Childhood Heroine #5: Princess Peach
It was an amazing moment when Super Mario 2 came out, and Toad and Princess Peach were suddenly upgraded from vaguely humanoid stacks of immobile pixels to playable characters. I became a Jedi of the Peach, mastering her signature drifting long jump. I played Princess Peach on every level except that one where you need Luigi’s powered-up high jump to get to a warp or something, and usually you can warp past that level anyway.
To this day, there are only two video games I’m any good at: Super Mario 2 and Ms. Pac-Man, which taught kids with only mildly indulgent parents how to make a quarter last for twenty minutes. I’m especially ninja on the Mario 2 whale level in the ice world, still second in awesomeness only to the level of Mario 3 with Kuribo’s Shoe. Princess Peach riding in Kuribo’s Shoe–now that’d be something to see. Maybe I should draw that next.