This article may require copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone, or spelling. (June 2021)
|First appearance||Super Mario Land (1989)|
|Last appearance||Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition (2020)|
|Created by||Gunpei Yokoi|
|Portrayed by||Samantha Mathis (Super Mario Bros.)|
In her first appearance, Daisy is the princess and ruler of Sarasaland. Described as a tomboy, she is rumored in-universe to be Luigi's love interest. This became the plot of the 1993 live-action film, in which Luigi saves Daisy from President/King Koopa rather than his older brother, Mario, who is typically the lead character. Waluigi also has a crush on Daisy, which is not reciprocated.
Since her appearance in Mario Tennis, Daisy has been a staple playable character in the Mario spin-off games, often paired with Princess Peach. She was created by Shigeru Miyamoto's mentor Gunpei Yokoi, the producer of Super Mario Land. Yokoi wanted to recreate the feeling of 1985's Super Mario Bros., only set in a separate world to the Mushroom Kingdom.
In video games
As of 2021[update], Daisy has appeared in 81 games, in most of which she is a playable character.
Her first appearance in the Mario series is in Super Mario Land, released in 1989 for the Game Boy. Daisy is the princess of Sarasaland, a world outside of the series' usual setting of the Mushroom Kingdom, who is kidnapped by the tyrannical alien, Tatanga, who intends to marry her in order to gain control of her realm. Mario must traverse the four kingdoms of Sarasaland in order to track down Tatanga and rescue Daisy. She next made a small appearance in NES Open Tournament Golf in 1991 as Luigi's caddie. She did not appear in another game for nine years until 2000's Mario Tennis by Camelot Software Planning on the Nintendo 64, in order to introduce more human characters into the game.
Daisy is regularly a playable character in the Mario sports games. She appears in all of the Mario Party series since Mario Party 3 except Mario Party Advance, and all of the Mario Kart games since Double Dash except for the first two installments of the Arcade GP series, and all five games in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. She also appears in the Square Enix game Fortune Street. On September 29, 2017, Daisy was added to the list of playable characters in Super Mario Run.
Super Smash Bros.
In every Super Smash Bros. title released since Super Smash Bros. Melee, in addition to Daisy's appearance as trophies, one of Peach's reoccurring palette swaps represents Daisy's color scheme. She has a third eye in the back of her head of her trophy in earlier versions, which was later removed in the later copies. In Melee, there is an error in her trophy description. It says she appeared in Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color, although she actually appeared in Mario Tennis for the same consoles.
She appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as another trophy with her attire from Mario Strikers Charged. She appears in two stickers: one with her in Super Mario Strikers, and one with her and Peach in Mario Party 7. Again, her description has an error. It says her iconic dress color is yellow and white, but now she wears an iconic yellow and orange dress. She reappears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as both a palette swap for Peach and an unlockable trophy with Daisy in her tennis attire. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, she appears not in one trophy, but three trophies, one with her in her dress, one with her in her sports uniform with a baseball glove, and her baby counterpart. Her Peach palette swap appears in a picture in Peach's clear movie for beating Classic Mode as Peach. She is a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as Princess Peach's echo fighter.
In other media
Daisy was one of the main characters of 1993's Super Mario Bros. film, loosely based on the games, portrayed by Samantha Mathis. She is a student of archaeology at New York University whom Luigi falls in love with. While digging for dinosaur bones under the Brooklyn Bridge, Daisy is kidnapped by two henchmen of President Koopa, the dictator of an alternate world in which evolved dinosaur humanoids rule over a lone mega-city called Dinohattan, of which Daisy is the rightful princess.
Initially, Daisy drew little comment. In her early appearances, she was so similar to Princess Peach that some journalists even assumed that "Princess Daisy" was simply a new localization of "Princess Peach" rather than a new character.
Polygon listed Daisy at number 6 in a top-ten list of Mario Tennis Aces characters ranked by the internet, stating "She’s had a healthy share of posts and fan art dedicated to her". GameDaily listed Daisy at number eight in a top-ten list of Mario characters who deserve their own game. GamerVision's "Coop" wrote an article entitled "Top Ten Reasons Daisy is Better Than Peach", giving reasons ranging from her having a "less-annoying voice" and having a "better attitude", to Daisy being a better ruler due to the fact that Sarasaland has only been invaded once, whilst Peach's Mushroom Kingdom is always being invaded. Destructoid's Gamer's Red Carpet called "her choice of a brave yellow and orange combo dress... as flattering as it is retro", and that her dress and accessories "work much better than Peach's", grading her a B+ overall.
