Since I wanted to review the new characters in the latest Super Mario Amiibo wave first, I put a poll up on Twitter (if you aren’t following me on Twitter, click here to do so!) to see which one Twitter users were most excited about, Daisy surprisingly was the answer. I have to admit, I don’t especially like Daisy (though I don’t hate her either) but I couldn’t name the last Nintendo game I had played that she was in. I ended up doing some research for this article just to make sure I have my facts straight! For those not in the know, she actually comes from Super Mario Land (which is surely one of the weirdest Mario games out there). Daisy essentially took Peach’s role in that game. After that, Daisy really only appeared in Nintendo “side games” like the Mario sports games and Mario Party. Despite this, she clearly has a strong following and with a great color scheme, I am excited to share my review.
Box – The Super Mario Amiibo packaging is still my favorite in all of Amiibo and Daisy looks great overall. The style is clean and simple but looks fantastic.
Rarity – It is always hard to discuss rarity right at the release because we honestly don’t know how rare some of these Amiibo are (though it is very unlikely any of these will be rare in the long term) and I can only speak to what I saw at the retail places I visited. Daisy had the most of any of the new Super Mario Amiibo at my local Best Buy. I think she should not be too rare because of how similar her design is to Peach and Daisy may not be a character everybody wants since she doesn’t appear in many of Nintendo’s biggest games.
Pose – One thing I like about Daisy is the pose captures her “sassy” and some might say, bratty attitude she displays in some Nintendo games. The pose also makes her standout from the Super Mario Peach which is equally important since they are very similar figures overall. The only downside is that her large dress makes it so Daisy cannot have much movement but I think Nintendo generally did well here.
Paint and Details – Unfortunately, Daisy does not have a ton of details that really standout. The best parts are her crown which looks solid and her eyes which have excellent decals and are as good as any I’ve seen with Amiibo. I don’t particularly care for the jewels on Daisy’s dress and gown as they look too flat and simple, especially when you compare them to some of the awesome details other Amiibo have. The extra layer of ruffles at the bottom of Daisy’s dress do help her stand out from Peach’s dress which is once again nice. The paint is clean on this figure and even the white parts which should be the hardest to get right are clean and with no errors. Daisy is completely plain on the back and sides so she is really only interesting to view from the front. That makes her display options a bit limited compared to other Amiibo.
Functionality – One thing that is nice about Daisy is her functionality in Mario Party Star Rush. According to Nintendo, Daisy can be used as a character by scanning the Amiibo and it can also unlock items in some minigames. Daisy also has functionality in a host of Nintendo games including Captain Toad, Hyrule Warriors, and Chibi-Robo. Daisy is not usable in Super Smash Brothers however and I suspect that most of her functionality is limited to games where she unlocks a generic item or power-up that any other Amiibo could also unlock. With time, Daisy will definitely have more functionality but for right now, she is mostly useful in Mario Party Star Rush.
Closing Thoughts – Daisy is a good Amiibo but a bit on the simple side and she lacks something that really hooks you or makes you have to get her. Truthfully, this Daisy is a bit too similar to Peach (even if they look great standing next to each other) and it makes Daisy feel a little more skippable as a result. If you like the Mario princesses, then Daisy will fit right into your collection. However, if you haven’t played many games she is in or don’t like the character, this figure is not going to change your mind. I’m happy to have her and enjoyed the “challenge” of reviewing an Amiibo for a character is somewhat obscure to me. I hope you enjoyed reading and this helps you decide whether Daisy is right for you. If you have any thoughts about this Amiibo, please let us know in the comments below!