Peta Slams Nintendo and Mario for Tanooki Suits, Gamers Roll Their Eyes.

super-mario-3d-land-tanooki-mario-artwork-640x325PETA, the group of animals lovers dedicated to human awareness of animal rights, has publically bashed Nintendo for putting Mario in a raccoon suit in Super Mario 3d Land for the Nintendo DS.

Many fans may think this request is a bit odd, considering how Mario has been in and out of various animal related suits since the early 1990s. However, PETA has been no stranger to being called out for odd public announcements against inanimate objects. The argument, according to PETA, is that the suit is anti-Raccoon, and promotes fur suits to be made. However, the suit is retrieved by grabbing a leaf, not by violently killing a raccoon.

What’s even more bizarre is that PETA has posted a flash game involving Mario flying away from a skinned raccoon as it chases him to retrieve the suit. If anything, PETA is in line to get sued for defamation of character and abusing a licensed character. Though it’s doubtful that anyone is taking PETA seriously at this point, PETA’s claim against Mario should, in theory, go after parents who dress their kids up like animals. Despite no animals being hurt in the making of these costumes, PETA is protesting a situation where a character is essentially just wearing a Halloween costume. Either that, or Mario is an extreme taxidermist.

So, tell us what you think about this! Is PETA insane for going after Mario? Should Mario be more-animal friendly? Do you think it’s funny that PETA completely ignored the history of killing turtles by jumping on their shell? You be the judge.

Source: PETA

Last Updated ( 15 November 2011 )  

Michael "Miketendo" Levy

Raised on an NES, Saturday AM cartoons and sugary cereal, Michael Levy was your average 80's kid growing up. Despite having odd obsessions with bears, peanut butter, zombies and Tifa Lockhart, 'Miketendo' is also the creator of the YouTube review series: D.Y.H.P.T.G?! (Dude, You Haven't Played This Game?!)

Other recent articles:


(Link to this comment) Private Joker 2011-11-15 20:42
It is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen. Very sad people to spend the money they raise from donations of people that really care on actions like this...
(Link to this comment) Tyron 2011-11-15 21:21
As much as I support animal rights, I never really thought of the fact that Mario could be wearing a fur suit. But is there anything about when he wears a frog suit? Or do amphibians not count?
(Link to this comment) Tyron 2011-11-15 21:25
After watching the video and playing the game I think it's fair to say they have a marketing point here! Extremely disturbing and sad video.
(Link to this comment) leightonandoff 2011-11-15 22:09
Totally pointless. Very good point about Mario's been in animal suits before as well. PETA are behaving a bit embarrassingly, and not for the first time either; and this is coming from someone who's been one of those annoying awkward vegetarians for over 13 years now! Seems like they're just after some easy publicity.
(Link to this comment) Arcturius 2011-11-16 02:43
PETA have always been up their own arses frankly, Just look up the Penn & Teller Bulls**t series they did a whole show about PETA.
(Link to this comment) Nightowljrm 2011-11-16 04:35
PETA has so many flaws with this whole issue. For one, they alone are responsible for putting thousands upon thousands, if not millions, of animals to sleep annually. Their hypocrisy alone debunks their claim, but for the sake of giving their insanity the benefit of the doubt, let's continue and examine the tanooki being skinned for their fur in real life. That has absolutely no correlation with grabbing a LEAF and having a tanooki COSTUME or SUIT, which is even in the name of the item. No where in the game does Mario actively kill a tanooki and skin it. Moreover, the actual practice in real life is become less and less common than it used to be... Besides, sometimes doing such things are necessary, such as using cows for meat and hides for leather. Humans take precedence over animals (keep in mind there are still humane ways to do things). Finally, I find it ironic that their tanooki character in the flash game dies if you fail, but they're against tanookis dying in the first place?
(Link to this comment) Liamh1982 2011-11-16 08:21
I also suppose it's wrong to dye a hedgehog blue and strap rockets to its feet?

Or graft another tail onto a fox?

Why aren't PETA on Sega's arses then?
(Link to this comment) Nightowljrm 2011-11-16 18:11
Quoting Liamh1982:
I also suppose it's wrong to dye a hedgehog blue and strap rockets to its feet?

Or graft another tail onto a fox?

Why aren't PETA on Sega's arses then?

Yeah, going along with this, why isn't PETA all over Disney for having animals fight each other like in The Lion King?

It's just a ridiculous double-standard upheld by a group of attention-whores in my book.
(Link to this comment) Lilbeard 2011-11-16 19:18
Wrong wrong wrong.... Big game release....soooooo free publicity for an already iffy organisation.

I also have seen Penn & Tellers program and they make some good points the general public wouldn't normally hear.
(Link to this comment) Cauterize 2011-11-16 20:07
Quoting Lilbeard:
Wrong wrong wrong.... Big game release....soooooo free publicity for an already iffy organisation.

PETA thrive on bad press. Don't feed the trolls, the more we talk, the more they win!

Retro Game Database Search

Retro Gaming Podcast

Join the RetroCollect Squad as they discuss our gaming past in the all new RetroCollect FM - Retro Gaming Podcast.

Retro Games on eBay now

About RetroCollect

RetroCollect is your one stop for everything retro games and retro gaming. Featuring the latest classic gaming news around, informative reviews and an ever active forum, you'll feel right at home with other retro gamers.

RetroCollect FM - Retro Gaming Podcast

Join the RetroCollect Squad as they talk their way through the wonderful world of retro gaming.

Listen to RetroCollect FM - Retro Gaming Podcast

Join RetroCollect on the web