Peach ranks 14th out of 41 on the official tier list, toward the lower half of the A- tier. This is a slight improvement over her placement in Brawl, where she ranked 19th out of 38, and a distance away from her 7th place out of 26 position in Melee.
Peach is a methodical fighter with several intimidating tricks in her moveset. Her vegetables can either serve as a barrage of heavy damage, an edgeguarding tool, or a cover for her approach. Her down smash is a formidable and terrifying grinder with long reach and duration, high damage and knockback, and low lag. Players who attempt to crouch cancel it can expect upwards of 80% in damage if it is charged, and its launch power grants it the ability to KO players at early percents. Peach also has her powerful float ability, which allows for the use of her set of fast, powerful aerials while approaching or falling back. It also opens up the ability to float cancel and to go for very deep edgeguards that most characters are incapable of. Peach has great combo starters in her jab, dash attack, and her throws.
However, Peach suffers in her mobility. Despite float granting her free reign of horizontal direction while airborn, her dash speed is quite slow and she has one of the shortest wavedashes in the game. She also suffers from a lack of reliable kill moves with the exceptions of her down smash and forward air. This forces her to go for gimps often, but they are a field she excels in with the combination of her float and turnips. Peach also has a low falling speed, meaning she dies off the top blast line easily.
Changes from Melee to PM
Grabs and Throws
Changes from PM to P+
Up to date as of version 3.6.
In competitive play
Beginning with 3.0, Peach gained two alternate costumes.
The first one is Shadow Peach. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Peach is offered as a vessel for the Shadow Queen, a powerful entity who was sealed away for a millenia. After her ressurection, Mario and friends have to defeat her in order to save Peach from her control. Her outfit includes a cape, and gives Peach red eyes, dark purple skin and makeup.
Aesthetically, Peach's heart effects are replaced by darkness and fire for those costumes, respectively.
In Project+, Peach receives an additional costume based on her appearance in Super Mario Sunshine (a sleeveless dress and no gloves). Her default costume includes three recolors: a black dress, a gold dress, and a costume inspired by her sprite from the original Super Mario Bros. Her Shadow Queen costume has also received recolors.
Z-Secret Costume: Rosalina-inspired costume.
R-Secret Costume: Super Smash Bros. Melee design