Update: Nintendo has its say. Check it out after the jump.
You read that right, folks.
Why is PeTA so upset with Mario's Tanooki Suit - his magical flying raccoon suit that's been a fan favourite from Super Mario Bros. 3 all the way through Super Mario 3D Land? According to a press release quoted in Industry Gamers, it's because Mario's wearing of the "skin of a raccoon dog" is "sending the message that it's OK to wear fur." PeTA's reaction has been to engineer a grotesque flash game riff on the Super Mario Bros. series in which you play as an epidermis-less raccoon dog chasing after Mario - who is wearing your bloody skin on his back like a cape. To make things even more disturbing, the entire landscape looks like some sort of Lovecraft-cum-Clive Barker nightmare, soaked in blood and skin.
Whether PeTA is being serious about this (after all, who really believes that the Tanooki Suit represents the pelt of a dead animal? And where's the outrage over Mario stomping all those helpless turtles?) or whether it's an attempt to grab some headlines is my question in all of this. PeTA's been pretty consistent with the "fur is murder" bit, but this seems more than a bit...well...I guess I just don't get it. What do you guys think?
[Image credit: Forbes]
Eurogamer is reporting that Nintendo has issued an official comment on the PeTA...erm...controversy?
"Mario often takes the appearance of certain animals and objects in his games," a spokesperson told Eurogamer.
"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."
[via: Industry Gamers]