Super Mario Bros. Movie Gives a Fresh Take on Peach’s Power-Ups

A brand-new promotional video from The Super Mario Bros. Movie features Anya Taylor-Joy’s princess Peach using the Fire Flower power-up.

A new promotion for The Super Mario Bros. Movie includes the princess Peach (Anya TaylorJoy), testing her Fire Flower power-up.

The video was posted via the official Super Mario Bros. Movie account. It begins with Princess Peach wearing her pink gown. The Fire Flower gives Princess Peach the ability to control flames and also gives her royal dress a red and white palette. As the promo ends, Peach throws a fireball toward the audience.

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The first time fans saw a glimpse of The Super Mario Bros. Movie‘s Princess Peach making use of the Fire Flower in the trailer which debuted in November. The iconic power-up has been available to Mario and his sister Luigi from the time that the Super Mario Bros. video game was released in 1985 on the Nintendo Entertainment System. However, this animated film marks the second time that Peach has used it in a Mario project. The first and, to date, the only video game where Peach can utilize the Fire Flower is Super Mario 3D World, first released on the Wii U in 2013 before being upgraded to the Nintendo Switch in 2021.

Similar to the way the Fire Flower provides characters such as Mario or Luigi the ability to change their palettes, Peach receives the power-up in Super Mario 3D World and her dress changes into white, red, and similar to the dress in Super Mario Bros. Movie. The “Fire Peach” dress isn’t the only alternative costume the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom is expected to wear in the animated movie due out shortly. In the official trailer, Peach is seen in combat wearing a pink and white racing outfit when she is riding her bike in racing games like Mario Kart Wii or Mario Kart 8.

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Princess Peach does not require saving in the Mario Movie

It is worth noting that Peach is not the damsel-in-distress in The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Luigi (Charlie Day) is the one to be saved from Bowser (Jack Black). Aaron Horvath, co-director of Total Film magazine explained that “[Luigi] assumes the Princess Peach” character in the tale. Mario is trying to rescue his brother from Bowser. To achieve this, he has to embark on a thrilling adventure. That’s why Luigi is known as an anxious and nervous character who finds himself in the worst scenario facing interrogations with Bowser, and making it through the maze.”

Hovarth also pointed to the Super Mario 3D World in the film’s portrayal of Princess Peach. She is depicted as a hero, in the rights of her character. Hovarth’s co-director explained that she is the ruler of this adorable kingdom but poor Toads. “We considered how tough that person would need to be to guard these people. All of this influenced the concept of Peach’s character in our movie.”

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie Hits Theaters in April

The Super Mario Bros. Movie will be released in the United States Wednesday, April 5, and will then travel to Japan on April 28, Friday. The film stars Chris Pratt as the voice of Mario himself as well as the Guardians of the Galaxy star taking over the role which has for a long time been occupied by Charles Martinet and was once played by the late legendary Captain Lou Albano. The fast-moving animated feature stars the voices of Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Sebastian Maniscalco as Foreman Spike, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Khary Payton as the Penguin King. Eric Bauza will also voice an unnamed character while Martinet is set to appear in “surprise appearances” throughout the film. In the past Taylor-Joy as well as Day starred in the roles of Princess Peach and Luigi respectively.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie opens in cinemas in the United States on April 5.

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