Friday, July 13, 2012

Virtual to Reality -- Princess Peach

Updated: July 23, 2012
It's kind of interesting to think about how a fictional character's wardrobe could translate into real life situations (at least to me it is). Just like a superhero's tights wouldn't really help to strike fear into the hearts of evildoers in the real world, an actual princess probably wouldn't walk around in Princess Peach's puffy attire.
Over the years, the princess's standard clothing has been pretty constant in related artwork. The biggest changes made seem to be the size of the dark pink trim along the bottom hem of her skirt and the addition of two big paniers at her waist.

However, the damsel's early in-game appearances were quite different. In the original Super Mario Bros. game, Peach's dress was not pink but white with red/orange accents (not to mention the fact that she was a redhead and noticeably shorter than her hero). She picked up her current color scheme in Super Mario Bros. 2 but the princess's in-game model didn't truly match up with the artwork until Super Mario 64.

Recently, Princess Peach's character has become more of a clothes horse, changing outfits for sports related titles and Super Smash Bros. But her iconic pink dress remains a staple of the Super Mario series.

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