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Princess Peach: Showtime! Sounds Like A Stylish, If Simplistic, Platformer

Nearly two decades after Super Princess Peach released on the Nintendo DS, the titular leading lady is finally getting another chance at headlining her own game. Princess Peach: Showtime! opens the metaphorical theater doors for players worldwide on March 22, but reviews for the game are out now and will give you an idea of what to expect. Overall the reception to the platformer is mixed, with praise for Peach getting a chance to stand on her own, but some disappointment at the lack of mechanical depth.

Princess Peach’s Leading Role And More New Releases

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Showtime! is another platformer set in the Mario universe, but it’s Peach taking center stage for once. The game begins with our leading lady going out to enjoy a nice evening at the Sparkle Theater until the venue is taken over by the villainous Sour Bunch led by the evil Grape. To save the theater and its many residents, Peach is granted the power to join the many plays being performed there. This means dressing up in a plethora of cute outfits that determine different gameplay mechanics, like Swordfighter Peach letting you cut through enemies and obstacles on stage such as vines that block your way forward, or Ninja Peach allowing you to sneak past vigilant enemies.

Based on critics’ early access for review purposes, the game is currently sitting at a 75 on Metacritic and a 77 on Open Critic. Polygon’s Nicole Carpenter praised Princess Peach: Showtime! for giving Peach the starring role she deserves, saying that it is “everything I wanted in a game as a little girl.” Digital Trends’ Giovanni Colantonio liked Showtime! but noted unevenness in the game’s abilities, which makes it feel “like a dress rehearsal for the real show.”

Here’s what reviewers are saying about Peach’s new solo outing:

IGN: 7/10

Digital Trends: 3/5

Eurogamer: 4/5


Inverse: 7/10

GameSpot: 7/10

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