blossom made its first and only appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Visually, the attack is reminiscent of the sugar-sweet art style of Peach's first solo adventure, Super Princess Peach, which was published after Super Smash Bros. Melee and before Super Smash Bros. Brawl. While most of the characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl have Final Smashes based on previous moves or experiences, Peach Blossom is an entirely original creation.
Decorative hearts flutter around her and a decorative "border" featuring blossoming peach trees and two images of Princess Peach adorns the area around her. As Peach dances in a spotlight to a sped up version of the Coin Heaven/The Sky/Warp Zone theme from Super Mario Bros. 3, all of her opponents fall into a deep Sleep and take damage. The closer to Peach an enemy is, the longer they will sleep and the more damage they will take. Typical damage ranges from ten to forty percent. Next, Peaches fall from the top of the stage. At this point the attack technically ends.
However, as the princess's enemies remain unconscious for a time after the attack, she is free to do as she likes for a short time. Peach can restore her health by eating the Peaches and use her other attacks on her sleeping opponents. Because of the extra damage she has already inflicted, well-charged Smash Attacks may send opponents flying off the screen. Once Peach attacks an enemy, they will immediately awaken and have a chance to recover. It is possible that her enemies will eat her peaches if they return to the stage. Enemies can also avoid falling asleep if they jump and stay off the ground until Peach finishes the dance.
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Prior to the events of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Peach was notified by the Beanbean Kingdom that the witch Cackletta would come and try to steal her voice. Cackletta wanted to do this in order to waken the Beanstar, a star-shaped bean which would grant wishes to everyone. The Beanstar has been sleeping and could only be wakened by a pure voice, in order to prevent abuse. Peach took precautions and when Cackletta and Fawful, dressed as ambassadors, arrived at her castle, they were not greeted by Peach, but by Birdo, who was disguised as the princess. Cackletta and Fawful unknowingly stole Birdo's voice and escaped from the castle, leaving Birdo with a voice of exploding characters. However, Mario, Luigi and Bowser, who were not aware of the true identity of the "princess", followed Cackletta to the Beanbean Kingdom before the real Peach was able to intervene.
After Mario and Luigi had presumably killed Cackletta at the Woohoo Hooniversity, Peach went to the Beanbean Kingdom with her plane. Peach revealed Birdo's disguise, thanked Mario and Luigi for taking care of the Cackletta problem, and decided to spend the holidays in the Beanbean Kingdom. She expressed the wish to travel to Little Fungitown, a settlement of Toad emigrants, which was lying across the dangerous Teehee Valley. Toadsworth insisted that Mario and Luigi accompany the princess on this journey. During their venture through Teehee Valley, Peach had to be protected from any harm in the desert. When she disappeared from Mario and Luigi's view, Gritty Goombas would appear instantly and take her to an underground dungeon. At the valley's end, Peach ran into Trunkle, a giant rock monster, but Mario and Luigi saved her from it before it was too late.
Later, Bowletta kidnapped Peach in order to make sure to awaken the Beanstar this time, which had shown angry reactions when confronted with Birdo's voice. She took Peach, who was at the Mushroom Kingdom embassy of Little Fungitown at the time, using Bowser's Koopa Clown Car. However, Cackletta was no longer in the possession of the Beanstar itself. When Mario and Luigi met Bowletta in Joke's End, Luigi dressed himself up in Peach's spare dress to fool Bowletta and Fawful into thinking he was Peach. The plan worked, and Bowletta released the real Peach, and kidnapped Luigi instead. In the meantime, Mario received a kiss from Peach. After Luigi's escape from the repaired Koopa Cruiser, Peach stayed in the Little Fungitown embassy until Bowletta was defeated.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
- See also: Baby Peach
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time starts with a flashback to the past. At the time the story starts, Toadsworth the Younger always took care of the baby princess, since she cried often. Baby Mario and Baby Luigi would sometimes come to play with her. And even Baby Bowser still came to kidnap her. But one day, aliens known as Shroobs invaded the Mushroom Kingdom. And since Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Bowser, Baby Peach and Young Toadsworth were all there, Baby Bowser called Kamek to get them out of the castle. Kamek arrived and took them out of the castle with the Koopa Cruiser just in time.
In the present, Peach, Toadiko and Toadbert had used E. Gadd's Time Machine to travel back to the past, unaware of traveling to the time where the Shroobs were attacking. When they got to the past, the Shroobs cornered Peach and the Toads. Elder Princess Shroob, the leader of the Shroobs, and Princess Shroob, her younger sister, attacked Peach. Peach grabbed the time machine's power supply, the Cobalt Star, and trapped Elder Princess Shroob inside it. Then she broke the Cobalt Star into pieces, while Elder Princess Shroob was still inside. While the Cobalt Star shards were spread around the world, Peach was held captive by Princess Shroob.
While Mario and Luigi teamed up with their baby selves to recover the Cobalt Shards, which they needed to save Peach according to Professor E. Gadd, Princess Shroob dressed herself up as Princess Peach. However, she was swallowed by Petey Piranha. The Mario Bros. and their younger selves defeated Petey Piranha, and Princess Shroob, disguised as Peach, was brought to the present by the brothers. E. Gadd told the fake princess to take a rest. However, while she was doing so, Bowser came and kidnapped her, believing that she was Peach. The Mario Bros. and Bowser only found out the true identity of Princess Shroob when they were all sucked into the Shroob Mother Ship in the past. During all this time, the real Peach was still in Shroob Castle.
When Mario and Luigi got to Shroob Castle, they saw Peach, but Princess Shroob interrupted their conversation at the point where Peach was going to explain why the Cobalt Star should not be completed and a battle begins. After it, Baby Bowser reunited the Cobalt Star Shards all together, making Elder Princess Shroob appear and giving her 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). Unfortunately, as Peach was proceeding to give said details, Bowser crashes the meeting... twice. Upon being knocked out by Mario, he was ejected by Peach (with the help of Starlow) the first time. But Bowser managed to return to the castle the second time, but under the control of Fawful, via eating a Vacuum Shroom. As a result, Bowser inhales everyone at the meeting, including Peach.
