Mario Kart has a problem. We first noticed it creeping up on us when Mario Kart 8 started to receive DLC on Wii U and with Mario Kart Tour, things are getting completely out of hand. Yep, that's right: there are Princess Peachs absolutely everywhere.
The smartphone game has recently kicked off its Valentine's Tour, complete with a couple of new characters in the form of Pink Shy Guy and Baby Peach (Cherub). This takes the total number of playable Peach characters in Nintendo's current Mario Kart games to nine. Nine.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has Pink Gold Peach and Cat Peach; Mario Kart Tour has Peach (Kimono), Peach (Vacation), Peach (Wintertime), Peachette, and now Peach (Cherub); and the classic Princess Peach and Baby Peach appear in both. There are also nine forms of Mario which is almost as bad, but at least Mario's literally in the name of the series.
Now, don't get us wrong - we love Peach and Mario just as much as the next person - but nine different forms? Perhaps Mario Kart 9's gimmick could be that the roster has nine versions of every star character?
We're kidding, Nintendo. Please don't.
Maybe they need more female characters? Just maybe?
Pink Gold Peach was a new low for Nintendo characters and for Peach herself. Even my nephew, who'd have been 7 when MK8 released shook his head at the ridiculousness of Pink Gold Peach.
I'm pretty sick of Nintendo's treatment of the overall Mario series in such games
While I loathe the Alphadream Mario RPG games, where's the Superstar Saga characters?
Paper Mario characters? Where's Wart? Taranga? The other various bosses from the Land series? Maybe Captain Maple? The princess from Wario Land 4? Do we even have playable Piantas and Piantissimo? Foreman Spike? All the Wario Ware characters, all the Donkey Kong characters and probably many more I'm forgetting, there's probably a billion forms of Mario they could pull into this too like they did with Odyssey
No, seriously, what the hell dude?
I loved tour when it first come out and unlocked quiet a bit of stuff but in recent months it’s impossible to unlock any new racers
@inenai they have toadette, Wendy, Birdo, Daisy, Rosalina, Pauline, Wanda, all the sprixies, Pom Pom. There are plenty female mario characters besides Peach. If we view bowser henchmen except for koopalings and boom boom as “gender neutral”, almost as many as male characters. They’re just overusing Peach.
I mean if they really need more females they can use female kongs and raid wario’s franchises.
Actually they only have eight. Peachette is a version of Toadette and therefore is not Princess Peach.
How many internet points do I win please?
With the Marvel Universe, there's always fan theories for how all these same characters can exist in a single universe at the same time. Is there some lore for the Mario series that addresses this? Could the next Mario game have you running into Tanuki Mario and Baby Mario?
@ummyeahnintendo There is in two games. Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time and Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam.
A freemium with collectible characters (speaking of which in the light of a previous topic today, I wonder where THAT trend may have come from...), employing truckloads of variations for the same ones? NEVER.
@ummyeahnintendo Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam set up that Paper Mario is from a different universe to the Mario & Luigi games. So there’s at least 2 confirmed parallel universes there.
Well, Mario Kart Tour sucks, so it gets characters that suck.
Nothing too surprising in fact.
@cool_boy_mew ashley, just ashley. she is who nintendo needs
I consider MK8/MK8 DX to be my favorite Mario Kart, I have to admit the character roster peaked with MK Wii. Other than the babies that character roster had very little filler characters.
Now MK8 has metal characters, powerup characters, 7 Koopalings and one more bay character for good measure. While still missing characters like Birdo or Diddy.
@Toy_Link its incredible how diddy never got his kart back, wtf man, he is made to race
Does Peach (Kimono, Vacation, whatever) have different abilitie/stats?
Mario kart tour is the best single player Mario kart game. Lots of updates and support. All free
@xpownz They absolutely does considering how much "Badges" she got in that 3DS Badge Arcade thing. It's no coincidence I think
Take that Fire Emblem crybabies. Cry us a Princess Peach river. MAUAHAHAHaH
@cool_boy_mew Yeah, Warioware has a strong cast that deserves more appearances. Of course they deserve better than being filler characters in a lousy mobile game.
But isn’t Peachette a form of Toadette, not of Peach?