In 2010, Audrey Drake at IGN listed Daisy as a potential valentine for Mario, commenting that being his "brother's gal" made her a sort of "forbidden fruit", and that he had saved her during the events of Super Mario Land. GamesRadar's Henry Gilbert wrote that it became increasingly evident that Luigi also needs "his own princess" and Princess Daisy is the character to whom he is closest. The pairing of Daisy and Luigi was included in Screw Attack's "Best EVER: Love Stories" video. She was also featured on Susanna Sheath's top 10 Mario characters as her number two choice.Jeremy Parish of Polygon.com ranked 73 fighters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate "from garbage to glorious", listing Rosalina (Mario) at number 51, while Princess Daisy placed 31 and Princess Peach was ranked number 4.
However, Daisy also drew some critics. IGN reviewed Daisy negatively, giving her a 4 out of 10, whereas Princess Peach got an 8, Rosalina a 7 and Pauline an 8, but said that the "spark between Daisy and Luigi still burns bright." Lisa Foiles of The Escapist ranked Daisy number one on their list of top five annoying princesses in video games, stating she didn't really have a good reason why. John Teti of The A.V. Club reviewed Daisy negatively, calling her dress "unflattering" and describing her as a "Princess Peach with brown hair" who does not have a tomboyish attitude. Eurogamer refers Daisy as a clone of Peach in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. John O'Conner of TheGamer.com describes Daisy as a re-skin of Peach. DenOfGeek.com points out that with no rescue narrative between Daisy and Luigi as the basis for romance, she chooses him based on his merits instead of gratitude.
- "Save Me (With Your Charm): Super Mario Compact Disco". YouTube. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
- "Jessica Chisum". Topo Swope Talent Agency. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
- "Princess Daisy". play.nintendo.com. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
The ruler of Sarasaland loves the thrill of the chase, too—especially when she’s zooming around on a kart.
- "Characters". Nintendo Japan. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
- Hudson Soft. Mario Party 4. Nintendo.
Daisy is a feisty girl who loves to get dirty and play with the rest of the crowd. Luigi has quite a crush on her, and it's rumored there is an attraction between the two. Waluigi also happens to have a crush on Princess Daisy, which she does not approve.
- Gilbert, Henry. "Page 3 – Luigi: A life in the shadows". GamesRadar. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Pirrello, Phil. "Mario's Ladies: The Princesses of Mario Galaxy". IGN. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Fahs, Travis. "IGN Presents The History of Game Boy". IGN. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
- Stars. "Princess Daisy". IGN. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- "Mario Tennis Website". Nintendo. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- "Nintendo is updating Super Mario Run with a new character, mode, and world". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
- GameXplain (2016-05-18), All 40 Mario Skins in Minecraft Wii U Edition (Koopalings, Rosalina, Daisy, Toadette, etc), retrieved 2016-06-10
- "Super Mario RPG". Next Generation (12): 139–140. December 1995.
Princess Peach (or Daisy as she was renamed in the West) ...
- "Top 10 Nintendo Characters That Deserve Their Own Games". GameDaily (via Internet Archive Wayback Machine). Archived from the original on October 19, 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Coop. "Top Ten Reasons Daisy is Better than Peach". GamerVision. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Concelmo, Chad (May 13, 2010). "The Gamer's Red Carpet: Super Mario Bros". Destructoid. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
- Drake, Audrey. "Who Should Be Mario's Valentine?". IGN. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- "The Best EVER: Love Story". Screw Attack. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Parish, Jeremy (2018-12-03). "We rank the Smash Bros. (and friends)". Polygon. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
- Lisa Foiles. "Top 5 Annoying Princesses | The Escapist". Escapistmagazine.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "All 30 Mario Kart 8 characters, reviewed". Games. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
According to official Nintendo lore, Princess Daisy is a “tomboy.” I’m not sure how this boyishness manifests itself in the character design—her choice of an unflattering yellow dress, maybe? But this “tomboy” stuff is euphemistic nonsense, anyway. I imagine Daisy is a closeted lesbian, plucked from the socially liberal dream world of Super Mario Land’s Sarasaland and forced to mold her identity to the Mushroom Kingdom’s rigid gender roles. She steals furtive glances at Toadette and posts Orange Is The New Black GIFs to her Tumblr. I imagine these things. But really, she’s Princess Peach with brown hair.
- Phillips, Tom (2018-06-12). "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch includes every character from the series so far". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
- "Super Smash Bros: 5 Reasons Why Waluigi Needs To Join The Battle Already (& 5 Why He Shouldn't)". TheGamer. 2020-03-06. Retrieved 2020-11-06.
Like a true betrayal, every other Mario character was invited to this Mario Party, even Daisy as a reskin of Peach
- "Super Smash Bros. Characters Ranked". Den of Geek. 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
- Bettenhausen, Shane. "Mario Kart Wii Review". 1up.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.