Peach is found by Mario and Luigi in the Flab Zone of Bowser's body. Their reunion is cut short, however, when a group of Beta Kretins captures her and takes her deeper into the area. When the brothers catch up and free Peach, the Kretins attack and are subsequently defeated. After the said ordeal was 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).
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 (from being knocked out after Fawful removed her much earlier in the game) after being awakened by Bowser ejecting the remaining inhabitants of Bowser's body. Though Bowser attacked the Mario Bros. and still attempted to kidnap Peach directly after the Dark Star was defeated, Peach still expressed 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 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 BaseballPeach is one of a few technique captains in Mario Superstar Baseball. She has one of the best pitching and catching skills. 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 is once again good at pitching and fielding.
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 a powerful wand called 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 room in Bowser's Castle, briefly creating chaos.
In the game, (possibly due to the Island's Magic) 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 200 coins.
Eventually, Peach fight 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
In Mario Strikers Charged, she is a playmaker captain again. Unlike in the previous game, she has a different play style. 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. The outfit is her 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 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 down-town 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 re-do 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 once again 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Superstar Ultra, she is located in the audience, clapping while two characters fight. 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 titles:
Peach is a young, fair-skinned woman with an average build. She is taller than most human characters, exceeded only by Rosalina, Pauline, and Waluigi. It is to be noted that in the original and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe versions of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, she is depicted as being shorter than Super Mario/Super Luigi (with the difference in size being enough that she has to stand on her tip-toes to kiss Mario/Luigi if they are in Super/Fire form in the Deluxe version). She has a soft, oval face with large eyes with blue irises framed by six lashes (three or four in other artwork), and thin, dark blonde eyebrows. She has long, flowing, golden-blonde hair that reach past her waist, with both V-shaped and fringed bangs, and two thin sideburns with v-shaped ends framing her face. She sometimes wears her hair tied up in a ponytail with a blue scrunchie for certain installments which involve more activity including, but not limited to, sports events and kart racing, starting with Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.
The DIC cartoons' version of the princess has been officially stated to be seventeen years old. As for the video game version of Peach, though no fixed age has been revealed, her overall physical appearance and appearing as a baby alongside Baby Mario (Mario is revealed to be around 24-26 years old) suggests that she is in her early 20's.
Peach usually wears a floor-length pink dress with puffy sleeves, as well as a high collar, panniers at the waist, and a ruffle at the hem, all colored deep pink; this design debuted in Super Mario Sunshine before being finalized in Mario Party 4. From Super Mario Bros. to Mario Kart: Super Circuit, her dress had a thin deep pink band around her waist rather than panniers, the collar was the same pink as the chest and sleeves, and the lower half of the dress skirt was a deep pink; this particular dress design was reused in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. The dress has a sapphire brooch, set in gold on Peach's chest, and she wears round earrings of the same color. Her crown is golden, with two rubies and two sapphires; these gems also became set in gold. She wears white evening gloves beyond elbow-length (these have a v-shaped opening, but were formerly straight), deep pink or red high heels, and in some games, has a white petticoat under her gown. In the Nintendo 64 Mario Party games and the Paper Mario series, she wears white tights underneath. Her dress is far more elaborately designed in recent Super Smash Bros. titles, but is otherwise the same; because of the Super Smash Bros. games using more realistic dimensions for the various characters, Peach is also given slightly more realistic dimensions in these games, including a slightly smaller head and a slightly larger bust.
The earliest alternate outfit Peach had was in All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros., where she was dressed up in a kimono and had her hair in a geisha style complete with chopsticks. This was because of it being released during a Japanese holiday. Although this particular outfit has not appeared in any games since, Peach wore similar kimono outfits 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 artwork from the Kyoto Cross Media Experience 2009), in Bowser's Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey, and as a driver variant in Mario Kart Tour (as well as a pink yukata partly derived from her Bowser's Kingdom attire).
A promotional flyer for a Japanese pachinko machine was created in Mario's earlier years, depicting Peach wearing bunny ears and tail, a one-piece, fishnets, and high heels.
In NES Open Tournament Golf, she wears a sundress with ballet flats due to the golfing aspect of the game. Although in the artwork and during actual gameplay it was colored pink, the in-game sprite for the title screen depicts her with a green dress, presumably due to the graphics limitations of the NES.
Although not seen wearing this outfit in-game, one of her character arts for Super Mario World depicted her with sunglasses, heart earrings, as well as a purple-pink two-piece bikini, with her crown featuring three points as well as a red bottom with at least four diamonds. She wore a similar outfit in the KC Deluxe Super Mario Kart gag manga, only the bikini was slightly more skimpy, it lacked the crown, sunglasses, and earrings, and she was wearing a sash that said "Racingqu" (presumably meant to say "Racing queen"), as well as carrying a parasol, due to her implied role as one of the racehands. On a related note, the Japanese advertisement for Super Mario All-Stars, owing to the basis being events like the Oscars, depicted Peach wearing a sparkling lavender sequined dress as well as matching heels and opera gloves, as well as a fluffy white scarf.
In Mario Party 2, aside from her traditional pink dress that she wears on Rules Land and Bowser Land, as well as the opening and ending of the game, she also wore five distinct outfits fitting into the five themes for Mario Land (pirate, cowgirl, space cadet, explorer, and witch versions of her dress for Pirate Land, Western Land, Space Land, Mystery Land and Horror Land, respectively).
In Super Mario Sunshine, Peach wears a lighter, sleeveless version of her dress, and wears a gold bracelet in place of gloves, due to the tropical setting of the game. She also wears her hair in a ponytail for the first time. In addition, similar to in Super Smash Bros. Melee, she also wore a ring, only it was ruby and placed on her right middle finger.
