Super Mario 3D World features four playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Peach. Each character has unique abilities and play styles; for example, Peach can glide, Luigi has an extra-high jump and Toad runs faster than the others. According to the game’s director, Koichi Hayashida, Peach wasn’t originally planned as a playable character. The one who brought up the idea was the game’s producer, Yoshiaki Koizumi, who told the team Peach should “definitely” be included as a playable character.
“I think she adds a lot to the sense of competition when you get in multiplayer,” said Koizumi. “You can have different people choosing different characters based on their personality or whoever they like. And princess Peach is just really a lot of fun to play!”
Super Mario 3D World is scheduled to launch in December, exclusively for Wii U.