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Peach Is Amazing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (And so Is Daisy)

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Peach and Bowser

When you start a game of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you can control some of the strongest characters in video game history. You can swoop through stages as an extraterrestrial dragon (Ridley), use witchcraft to stomp opponents with heels from the sky (Bayonetta), or swing a sword that’s bigger than half the Smash roster (Cloud). But in spite of all that raw power, the most potent character in the game might actually be the infamous damsel-in-distress, Princess Peach.

While Peach was only a mid-range character in the last Smash Bros. title, she’s been buffed in a big way in Ultimate. Her movements are faster, and her jumps are higher. Her hitboxes are improved, which means her attacks are more reliable, and most of those attacks dish out more damage than they did before. Toad now appears when Peach grabs an opponent, giving her yet another way to wail on enemies and dish out some serious damage.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Toad

“Peach is the best combo character in the game,” says professional Super Smash Bros. player Gonzalo Barrios, who fights under the name of ZeRo. “She’s really weird to fight. Not many people know how to use her. Peach works amazingly well on this engine.”

Even though Peach isn’t the easiest Smash Bros. character to master, characters that spend time with her will have a lot of tools to work with. Because Peach has high jumps and the ability to hover in the air, it’s easy for her to attack from above and move into a barrage of steady attacks. Her aerial attacks are solid, and she’s excellent at juggling opponents. She can also poke through shields with her side special, Peach Bomber, allowing her to take down characters that are playing defense. 

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Peach and Kirby

Peach is killer when it comes to aerial attacks and combos, but she can adapt to other play styles as well as well. Her down special, Vegetable, is perfectly suited to players that love projectile attacks. Her neutral special, Toad, is a terrific way to take out opponents that are clinging to the side of the stage. You can even change the weapon she uses for her forward smash, pelting opponents with a golf club, tennis racket, or frying pan.

Because Peach and Daisy are virtually identical, Daisy is every bit the powerhouse that Peach is. There are a few minor cosmetic differences between the characters, but these variations don’t have any impact on gameplay. If Peach feels a little too basic to you, you can dominate the game with Daisy instead.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Daisy

Of course, there are downsides to choosing to fight as a princess, be it Peach or Daisy. Neither character is very intuitive, which means you’ll need to put in a lot of practice before you see their true potential. Both ladies have solid recovery moves in their arsenal, but it can take time to adjust to the way they move. Toad’s attacks can be devastating, but they won’t do much of anything until you get the timing down.

Still, it’s hard to deny the raw power this pair of princesses possesses. If you’re still trying to choose a Smash Bros. main, and you haven’t tried out Peach or Daisy, you should watch them in action and see what you think. Their parasols and frilly dresses may not look intimidating, but they’re some of the most dangerous fighters in the Ultimate roster.

Mandi likes games about existentialism and the power of friendship. She's really into chickens.