New Super Mario Bros U game director Masataka Takemoto has explained exactly why Princess Peach isn’t a playable character in the latest 2D Mario adventure. Takemoto says the reason why she isn’t playable in New Super Mario Bros U is due to the fact that she has her own unique moves and animation. The team wanted all the playable characters to have the same moves and animations as Mario.
“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.”