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PETA Shows Mario The Mass Murderer

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PETA wants you to know that not only is it wrong for you to wear fur, but it's wrong for completely fictitious characters to be shown wearing anything remotely furry. One of the most anticipated features of the upcoming Super Mario 3D Land is the re-introduction of the tanooki suit of Super Mario 3 fame. PETA has decided to take issue with this and to draw a tremendously frustrating message from it.

In order to draw attention to the perceived injustice PETA created the browser based game Mario Kills Tanooki.  It's a short game that plays a bit like a poorly designed, blood-covered platformer. You are a skinned raccoon dog chasing down a flying, bloody Mario who is loosely wearing your skin. Upon victory you are treated to blue flashing letters that say "<Expletive> You, Mario!" The text at the top of the page is also quite interesting.

"When on a mission to rescue the princess, Mario has been known to use any means necessary to defeat his enemy – even wearing the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers.

Tanooky may just be a "suit" in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it's OK to wear fur."

Why the hell does PETA do this? It takes what is otherwise fun and turns it into some horrible message. Instead of just spreading the message normally, their PR machine has also gone further and turned a beloved game of my childhood into a bloody mess. Instead of relying on the facts to convey the message, they continue to try to shock us into caring. I thought video games would be free from fur scrutiny. I feel dirty just looking at the game.

You can see the game and play it here (if you really hate yourself).

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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