Super Mario Tanooki Killer Land?

Super Mario Tanooki Killer Land?

In one of the days’ most unusual stories, PETA isn’t happy with Nintendo and – more specifically – Super Mario. 

As we’re pretty all aware, Super Mario 3D land is hitting store shelves pretty soon, bringing with it a whole load of powerups both new and old. One of these power-ups is the returning Tanooki suit – an all-over, one piece suit that allows Mario to whack enemies with his tail and also float in the air just like his bestest dinosaur pal Yoshi.

PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) doesn’t see the suit as a harmless addition to the series that extends the gameplay though. Instead, they’re angry with Nintendo as they feel Mario wearing the Tanooki suit is glorifying wearing fur.

“Tanooki may be just a ‘suit’ in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur,” says Peta’s Mario Kills Tanooki website . “By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.”

The website referenced above is not for the faint hearted. PETA has even went so far as to create a Mario based game on the site, where you play as a skinned Tanuki chasing after a flying Mario with blood dripping from his suit. It’s a stunt that many will find controversial, and it will be interesting to see Nintendo’s response to the website and the accusations made by PETA.

On one side of the coin, yes, it’s bad that this happens in real life to Tanuki’s, but to accuse the Mario series of glorifying the fur trade seems to be an extremely harsh claim.

You can check out the website here. Reader discretion is advised.


Nintendo has now responded to PETA’s campaign, and had the following to say to Eurogamer:

Mario often takes the appearance of certain animals and objects in his games. These have included a frog, a penguin, a balloon and even a metallic version of himself. These lighthearted and whimsical transformations give Mario different abilities and make his games fun to play.The different forms that Mario takes make no statement beyond the games themselves.


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