Princess Peach (ピーチ姫, Princess Peach), also known as Princess Toadstool, or just Peach, is a character from the Mario universe, and is usually seen as Mario's damsel in distress and love interest. She has been known as "Princess Peach" since Yoshi's Safari; prior to that, she was known as "Princess Toadstool" outside of Japan.
Princess Peach has been a mainstream Mario character since her first appearance in Super Mario Bros., in which Mario had to rescue her from the clutches of the evil Bowser. She usually takes on the role of the damsel-in-distress, though she has been known to help out Mario on several occasions. For example, in Super Princess Peach, it's her turn to save Mario, Luigi and Toad from Bowser. She resides in her castle along with many Toads, which are her loyal servants. Her first playable appearance, however, was in Super Mario Bros. 2, where she had to help save the dream land called Subcon along with Mario, Luigi and Toad. She has also appeared in Mario spin-offs such as Mario Kart, Mario Party, Mario Tennis, and Mario Golf. Peach also had a starring role in Super Mario 3D World as a playable character, where she, along with the Mario Bros. and Toad travel to the Sprixie Kingdom to try and save the Sprixie Princesses from Bowser, who took over their kingdom.
Much like Bowser, Peach has shown certain defining character traits depending on the game and adaptation. While many mainstream adaptations do not depict Peach with prominent character traits, some games such as Super Mario 64 and the RPG spinoffs depict her as a wise ruler and the voice of reason among Mario's companions. Super Mario Odyssey, in fact, depicts Peach as an independent-minded and adventurous woman by having her defy the common trope of her and Mario sharing a romantic ending, as she chooses to go on adventures and see the world after her rescue rather than accept Mario's (or Bowser's) marriage proposal. Peach often shows a playful side much like Mario himself, and the Super Smash Bros. series builds on this by depicting her as flirtatious and "sassy" in her taunts and victory poses, finding amusement in battle and victory.
While Peach is briefly mentioned in Mario's biography, and one of the stages is Peach's Castle, she physically does not appear in the game in any capacity. A popular rumor claims she was planned to be playable in the game along with Bowser, King Dedede, Mewtwo, Marth, and many other characters, before being cut for space/time constraints. However, unlike the aforementioned four characters, no definitive official source has ever been found that proves Peach was ever planned to be included as a playable character.
Main article: Peach (SSBM)
Peach appears as one of the fifteen default characters available in Melee. She is based on her early appearance from the Nintendo 64 era, notably Super Mario 64. Peach is considered by professional players to be amongst the best characters in the game, and so is sixth place in the current Tier list.
Main article: List of SSBM trophies (Super Mario Bros. series)
Main article: Peach (SSBB)
Peach returns as a veteran to Brawl, with a design based on her recent appearance elsewhere, notably Super Mario Sunshine, Mario Party 4, Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Super Mario Galaxy. Her moves have been virtually unchanged from Melee, with a few minor enhancements and nerfs. Her Final Smash attack, Peach Blossom, involves her lulling all grounded opponents to sleep and deals damage as well. Samantha Kelly, her current voice actress voices Peach.
Main article: List of SSBB trophies (Super Mario Bros. series)
Additionally, Peach appears as multiple trophies in the game:
Main article: Peach (SSB4)
Peach was confirmed to be playable in Super Smash Bros. 4 on September 12, 2013. She is the third female character to be announced for the game after Samus and Wii Fit Trainer. Her facial structure appears more similar to her home series than past Smash Bros. appearances and her dress has been made more stylized and less detailed. Her hair is also lighter and more brightly-shaded. She now has new attack effects, such as a ribbon swirling around her during her up smash. Like Mario, Luigi and Bowser, her design is based on her appearance from recent Mario games such as Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8.
Peach was buffed overall in the transition from Brawl to SSB4. Her ground game has been improved thanks to stronger smashes and a faster Peach Bomber. Her forward aerial, dash attack, and back throw were also given more knockback, granting better KO options. However, her Vegetable special was moderately nerfed, as they take longer to pluck, weakening her projectile game. Her slow movement speed also gives her a disadvantage against fast characters, and her light weight and floatiness makes her easy to launch. Nonetheless, Peach ranks 20th out of 55 on the tier list, at the bottom of the B tier. While viewed as a solid pick for competitive play, she lacks noteworthy tournament results to speak of, even with her few dedicated players.
A Peach wig is also available as a headgear for all Mii Fighter types.
Peach (Tennis Outfit)
Main article: Peach (SSBU)
Peach is set to return as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This is Peach's first appearance in Super Smash Bros. where she is not a starting character.
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