Nintendo has declared August as National Princess Peach Month. National Princess Peach Month is a deserving tribute long overdue, for everyone’s favorite pink, peachy, princess.
Making her debut back in 1985 on the NES (Yes Peach is 29 years old, and doesn’t look a day over 21) as Princess Toadstool, (Some people have not so preferable surnames) in Super Mario Bros. Peach wasn’t a playable character, nor was she very well liked, because each time Mario reaches a castle, he is told the Princess resides in another castle until the very end, making some players a bit annoyed. In the end, she even jokes “”Thank you, but our Princess is in another castle! Just kidding!” Peach had humble beginnings as a Red head when Bowser first kidnapped her and invaded the Mushroom Kingdom. To top this off, Peach wasn’t even Mario’s first love, that title belongs to Paulina in the classic arcade game Donkey Kong, as she was kidnapped by ferocious apes.
By 1988 though, Peach was one of the first playable female characters, and she donned her iconic bright pink dress, golden crown, and high heels, though she was still a red head in Super Mario Bros 2. No longer was she the helpless Princess, as she aided Mario in saving the world with turnips as her weapon of choice.
Princess Peach has the distinction of being one of the first female characters in a video game EVER, and Nintendo had no qualms in turning her from a damsel in distress to a turnip toting hero. And throughout this experience, Peach stays true to who she is. Through the generations, her Princess attitude hasn’t changed. She never rids herself of her frilly dress and crown for anything revealing, except in later Mario Kart games when riding on a motorcycle when she wears a full body suit. Peach also stays true to who she is, as she never hides her identity but embraces the frilly pink persona that she is. She’s a one man woman who embodies grace, beauty, and goodwill.
Princess Peach has appeared in 72 games and counting, that’s more video games than any other female character ever. Whether it was fighting in Smash Bros. professional golf, racing, jumping through green pipes, or competing in the Olympics, Peach was playable in all of these iterations, and even got her own game in 2005’s Super Princess Peach on the Nintendo DS. In her game, Mario and Luigi are kidnapped by Bowser, and she easily saves the day on her own.
A cake baking, tea serving, high-pitched voice speaking, pink wearing, jewelry adorned Princess, who has been kicking ass for 29 years, Princess Peach deserves every day in this month to celebrate her long lasting career. She’s recently received her very own Wii Remote and Gamecube Controller, and shows no signs of slowing down!