Princess Peach: cool facts

She’s no longer a damsel in distress: Princess Peach has become a favorite of many Mario and Nintendo fans. Check out some cool facts about the princess that was always in another castle.

She’s not human

Come again? No, Peach isn’t human and neither is Mario.

Nintendo has confirmed that their genus is Homo Nintendonus, meaning that not only them but also Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, and Rosalina, are technically not human.

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She’s a millionaire

Peach has been featured on Forbes’ List of the Wealthiest Fictional Characters, along with other famous female characters from video games and TV such as Lara Croft and Mom from Futurama.

Every year, Forbes publishes a list of the wealthiest individuals (real people) based on the then current market prices. In the fictional list published in 2007, our princess made number 15 with a worth of $1.3 billion! Her wealth coming from “Inheritance, Commodities.”

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Peach’s several cameos

Peach has been present in almost every Mario game of the last couple of decades but she’s made cameo appearances in non-Mario games as well. She’s even had her own DS gameSuper Princess Peach (a really cool game!) but that could be considered part of the Super Mario franchise.

As a playable guest character in the GameCube ports of the EA games NBA Street V3 and SSX On Tour and even minor appearances in The Legend of Zelda series, such as Ocarina of Time (in a painting in Hyrule Castle); Link’s Awakening (in a picture sent to Mr. Write which, strangely enough, featured her face with the name “Christine” underneath). Other game appearances include Nintendogs and Kirby Super Star.

Regarding cartoons, in a DiC series she’s always referred to as Princess Toadstool (her original name in the West) and she has red hair instead of yellow.

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She’s always been called Peach in Japan

In Japan, the name of the princess in Super Mario games has always been Peach. However, since her debut in the original Super Mario Bros. (1985), she was renamed Toadstool in the English language manual, to associate her name to her supposed race.

The English version of Yoshi’s Safari (1993) marked the first usage of the name “Peach” in the Western world, although the confusion would go on when she was named “Toadstool” in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994).

We had to wait until 1996’s Super Mario 64 where she uses both names in a letter addressed to Mario, signing “Yours truly, Princess Toadstool (Peach)”. From then on, “Peach” was kept unchanged for the English version of games in the Mario franchise.

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Peach divorced Mario?!

Blame Forbes: according to their Wealthiest Fictional Characters list, Peach’s marital status is “Divorced” and apparently, part of her wealth comes from the gold coins she got after it.

That aside, Mario and Peach’s relationship is a strange one. They’re not married, they don’t look or act like a couple but, of course, they’re more than friends. Mario has also stopped her marriage to Booster, a character in Super Mario RPG.

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