Remember the first game you ever played? I do! The first game to capture my heart was Mario Brothers for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The frustration I felt when Princess Peach was not in the castle and joy of defeating Bowser consumed every moment of my free time. Being a woman I found that I could not let the job of saving a damsel fall to the hands of men. That is when I moved on to a bigger game. The Legend of Zelda became my mission and obsession. As these two characters grew throughout the years they evolved from weak women to the beautiful femme fatales that rocked the industry.
Peach is the Princess of the Mushroom Kingdom within the Mario franchise. The objective within the Mario games is to save the Princess from the antagonist King Koopa Boswer. Noted as one of thee most memorable damsel in distress female leads; Princess Peach captured the hearts of everyone around the world. From the first Mario Brothers game to Mario Party, and Mario Kart, Peach is here to stay and continues continued to keep her legend going. From multiple different cameos, Princess Peach has appeared in non-Mario games from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to Kirby Super Star. Princess Peach reputation surpasses all other video game characters within the industry as she has starred in the most video games, and has appeared in over 70 games providing her with the highest title in video game history. Since her birth in 1985 Princess Peach has been a beloved character by all. There are multiple different websites granted to her popularity and discussions in regards to her romance with Mario. After twenty-seven years Princess Peach continues to keep gamers on their toes, because lets be honest who has not said, “the princess is in another castle.”
Princess Zelda is a fictional character in The Legend of Zelda series. In the Legend of Zelda series Princess Zelda is kidnapped or imprisoned by Ganon. The player will control the protagonist Link as he tries to rescue Zelda. However, Princess Zelda plays a more prominent role in the story then Princess Peach, as she oftentimes aids Link in his quest against Ganondorf. Princess Zelda has gained a lot of popularity as she as been quoted as one of the first strong female characters within the video game industry. Having both a sword and a bow and arrow Princess Zelda is capable of holding her own fight, but strives to have Link save her. Year after year Princess Zelda continues to shock players with her new style and even disguises to keep the players more intrigued. Each game has provided an even deeper look into Princess Zelda, however very little is known about her past, which provides the mystery into her character. In addition, Princess Zelda is the first female character that has allowed the fans to grow up with her, as she has appeared in adult form in Ocarina of Time and Super Smash Bros Melee. Lastly, Princess Zelda has become so popular the even movie star Robin Williams has named his own daughter after her because of the beloved series.
Every play Mario Brothers or Legend of Zelda? Why do you believe these characters changed gaming? Any other characters that were your favorite in the 8-bit world? Comment below and let me know. Also do not forget to follow me on twitter @kupid149