Yeah, you’re reading that headline correctly people. This past weekend Nintendo released Super Mario 3D Land, the latest edition of the Mario franchise for the Nintendo 3DS. In the game, Mario can suit-up in many different ways to defeat all kinds of little creatures. One suit however, has PETA pissed.
According to PETA the Tanooki suit, which grants him the plumber the ability to glide in the air after jumping, is sending the wrong message to gamers.
“Tanooki may be just a ‘suit’ in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur,” according the the PETA Mario Kills Tanooki website. “By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.”
Showing their disgust for Mario’s animal wearing ways, PETA created Super Tanooki Skin 2D, in which you play as the Tanuki. The goal of which is to chase after the plumber and get your skin back. It’s actually a pretty fun side scroller.
Now we here at Nerd Bastards would never advocate wearing the fur of animals, but it’s a game people. The Tanooki suit isn’t made of fur, it’s made of pixels and it looks more like something made for a furry convention, a far cry from the creatures the group is defending.
PETA’s heart is in the right place, but how about going after actual causes where real people are involved. Not plumbers trying to nail a princess.