While most fans would think of Princess Peach as the women of the Mario series, Pauline has been alongside the plumber since 1981. While she debuted alongside Mario in the original Donkey Kong game, the brunette has made sparing appearances ever since. However, that looks to change in Super Mario Odyssey. While Peach is still the object of Mario’s desires, Pauline seems to have risen through politics to become the mayor of New Donk City. In his Reddit AMA, Yoshiaki Koizumi talked about the return of Pauline. Check out the full AMA here.
When we were deciding which Kingdoms to have in the game, we knew we wanted the city environment, and we wanted something that would have resonance with players. We knew that players know Pauline so we of course wanted to make her the mayor of New Donk City.
It’s important to note that thought they are called Kingdoms, they do not necessarily have royalty, and that’s why she’s the mayor.