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Is Rosalina Peach's Daughter? How the Reshuffle Theory Of The Mario Universe Makes Sense With The Franchise

Updated on April 8, 2018
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An old school gamer, Jennifer Branton enjoys her Nintendo titles on The Switch when taking a break from survival horror and RPG titles

Our Princess Is In Another Castle

For the longest time, the Mario franchise had one leading lady.

With a tendancy to be kidnapped each game, Princess Toadstool, later changed to be Peach, The Princess of the Toadstool people of the Mushroom Kingdom- making one question the linage of royal family. Peach with her signature blonde hair, blue earrings, and parasol in her stand alone adventure- is the love interest of Mario throughout each game in the series, although it could be stated that perhaps she isn't as a smitten only offering a thank you and a kiss on the nose for Mario rescuing her.

It wasn't until Mario's adventures into Sarasa Land, when he met Princess Daisy, later brought into cross over titles such as Mario Kart, and Mario Tennis, as a suggested love interest for brother Luigi.

Daisy, a tomboy at heart with dark hair and wearing signature yellow was a contrast to the girlishness of Peach, clad in pink.

It wasn't until Super Mario Galaxy until when Mario stumbles upon another powerful young woman, one that has been roaming the universe as a protector of the Lumas, visiting earth every hundred years or so to see her mother's castle where she had grown up, and visit the hill where she used to gaze into her father's telescope and look at the stars. It was near this stargazing hill where there was a huge tree under which Princess Rosalina has her best childhood memories, which are explained in her storybook- Chapters slowly revealing her backstory throughout the game as sections are unlocked.

A stoic beauty, Rosalina is much taller than any other player in the game. Her long blonde hair falling over one blue eye that seems predominant in the Mario world with most of the humanoids having blue eyes. She proves to be left handed as she waves her wand. Her long blue dress a similar style to what is seen on Princess Peach.

It is a wonder why her character model is similar to that of Peach when Daisy was created in a stark contrast. Rosalina could easily be another race, have a different hair color, or eye color than anyone previously used in the games.

It is said online that some claim Nintendo has planned to have Rosalina some sort of relation to the family that Peach came from but that idea was scrapped and she was to be a new character.

Fans began to speculate and wonder after the release of Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and other cross over titles where Rosalina appeared- if she was from somewhere else in the Galaxy, why is she so prevalent in later titles? What is it about this princess that seemed so familiar to Mario players?

Clues in the storybook revealing her backstory had online fan speculation that Rosalina could be Peach's sister, then the Game Theorist Channel on Youtube took it a step further working in genetics that Rosalina might in fact be the daughter of Peach and Mario siting everything from her left handedness being similar to Peach being ambidextrous in sporting games, the similar hair, blue eyes that would match her mother, even her attached earlobes.

But it is the storybook itself that offers the most supporting clues, and the ending of the Galaxy game is perhaps the key to current games like Super Mario Odyssey and its moon rocks all over the many locations.


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Appearing first in Super Mario Galaxy, Rosalina seemed vaguely familiar already to fans when introduced as a space traveling Princess who had come back to earth every hundred years to check in on her parents' homeland and her mother's castle near a hill where she and her brother used to stargaze from her father's telescope. Nothing more is mentioned about the brother, especially after the black hole ending of the game which causes the reshuffle of the Mario Universe.

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Rosalina's Storybook

As Mario plays through Super Mario Galaxy, the young and beautiful princess, Rosalina reveals more of her backstory as she reads through a book about her childhood.

Her details how near her mother's castle on Mario's home planet, Rosalina and her mother would stand on the hill and look through her father's telescope to stare up at the stars. It was this early exposure to the cosmos that made Rosalina protective of her galaxy and of the creatures that dwell among them.

As her story goes on, she remembers that more than anything she wanted to go back to that hill near the large tree and look down and the castle and see her mother again. That she had missed her home that she had left behind. She remembered her brother and his green cap standing out among the night sky. She remembers her father stroking his mustache that was his pride and joy.

These were just memories though, as her mother- depicted only from behind in the pages of the storybook and from the lower half of her face- blonde hair and huge blue ball shaped earrings, and a cheery smile upon her lips- now sleeps under that tree.

The girl in the story cries when she remembers that her mother was dead now and that she will never have that chance again to be beneath the stars with her.

Rather dark for a Mario game.

