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Why Peach isn't a playable character in New Super Mario Bros U

Would you like more playable characters in Mario's new platformer?

New Super Mario Bros U director Masataka Takemoto has explained why Nintendo decided not to include Princess Peach as a playable character in his new game.

As in New Super Mario Bros Wii, you can play as Mario, Luigi or a Toad in multiplayer mode and according to Takemoto, there is a good reason why his team chose these characters.

"In Super Mario Bros 2, Princess Peach had her own unique moves and animation," Takemoto told GamesTM, "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."

What he didn't mention is that the goal in New Super Mario Bros U is to rescue Princess Peach who is being held hostage in her own castle. So clearly it wouldn't make sense for Peach to rescue herself!

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Anyway, would you have liked to have been able to play as other characters from the Mario universe in New Super mario Bros U. If so, who?

[ Source: NowGamer ]

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  1. shy guy 64 Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 10:29

    fair enough i suppose

  2. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 10:32

    I still say it,it would have been better if Nintendo swap the two Toads for Wario,and Waluigi.

  3. Slinkington Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 10:59

    Really lazy answer.

    Rayman Origins/Legends have unique characters and animations that all play the same, why can't this? I remember Shigzi saying they didn't do it on the Wii version because it would have taken too long. It wouldn't really, but I went with it as I guess they wanted to get the game out fast. This time there is no excuse.

    Also, why must Bowser kidnap Peach every time? Can't he just do something else, like steal a magic star or something? Heck, even kidnap Daisy for a change like in Mario Land. (Not the new, annoying daisy though. She really needs a redesign.)

  4. concernedcamel Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 11:15

    I really don't like the toads it seems like a lazy choice especially after the wii game they should have spiced it up a bit

  5. Mew3 Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 15:23

    I want to play as yoshi, not ride him. He could have his own power ups :D

  6. ZodiacXYZ Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 15:49

    Wario & Waluigi, or maybe El Piantissimo and...who was that monkey in Super Mario Galaxy 2?
    ...Or even a toad and hasn't there been at least one koopa that's gone over to the good side?

  7. Kieran Drakes Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 16:34

    I think being able to customize toad heads would be enough, i dont even want princess Peach to be playable in the main game, if you look at the game title, it says New super mario bros u, not new super mario and girlfriend bros u, maybe in the future an expansion pack for peach might be ok, but in the main story? I think the choice was rigght

  8. ThePokekid78 Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 17:08

    "What he didn't mention is that the goal in New Super Mario Bros U is to rescue Princess Peach who is being held hostage in her own castle."

    Wait, WHAT?!?

    Princess Peach is...kidnapped?? In a...a...a castle? And the aim...of a Mario game...is to rescue her??

  9. Herbert_Rarr Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 17:57

    Meh.
    Still undecided on whether to get this, Sonic Racing or Rayman... :?

  10. thenintendoer Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 18:38

    or a more realistic answer we couldnt be bothered to do anything new with this title and decided that including one new charcter was too much for us to do

  11. Nintendalek42 Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 18:44

    Wario & Waluigi, or maybe El Piantissimo and...who was that monkey in Super Mario Galaxy 2?
    ...Or even a toad and hasn't there been at least one koopa that's gone over to the good side?


    The Chimp from galaxy 2? Hell yeah! I've always wanted to play as him, and though I had my hopes up for Mario Kart 7, we got masterfully trolled with the god-awful honey queen instead.

  12. TheRexFactor Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 at 23:17

    Whatever about Peach, but they have to have some better idea than two toads!

  13. 5OUNDWAVE Wednesday 28th Nov 2012 at 02:53

    is toad wearing a nappy

  14. Dorayaki Wednesday 28th Nov 2012 at 06:13

    Wait! Toad "himself" isn't playable in any of the NSMB yet. I don't even know how did this article asked this question. If the moveset is the problem, I'd say Toad and Toadette should be playable before Peach as they just need different textures and recolors.

    I love Peach, and judging from the article I think moveset is a bad excuse not to make Peach playable. How did they make DK playable in DK Returns?


    I still say it,it would have been better if Nintendo swap the two Toads for Wario,and Waluigi.


    Because they're mushroom people, and Wario bros are not doing with Peach's disaster. If the hero who saves Peach is the first one worrying about her, that should be Daisy.

  15. kevws77 Wednesday 28th Nov 2012 at 11:25

    What I would love to see is quite a few extra characters - maybe Peach or Daisy, and also Donkey Kong. Then you could get the basics done of the game as all of them would have the same basic moves - but they could each have different special moves and techniques for accessing say extra areas on particular level, or some worlds/levels where they are themed to a particular character :D . It would add loads of replayability to the game.

  16. Dorayaki Wednesday 28th Nov 2012 at 11:59

    and also Donkey Kong.


    Same as Wario, he has own games and can't enter here, or he'll have more playable appearances than Mario himself. Unless asking Funky or Candy to be here.

  17. lifetimegamer Wednesday 28th Nov 2012 at 13:07

    Seems a bit of a cop out really. Mario games are very solid and always a lot of fun, but they really need to mix up the formula a bit next time in order to compete with the Rayman series imo.

  18. raphaelcoelho15 Wednesday 28th Nov 2012 at 13:09

    Wario and Waluigi in a DLC would be a must buy for many of us!

  19. Dorayaki Wednesday 28th Nov 2012 at 14:26

    Wario and Waluigi in a DLC would be a must buy for many of us!

    I wonder if you noticed other replies.

    and also Donkey Kong.


    Same as Wario, he has own games and can't enter here, or he'll have more playable appearances than Mario himself. Unless asking Funky or Candy to be here.

  20. sciqueen Thursday 29th Nov 2012 at 11:14

    That's a poor excuse. If Super Mario Bros 2 for NES could manage four different characters so can the Wii U. I know they're different hardware, but still!

  21. taximadish Friday 30th Nov 2012 at 09:03

    "What he didn't mention is that the goal in New Super Mario Bros U is to rescue Princess Peach who is being held hostage in her own castle."

    Wait, WHAT?!?

    Princess Peach is...kidnapped?? In a...a...a castle? And the aim...of a Mario game...is to rescue her??


    PLOT TWIST!

    Anyhow, I think one plain ol' red Toad would've been fine. But I'd really there to be 4 different characters, rather than 2 different and 2 the same. But I can't really think of any good ones...

  22. smash-brother Monday 3rd Dec 2012 at 19:55

    why not allow u to play as her after u rescue her

  23. BrychanCymru Wednesday 9th Jan 2013 at 16:53

    I still say it,it would have been better if Nintendo swap the two Toads for Wario,and Waluigi.


    true

  24. moppo7 Sunday 17th Feb 2013 at 14:50

    is toad wearing a nappy


    yes

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