Mario joins forces with his new friend, a sentient hat, to fight Bowser’s dastardly wedding planners, repair a hot air balloon and give chase to the airborne Bowser. in 1985, the princess, previously called Princess Toadstool before adopting the more casual Princess Peach, has been portrayed as little more than a helpless victom.
But the game’s final act takes a step in a very different direction.
As Bowser awakens from an unconscious state, Princess Peach has an awakening of her own. The princess goes full Eat, Pray, Love and takes off to explore the various kingdoms as a free person. Until then, Mario is free to visit Peach on her kingdom-trotting adventures as a friend.
Mario's latest adventure is clever, hilarious and filled to the brim with surprises that reward the countless fans across the planet who have followed his career since the plumbing days.
Players rightfully believe Odyssey will end with the long-delayed nuptials.
But the truth is that Mario will soon discover he has something in common with his arch-enemy Bowser. Starting with Odyssey, that's a decision Peach will make on her own terms.
Peach heads back for the hot air balloon as Mario and Bowser tussle with each other over presenting the princess with flowers she doesn’t want. She doesn’t ride vacantly on a dinosaur behind Mario to oversee a birthing celebration. Mario and Peach as a team of equals is something everyone can celebrate.
The two are left to console each other after Peach rejects them both. Maybe Bowser will is next in line for a feminist awakening.