New Peach:"Is that what I used to look like...?"
Originally, I found that the princess's name was always 'Peach', even when she was a redhead. 'Toadstool' was the name she was referred to in the US with earlier games and in the animated show.
I'm probably the only one, but I liked her better as a redhead. The animation was quite, er, different then vs. what we're used to seeing in Japanese animation now, but the fact that there aren't too many princesses out there with red hair (aside from Ariel) is what drew me to Toadst, er, old-school Peach's appearance. I also like the old dress better. I'm not fully sure what the point in turning Peach into a blonde was for, as they could have kept her a redhead and just improved on the was she's drawn easily. Nothing against blondes, but all princesses/heroines/mermaids don't have to have long blonde hair and blue eyes.
I found another one with a similar idea that I thought was funny.
Peach (c) Nintendo, DIC
art (c) DrachenLilly
To be honest, I still call her Toadstool even today.
I like redheads better, so I prefer her old design.
I think old-school Peach should return as maybe Peach from an alternate dimension, maybe named Scarlet.
When I was showing a friend's kids the old Mario cartoon because they are big Mario fans they asked me why Peach changed her hair when she looked better as a red head over a blonde XD I found that rather funny considering they've only played Mario from the DS games and on.
But but now she looks better.
I don't see a girl with brown hair dressed in a pink dress
Then I realised she was infact Peach... ._.
As for the dress, I like the old one better. I personally don't see why they changed it; if they really felt they needed to, they could have at least done a better job. Oh well, the new dress still looks okay in some fan arts people do, but in the official art, it's just plain and dull.
I think Peach looks more interesting in more modern official art, especially in Super Mario 3D World. There's more movement to her appearance now.