It seems that Princess Peach was almost passed over again in the newly-announced Super Mario 3D World for Wii U. According to an interview, Peach wasn’t even originally planned to be a playable character!

In a recent interview with Polygon, Yoshiaki Koizumi says, “it’s actually really nice to be able to have a female playable character in the game.” The Princess hasn’t been a playable character in a main Mario game since she first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2. However, as noted by feministfrequency (Anita Sarkeesian), this game wasn’t even originally a Mario game but rather Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic, and Nintendo of America simply reworked it and replaced the character models.

In a way, then, this could be considered the first main Mario game in which Princess Peach can be played, aside from the side games. In spite of this, Princess Peach’s ability in Super Mario 3D World is being able to float for short distances, which is borrowed from Super Mario Bros. 2.

As Polygon reports, “Game director Koichi Hayashida revealed that Peach wasn’t in the original plans for the game, but Koizumi brought up the idea and told the team that they should ‘definitely’ include her.

In spite of all of this, Princess Peach being playable is perhaps a good step in right direction for Mario. After all, as Koizumi notes, “Mario games … have done lots of representation of male characters over the years.” More importantly, though, “[P]rincess Peach is just really a lot of fun to play!

How do you feel about Princess Peach finally being added back instead of a second Toad, after all of these years? Let us know in the comments below.

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Luke Powers
Luke is a graduate from McGill University (BA '13). He has been a gamer since childhood and enjoys playing, watching, and reading about video games.

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