Also known as the “Toad Princess”, Peach’s position as a princess of the Mushroom Kingdom in Peach’s video games has always been somewhat odd because unlike her Toad legion, she is humanoid like Mario and Luigi. If the “Yoshi’s Island” prequel series is considered typical, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, and Baby Peach were all moved in by Storks and raised by a Yoshi clan. As they all grow up, Peach becomes Mario’s main love, as well as the object of affection for the King of Koopas, Bowser (Jack Black). It’s all pretty weird, isn’t it?
“Super Mario” is a franchise that’s almost 40 years old, and in that time, our society has accepted that it’s best not to think too much about it. However, with original series creator Shigeru Miyamoto heavily involved as producer, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” fills the void with a brand new retcon.
In one of the film’s rare quiet moments, Peach stares into the stars and explains to Brooklyn-born Mario that there are countless galaxies and worlds to explore. Although she knows in her heart that she was not born in the Mushroom Kingdom, her first memory is as a child passing through the vertical pipe and being raised by Toad as one of them. When she grew up, Toad made her their princess. If we have to have a clear explanation of why Peach is a human being, I’m glad they stemmed from a sweet story about an established family.