Two new transformations make their debut in the latest Princess Peach: Showtime! trailer. The previously announced transformations also get their share of the spotlight with new gameplay footage, offering a glimpse at some of the game’s different styles of play.
Ninja Peach, one of the new transformations, seems to focus on platforming and stealth. Peach is shown wall jumping to collect coins, although it’s currently unknown what the coins can be used for. There doesn’t appear to be a UI indicator for them, either, although this may be for trailer purposes. Peach is also seen using fake foliage to hide from an enemy before she strikes it down. It’s unclear if the spotlight on the enemy is meant to indicate its importance or act as an area where Peach can’t hide from it.
The second newly revealed transformation is Cowgirl Peach. She is first shown lassoing enemies in a saloon, then in a horse chase on a bridge. This sequence involves timed jumping to avoid falling into holes created by the enemy’s gunshots. Here, we can also see some of the game’s attention to detail and world-building consistency: to tie in with the theatrical performances the game is built around, the horses aren’t real but instead pulled by wires.
Swordfighter, Detective, Patissiere, and Kung Fu Peach are all returning transformations from the original announcement trailer. The Rose of Versailles-esque Swordfighter Peach displays some dazzling moves on what appears to be a platforming stage and a boss battle. Detective Peach is shown inspecting some footprints and speaking to a bobby, taking notes in her notebook. Patisserie Peach cooks up adorable sweets with a timer running in the background. Kung Fu Peach’s gameplay showcases platforming and fighting, with coins earned when she takes out a group of enemies.
Princess Peach: Showtime! feels like a far cry from Super Princess Peach in all the best ways, with Peach’s myriad skills all on display. Even if these six are the only transformations that will make their way into the game on March 22, it’s still exciting to think about just how differently they all play from each other and how they may work together to form one cohesive game.