Princess Daisy (Japanese: デイジー姫 Hepburn: Deijī-hime?, [deː.dʑiː çi̥.me]) is a fictional character in the Mario series of video games, in which she is the princess of the fictional region of Sarasaland. She first appeared in Super Mario Land as the game’s damsel in distress, a role usually reserved for Princess Peach. Since her appearance in Mario Tennis, she has become a staple playable character in the Mario spin-off games, in which she is often paired up with Peach.
It is often speculated that she is Luigi’s love interest. Her official description for Mario Party 4 states that she and Luigi have a rumored love interest, more so from Luigi; but Waluigi likes her too, which she does not appreciate. Daisy appears as a protagonist in the 1993 film Super Mario Bros., portrayed by Samantha Mathis. Reception for the Daisy character has been generally mixed.
Super Mario Land’s producer, Gunpei Yokoi, wanted to recreate the feeling of 1985’s Super Mario Bros., only set in a separate world to the Mushroom Kingdom. This world would be Sarasaland (sometimes styled Sarasa Land), and Daisy would be its princess. However, later games mention that she now resides in the Mushroom Kingdom, and Sarasaland is only hinted in Daisy’s quotes and biographies for subsequent games.
Her early design looked more similar to Princess Peach, except with orange-brown, titian hair instead of yellow hair, a yellow evening gown with short puffy sleeves, white frills, orange high heels, a daisy-shaped brooch, crown and earrings, and wrist-length white evening gloves. In 2000’s Mario Tennis, she appeared in game artwork with long hair like Peach, and retained her flower brooch and earrings.
She also had a slightly darker skin tone. This design endured until 2002’s Mario Party 4, in which she was given her current design which distinguished Daisy further from Peach by depicting her with different physical traits, such as a flip hairstyle and light skin, yet with her dress design and crown color being more consistent with Peach’s.
In her first appearance, Daisy was described as a tomboy, a trait which has maintained throughout the games, with Daisy being depicted as a more cheerful and boastful character than Peach. In Mariosports games, she wears more athletic outfits instead of her usual evening gown, her color scheme normally being yellow and orange. Her special abilities are often based around flowers, with the daisy flower being her namesake.
Author: Unfold Brasil