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Women’s Month: Hi I’m Daisy: The Great Debate

Arguably, Princess Daisy is one of the most controversial Nintendo characters in recent years, and lately, the toxicity surrounding her has reached a fever pitch. While those on “Team Daisy” think that the character fills an essential role within the Mario universe, a majority of fans seem to believe that she is a shallow and boring character who is force-fed to players through kart racing, partying and tennis. While Daisy was originally a huge part of the character lineup during the Gamecube era, recently, Nintendo has been letting her fall to the wayside, causing some serious internet outrage among her loyal fanboys/girls.

The Daisy Story

Contrary to popular belief, Daisy is actually one of the older Nintendo characters, first appearing in the popular 1989 Gameboy classic, Super Mario Land, in the classic “damsel in distress” princess role. After this, she had a brief cameo in NES Open Tourney as Luigi’s caddy -arguably the worst job in the world- and then disappeared for nine long years, missing the entire duration of the SNES era. In 2000, she eventually reappeared in her first playable role as a competitor in Mario Tennis for the N64, filling out the roster alongside Waluigi (another classically shunned character, but that is a story for another day). Since then, she has generally been stereotyped as a “sports character,” competing in the Mario Strikers, Mario Sluggers, and Mario Kart franchises, as well as being a regular Mario Party character. The heyday of her Nintendo career was definitely the Gamecube era, but she has been recently receiving less and less attention.

The Struggle

While her decline in popularity within the Nintendo universe was seldom noticed in recent games, the debate about Daisy’s worth flared up after her noticeable snub in the popular Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. In the game, she was relegated (again) to an alternate costume for Peach, while the new princess on the block, Rosalina, was prominently featured as a playable character.

To make matters worse, even though Daisy was included as a playable character in the Wii U’s Mario Party 10, she was passed over for the production of amiibo to support this title, with an even lower-level character such as Toad getting their own figure. Again, although it was just her Super Smash Bros. Amiibo, Rosalina played a major role in the title, as her amiibo unlocked a special themed “game-board.”

The last straw for “Team Daisy” came with her initial exclusion from the costume list of the popular title Mario Maker. While obscure characters from the Nintendo universe were made available to fans immediately when the game released, Daisy was (again) mysteriously absent. As before, Rosalina was featured as a costume in-game at launch, again through amiibo support, and even non-Nintendo characters were included, mostly individuals from Japanese pop culture. After much internet rambling, Nintendo finally heard the desperate pleas of “Team Daisy,” officially releasing her sprite costume in January as playable in Mario Maker.

The Future

Based on recent decisions by Nintendo, it appears that the Mario Galaxy princess Rosalina is being used as a replacement for Daisy in most mainstream titles. While Daisy is still featured as the “sporty one” of the Nintendo bunch and is probably never going to fully disappear, Rosalina’s ability to fit into any video game model seems to make her a valuable and flexible addition to the Mario universe in the eyes of Nintendo executives. Perhaps Daisy’s outgoing and tomboyish personality has made her less popular in circles of Japanese fans, thus leading to the creation of newer Nintendo characters that are deemed more interesting in those markets. Even though she has generally always been a fringe character, it is possible that Daisy is just a “generational preference,” as older fans fondly remember her golden “Gamecube years,” while the younger generation focuses on newer releases like Mario Galaxy. For Daisy, her biggest downfall is her similarities in character design to Princess Peach, and in most games she often comes off as more of a clone character than a unique entity. Although Daisy still maintains a small but devoted following, the consensus among fans is that Nintendo needs to move on and focus more attention on the evolution of the Mario universe, not dragging forward stale characters into the next console generation. While Nintendo seems to have mind of its own when making business decisions, it certainly is going to be fun to watch what they do with Daisy in the future. For now, it is safe to say that “Team Daisy” is going to have a stressful time and a long road for the coming years.


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Ty is here to talk gaming and chew bubblegum, but he's all out of gum. Writer and host of the Stadia Wave Podcast, he is an Animal Crossing Fanatic, a Mario Kart legend, and a sore loser at Smash. Add him on Switch @Creepshow101, PSN/Live at Grimelife13, or Stadia at Grimelife and play!



  1. Rosalinafan

    October 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

    One of the dumbest and stupidest things I’ve ever read. Please when you write an article be informed a minimum, you are showing a very pathetic side of the video game journalism. You know what people will think about this? That you are jealous, that you can’t admit that Daisy is just popular and that a lot of people want her in more games. 90% of the article is false so please, let your frustration aside and go make friends.

  2. Rosalinafan

    October 22, 2016 at 9:12 am

    And I’m going to argue a bit my last message. You say that a majority of fans think Daisy is a shallow and boring character. A lot of people actually think that, but a majority? Did you count them? I want a proof.
    Nintendo has been letting her fall to the wayside, since when? she appeared as much on the Wii as on the GC for example, same goes with DS, 3DS and Wii U exepted that on some supports Nintendo created less spin-off titles, that’s all, Daisy didn’t appear less at all…

    Do you know why Rosalina has been chosen for Smash? Not at all to replace Daisy but because they needed a new duo of characters (to replace ICE CLIMBERS!) and I’m very well placed to know it as a big big Rosalina fan. They needed a duo that could be supported by the 3DS version of the game too, it wasn’t the case with the Ice Climbers.

    Do you know why Daisy is only a palette swap of Peach and not a different character for the same slot like for Bowser Jr and the Koopalings? Because Nintendo admits that Peach and Daisy just can’t have the same attacks, universe, they are too different for that. But in simple minds like yours, it’s true that you can’t always think about it…

    Then, for MP10 and the Super Mario amiibos, Nintendo focused on the main characters of the series, and Rosalina didn’t have her SM amiibo for the game I remember you. The poor sales of MP 10 didn’t justify a new SM amiibo wave but actually, it exists now! Your “arguments” are destroyed by Nintendo themselves, it’s great don’t you think?

    Nintendi barely listen to fans, as a “Nintendo expert” you should know it, that’s why the integration of Daisy in SMM was their choice. It was better than makng her a random costume because she had her own course and the spotlights on her. More Daisy’s integration is more because, as you surprisingly stated, she comes from a Super Mario, SMM celebrated the 30 years of Super Mario so it’s Nothing but normal that she has her place.

    Daisy is highly popular in Japan, in Europe (and in France she can be more popular than Rosalina), in 90% of the popularity polls I’ve seen Daisy had more voices than Peach. Nintendo like fans don’t want Daisy to disappear and recently Nintendo increased its interest for Daisy (amiibo, new games featuring her…). You say that people want new characters, ok, so according to you Nintendo should replace Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Toad, Yoshi… because like Daisy they are old! It is exactly what you say.

    Don’t you know that Daisy is the subject of the biggest petition for a Mario character? And perhaps for a Nintendo character? So when I read that “she has a small but devoted support”, it just can make me laughing.

    Finally, I waited for it, the king of the arguments: DAISY IS A PEACH CLONE! Haha, I love it, it prooves that you entiere essay is only a trash. Why Daisy is a Peach clone? Because she has a similar dress??? So if you have the same Tshirt as a friend but with different colors, different détails, you are his clone? It is what you say. Daisy’s animations in games are all very different from Peach’s ones, like her voice. You just have to be blind to think that Daisy is a Peach clone.

    You are a shame, hundreds or thousands of people (and Nintendo!) try to stop the rivalry between Rosalina and Daisy and you you have no better idea that writting this?? I hope you’ll stop journalism because you are very bad at it, sincerly.

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