@MrBlacky well there’s no real stats in the game. Some of the different forms do have different signature items (the only real difference between characters). But the bigger thing is every challenge has different “best” characters (ranging from 2-4), and to get high scores (to win stars and cups), you need one of those characters. In many cases regular Peach will not be there but another form might. You certainly don’t NEED every character, but the harder challenges you need the best characters for that challenge to get high enough scores, and that includes these alternate forms.
Kirby still not in Mario Kart...o, such sinners. Down with Nintendo!
More reason to never try this game.
The next Mario Kart should have all the veterans present, and some new characters from the Mario universe and it's spinoff branches. And add Kirby in it. Remember the Rosalina Sm4sh reveal trailer?
IF there has to be filler characters, have them as a costume/pallete swap option, like they did with Link and the Inklings. And the Koopalings should be treated as they were in Smash.
If they're using all the Peach variants from Odyssey, expect more. And no, this does not draw away from Smash's FE issue (although the damage has already been done as far as potential characters from the DLC is concerned).
@inenai It'd actually be pretty rad if Nintendo introduced a "long lost" set of female Mario sisters. Like they could also be overall-wearing plumbers and not pink frilly dress princesses.
@Roam85 But none of those are as representative as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, Bowser, Wario... What I mean is the Mario franchise has very little protagonist female characters, that's why they over-use Peach so much.
@DanElectrode And heavily Italian-accented lol!
So those are regular Peach in different outfits basically?
MK8's roster sucks because of this. Its super lazy and uninspired
Well that's a bit silly and convoluted.
"Perhaps Mario Kart 9's gimmick could be that the roster has nine versions of every star character?"
Actually could be a rather cool gimmick to be honest.
The next Mario kart should be changed to Nintendo Kart. Have the roster size of smash bros. With a wealth of themed stages from other games
I hate all the Fire Emblem characters in Smash but at least they're not 8 alternate forms of Lucina.
Oh gawd imagine Fire Emblem Kart, Lucina, Metal Lucina, Baby Lucina, Pink Gold Baby Lucina, Dr. Lucina....
keeps going for several hours
I've seen better attempts at clickbait. Nonetheless, I kinda agree.
I'm with you, man. I really do not understand, why they are so afraid of pushing the Mario characters more? Would it damage the Mario Kart series so much, if Wart, Captain Syrup, Ashley or King K. Rool would be playable?
Look ate Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, they really go really deep into the games and try to find as many characters from the Crash Universe as possible. With Mario Kart, we will probably see something like Dr. Baby Metal Pink Gold Peach in the future before we get characters like Wart or Ashley.
@MrBlacky no, they count as different characters entirely for the game.
@Joeynator3000 well, to be honest 3 of them are glorified Marth clones.
Roy was the OG Marth clone, even if they changed him to also draw a bit from Ike, Lucina is a straight up clone without the tip gimmick, and Chrom is the clone of another clone. Yuck.
And what're the differences between them?
@inenai I’d say since Mario Run, 3D world, NSMB U, and Mario Maker used them all as playable that Daisy, Rosalina, and Toaddette are just as appropriate on that list as Peach.
As for Pauline? When they remake DK ‘94 with playable Pauline saving Mario, she’ll have completed her ascension too.
@MrBlacky as I said, they have different signature items and different favored courses. Regular Peach is as different from Kimono Peach as Mario is. They’re all treated as entirely different characters for the purpose of the game. If you treat the different versions of Peach the same, you may as well treat every character the same, because the differences between characters are simply signature item and favored courses. Which the latter is incredibly important to actually do well - you can come in last and get 5 stars while you can come in first and get 1 star. The game isn’t about winning the race, it’s about collecting the most points, and the most important factor there is characters. Which every Peach is treated as a separate character.
If you want to get enough points on many courses, you need the favored characters. And each Peach favors different courses.
Mario Kart Tour's roster sucks. I'm not spending another ruby on these lame characters.
Roam85 is talking about Donkey Kong for the Gameboy that served as both a sequel and remake to the original DK.
All these Peach variants, and yet what I want is a Peach platformer. No I'm not counting that DS game, lol.
