The AV Club is one of the most consistently excellent pop culture sites around. Writer John Teti's take on the roster of the verable Mario Kart franchise's latest installment is unsurprisingly entertaining.
According to official Nintendo lore, Princess Daisy is a “tomboy.” I’m not sure how this boyishness manifests itself in the character design—her choice of an unflattering yellow dress, maybe? But this “tomboy” stuff is euphemistic nonsense, anyway. I imagine Daisy is a closeted lesbian, plucked from the socially liberal dream world of Super Mario Land’s Sarasaland and forced to mold her identity to the Mushroom Kingdom’s rigid gender roles. She steals furtive glances at Toadette and posts Orange Is The New Black GIFs to her Tumblr. I imagine these things. But really, she’s Princess Peach with brown hair.
The modern Bowser is gorgeous, but now that he can be rendered in crisp 3D, we no longer see a distorted accident of nature. Instead, we see a guy who hosts a reality show about the most kickass burgers in the Mushroom Kingdom. A guy who dealt with weight issues as a kid but is now comfortable with himself. A guy whose Scruff profile indicates he’s into the leather scene.