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Princess Peach
Mario character
Princess Peach Stock Art.png
Princess Peach, as depicted in promotional artwork
First appearanceSuper Mario Bros. (1985)
Last appearanceSuper Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Created byShigeru Miyamoto
Designed byShigeru Miyamoto
Yōichi Kotabe
Voiced by
  • Jeannie Elias (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
  • Tracey Moore (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World TV series)
  • Kathy Fitzgerald (1993)[1]
  • Jocelyn Benford (1994)[2]
  • Leslie Swan (1996–1999, 2004, 2007)
  • Asako Kōzuki (1998–2001)
  • Jessica Chisum (1999)[3]
  • Jen Taylor (2000–2007)
  • Nicole Mills (2005–2006)
  • Samantha Kelly (2007–present)
  • Hiroko Taniyama ("Go Go Mario!!")[4][5][6]
  • Mami Yamase (Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!)
  • Miyako Endō (Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros.)
  • Mariko Mukai (Satellaview series)
  • Asako Kōzuki (Mario Kart 64)
In-universe information
SpeciesHuman
TitlePrincess
OccupationPrincess of the Mushroom Kingdom
Ruler of Mushroom Kingdom
Fighting styleMagic
Significant otherMario
OriginMushroom Kingdom

Princess Peach Toadstool[7][a] is a fictional character in Nintendo's Mario franchise, created by Shigeru Miyamoto and introduced in the 1985 original Super Mario Bros. installment. She is the princess and ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, where she resides in her castle along with Toads.[8]

Being the lead female character in the series, Peach's role is often being the damsel in distress or the donor, who can help Mario. She is occasionally playable character in mainstream games like in Super Mario 3D World.[9] In Princess Toadstool's Castle Run and Super Princess Peach, she is the protagonist and player character.[10]

She is one of the best known female protagonists in video game history,[11][12] with the most video game appearances of any female character.[13][14]

Development

Peach's crown emblem

Princess Peach's initial appearance was drawn by Shigeru Miyamoto. Miyamoto later asked Yōichi Kotabe to redraw Peach with his instructions. He had asked Kotabe to draw her eyes to be "a little cat-like".[15] With Kotabe's influence, Princess Peach changed considerably throughout her gaming system.[clarification needed][15]

In Japan, Princess Peach's name has always been Peach (ピーチ姫, Pīchi-Hime, Princess Peach) since her debut in the original Super Mario Bros. in 1985, but she was localized as "Princess Toadstool" in the English-language manual. The English version of Yoshi's Safari, released in 1993, contained the first usage of the name "Peach" in the Western world, though she was called Princess Toadstool in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, released in 1994. In Super Mario 64, released in 1996, she uses both names in a letter addressed to Mario, signing it "Peach". From the 1996 game Mario Kart 64 onward, the name Peach is used in Western versions.

Overview

Peach is the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom, where she was born and currently resides. Within her castle are Royal Guards known as mushroom retainers. Peach's first appearance is in Super Mario Bros. (1985) as a NPC, in which she was captured by Bowser and Mario had to rescue her. However, the game suggests that Peach is not helpless as she is the only person capable of breaking the curse hanging over the Mushroom Kingdom.[16] In Super Mario Bros. 2, she became a playable character, uniquely able to hover.

Mostly playable, her roles vary between damsel in distress and protagonist, like in Super Mario Run.[17] She is at the center of her own story with Princess Toadstool's Castle Run (1990).[18][19] Her most prominent role is in Super Princess Peach (2005) on the Nintendo DS, where she must save Mario, Luigi, and Toads from Bowser.[20] She is not a playable character in New Super Mario Bros. Wii because a satisfactory mechanism to use her dress was not found.[21] She is a playable character in Super Mario 3D World, is the main protagonist in Super Princess Peach, and is a playable character in most Mario spin-offs such as Mario Party, Mario Kart, Mario Tennis, and Mario Golf.

In Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario, a cabinet minister or chancellor is part of the Mushroom Kingdom government. Her father, the Mushroom King, though mentioned in the instruction manual to Super Mario Bros.,[22] has never made an appearance in the mainstream games.

In other media

In the cartoon series by DiC, she is always referred to as Princess Toadstool, because the name Peach had not been used in the Western world until Yoshi's Safari in 1993, and she had red hair instead of yellow. Unlike in the video games, she is occasionally seen using power-ups such as the Tanooki Leaf. She is voiced by Jeannie Elias in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and Tracey Moore in the two follow up series, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World.

Shogakukan published between 1992 and 1994 a manga named Otenba Pīchi-hime, with a plot revolving around a younger version of the princess.[23][24] From February 2006 to March 2007, the magazine Famitsu DS+Wii published a comical manga based on the Super Princess Peach called Peach no Daiboken!? created by Kazumi Sugiyama.[25][26]

Cameos

Peach has made cameo appearances in non-Mario games. She is a playable guest character in the GameCube versions of the Electronic Arts games NBA Street V3 and SSX on Tour. She made a minor appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, in a painting in Hyrule Castle. A Princess Peach kart toy appears and can be driven in the Labrador and Friends version of Nintendogs. Peach made a cameo in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, appearing in a picture sent to Mr. Write from the goat in the animal village. The photo is of Peach with the name "Christine" written underneath the picture. She appeared at the King Dedede battle arena in Kirby Super Star, as well as in the minigame Megaton Punch. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, she is at the Dedede arena. Her crown appears in Pikmin 2 as an item to be collected, although it is labeled "Unspeakable Wonder". She does not appear personally in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, but Cranky Kong does make some indirect references to her in some of his Monkey Museum ramblings.[citation needed]

Reception

Princess Peach as depicted in Super Mario Strikers.

