10 Things Nintendo Wants You To Forget About Mario
2. Mario Has Had Many Girlfriends
When thinking of iconic couples a few instantly come to mind; John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Jay Z and Beyonce, Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth, Mario and Princess Peach. Over the years, Princess Peach has been kidnapped countless times forever playing up to the stereotype of damsel in distress, with her hero Mario saving her time after time. While in the public eye it may seem fairly innocent, a kiss on the cheek, Peach baking Mario a cake, popular opinion is that the two are very much in love. Mario may love Princess Peach, but the truth is Mario has been involved with other women during his adventures. In Mario's first outing in 1981's Donkey Kong, he saves a blonde woman dressed in pink. Easy to assume it's Princess Peach, but the damsel in question is actually a totally different character by the name of Pauline. When the plumber/ape rivalry is revisited in the Mario VS Donkey Kong series, Pauline is depicted as a bubbly brunette who wears a dainty red dress, quite the contrast to the frumpy princess. In the game Mario seems quite intent on saving Pauline, while Peach is nowhere to be seen. In Super Mario Land, Mario sets off to save the ruler of Sarasaland known as Princess Daisy. In her first appearance, her eyes seem firmly set on Mario when hearts appear in the game's final scene when Mario saves her, regardless of her later attachment to Luigi. While Peach may be Mario's main squeeze, his appetite for love seems to extend far past just the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, therefore gaming's most loved mascot is probably an adulterer.