In the Dr. Mario series, she wears a pink nurse's uniform with matching hat and sandals. Upon becoming a doctor in Dr. Mario World, she instead wears a light pink lab coat, a pink skirt, and a white shirt and shoes. She also wears her ponytail hairstyle and does not wear her crown, similar to the other doctors.
Although technically not an alternate outfit, her original standard dress was slightly modified in Super Smash Bros. Melee to feature gold, flame-like designs as well as silk extensions near the bottom of her skirt, plus similar flame-like designs near her brooch and a deep pink corset below it; she also wears a sapphire ring on her left middle finger. In Brawl, said dress is radically altered to be based on her modern appearance, and as such possesses frills at the front of her skirt that split down the legs, flame-like designs near these frills, as well as pink and red portions of the bottom portions of the skirt and a silk front near the brooch, which is given a slightly more realistic appearance. The dress in for 3DS / Wii U is largely similar to the one in Brawl, although it is slightly less detailed due to her returning to a more cartoon-like design. Her design in Ultimate likewise is a mixture of its depiction in both for 3DS / Wii U and Brawl, being overall more cartoonish in design, yet having slightly more realistic details, including woven lines on the dress like in Brawl. 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 for 3DS / Wii U). Her blue and green dresses were based on similar palette swaps used in the Mario Golf and Mario Tennis series (and to a lesser extent on Daisy and Peach's respective sprites in NES Open Tournament Golf in Melee and for 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 for 3DS / Wii U). Her white dress in Melee is notably the only one of her dress options in the Super Smash Bros. series that has her wearing different undergarments. Her yellow dress is obviously based on that of Princess Daisy. Likewise, her red dress option in Brawl as well as for 3DS / Wii U is based on Pauline's dress, and she also possessed a black and yellow dress, as well as a dress based directly on her Fire form in Super Mario 3D World. She retains most of her outfits from for 3DS / Wii U in Ultimate, although her orange alternate color is replaced with a gold dress and matching parasol that resembled her Gold form from Super Mario Party, most likely due to Daisy becoming her Echo Fighter in the game.
When the dedicated Mario sports installments started with Mario Golf and Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, Peach's sports uniform was simply a shorter, sleeveless version of her usual dress, with white knee-high socks and orange-and-beige tennis shoes. In Mario Golf, her animation when doing a hole-in-one has her dress transform from her sports uniform to her usual dress in her excitement. Starting with the GameCube Mario sports games, however, she started to have more variety in what she wears. In many earlier games like Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Power Tennis, the standard outfit that she wears is a sporty sleeveless pink miniskirt colored deep pink at the bottom, separated by a white wave design. In World Tour, while otherwise similar to her uniform from Toadstool Tour, Peach's miniskirt, in a similar manner to Mario Golf as noted above, will transform at the wave of her parasol into her trademark dress whenever she gets an Eagle or a Birdie. In other general sports installments which require Peach to be more active, her standard outfit for those games is a pink tank top and shorts with white accents, similar to Princess Daisy's usual sports uniform; in both cases, she wears white bobby socks and red-and-pink tennis shoes, and retains her characteristic blue brooch, earrings, and her crown.
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, where every character's attire varies depending on the sport being played, Peach is given a whole slew of new outfits that are exclusive to the game. In most events, she wears an outfit similar to her regular athletic outfit, though the tank top sports white accents on the sides and bares her midriff, while the shorts have the colors reversed. Additionally, the look is complete with pink and white sneakers adorned with magenta laces. This outfit receives some minor additions depending on the event, such as a brown harness belt in the Sport Climbing and Archery events, or magenta knee-high socks in Football and Rugby Sevens. Other outfits include a red and white Equestrian uniform, a white karate gi with a blue (or red) belt, a pink and white Fencing uniform, and a pink and black wetsuit for Shortboard Surfing.
For the soccer-themed Mario Strikers games, Peach wears two-piece, midriff-baring soccer outfits and cleats. In the case of Mario Strikers Charged, armor is added to the ensemble due to the increased intensity of the game. Her color scheme is still pink, with blue accents and yellow accents. Along with her nurse and doctor outfits in the Dr. Mario series, these are her only clothes that lack her signature blue brooch, although unlike in Dr. Mario (and NES Open Tournament Golf), she still has her crown here. In Mario Strikers: Battle League, like Daisy, her uniform no longer bares her midriff and now consists of a normal jersey with shorts that can now be customized with or without armor.
In Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Peach wears a primarily white jumpsuit with pink stripes when riding motorbikes, as well as ATVs in the latter two titles, with a pink scarf, belt, boots, gloves, and other detailing, including a heart-shaped pattern on her back. The gloves are styled similarly to her typical ones and are pink with a white trim to match the boots, which have white soles. She keeps her regular crown, earrings, and brooch.
For the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games installments, Peach wears a pink sleeveless mini dress with a white trim around the bottom, and darker pink leggings and sleeves, and white gloves and ankle boots.
For Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Peach wears a light pink leotard with dark pink stripes on the sides for the gymnastics events, which is additionally used as swimwear for the swimming events.
A Super Mario Relaxing Life digital sticker briefly depicted Peach wearing a faint pink nightcap as well as a matching nightgown with no sleeves, before she quickly reverted to her formal attire. Likewise, a Halloween-themed HOME menu key art depicted Peach wearing a Halloween outfit which was later reused for her "Peach (Halloween)" skin in Mario Kart Tour. It overall resembles her default outfit, only with the addition of a magenta witch's hat, a matching mantle, and her carrying a wand with a sapphire stone on it. Her earrings are also of a slightly darker shade of blue in this outfit.
