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Originally referred to as simply Princess or Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Kart, Princess Peach Toadstool is a playable character in all twelve of the Mario Kart installments. Peach is the love-interest of Mario. She is also friends with Daisy, Luigi, Rosalina, Toad, and Toadette. She serves as the lead female in the Mario series. In Mario Kart 8, she, and Baby Peach return, and a metal counterpart of her, Pink Gold Peach, (who is similar to Metal Mario), is introduced in the series. She is the kind and very beautiful ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom.
Since the original game, Peach is often attributed with a fair performance, with decent top speed, quick acceleration, and tight handling. However, in later games, she has only a mediocre drifting capability, being difficult to turn sharp corners quickly. She also takes a longer time to perform a Mini-Turbo, starting from DS onwards. Overall, Peach's performance is notably on par with Toad or Daisy, but not as balanced as Luigi or Mario. She is classified as a medium racer in most appearances, but also light in some games.
Super Mario Kart: In Super Mario Kart, she wears her pink dress. She is the fourth lightest of all the racers and she and Yoshi both have the highest acceleration and good handling, but the lowest top speed. When she is computer-controlled in Grand Prix, she will lay a Poison Mushroom that will cause anyone to shrink while at their normal size if they hit it, but to grow back to their normal size when small (Toad uses it as well). She classified in The Dragon and The Lady (Fast Acceleration) class with Yoshi.
Mario Kart 64: In Mario Kart 64, she is a lightweight. She wears her pink dress, and her hair moves when turning. She is the third lightest in the game and has the third highest top speed. Her home course is Royal Raceway (Peach Circuit in Japan), and this is also the first Mario Kart game where she has a home course.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit: In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, she is a lightweight, like the previous game. Unlike the other games, she is lighter than Yoshi. Her home course is Peach Circuit, which itself is revamped for the first time. This is the last game where Peach wears her hair down , so it won’t jam the motor.
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!: In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Peach is teamed up with Princess Daisy, Her default kart is the Heart Coach, and her special Item is the Heart. Her home course is Peach Beach. This is the first Mario Kart game where she wears her hair in a ponytail (so her hair won't jam the motor), but the second Mario Sports game where she wears her hair in a ponytail, and she wears her hair in a ponytail in subsequent Mario Kart games and other sports games as well.
Mario Kart DS: In Mario Kart DS, her karts are Royale, Standard PC, and Light Tripper. In Mission Mode, she has to race against King Boo. She is advanced at drifting corners and has average item use. She is once again a lightweight. Her home course is Peach Gardens.
Mario Kart Wii: In Mario Kart Wii, she is once again as a middleweight. Also for the first time, Peach has an alternate costume when riding a motorcycle. Her specialty is drifting. Peach is a high-tier character for weak drifting, although sometimes this could cause a downfall, especially with bikes and racing on courses with tight turns caused Peach to be at the bottom of the high tier.
Mario Kart 7: Peach returns in Mario Kart 7, again as a starting character. She is lightweight for the first time since Mario Kart DS.
Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe: Peach returns in Mario Kart 8 as a medium weight. She retains her bike suit from Mario Kart Wii while driving a motorcycle or an ATV. In Grand Prix mode, Donkey Kong and Toad will compete her as her rivals, also she and Waluigi compete Daisy as her main rivals, and she and Bowser compete Mario as his main rivals.