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    jp's Super Princess Peach (DS)

    [January 21, 2024 11:27:48 PM]
    I remember when this came out (2006?!) and how there was a little bit of controversy...and that the game was "ok" (I think) rather than great.

    And, it's been a while since I've played a Mario game - even if this one doesn't have Mario in a protagonist role. You play as Peach!

    The game's main mechanical innovation is that - when a certain bar is filled up - you can trigger one of Peach's 4 emotions - joy, rage, sadness and another happiness(?). They each have gameplay effects. Joy is my favorite - she spins up in the air and you can fly around briefly. Anger is flames, and burns stuff (and hurts enemies) and sadness has her crying which - when the tears land on specific places grow plants.

    Oh! I just realized that I've seen these water wheels and couldn't do anything. I think I have to try tears on them? Get them to spin? I've had to use her joy flight (she spins in a tornado) to access special areas - so maybe there's this additional use for the tears? (yay! I literally just realized this as I'm writing this).

    Anyways, initially I was a bit disappointed - really? she's all emotional? And I was feeling a bit "oh, Nintendo, how could you". It's too on the nose, right? In the sense of stereotypes and so on. But then I told my wife about it, and she has the opposite reaction to what I was expecting - "oh! that sounds like fun" she said - and ignored the emotions/stereotype thing altogether. So, I guess it's less problematic than I thought?

    I've made it to the 3rd world now - I'm not sure how much more I'll play. It's not boring, and I've been upgrading her parasol with new abilities which is fun. So, it is very much a Mario game but here the abilities come about after purchasing them from a shop.

    I was surprised at how much emphasis the game's UI makes in letting you know you can use buttons AND the stylus. And, before boss fights, there are these mini-games for getting coins that are 100% stylus driven (but you can skip them if you want).
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    jp's Super Princess Peach (DS)

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    GameLog started on: Saturday 13 January, 2024

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