In Super Mario Odyssey, aside from her traditional pink dress (which only appears in the prologue and when encountering her at Mushroom Kingdom in the post-game), she has a wide variety of outfits, such as the wedding dress she wore for most of the game (later revealed to be the Lochlady Dress), as well as various outfits she wore in the post-game, with the specific type depending on the world visited. For the Cascade Kingdom, Wooded Kingdom, and Lost Kingdom, she wears an explorer type outfit with short beige shorts, white knee-length socks, brown hiking boots, a brown shirt with rolled-up sleeves, a roll-up backpack, white gloves, and an explorer's helmet. For the Sand Kingdom, Ruined Kingdom, Cloud Kingdom, and Metro Kingdom (and to a certain extent the Mushroom Kingdom), Peach wears a knee-length pink dress with a white blouse, white Mary Kane heels, a purple mini-scarf, and a white and pink sunhat. For the Cap Kingdom, Snow Kingdom, and Moon Kingdom, she wears largely black attire: a black wool coat reaching her knees, black gloves, a black beret, and black tights. For the Luncheon Kingdom, she wears a pink shirt, blue overalls, pink rain boots, and a pink sunhat. For the Seaside Kingdom and Lake Kingdom, she wears a pink pearl necklace, a pink bikini with a blue brooch similar to the one on her trademark dress, pink flip-flops, a pair of sunglasses, and a sarong with pink crescent moon patterns. For Bowser's Kingdom, she wears a Fire Flower-patterned blue kimono and wears her hair in a ponytail with a Boo mask on the left side of her head, as well as having a blue uchiwa fan with a Blooper on it on her back (this particular outfit also had two planned variations, specifically a pink yukata with a school of Cheep-Cheep on it as well as a Super Leaf-style mask and green uchiwa fan, and a dark blue yukata with mushrooms on it and a mushroom-style mask and red uchiwa fan). The outfits listed here can also be accessed by using the Capture on a pole at the top of Peach's Castle after gaining all 999 Power Moons. The Sand/Ruined/Cloud/Metro Kingdom, Cap/Snow/Moon Kingdom, and Cascade/Wooded/Lost Kingdom outfits, the wedding dress, and to a lesser extent the Bowser's Kingdom outfit, were later reused as alternate versions of Peach in Mario Kart Tour, labeled "Vacation", "Wintertime", "Explorer", "Wedding", and "Yukata", respectively.
In Mario Kart Tour, aside from the outfits that appeared in other sources that were utilized in the game, Peach also wore a Happi attire generally used for Japanese celebrations. It overall resembled Mario's Happi outfit from Super Mario Odyssey, only colored primarily pink and red and having white shorts instead of black. The Yukata from Super Mario Odyssey was also redesigned slightly to be pink-white with hearts on it.
With the exception of the attire she wore while possessed by the Shadow Queen in The Thousand-Year Door or the two disguises she wore in the first two Paper Mario games, Peach, or rather, Paper Peach, has worn a white wedding dress in Super Paper Mario, due to Count Bleck forcing her and Bowser to marry in order to create the Chaos Heart in his agenda to destroy all worlds. Aside from this, she also briefly wore a brown cloak at the beginning of Paper Mario: Color Splash, due to her traversing to Mario's Pad during a thunderstorm.
Princess Peach is shown to be a sweet, kind, and optimistic person, while also being classy and sociable, with more and more portrayals further displaying her as clever and adventurous. She has a warm heart and often acts unselfishly, putting her friends, loved ones, and citizens ahead of herself, and apologizes excessively for getting into trouble and requiring Mario to rescue her. She even shows concern and compassion towards her enemies frequently; she saves Mimi in Super Paper Mario, despite the girl's constant antagonism of the princess, and in the same game and other games, her pure and noble characteristics are often shown in different ways, from being the only person who can activate certain powerful objects (including but not limited to the Beanstar and Dark Star) to landing in the Overthere, the Mario equivalent of heaven (after Dimentio seemingly "ends her game").
While gentle by nature, Peach is also strong-willed and can hold her own in sports competitions and battle, provided she is not already being held captive. Her strong-willed nature is best demonstrated at the beginning of Super Paper Mario, where she managed to outright resist Nastasia's mind control abilities during the "wedding", which Nastasia indicated was unprecedented. A similar demonstration of her strong will was also shown in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, where she managed to fight off the Shadow Queen's possession long enough to not only offer words of encouragement to Mario and his party, but also heal them (with the Shadow Queen, due to possessing Peach's body, being forced to go along with it). At the end of Super Mario Odyssey, when Mario and Bowser start squabbling for her hand-in-marriage while shoving their flower proposals in her face, Peach puts an end to the conflict with firm assertiveness, showing she will not put up with immaturity and nonsense. Largely because of her frequently being kidnapped, she has frequently been the subject of a running gag in the Super Smash Bros. series where several characters refer to the frequency of her abductions and infer she is useless for it, such as Snake in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Pit (and to a certain extent, Viridi) in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. But while Peach is often considered the archetypal video game damsel in distress, she is often shown actively working against her captors, such as sneaking around searching for power-ups and/or information to send to Mario in games such as Super Mario Galaxy and the Paper Mario series, and even attempting to escape her confinement in Super Mario 3D Land.
While Peach occasionally seems naive, she is generally level-headed, knows when to take charge, and shows more common sense and observance than those around her, such as noticing a Mario doppleganger in the Isle Delfino vacation guide video's background in Super Mario Sunshine, insisting that an emergency meeting continues even after it is briefly interrupted by Bowser and deducing what Fawful was planning regarding her in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, and talking a stubborn Bowser into joining her and Mario in Super Paper Mario. She often acts as a peacemaker; for example, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's story mode, she offers tea to Fox and Sheik in order to calm them down, and later converts Mr. Game & Watch to their cause. In the Super Mario World cartoon, she is a motherly figure to the young Yoshi and Oogtar, and in the cartoons overall, she is practical and generous to a fault, such as trying to convince the Mario Bros. to return home, despite the fact that Koopa is still after her. She also has a feisty side, which shines through particularly well in her comic appearances. Besides sports, Peach is also into ballroom dancing, video games, and gardening, and seems to enjoy exploring and trying new things. In the Japanese version of Super Mario Kart, she is also implied to get drunk easily from champagne, as she was seen blushing while drinking from the champagne bottle.
