Super Princess Peach

Super Princess Peach

Super Princess Peach

Princess Superstar? Or a Mouldy Peach?

Viewed through one lens of the great telescope of personal truth, the Mario series is the shining star of the games industry; a cherished intellectual property that Nintendo isn't afraid to have fun with. As comfortable expanded and re-imagined in the joyful Mario & Luigi titles as it is as disposable family entertainment in Mario Party, the Mario series will always be a vital and magical part of gaming.

Through the other lens, which has dirt on it, the Mario series is a smelly rock of astronaut poop; an intellectual property long past its sell by date, which Nintendo would rather milk endlessly than face up to a desperate need for new ideas. Mario and chums shoehorn themselves into increasingly obscure genres in an attempt to remain relevant, with Mario now well acquainted with everything from soccer balls to baseball bats. With the only fat Italian-American that the average person wants to see swinging a baseball bat being Tony Soprano, the Mario series is increasingly redundant.

Depending on the lens you use to view the stars of Nintendo's night sky, your initial impressions of Super Princess Peach are going to be strongly coloured. A clever and funny twist on the Mario series, with the Princess saving Mario? Or a weak stab at the captive market of female DS owners brought by Nintendogs? You stab girls? SICK!

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Super Princess Peach details

Super Princess Peach details

Get in touch with your emotions.

Today's the day that highly anticipated DS title Super Princess Peach gets a release in the States, and so Nintendo has released details of what we've got to look forward to when the game hits Europe in a few months time.

Super Princess Peach features eight worlds to explore as our heroine embarks on a mission with a twist - this time it's her job to rescue Mario. He and Luigi have been kidnapped by Bowser, who's holed up in his castle on Vibe Island with something called a Vibe Scepter.

Peach is able to "channel emotional vibes" to give herself special powers, of which there are four. Joy sees her whirling around like a cyclone, so she can create air currents, blow away enemies and float through the air, while Rage sets her on fire - handy for burning bridges and baddies alike. Not so good for her hair care, mind.

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