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.”