You might know her as Princess Toadstool, but she likes to be called Peach today.
And that’s the subject of today’s article: The mysterious life of Princess Peach. Sure, she’s in nearly every modern Mario title and she’s always getting kidnapped by King Koopa, but do we REALLY know her?
It would seem not because Peach has got it – in terms of a bunch of secrets. Here are five things you may not have known about Princess Toadstool…er…we mean Peach:
5. Based on Olive Oyl from Popeye
You may or may not be familiar with the classic cartoon series Popeye but it has much the same format as the Mario games.
Popeye is our hero, our Mario if you will, and Bluto is the Bowser of the series. Bluto has a fascination with kidnapping the hapless (and helpless) Olive Oyl. This often forms the basis for many episodes of the Popeye cartoon.
Need we say more?
Thankfully Peach isn’t half as pathetic or annoying as Olive Oil is typically portrayed as being.
4. Peach Has Magical Powers
Apparently Peach has some powerful magic at her command. In the original Super Mario Bros game, Peach is kidnapped by Bowser not only because he wants to take over the Mushroom Kingdom, but also because Peach is the only person in the world with the magic capable of defeating him.
If you will recall, Bowser transformed all of the citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom into the bricks and blocks Mario bashes his head on so, if Peach could reverse that, her magic is really powerful indeed.
3. Made It on the Forbes’ List of the Richest Video Game Characters
Those gold coins that litter the landscape in Super Mario Bros. games might be breadcrumbs left by Peach for Mario to find her if Forbes’ estimates of her person wealth are to be trusted. The magazine ranked her as one of the wealthiest fictional characters alongside Scrooge McDuck and Bruce Wayne.
2. Starred in More Mario Games Than Any Other Female Character
Peach has starred in more Mario titles than any other female Mario character. This probably doesn’t shock many people – until you look at just how many Mario games there are out there. We’re not talking about just the mainline series, but the whole universe. Time and time again, Peach is typically part of the cast of characters on tap, making her a stalwart of the franchise.
1. Star of Her Own Game
Super Princess Peach is the only time Peach has had her own video game outing and, yes, she’s rescuing Mario rather than the other way around. This game hasn’t really aged all that well in terms of some of its mechanics, such as tapping into Peach’s “emotions” to control specific powers and abilities. Still, it is regarded as a solid game and one that is worthy of the Mario moniker. If you’ve ever wanted to see what Peach has got when she’s on her own, here’s your chance.