With more than 200 games under its belt, the Super Mario brand is by far one of the biggest and most popular in the gaming industry. Even though Mario is the main character, he didn’t do it all by himself. Over the last 40 years or so, Mario has been joined by more and more bright and fun characters. Every once in a while, a spin-off game gives these characters their own chance to shine. With Princess Peach: Showtime, this rare chance comes to Princess Peach next.
Princess Peach: Showtime! is the first Peach-led solo game in 18 years. The last one, Super Princess Peach for the Nintendo DS, came out in 2005. It was announced pretty casually in a Nintendo Direct back in June, and it was only a few weeks ago that it was made public. Fans seem to like how Princess Peach: Showtime! looks based on the last trailer, and if that energy lasts until the game comes out, it could be a big hit for Nintendo. And if Princess Peach does well, it could mean that other characters will get their own spin-offs. Some well-known Super Mario characters are already waiting in the wings.
Mario Characters Who Could Get Their Own Spin-Off Game – Wario
One of the most popular Super Mario characters, Wario has already had a good few solo games to himself over the years, but it’s been a while since the last one. While Wario technically has his WarioWare series, those party games aren’t quite the solo spin-off that fans are looking for. Instead, fans would much prefer another entry in the Wario Land series, which hasn’t had a new entry since 2008’s Wario Land: Shake It! for the Wii.
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Mario Characters Who Could Get Their Own Spin-Off Game – Waluigi
Another incredibly popular Super Mario character, Waluigi has still never appeared in his own solo spin-off game. Instead, Waluigi has been relegated to a lifetime of appearing in various Mario sports games, where he continues to be a fan-favorite despite not really getting any time to shine by himself. While a simple platformer would be a solid choice for a Waluigi spin-off title, it would be much more fitting for the character to get a weirder experience that really emphasizes the character’s bizarre design and quirky sensibilities.
Mario Characters Who Could Get Their Own Spin-Off Game – Rosalina
Making her debut in Super Mario Galaxy, Rosalina is one of the franchise’s more recent additions, but became an overnight fan-favorite and has stayed that way ever since. With Princess Peach getting her own game, it seems like the perfect time for Rosalina to also get the spin-off treatment. Fans have been wanting a return to Mario Galaxy‘s cosmic setting for a while now, and a Rosalina solo game could be the perfect opportunity to revisit it.
Mario Characters Who Could Get Their Own Spin-Off Game – Bowser
Though he’s usually the main antagonist of the series, Bowser has been slowly making more and more heroic appearances over the years, with the most recent example being in Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope. So, it wouldn’t be too much of a leap in logic for Bowser to be the hero of his very own game. A great idea for a Bowser spin-off would be some kind of tower defense game, where players control Bowser as he sends off minions and sets traps to protect his castle, maybe in a similar vein to Super Mario Maker.
Mario Characters Who Could Get Their Own Spin-Off Game – King Boo
By far the most obscure character on this list, King Boo is only usually seen as a secondary antagonist in the Super Mario franchise, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get their own spinoff game. A great option for a King Boo spin-off would be a role reversal of Luigi’s Mansion, putting players in the role of the ghosts as they attempt to scare off Luigi.
Princess Peach: Showtime! is set to be released on March 22, 2024, for the Nintendo Switch.