I mentioned this on the GameCola Podcast recently, but what’s up with Super Mario Galaxy 2 and its insistence that Mario and Peach are a romantic couple? I mean, look at the dialogue options you have when someone talks about Peach being Mario’s girlfriend:
I just can’t help but think that there should have been more emphasis put on the fact that Mario and Peach are now a couple. After all, this is sort of a BIG DEAL. The world’s best-known videogame character has been given an official girlfriend? That news should rock the videogame world, or at least make some sort of impact somewhere.
But…Super Mario Galaxy 2 just sort of ignores this information. Instead of being a major plot point, it just puts forth “Mario and Peach are a couple” as part of the backstory, like it’s no big deal, like it’s something everybody already knows. Compare this to 2007’s Super Paper Mario, which had a “Peach marries Bowser” plotline. That game had about three pages of material on Peach’s romantic life; Super Mario Galaxy 2, in which she actually has a boyfriend, gives us three sentences at most, all of which comes from Lubba (the purple guy in the picture) because Mario can’t talk.
So I guess my question is, “Am I wrong? Is this not a big deal? Does the game not have to go into any detail about the fact that Mario and Peach or dating? Or am I totally reading things into this game, and Mario and Peach are just friends, like they’ve always been?”