Although she is generally depicted as kind, sociable, and generous in most games, the Mario Strikers games do show a slightly more arrogant and petulant side to Peach, including her pitching a fit to one of her teammates and eventually jumping up and down in an apparent tantrum if the opposing team scores. A similar temperamental nature can be observed if the player fails to flip food in time and have it land on the floor in the Modern versions of Chef, where Peach will either stomp her foot in anger (Game & Watch Gallery 2) or otherwise put her hand over her head and scream repeatedly in frustration before proceeding to wince (Game & Watch Gallery 4), in either case causing Yoshi to crouch down in fear. In the accompanying audio drama for the Japan-exclusive Satellaview game BS Super Mario USA, she is depicted as being high-strung. On two occasions, she gets so angry that her speech has to be bleep censored.
Although most games emphasize her innocent nature, the Super Smash Bros. series tended to depict Peach as having a slightly more flirty, mischievous, and confident attitude, including having one of her taunts depicting her as making a flirtatious wink; some of her victory remarks directly taunt her opponents, such as asking if she won a match in a condescending tone, or saying their match was fun. In Brawl, she is also shown to be slightly eccentric, such as casually strolling across the Halberd's deck while Fox and Falco do a bombing run on the ship in their Arwings, and offering a stalemate between Sheik and Fox by offering them tea while still aboard said ship. In one issue of a Satellaview virtual magazine where she and other Mario characters appear, this is exaggerated as a form of adult humor; Mario catches Peach cheating on him with Toad, which gets her in trouble with Mario.
Early in her history, while Peach did speak, it was largely done via text dialogue. It was not until Mario is Missing where Peach got some dialogue, and it would not be until Super Mario 64 onward that she maintained having voiced dialogue. In Super Mario 64 and the international versions of Mario Kart 64, she largely spoke with a mature, feminine tone, though in the Japanese version of Mario Kart 64 as well as all versions of Mario Party, 2, and 3, and Super Mario Advance, Peach spoke with a slightly higher-pitched, somewhat shrill tone, albeit one that exuded confidence, and also possessing a slight Italian accent in the case of the last game. Starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Mario Sunshine, she was given a very soft, very girlish soprano voice that exuded innocence and simplicity, yet at times grew sharp when yelling, which was largely retained to her current appearances. Her laugh is a cheeky, girlish giggle. In the Super Smash Bros. games, other than her taunt and her victory animations, as well as once saying "Tea time" during Subspace Emissary, Peach doesn't say anything beyond grunts. In the Japanese versions of certain games, such as Itadaki Street DS and Fortune Street, Princess Peach tends to end her sentences with "ですわ" (desu wa), a stereotypical trait in Japanese media reserved for females of high class such as princesses and noblewomen, and even women who were simply haughty and arrogant.
Powers and abilities
Like other Mario characters, Peach can Jump and Ground Pound; she also slaps opponents, which is her specialty, rather than punching. While not very strong physically, she makes up for it in technique and skill, and many games reveal her to be fast and agile as well. She is also shown to be very graceful, often embellishing attacks and victory scenes alike with elegant movements, twirls, and dances. With the release of Super Mario 3D World, Peach is able to use power-ups, such as the Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Super Bell, and Double Cherry, among other power-ups and items. She also has the unique ability to float in mid-air by means of her skirt, first seen in Super Mario Bros. 2, and can also use her parasol to achieve this same effect. This ability returns in Super Mario 3D World and the Super Smash Bros. series; in the former, it is also revealed that Peach can still glide even when she doesn't have a skirt on. In New Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and New Super Mario Bros. 2, she is also shown to slow down her descent from a fairly large height.
In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Peach is shown to have impressive healing abilities like Therapy and Group Hug, and this ability is seen again in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door when she overcomes the Shadow Queen's mind control over her to heal Mario and his party. She has occasionally been shown to have telepathic powers, like in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, when she calls out to Mario as a hologram in Dark Land, or when she and Starlow combine powers to drain and then send Bowser flying in the beginning if Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Additionally, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, her Final Smash, Peach Blossom, puts her opponents to sleep. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Peach has a powerful special attack called the Peach Bomber, where hip-checking her opponents engulfs them in an explosion. Earlier, Super Mario RPG also linked her with explosions, as one of her attacks, Psych Bomb, involved throwing bombs at her opponents, and a similar scene occurred in the Super Mario Adventures comic, when she used a barrage of bombs against the Koopalings. In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, she was also shown to have enough strength to not just telekinetically throw Bowser out of her castle, but throw him far into the forest outside Toad Town. However, it's implied that she was only able to do this with Starlow's help, largely because Starlow had weakened Bowser earlier. She also was powerful enough to counteract Bowser's magic, which was the initial reason why Bowser had abducted her in Super Mario Bros.
In general, however, Peach's special abilities and powers usually involve hearts. They are mostly seen in the sports installments including, but not limited to, Mario Power Tennis (Sweet Kiss Return), Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (Heart Shot), Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Super Mario Strikers (heart trails follow the balls after special hits). Her special item in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is also a heart, and allows her to co-opt others' attacks. Besides hearts alone, Peach will sometimes use the power of love to combat her opponents in sports, such as her Super Peach Spin offensive shot in Mario Power Tennis, or how her Heart Swing in Mario Super Sluggers dazes any male player who tries to catch it, while the other females are immune. In addition, many of her abilities in Super Mario RPG have a heart as her magic symbol. Additionally, the Super Smash Bros. series as of Brawl has generally given her moves more of an embellished feminine flair, such as replacing certain moves and adding details like ribbons, rainbows, sparkles, and hearts to others (including replacing the Peach Bomber's explosion with hearts).