In a poll conducted on the Japanese website of Super Smash Bros., Peach was ranked as the 2nd most requested character for Super Smash Bros. Melee with 66 votes.[27] In a poll conducted by Official Nintendo Magazine, Princess Peach was voted by readers as the second greatest female character; the magazine stated that "some might view her as being a bit useless but we'll let her off as rescuing her is always so much fun".[28] In 2011, readers of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition voted Princess Peach as the 44th-top video game character of all time.[29] In a Redex website poll in 2020, Peach was voted as the 2nd most popular character from the Mario Kart series.[30][31]

Actress Brie Larson expressed her love for the character, stating "I'm just excited about the idea of pushing for a Princess Peach solo game. I think it's just been too long. Let's put Peach up there, let's give her her time to shine".[32] SyFy included Peach as one of the "Greatest Video Game Heroines of all Time", stating " it’s great to have tough female characters like many of the others on this list, but it’s great to have one that embraces the power of being a high femme".[33] GameDaily described Princess Peach as an "ideal woman that's as sweet as can be" in their list of "babes that should or shouldn't meet your mom".[34] The website ranked her forty-eighth in their list of Top 50 Hottest Game Babes claiming that she is "the quiet 'quick, come and rescue me' type, but in Mario Strikers Charged she's all action with a hot sports outfit and shows the boys who's boss".[35] IGN editor, Matt Casamassina, stated that Nintendo would be "taken aback" by her outfit, which he describes as more revealing than any outfit she's ever worn.[36] IGN rated the character an 8 out of 10 in the worth-saving index on its article "Mario's Ladies: The Princesses of Mario Galaxy".[37] The New York Times said she had "grit as well as grace" and that her "peachiness did nothing to upset the apple cart of expectation: she may have been athletic, smart and strong, but she was also adorable". The article claimed that Peach was what "once-unisex, postfeminist parents are shooting for".[38] Gaming Debugged listed Peach 1st place in their top "10 Video Game Princesses", calling her "The Duchess of princesses" and indicating "She might seem prim and proper in pink, but she's definitely the top princess in our kingdom".[39] Manolith listed Princess Peach as one of the characters on their "25 Hottest Female Videogame Protagonists" list, especially citing her Strikers outfit.[40] S. Williams of Momzone magazine declared Peach "gaming's lone female role model", citing her humility and gutsy charm.[citation needed] UGO ranked Peach ninth on its list of the "Top 11 Girls of Gaming".[41] She is ranked 10th in Electronic Gaming Monthly's Top Ten Video Game Politicians list.[42] In 2007, Princess Peach is on Forbes magazine's Wealthiest Fictional People list, with a fortune of approximately $1.3 billion.[43] Kotaku dedicated an entire article to Peach titled "Princess Peach Was The Best Character In Super Mario Bros. 2".[44] Peach is in GameDaily's list of hottest blondes in video games, citing appearances in sports games such as Super Mario Strikers and SSX on Tour; in Mario Smash Football, she wears a pink midriff-baring crop top with pink shorts.[45] It listed "damsel in distress" among the top 25 video game archetypes, using Princess Peach as an example due to her frequent kidnappings.[46] Polygon ranked 73 fighters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate "from garbage to glorious", placing Peach as the 4th.[47]

Peach got a D on Destructoid's Gamer's Red Carpet, who called her pink dress "awful", as opposed to Princess Daisy with a B+ and Rosalina with an A+.[48] IGN called Peach "all smiles and politeness" but also labelled her as one of the weirdest Mario characters due to her constant kidnappings.[49] IGN later stated that "when she's not staring blankly at nothing, she can be rather adorable", however the fact that "Mario can heroically collect 120 Power Stars all while saving Peach's kingdom and still get nothing but a cake in return makes us think this might be something of a one-sided relationship".[50]

Peach was nominated for "Cyber Vixen of the Year" at the 2006 Spike Video Game Awards.[51]

Legacy

On August 6, 2014, Nintendo declared August the Month of Princess Peach.[52][53] A parody sculpture of the music video of "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus including Chain Chomp and Princess Peach has been made by custom figurine artist Kodykoala.[54]

Princess Peach is considered as an LGBT icon by several journalists.[55] A.V. Club stated that "she became a perhaps unlikely but nevertheless important queer icon".[56] John Walker of Splinter described Peach as a "queer icon", saying "If you polled a room full of non-straight men about the women they consider to be 'queer icons' you'd probably hear a lot of 'Beyoncé', 'Dolly Parton', and 'Grace Jones'. But there's one name you might not hear that totally deserves a spot on that list: Princess Peach".[57] Gay Times listed Super Princess Peach in its top "9 video games queer people love, from Tomb Raider to Animal Crossing".[58] On March 11, 2010, Brightest Young Things named her "Gay icon of the week", saying that "For many, she was your first girlfriend ... and just pretend you were the hottest, baddest bombshell who could float, dig down 300 feet of desert sand, and beat mice with sunglasses".[59]

The release of Peachette in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe led to fan speculation and theories as to how the new Super Crown power-up works within the Super Mario universe.[60] In 2018, a short comic "The Super Crown's some spicy new Mario lore" on DeviantArt and Twitter transforms Bowser into a monstrously sinister female resembling Peach,[61] which fans named Bowsette.[62] The character subsequently went viral, with Ars Technica writing that Bowsette's popularity was partly due to her contrast with Princess Peach.[63]

Notes

  1. ^ Japanese: ピーチ姫, Hepburn: Pīchi-hime, pronounced [piːtɕi̥ çime]

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