New Super Mario Bros. U is the latest instalment in the New Super Mario Bros. series and allows you to play as Mario, Luigi, Toad and even your own Mii. Previous Mario sidescrollers – like Super Mario Bros. 2 on the NES for example – have allowed you to play as Princess Peach as well, but she's since been dropped and hasn't appeared once in the current 2D Mario series.

Speaking to games™ the Wii U title's director, Masataka Takemoto, revealed why this is the case, saying she isn’t as well suited as the pair of plumbers and their mushroom mates.

In Super Mario Bros 2, Princess Peach had her own unique moves and animation. In this series, we want all the players to have the same moves and animations as Mario, and Princess Peach isn’t suited for that.

So there you have it. What do you think? Would you like to see Princess Peach return as a playable character in a Mario sidescroller? Let us know in the comments below.

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