Aside from her magical abilities, she is also shown in a few games to be a good chef, or at least a good baker, such as the Modern version of Chef in some of the Game & Watch Gallery games, as well as Paper Mario, when she has to bake a cake for Gourmet Guy in exchange for information regarding Mario. In addition, incidental dialogue from Toad after getting a star on the Peach's Birthday Cake board from Mario Party revealed that she was responsible for the titular cake's creation. She also was shown to be good at chemistry, having created an invisibility potion with the help of TEC-XX in an attempt to retrieve vital information on the X-Nauts' plans from Grodus's office.
During her trek on Vibe Island in Super Princess Peach, she also was shown to utilize various Vibe Powers, with Gloom making her run faster and use tears to grow plants, Rage making her shake the ground upon landing and burn hot enough to melt ice, Calm letting her heal herself, and Joy making her fly and spin foes and objects with a whirlwind.
The Mushroom King as well as the Mushroom Queen are the only confirmed members of her family in the games, although very little is known about them. According to his depiction in the Nintendo Comics System, while he does embarrass her with his general foolishness, she knows he has good intentions and loves him dearly. Other media have shed light on Peach's other relatives, such as Gramma Toadstool and her mother. In Mario Superstar Baseball, a Lakitu mistakenly refers to Toadsworth as Peach's grandpa, but in reality, while he is very protective of her and has cared for her ever since she was a baby, he is actually her steward and not a blood relation. Similar confusion surrounds an elderly chambermaid Toad referred to as Grandma by Peach in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, however, it is most likely that this was a term of endearment carried over from the Japanese version, where it is more common to use familial terms for non-relatives. In the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart Wii Prima Games guides, Daisy's biographies state that Peach is her cousin, which has also been has by Nintendo themselves in 2018. Similarly, according to the PRIMA Official Game Guide for Super Mario Galaxy, Rosalina was initially intended to be a relative of Princess Peach's, hence her similar physical appearance to Peach, although this concept was dropped. In the Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros. adaptation of Momotarō, Ojīsan and Obāsan are the parents of Princess Peach.
Friends and love interests
- “Oh Mario! You came to the party to see me! You're so sweet! Thank you!♥”
- —Princess Peach, Paper Mario
Peach is the love interest of Mario. The two are shown to have been close companions since childhood in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, and in the comic "Warios Weihnachtsmärchen", published in the German Club Nintendo magazine, it is revealed that they spent their graduation ball in school together. In adulthood, Mario tirelessly saves Peach's life quite often, usually being rewarded with a fresh-baked cake, and often a kiss on the nose or cheek. When Mario disappears in Luigi's Mansion, she sends Toad to help Luigi search for him, and she herself rescues all three of them from Bowser in Super Princess Peach, as well as saved Mario and one of his allies from the Icicle Golem in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. They also share good chemistry together as "buddy players" in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers, and in Mario Kart Wii, while racing with the Wii Wheels, Peach and Mario playfully bump each other.
Numerous games, alternate media, and supplemental material depict Mario and Peach as having mutual romantic affection for each other as well as a friendship. In Mario Party 5, Peach and Mario are called "Cutest Couple" and the official guide for Mario Party 8 states that Peach is the apple of Mario's eye. In the official guide of Yoshi's Island DS, the description for Baby Mario and Baby Peach: Dynamic Duo mentions the "romantic entanglements" in their adult lives, while the official Mario Kart: Double Dash!! guide reads "Aw, isn’t that cute? Mario and Peach are together again". In the first Paper Mario, one of the Toads tells Mario to take Peach on a date to Shooting Star Summit, and Rosalina refers to Peach as Mario's "Special One" in Super Mario Galaxy, with the two seen holding hands toward the ending of the game. Mario Power Tennis even goes as far as showing Mario himself telling Peach of his love for her in Peach's victory scene, which she responds to with a smile and a blown kiss. Also, in Mario's victory scene in Mario Power Tennis, Peach gives him a small kiss on his cheek. While she does care for Mario, there are times where she gets annoyed if Mario misbehaves. A notable example of this was in the ending to Super Mario Odyssey, where, after Mario attempts to prevent Bowser from getting her hand in marriage by behaving in a similar manner, she shouts "enough" and storms off in a huff, although she nonetheless calms down enough to tell Mario and Bowser that they should all go back home, and the post-game shows she forgave Mario for the earlier incident.
Daisy and Peach have been on good terms 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 or bond, 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 or denied this. Prior to Daisy's comeback appearance in the games and by extension the establishment of their relationship, however, a 4 Koma segment of the Super Mario Kun manga depicted Peach as being jealous of Daisy getting attention from Mario to the extent that she threw a mushroom at the latter in anger.
Luigi is portrayed to be another one of Peach's closest friends and often helps Mario rescue her. Cutscenes do not differ if it is Mario or Luigi saving her; however, individual interaction shows that there are no romantic feelings between them. The lone exception is Mario Power Tennis, where Luigi is seen swooning over Peach in her victory scene. The two share good chemistry in Mario Superstar Baseball but not in its sequel, Mario Super Sluggers.
Toad is Princess Peach's obedient servant who dotes upon and attempts to protect her despite his fear of Bowser, often getting himself kidnapped along with her in the process. Toad's collectible card from Super Mario Galaxy states that he even formed the Toad Brigade and followed Peach and Bowser to space in order to try and save her, while in numerous other games, he is the one to go and alert Mario about Peach's disappearance. They have good chemistry in the Mario Baseball games, and their team names in the Mario Party series include "Royal Family" and "Loyal Friends". In the Super Smash Bros. games, Peach holds Toad in front of herself for protection, though the latter is shown to be reluctant, and attacks out of fear. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate however, Toad acts like a proper bodyguard and blocks opponents off from Peach. In Shitamachi Ninjō Gekijō, however, both Toad and Peach enter an illicit affair, which gets them both attacked by an outraged Mario.
