A Nintendo spokesperson has responded to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claim that the Tanooki Suit, which features prominently in the forthcoming Super Mario 3DS, endorses animal cruelty. Here’s what Nintendo had to say:
“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.”
Couldn’t said it better myself
And so it is.
Lol PETA…… Funny thing is that it’s fake fur. Something PETA endorses.
PETA used an upcoming game to gain more (albeit stupid) publicity. And it’s working, really. Even those who support preventing animal cruelty look at PETA like they’re idiots now.
All publicity is good publicity.
I don’t think so, if publicity makes people hate you, then it’s bad publicity.
Actually, that anon was right, in the world of big corporations there is litterally NO SUCH THING as bad publicity.
No matter how negative, any form of publicity is good publicity.
Not really true. If it keeps more people from buying your products than it makes people buy your products, then it’s bad publicity.
For the case of PETA, bad publicity is still good publicity.
1) PETA says something stupid.
2) People hate PETA.
3) News spread; more people hate PETA.
4) Everybody who hates PETA and never heard of them before learns of PETA’s cause.
Even the Vegans hates PeTA.
And in effect, wouldn’t Nintendo gain publicity itself by being mentioned that the “New Super Mario 3D Land coming out on 11-13-11” features the these(above mentioned) violations. Part of me thought, maybe it was a smear campaign orchestrated by Sony or Microsoft to keep 3D moral/momentum down. Ever paranoid much?
People are offended about this NOW? Mario has been wearing suits of a wide variety (some animal) for two decades! Why wait until NOW to bring this up? It’s a dumb argument, anyway.
not people, peta… peta are not people, they are a joke.
LMAO, they really are a joke.
And Mario has killed turtles with his feet and then use their bodies as weapons for years
Cause those people have never beaten a Mario Game. hahaha
PETA needs to get a better hobby. Losers.
It’s somewhat funny/weird PETA claims this Tanooki suit it’s related to animal cruelty and smashing turtles for several years now it’s not even mentioned -_-
That seems weird to me, maybe their main goal it’s not related to animal cruelty itself (and yes, OF COURSE even if they mentioned that about turtles it will be RIDICULOUS)
Mario it’s known as one of the most famous characters which comes from a company who it’s pro-everyone-factor.
And this is a SUIT not a skin, it could be synthetic! And finally, Mario takes this form by obtaining a LEAF item, so, the real message Mario it’s saying it’s: “It’s OK to wear magical leafs” =P
Also, don’t forget drugs lol.
They actually did make a game against mario and KFC (yes, simultaneously), I think it was called Super Chicks Bros. or something. Look it up, its kinda werid O_0
Hahaha I get what he’s saying but you made me laugh
What bothers me even more is when Mario skins a giant bee and wears it as a costume. Oh wait…
Shhh! don’t say anything, they may get the wrong impression.
I’ve got a hundred thousand bee skins. I almost have enough to make my bee suit.
It puts the honey in the hive or it gets the smoke again!
Nice lol. A Silence of the Lambs reference.
Bees are not cute.
Oh PETA,you’re so silly..
I stopped seeing PETA as an actual animal rights group a while ago. Now, I don’t know what’s going through their heads, I’ve never heard of anything they’ve done besides protest.
hahha smart answer x)
I wonder if the people at PETA will be able to understand this PR response, which is a pretty good response.
Not only does Nintendo endorse animal cruelty, they’re very mysogenistic, when you think about it. :P
No, you just suffer from misandry.
Why nintendo even bothers to respond to then?
i feel sorry for nintendo even having to respond to these idiots.
A lot of companies usually take out the object of controversy just to appeal to these people who most likely don’t buy the product regardless of anything it has in it…
PETA should be synonymous with “retard” in every existing dictionary. And in non-existing ones as well
I would’ve just said it’s a magical costume that’s actually made from cotton but this statement works too. Though watch PETA pull some bullshit out of their ass to completely disregard this statement.
I wish PETA would just stop being so stupid… it’s not funny anymore PETA…we’re laughing at you.
Hello! Its-a me! Mario! Imma sorry you PETA sub-humans are so a-stupid..but it’s ok don’t cry, my pal Link here will a-skin you guys instead.
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Gets straight to the point, without unnecessary pretty words or runarounds. All they said were the facts, and that’s all they needed to say, since the facts speak for themselves. Good move.
They probably should’ve added something like “Mario in no way promotes animal cruelty”. But I suppose because he stomps on turtles they didn’t want to say that.
Very popular misconception, the Koopas are based on the Kappas which are actually demons in Japanese mythology, that explains why they can get out of their shells or use them as weapons unlike turtles.
Any chance Nintendo could sue them for trademark violation and deformation of character?
i think they can but im not 100% sure
Ah I remember the classic minigame where you must skin the animal whose skin you wish to wear.
