The release of Princess Peach: Showtime! has me bummed, I’m sad to say, because this new game makes me think Nintendo didn’t learn the right lesson from the last time they tried to give this character her own solo adventure.

The princess formerly known as Toadstool got her first starring role in Super Princess Peach, released for the Nintendo DS in 2005. If you’re thinking this seems late in the run of the Mario series to give the main female character top billing, you’re correct. In fact, she’s not even the first female character in the extended Marioverse to get her own game; that honor technically goes to Wanda, the big-eared block fairy who’s the main, controllable character in Mario & Wario, released only in Japan in 1993. And if you count the Donkey Kong Country games as being part of the same family, then Dixie Kong also beats Peach, because in 1996 she starred in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble. That makes Peach the third female character to star in a Mario game, and that’s actually wild to consider, especially because she’s one of the most recognizable video game characters ever — male or female.

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Princess Peach Can’t Get a Break