Yoshi is another one of Peach's closest friends, who saved her as a baby alongside the other babies in Yoshi's Island DS. The two share good chemistry is most games and he has also helped Mario save her in a number of games, including Super Mario 64 DS. He also helps Mario save Peach's friends at her request in Yoshi's Safari.
Peach is on friendly terms with numerous other characters. In the baseball games, she shares good chemistry with Toadette, who is on her starting team, and in Mario Party DS, she gives Toadette a set of touching trumpets. While Peach and Rosalina did not speak in the Super Mario Galaxy games, the two were shown to become fast friends upon meeting in issue 38 of the Super Mario-Kun manga, and were also shown to work together in Super Mario 3D World. While Wario has sometimes shown antagonism towards Peach, such as in Mario Power Tennis, he helped save her in Super Mario 64 DS and was invited to have cake as thanks. He also attempted to retrieve a stolen statue of Princess Peach in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (albeit with the selfish motivation of trying to hold it for ransom to gain his own castle), and appeared to have a crush on her in the Mario & Wario arc of Super Mario Adventures comic, seeing as he tried to outdo Mario and buy Peach's prize item, a Samus Doll, for her birthday. Furthermore, the comic "Warios Weihnachtsmärchen" also revealed that Peach turned Wario down and instead accompanied Mario to their high school graduation ball.
Initially, Peach was unable to get along with her Rabbid counterpart, due to the latter feeling jealousy towards the former's relationship with Mario. Rabbid Peach has tried to get Mario's attention several times and got angry when Peach approached them. When Mario and co. came to the revamped Mushroom Kingdom, Rabbid Peach looked at Peach with disgust, to the point of touching her dress and then looking away. Peach herself does not show animosity towards her Rabbid counterpart, and she is willing to cooperate with her to stop the Megabug. Although not fond of her counterpart, Rabbid Peach nonetheless has some respect for her, such as placing the Icicle Golem's head in place before stepping aside while making a gesture indicating that the Rabbid's counterpart is free to kick it back into the freezer. After defeating the said villain, Peach constructs a new statue of Rabbid Peach holding a Power Star, much to the latter's delight. Then, Rabbid Peach invites all of her teammates including Peach to take a group selfie. Outside of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, artwork shows Peach and Rabbid Peach taking a selfie together, with the former winking and putting up a V-sign.
If Peach is saved in the Subspace Emissary, she willingly teams up with Kirby to ward off the Subspace Army's forces. Peach also gets along with Zelda, as the two characters interact in a friendly and even playful manner. When Zelda transforms into Sheik to investigate what's happening in the Halberd, Peach giggles, and chooses to follow her. When Peach is about to get injured by the Arwing's blasts to the Halberd, Zelda (as Sheik) goes out of her way to assault the Arwing (and Fox McCloud) to ensure Peach's safety, only refraining from attacking Fox when Peach breaks up the argument for tea.
The opening of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and the story mode for the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games show Peach, alongside Daisy, being great friends with Amy Rose (having a special victory animation in the sequels) and Blaze the Cat.
- “I'll tell you what: I'll smile if you make everything as it was before you showed up!”
- —Princess Peach, Paper Mario
Bowser has repeatedly kidnapped Peach and invaded her kingdom, both out of a megalomaniac desire to rule the world, but also because he has fallen in love with her. While Peach initially discovered his feelings by reading his diary in Paper Mario, he has since become quite upfront about his crush, such as attempting to get her to kiss him in public in Mario Power Tennis and becoming enraged whenever other villains kidnap her. He even told his son that Peach was his mother, and while it was later revealed that Bowser Jr. knew it was a lie all along, he went along with it anyway, and even continued to refer to her as "mama" in Mario Superstar Baseball out of his own affection for her. Likewise, Peach, when Bowser Jr. revealed their "relationship" to both Mario and her, expressed shock and confusion at her being his mother. She does not seem to mind playing online games with Bowser Jr. in the Nintendo Switch Online trailer. In Super Paper Mario, Nastasia uses mind control to force Peach to marry the willing Bowser in order to fulfill an ancient prophesy, but while Peach considers the wedding a sham and refuses to acknowledge it, Bowser insists on calling her his wife throughout the game, even as they team up to defeat Count Bleck. Bowser also attempted to marry the unwilling Peach in the Super Mario Adventures comic and Super Mario Odyssey, and his feelings are depicted in numerous other media as well.
While Peach does not return Bowser's feelings and is exasperated with his repeated abductions of her, she is not above sweet-talking him into teaming up with her and Mario in Super Paper Mario, and occasionally shows him goodwill, such as baking him a thank-you cake at the end of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, and hesitating when she had to leave him to his presumed death in Super Paper Mario. However, other games and media depict her as being frightened or apprehensive of Bowser, such as how she jumps higher than Mario upon seeing Bowser on his side in Super Mario RPG, and how she cries over her captivity in the Mario anime movie. In the baseball games, the two have bad chemistry, and they face off as rivals in Mario Strikers Charged. In Super Mario Party, all characters are shown to get along well, including Peach and Bowser. Although mostly on friendly terms, Peach says "I'll help you... this time. Shall we be off, then?" to Bowser when joining him as an ally, alluding to the latter's habit of kidnapping her and being on bad terms with the Mushroom Kingdom.
She also held some animosity towards Mimi, especially after the latter implied that Peach was only good for getting herself kidnapped. This resulted in her being outraged enough at her insult that she insisted on fighting her alone, even snapping at Mario and Luigi to leave before fighting her. Nonetheless, despite her animosity, she risked her life to save Mimi when they were in danger of falling due to the Void's increasing power.
