E3 2013: Peach Almost Wasn’t in Super Mario 3D World

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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Super Mario 3D World, which was announced Tuesday during the Nintendo Direct at E3, includes a cast of familiar Mario characters we all know and love. Up to four players can play together or against one another as Mario, Luigi, Toad or Peach. However, one of those characters almost didn’t make the cut.

Director Koichi Hayashida revealed that Peach wasn’t originally going to be included in the game’s lineup. It was producer Yoshiaki Koizumi that suggested she be a playable character.

In an interview with Polygon, Koizumi said the following regarding Peach’s role in the game:

“I feel like Mario games, as you know, have done lots of representation of male characters over the years. Perhaps much more so than female — so it’s actually really nice to be able to have a female playable character in the game. I think she adds a lot to the sense of competition when you get in multiplayer. You can have different people choosing different characters based on their personality or whoever they like. And princess Peach is just really a lot of fun to play!”

What do you think of this turn of  events? Are you excited to see Peach as a playable character this time around, or is there someone else you would have rather seen included in the game?

Super Mario 3D World will be released for the Wii U. A release date is forthcoming.


About Angela Hinck

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  • Tim Mazzola

    Peach being playable is probably my favorite thing announced about this game so far.

    It makes me wonder… I mean, it’s not that people play Mario games for the story, but the fact that they now clearly have to depart from the tried and true “Bowser kidnapped Peach and you have to save her” story should make for something interesting. And more female representation is always good, even if it’s a little step like this.

  • Kyle Emch

    As much as I make fun of the Mario franchise for being stale now, I’m glad to see that the game WON’T revolve around Peach getting kidnapped for the umpteenth time.

    • Jonah Rosen

      I’d laugh if it was something like Daisy getting a main title role after 23-24 years…being a captive again. “Well, we can’t use Peach because she’s a playable character, sooooo let’s just use Daisy instead.”

  • Ted Scott

    Its a small thing for them to add, but having Peach playable means a lot to a lot of people. I’d like to see Peach being more proactive and kicking more butt.

  • Bakuryukun

    It took waaaaay too long for this to happen. But better late than never.

  • James Best

    I’m excited to see Peach in the game, if only because it means we’ll be seeing a new plot other than Bowser kidnaps Peach, even if it’s only Bowser kidnaps Daisy.