To be fair, most people would know who Peach is. I've been gaming for 30+ years and have no clue who most of those Fire Emblem characters are, meanwhile there's people who don't game who know who Peach is.
@inenai - Yes! I feel like my two daughters would love that.
@Smashfan502 - As I just said, I have daughters and I think they'd really like having some choice of female characters in Mario games who aren't always the stereotypical damsel-in-distress. There's Toadette, but why not some more "heroic" type female characters? If there's gonna be a bunch of baby/gold/whatever variants of every character why draw the line at having a female version?
@Smashfan502 Nah, I’m talking about the 100 level Game Boy one that is called Donkey Kong. Mario could do triple jumps and backflips like Mario 64 in it. It’s great.0
But generally refereed to as DK’94 because it came our in 94 that differentiates the name from the original.
This is no worse than all the different versions of Link. Now if only there could be more Daisys.
This is normal for games with monetization like Mario Kart Tour, lots of alts so people buy the microtransactions. A tour in summer would probably add the Odyssey outfits of Mario in boxer shorts and Peach in the outfit she wears in Seaside Kingdom.
They totally could have 9 different versions of each character. Just reskins that don't take up character slots.
I really want Mario Kart 9 to be more like "Super Smash Kart" in terms of characters. They already teased this with some of the newer additions in MK8, so just go all out like in Smash.
Is it so much to ask for Snake to drive a Xenoblade Kart on an Animal Crossing Track while collecting ruppees and throwing weapons from Legend of Zelda?
@OorWullie Pink Gold Peach is my wife's favorite. She's actually about the same stats wise as Metal Mario, who's my favorite.
Nice fire emblem dig in this article
Partners in Time ended with the baby mario, luigi, and peach (along with a young toadsworth) going back to the past, so they technically still ahve the time machine, explaining how Baby mario and mario are in mario kart among other things. They could always use the machine as an excuse
I'd rather see more under used characters Prof E Gadd, or Toadsworth or Il Piantismo. Honey Queeen or Wriggler would be better than another variant of an already existing character
@Smashfan502 that's why I said "glorified" clones. Each of them is just a bit different from the last, but they share a lot of moves and "stats".
Still, this doesn't detract from the fact that they are basically the same with a few variations, just like the 3 Links.
Aside with the many Peaches, it feels like their in game store for coins is just keep on putting up the same characters while ignoring others. I have yet to see Luigi in the coin shop, and I would like to get him. They need to update their coin shop for sure.
Peachette is not a Princess Peach variant, she is a Toadette variant!💢
This article triggers me! 😠
I think its time for Nintendo to consider naming the next Mario Kart: Nintendo Kart, which will include almost every Nintendo character possible, because nine forms of a single character is ridiculous. The MK8 DLC was already heading in that direction, so might as well go all out.
The cellphone Mario Kart is terrible, I just need Mario Kart 9 on the Switch.
They're pretty much just skins at this point, especially in the "gotta catch em all" mobile slot machine version of the game.
Doesn’t bother me. This game can have an infinite roster so let the art department spread their wings. Also not bothered by the smash roster either. The series that make money have the most reps.
Still waiting for a Double Dash remake or sequel. I loved the co-op nature of the game and all the countless hours me and my bros spent in cups and split screen.
With a roster that's almost as huge as smash, now's the time for a Mario kart 9 with double dash races!
@Smashfan502 levels are like 2-3 times the size of the levels from the original donkey kong (except for the first three or four, which just are a remake of the original donkey kong.). It goes puzzle platformer and basically is the bridge between the original Donkey Kong and the “minis” series that would start on GBA.
If you have a 3DS, get it on the virtual console. It’ll be like four bucks and Nintendo Life did hail it as one of the top five game boy games of all time for a reason.
I'm still surprised that Toadsworth and Kamek still haven't been in a Mario Kart game yet.
@MagnaRoader I’ll be honest, given the sales of “8 deluxe” if they just made a full dlc full of characters, karts, a double dash mode, some of the extra new tracks from the mobile game, and a mission mode like the DS had, I would gladly fork over at least the cost of the last set of DLC on wii u.
Nintendo: sees this
Nintendo: LET'S ADD ANOTHER PEACH, BUT LET'S MAKE HER A FURRY
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