While not an actual foe, after Mr. Game & Watch was restored to life after his clones' merged form Duon was defeated, Peach proceeded to scold him for his (albeit unwitting) role in the events of the game, though after he bowed his head in shame, she did supply him with her umbrella and expressed amusement at his curiosity towards the object.
Peach is widely respected in the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond. Her Toads are very loyal, and her citizens adore her. Many people in the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond buy and even collect merchandise of her. In Paper Mario, there is a "Secret Sale" that offers "beautiful photos of Princess Peach", and a Peach doll named Dolly is owned by Goombaria and longed for by Jr. Troopa. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, there is a Koopa Troopa Peach fan in Petalburg who collects Peach merchandise, including pictures, photos, and even a life-sized print he keeps at his window, which he claims he would risk life and limb to protect.
Since her debut, she had as her theme a repetitive 4-bar musical theme, with it being expanded in VS. Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Japanese version) or Super Mario Bros. 3 (overseas) to feature chimes nearing the end before it loops. The Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels version was what Koji Kondo envisioned, but had to cut it short due to memory limits for the original game. In later games, the music varied between either something akin to Richard Wagner's Bridal Chorus (Paper Mario) or ballet-style music (New Super Mario Bros. series and Paper Mario: Color Splash).
List of appearances by date
- Main article: List of Princess Peach appearances
The following voice actresses have portrayed Princess Peach during the course of the Mario game series:
- Mami Yamase (pop singer) in the 1986 Japanese anime Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!
- Jeannie Elias - The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
- Tracey Moore - The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World.
- Guilene Conte - Brazilian voice actress for Peach in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
- Kathy Fitzgerald - Mario Is Missing!
- Jocelyn Benford - Hotel Mario.
- Leslie Swan, Asako Kozuki, Jen Taylor, and Nicole Mills - These four voice actresses portrayed Peach in most of the Mario series' installments done for the Nintendo 64, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Leslie Swan also briefly portrayed Peach in Super Paper Mario for Wii.
- Samantha Kelly (sometimes abbreviated as Sam Kelly in the game credits) - Samantha's debut installments in regards to portraying the role of Peach in Mario game series' installments include Mario Party 8, Mario Strikers Charged, and Super Mario Galaxy for Wii. She is the current voice actress for Peach.
- For this subject's image gallery, see Princess Peach/gallery.
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario 64
Super Princess Peach
Mario Party 8
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Super Mario 3D World
- Main article: List of Princess Peach quotes
- "Thank you, Mario!"
- General quote used whenever rescued from Bowser or another enemy in a game
- "Mario, you're my knight in shining armor!"
- "Mario, be careful! I have a bad feeling about this..."
- "Stay out of this! I am a princess, and she has thrown mud at my dignity! You two leave me be! UNDERSTOOD?!"
- "Oh, did I win?"
- Recurring taunt in the Super Smash Bros. series.
- "My travels with Tiara were wonderful - so many memories! And I realized something...how important it is to see different things and talk with different people, that no matter what kingdom you're in, people smile with the same sparkle! We have to do what we can with our time to smiles on as many faces as possible! So I've decided to invite people from all around the world to the castle!"
- When encountered in the Mushroom Kingdom in the postgame of Super Mario Odyssey.
Names in other languages
- Main article: List of Princess Peach names in other languages
|Princess Peach Flower|
Princess Peach; "姬" also means "Princess" by itself.
|Czech||Princezna Peach||Princess Peach|
Prinses Paddestoel (Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2)
Prinsesse Slørhat (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Prinsesse Toadstool (Super Mario Bros. Super Show)
|Dutch||Prinses Peach||Princess Peach|
|Finnish||Prinsessa Peach||Princess Peach|
Princesse (older games)
Princesse Toadstool (older games)
Princesse Champignon (Super Mario Bros. 2)
|German||Prinzessin Peach||Princess Peach|
|Hungarian||Peach hercegnő||Princess Peach|
Principessa Amarena (DIC cartoons)
Principessa Toadstool (NES Super Mario Bros. instruction booklet)
Prinsesse Fluesopp (DIC cartoons)
Princess Fly Agaric
|Polish||Księżniczka Peach||Princess Peach|
Princesa Cogumelo (DIC cartoons)
|Romanian||Prințesa Ciupercuță (DIC cartoons)
Prințesa Piersicuță (McDonald's Romania 2013 Happy Meal promotion)
|Princess Toadstool; ciupercuță is a diminutive form of ciupercă ("mushroom").|
Princess Peach; piersicuță is a diminutive form of piersică ("peach").
|Spanish||Princesa Peach||Princess Peach|
Prinsessan Flugsvamp (DIC cartoons)
Princess Fly Agaric
- Ever since her debut in 1985, Peach has appeared in more games than any female character in video game history.
- Princess Peach, along with her Toad subjects, are the only major characters that lost their original localized name.
- "Yours truly- - Princess Toadstool (Peach)" - Peach's letter in Super Mario 64 (Note: parentheses indicate a disjunct between "Peach" and the rest of the text, originally represented by a different color, font and angle in the letter.)
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- "Officially known as Princess Peach Toadstool, our little monarch has a long history with Mario." - Young, Jason. Mario Tennis Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 21.
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- "In the early stages, we contemplated the idea that Rosalina was related to Princess Peach, so that is why their features are very similar. Her long bangs represent her outward strength and inner sorrow and loneliness." Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 346.
- Koji Kondo – 2001 Composer Interview. Schmuplations. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
- Traditional Chinese title for Super Princess Peach (超級碧琪公主 Chāojí Bìqí Gōngzhǔ, Super Princess Peach). nintendo.tw. Archived January 9, 2013, 03:45:30 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved January 25, 2022.
- Club Nintendo (Netherlands) No. 2, page 4.
- Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 30.