Yes. 10 Tanuki and you get a suit. A small counter in the top left screen. 6\10. Four more to go and I can fly!
I thought that was obvious. Stupid PETA, only insane people agree with you guys, deal with it.
I’m surprised they even bothered. They could have mentioned that you don’t even get the suit from an animal though, but from a Leaf… hence it’s not ‘cruelty’.
Then again, if it was, with the kind of Tanookis found in the Mario series (see, Super Mario Sunshine blue coin shop), that wouldn’t be too bad…
PETA should cut to the chase and simply join Team Plasma.
lol they’ll start protests where they ask you to set your cats and dogs free. Except that’s the exact opposite of what PETA does.
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The fact that Nintendo had to waste time responding to this really pisses me off. PETA is a hypocritical group that breaks serious laws on a regular basis. I’m very much for animal rights and because (not in spite, but because) of that I wish PETA were forcibly shut down. They’re an embarrassment.
PETA ya no sabe ni que inventar
They should troll them back. Boring response. :)
Let’s see PETA’s Tofu Suit now.
And PETA is retarded for thinking it does
Damn, PETA peeps are BORED!
Nintendo could steal their thunder with a ‘Tanuki vs Tanooki: Know the difference’ online campaign. Educate PETA and others while tying it into promotion of the new game.
PETA does sometimes go overboard with their passion for animal rights, but that does not make them stupid,idiots or losers. There are many people who abuse animals, and animal cruelty is no joke.
Yes, there are people who abuse animals and, funnily enough, PETA is one such group of those people.
How so? I don’t follow PETA too closely, though I was interested in their movement in the past…
You know, funny enough, PETA advocated to not use Euthanasia on animals yet once they find either a stray or suspected abuse on pets (majority of them not even true), they actually euthanize them.
See WWW,Petakillsanimal.com for the truth on PeTA And how they were involed in a horrid crime that shock the city of Norfolk Virgina!
I don’t get why they say absolutely nothing about the exploding dogs in CoD yet they go and attack the tanooki suit from Mario. Maybe they want people to think they’re all idiots.
It’s kinda ridiculous tbh. Who even says the suit is made of tanooki fur?
It’s like me dressing up in a dog costume and you jumping to the conclusion i’m using dog fur or something…
It doesn’t even make sense.
Mario’s items actually help him from life and death situations. Think about it, if you, a normal human being, just cannot possibly jump to the other side of a broken bridge, you would look for a brown leaf and use it to glide to the other side so you could meet your objective of touching a pole and sliding down.
The only thing I thought about was: “Peta, that is ridiculous…” , I’m glad Nintendo reacted in some way, even Peta won’t care…
I’d like to see PETA’s response to this 4 teh lulz
While we’re arguing about mario wearing racoon furs the mexicans are jumping the border without our knowledge! Get back to what’s important people!
smfh its PETA you fucking moron, not the government. Good lord, and americans wonder why the world thinks the U.S. is full of idiots.
WTF?! You are such a effin arse! WHERE TALKING ABOUT THOSE PUPPY MURDERING VEGAN TERRORIST THUGS PeTA WHO ARE MAKING A MOCKERY ON NINTENDO AND OUR HERO MARIO WITH THEIR LAME-O “NUMBMINDO” PIECE OF SHIT VIDEO GAMES RIPOFFS!!!
WWF > PETA
WWF? I love wrestling!!
World Wildlife Fund, not wrestling.
PETA stop being a little bitch and get a life! Btw has anyone played sm3dl? And is it good I reaaaally want it!
sm3dl is cool
It’s hard to respond to this… I know about violent video games having some scare, but this… is just too weird. It’s only a costume.
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Nintendo, don’t the troll
Nintendo, don’t feed the troll
Whoa I just noticed this: Super Mario 3D Land has 3 in it just like SMB3!. No wonder they have the tanooki suit in the game. Silly Nintendo, o_O. And also if you look at an actual tanooki, their fur is brownish balck with patches of white, while SM3DL has only one color, brown. So technically, it is a mythical creature. Though it is similar too a flying squirrel. *Mysterious mysic*
the game is 3+…
Where did you get that picture of the Tanooki Suit from?
PETA= professional trolls
Translation: F U PETA!!!
Nintendo knows how to deal with Team Plasma….I mean PETA
Those idiotical Noobs from PeTA should look up the history and the Lengendary stories of the Tanooki/Tanuki (aka Japanese Racoon Dog) and should study how these wonderful creatures are a part of Japanese History and Culture and understand why the Japanese adore them!
Even vegetarians, vegans and furries hate PETA!
Lol idk about u guys but Nintendo should Make a game Or Free DLC that makes all the enemies in Super Mario Bros 2 look like people from PETA lol
~new super mario bros 2~
Letting ur cats and dogs lose= dead cats + dead dogs Why you ask? Cars and Disease.