Your princess is actually not in the next castle, for she is in the theatre for Princess Peach Showtime! To celebrate her first outing as a protagonist in 19 years, we've got everything you need to know about the Princess Peach Showtime release date, pre-order details, gameplay, story and more.


You can even try your hand at the game ahead of launch! So do keep reading for more on that.

The Mushroom Kingdom Princess is visiting the Sparkle Theatre when Grape and the Sour Bunch arrive to cause a scene – and not of the thespian variety. It falls to Princess Peach and Stella, the theatre guardian, to put a top to them.

With Stella's magical ribbon, Princess Peach can harness the powers and abilities from various costumes, including Swordfighter Peach, Kung Fu Peach, Patisserie Peach or even Detective Peach. Accordingly, the gameplay completely changes to suit these garbs.

But there's plenty more to mull over so let's get to it!

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When is the Princess Peach: Showtime release date?

Princess Peach: Showtime cover art
Princess Peach: Showtime cover art. Nintendo

Nintendo has confirmed that Princess Peach: Showtime will launch on Friday 22nd March 2024 for Nintendo Switch.

Originally teased as an untitled Princess Peach game in June 2023, Nintendo officially confirmed the game's new title and release date in September 2023.

It will likely act as one of the last major releases on Nintendo Switch, with many expecting the console's successor to be released sometime in 2024.

Can I pre-order Princess Peach Showtime?

Princess Peach: Showtime Kung Fu Peach
Princess Peach: Showtime Kung Fu Peach. Nintendo

Nintendo has officially opened pre-orders for Princess Peach Showtime, with pre-orders now live on Nintendo eShop.

If you want a physical copy, you can opt to pre-order from GAME, which will also net you a Princess Peach notebook to boot too! There's also an optional Hori Pad controller and Switch cover case, too.

On Amazon, you can get a unique sticker set or pink Joycons to mark the occasion.

Is there a demo for Princess Peach Showtime?

A cake decorating level in Princess Peach Showtime
Princess Peach Showtime. Nintendo

Yes, there is a demo for Princess Peach Showtime and it can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop.

The demo features the opening of the game and two levels to play that let you try out Swordfighter Peach and Patisserie Peach.

It's a pretty short jaunt and can be played through in about twenty or so minutes, but it gives players a good overview of what to expect in the rest of the game without giving away too much.

Even if you only have a passing interest, you may as well try it out. You might find your next game of the year!

Which consoles and platforms can play Princess Peach: Showtime game?

Princess Peach Showtime and Stella
Princess Peach Showtime and Stella. Nintendo

Princess Peach: Showtime is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch platform. This means you need either a Nintendo Switch, a Nintendo Switch Lite or a Nintendo Switch OLED to play the game. As this is a first-party Nintendo game, it will be exclusive to Nintendo's home systems.

There's a chance it might arrive on a Switch successor (since rumours are swirling that a follow-up console is coming in 2024) or that system might be backwards compatible. That's purely speculation at this point, though.

Princess Peach: Showtime gameplay and story details

Princess Peach: Showtime gameplay
Princess Peach: Showtime gameplay. Nintendo

Princess Peach: Showtime gameplay is an interesting one. While we've now been showing a decent portion of it, it's not entirely clear how the game will actually play.

Following the game's September trailer, Nintendo released details (via a press release) stating that "gameplay changes depending on Peach’s role", which refers to the many transformations Peach will undergo, such as Swordfighter Peach, Kung Fu Peach, Patisserie Peach and Detective Peach.

From this, we can assume it will feature puzzles, sword combat and mini-games of some sort. It will also be played in both 2D and 3D.

When it comes to the story, Nintendo has provided a synopsis that reads: "Just as Princess Peach and her retinue of Toads are attending a show at the Sparkle Theater, the wicked Grape and the Sour Bunch take centre stage to cause a ruckus. Now it’s up to Peach and Stella, the theatre’s guardian, to save the play – and the day."

Grape and the Sour Bunch are new villains to the Mario franchise, something we're thankful for considering this could have been Bowser kidnapping someone for the umpteenth time.

Is there a Princess Peach: Showtime trailer?

Yes, there are multiple trailers for Princess Peach: Showtime.

The first trailer debuted in a Nintendo Direct in June 2023 and provided a brief teaser for the game. In fact, it didn't even have a title at that point, simply known as "untitled Princess Peach game". Check it out below:

The second trailer for Princess Peach: Showtime was uploaded as part of a Nintendo Direct in September 2023. The title and more gameplay are shown here, including the new transformations Peach will be able to make. Watch below:

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