Get ready to embark on a magical journey to reclaim the Sparkle Theater from the Sour Bunch in Princess Peach: Showtime! on the Nintendo Switch. Developed by Good-Feel Co., Ltd. and published by Nintendo, this enchanting adventure showcases Peach’s unique abilities and playful charm. Join Peach and Stella, her guardian, as they navigate through vibrant stages, uncover hidden secrets, and save the day.

Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of theatrical wonder and experience the timeless appeal of Nintendo’s beloved princess in a whole new light.

Princess Peach: Showtime! Details

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Developer(s): Good-Feel Co., Ltd.
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Genre: Action, Adventure
Mode(s): Single-player
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10+)

The show must go on

In Princess Peach: Showtime! the story begins when Toad and Peach receive an invitation to a show at the Sparkle Theatre. Upon their arrival, the theater falls under the control of a witch named Grape. In order to reclaim the theater, Peach and Stella, the guardian of the theater, join forces. And, engage in battles against Grape’s minions, known as the Sour Bunch.

With the help of Stella and the power of Sparkle, Peach transforms into various roles to progress through the game. I enjoyed the game’s story and its entertaining characters. Much like Mario games, the story in Showtime isn’t too deep but it’s engaging. It introduces new characters, with each stage in the form of plays that Peach must complete.

Along the way, Peach discovers hidden secrets, uncovers mysterious artifacts, and learns new abilities to enhance her performances. The game’s setting in the theater adds a unique touch, with handcrafted stage elements and different transformations for Peach, such as Mermaid Peach, Cowgirl Peach, and Kung Fu Peach.

Princess Peach Showtime

Unique gameplay experiences and showstopping abilities

Princess Peach: Showtime! offers a unique and engaging gameplay experience that I really liked and that sets it apart from traditional platforming games. The game features a simple two-button control scheme, with levels typically playing out in two parts. You guide Princess Peach through stages, assisting various characters with her Ribbon until she transforms into the play’s Star, unlocking a new persona and set of abilities. This mechanic adds a layer of depth and variety to the gameplay that I really enjoyed. It allows you to explore different roles and abilities as you progress through the game.

One standout aspect of Princess Peach: Showtime! is its whimsical and creative approach to level design. The game takes place on a stage, giving Peach the opportunity to showcase her unique abilities in a theatrical setting. This adds a surreal and dreamlike quality to the gameplay, making each level feel like a performance on a grand stage. The game’s use of 2.5D environments allows you to navigate through obstacles and platforms, creating a sense of depth and movement that enhances the overall theatrical feel.

Princess Peach Showtime

Additionally, the game does a good job of striking a balance between intensity and playfulness, creating a fun and engaging experience for players of all ages. While I did find the gameplay in Princess Peach: Showtime! to be enjoyable and innovative, there are areas that could use improvement. Some players may find the controls to be overly simplistic, limiting the depth of combat and interaction with enemies. Additionally, the game’s stage variety, while a strength in terms of creativity, may lead to a lack of depth in gameplay mechanics. Moreover, some levels may feel uninspired or tedious, such as the baking minigames that can be frustrating at times.

Overall, I found Princess Peach: Showtime! to be a charming and imaginative gameplay experience. It does a great job to showcases Princess Peach as a capable and entertaining protagonist.

The theatrical splendor of Princess Peach: Showtime!

Princess Peach: Showtime! presents a visually unique and immersive experience that really brings the theatrical setting to life. The game’s level design is vibrant and detailed, with each stage resembling an elaborate stage performance. The visuals play with the concept of the game taking place on a grand stage, incorporating set design and lighting effects that add charm and whimsy to the overall presentation.

The attention to detail in the graphics, such as outfit upgrades, hidden gems, and coins to collect, adds depth to the gameplay experience and rewards players for exploring each stage thoroughly. Little touches, such as the spotlight always being on Peach and bonus stages happening backstage, contribute to the game’s unique visual style.

In terms of sound, Princess Peach: Showtime! features a solid soundtrack that complements the gameplay experience. However, the audio may feel somewhat subdued, lacking the bombast and flair that would match the game’s vibrant visuals. While the soundtrack is not bad, it could benefit from a more over-the-top approach to enhance the theatrical atmosphere of the game.

Voice acting in Princess Peach: Showtime! is handled by longtime Peach actor Samantha Kelly, reprising her role. While the voice acting is well done, some may notice that Peach’s voice sounds slightly different from previous games. Despite this minor discrepancy, the voice acting adds personality to the characters and helps bring the game’s story to life.

Princess Peach Showtime

Princess Peach: Showtime! is a true showstopper that offers a whimsical and creative adventure for players of all ages

Princess Peach: Showtime! is a delightful and whimsical adventure that showcases Princess Peach in a new light as the protagonist of her own game for the first time in almost 20 years. The game’s theatrical presentation and unique graphics bring the stage performances to life, creating a visually stunning and immersive experience. The creative abilities and variety of costumes add depth to the gameplay, and I feel offer a fresh take on the traditional platformer genre.

Princess Peach: Showtime! does a great job with its gameplay variety and creative ideas, with levels playing out in two distinct parts that keep you engaged from beginning to end. The plot strikes a balance between intensity and playfulness, which made my overall experience with Showtime enjoyable and engaging. I really liked the game’s visual design and feel its a standout feature, with set designs and lighting effects enhancing the theatrical theme and bringing charm to the overall presentation.

In the end, Princess Peach: Showtime! is a true showstopper that offers a whimsical and creative adventure for fans of the iconic princess of all ages. While the game, much like the Mario games, isn’t that difficult. The true challenge is collecting all the collectibles and discovering all the secrets the game has to offer. I had a ton of fun with Showtime. It’s great to see Nintendo shinning the spot light on Peach, and I hope this is just the beginning of many more games staring Princess Peach.

Let me know in the comments section below which Princess Peach transformation is your favourite!

+ A variety of creative abilities and gameplay ideas, keeping it fun and charming throughout
+ Vibrant graphics and set designs that enhance the theatrical theme of the game
+ Easy-to-understand gameplay that is incredibly fun and engaging for players of all ages

– Lack of a difficulty setting, making it less engaging for players seeking a more intense gaming experience


Gameplay: 4.5/5
Graphics: 4.5/5
Sound: 4/5
Lasting Appeal/Replayability: 4/5

Overall Rating 4.3/5 (86%)

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  1. I can’t wait until it’s Showtime and I get to play as Princess Peach. The game seems like it’s gonna be so much fun. Thanks for the Preview


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