It makes sense that the mother of Rosalina would be deceased, as well as the rest of her family as time moves so slowly on her Galaxy crusade that she, appearing maybe teens or twenties could have the opportunity to revisit home ever few hundred years and look no older than the Mario gang.

What Super Mario Galaxy and 2 explain the most, is that after the events of Galaxy the universe is reshuffled and inhabitants of other areas of the Universe that Mario has previously met in other games in the franchise are now all on the same timeline and dropped in the Mushroom Kingdom.

It is implied this isn't the first time this has happened either.

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Why can characters play against many other versions of themselves in the same Kart race? Why can both child versions of the Mario characters be on the same timeline in many of the games? The Big Bang that happens at the ends of Super Mario Galaxy resets the timeline again, explaining why after beating the game as Luigi rescuing himself- this is also used in other titles. Because Rosalina can move between time, she always will be about the same age as her parents when visiting as well.

How Does The Reshuffling Galaxy Explain Other Mario Titles

Was Super Mario 3 just a stage play about the events of Super Mario Bros? Why doesn't Mario remember he already knows Yoshi from the events of Yoshi's Island? How can there be multiple versions of the same characters in the same Kart race?

What Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel really explain is that the events of the games in the Mario franchise take place on different timelines and that after each reshuffle of the Universe again, people, creatures, and places can be moved around. Perhaps even the relationships of people change. Someone with a green cap could be your brother in one cycle and a friend in the next.

It explains a lot about the reboot of material in ports and remasters of games for new consoles, and when a game is rebooted why there is the introductory scene bringing everything that should have known each other for ages back up to speed.

Why is the princess always in another castle? Maybe Mario keeps experiencing the reset every time he dies and that is why the castle keeps on moving? There can't be that many castles in the Mushroom Kingdom after all.

Why is Peach always taken by Bowser and in the end saved by Mario? Maybe the event only happens once but in the reshuffle the main events that have to take place do but each time under different circumstances bringing them about.

If its every hundred years when Rosalina comes to visit the planet of her family, and she appears in more than one title of the main games and spin offs, then several resets have happened already.

We don't really know when exactly we are in the Mario timeline by the time we get to Super Mario Galaxy where dinosaurs like the T-Rex are still on the planet but evolution or reptiles like Yoshi are still about. Why are there what appears to be humans from Earth in New Donk City where Pauline resides, but Mario and other humanoids like him are much smaller and more cartoon like in contrast. Wherever you travel in Odyssey each dominant species in its land knows about the others and they all differ vastly.

Odyssey offers throwback elements of other games, making you wonder how many times the reshuffle has already taken place.

If Rosalina is the daughter of Mario and Peach from a previous cycle, she is escaping the reset each time by being in space, so the change doesn't effect her. She can remember in her storybook a time when her mother was buried under the tree, and also visit a time line when Peach is still alive and well.

If this was really the truth, why was it only implied at and not stated in official Mario cannon?

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Galaxy takes place in a cycle where Rosalina's mother was dead, but she has proven that she can always come back to a cycle where she is still alive- and Rosalina, herself, can escape the resets by being on her spaceship. What then would have happened in the entire cast that was in the Galaxy games interacted with the current timeline that Rosalina was experiencing? Simple- her interaction with set up for the current reset of the Universe in Super Mario Odyssey.

Her Father Sat Twirling His Mustache That Was His Pride

One night, the girl dreamed about her own mother. "Where are you going?" she asked her mother's retreating back. Without turning, her mother replied, "Don't fret, dearest. I'm not going anywhere. I'm always watching over you, like the sun in the day and the moon in the night."

A wave of sadness washed over the girl. "What about when it rains, and I can't see the sun or the moon?" Her mother thought for a moment before responding.

"I will turn into a star in the clouds and wait for your tears to dry."

-Rosalina's storybook, Chapter 4, The Dream


In Super Mario Galaxy, the passing of Rosalina's mother and the wish to see her again and visit her home planet is what sets up for the backstory of the galaxy traveling princess. All we know of her parents is that they are from the same world as Mario and the rest, her father described in the French release a little more in detail stroking his mustache that was his pride.

Given the illustration appearing to be a lower half of Peach's face, the castle that some fans argue didn't really look like the Mushroom Kingdom in one game, but a little more in others- the argument in the videos for Game Theory explaining how Rosalina is most likely the daughter of Peach and Mario can be a pretty valid argument.

Everything was there...

Except things change is different cycles of the universe. Could it be just a coincidence given the illustration of the brother has the green hat that maybe Rosalina is of the Mario line in a different cycle- not as a daughter but as a sister? Could she be another incarnation of Peach?

Then there is the strange photo that appears and the change is text that is given when Luigi replays Galaxy. This in a cycle where there is another version of himself that he must rescue.

The father that owned a telescope...Luigi had a telescope back at his mansion in Luigis Mansion and Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon. A brother with a green hat... A father with a mustache, and also those piercing blue eyes.

But Luigi is to be the implied boyfriend of Daisy...

In the current cycle...

When beating Galaxy as Luigi, you are gifted with a photograph of Luigi posing with Rosalina. Both are much taller than anyone else in the game. Could Rosalina be the daughter from another cycle when Luigi was the main character explaining the Year of Luigi series of games and remixed versions where he was the big cheese rather than Mario.

Luigi is known to be left handed- a trait that would be dominant to two parents that both have the preference.

Perhaps during the time reset when the Year of Luigi had taken place, that is when Peach and Luigi had been together and had given birth to Rosalina, explaining why on the next reset which went back to Peach and Mario and Daisy with Luigi, it didn't make much sense that Mario could be her father.

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Do The Mario Galaxy Games Explain Super Mario Odyssey

In a play through of Super Mario Odyssey, several things are apparent as the planet has become unstable from Boswer's meddling and the planet is suffering from its most recent remix of the the Universe.

Why is Mario finding moon fragments, and traversing landscapes with moon rocks, all before Bowser and Peach actually get to the moon for their wedding? Is this just tying together the Dark and Darker Sides of the Moon levels? Or is this more of the remix of the Universe at hand?

We know that Mario, Peach, Tiara and Bowser escape when Cappie is used to take over Boswer's body and he claws his way through the moon to reach the final escape back to the Odyssey- by if this is just happening in present day, why are there moon fragments and rocks all over the lands from the beginning of the game? When Mario goes back to these areas after completing the game the first time, some new things appear.

The reshuffle this time, the one starting back in Galaxy where everyone ended up back in the Mushroom Kingdom, brought characters and elements from various lands and changed the set up.

This directly explains how no mater what land Mario is currently in in Odyssey, be it the humans of New Donk City to robots, and dinosaurs- everyone is well aware of each other and doesn't find it strange interacting with creatures from other places and seemingly timelines.

Why is New Donk City so advanced but other places so primitive? Why are there hidden elements from 2D side scrolling Mario games implanted in Odyssey?

This is just where they shook out in this reshuffle of the timeline.

So then how many years have passed between Mario games? We last saw Rosalina on the same planet with everyone for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe so we know it has been a hundred years since the last reshuffling- and this explains a lot with the environment of the worlds in Odyssey.

The Mushroom Kingdom looks a little different again when we see it at the end of Odyssey, the lone tree from the fade out of Galaxy where Rosalina's mother- Peach from a different timeline is buried is no longer a lone tree if you search for it in a sweeping shot.

We know the amount of time that has passed to have Rosalina in both adult and baby form, playable on the Mario Kart for The Switch, but another game release ushers in the newest remix of the Universe in another title for the hybrid console- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

Where some fans argue this title is just another of those offshoots from the Super Mario franchise- the game does take place in a remix of the Mushroom Kingdom where there is a second version of all the main cast as Rabbids, again proving that the reshuffle has taken place again.

As The Switch promises a new game for Yoshi in 2018, the trailer has a much different feel than a previous title for our favorite green dino pal. This again could be the effect of the remix at work.

Is there enough evidence to prove that Rosalina is a descendant of Peach and one of the Mario Bros? I wasn't so sure until I gave a watch to the Game Theory videos and then used the evidence to support why each Mario game in the franchise is the same story but slightly different alterations to the tale.

Whoever Rosalina is, her parents were someone that we may have known during one of the many remixes of the Mario Universe.

Do you believe Game Theory has presented enough evidence for Rosalina to be the daughter of a Mario Brother and Peach?

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      Amanda Bowles 

      7 days ago from Arizona

      This was really quite well written, I lile the idea of a theory being that perhaps Rosalina is a daughter to Mario and Peach. I had never thought of this until reading your article

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