Peta is boycotting the game, claiming that Mario is torturing the Tanooki's (real, awesome animals) by using their fur coats. Really? First of all, Mario is a fictional video game character. No harm done in that, right. OH NOE PEOPLEZ GONNA GET INFLUNCEDZ TO KEEL THA TANUUKIIES. Yeah, right. Who's gonna actually go out in the wilderness, cut one of these precious animals up, and use it, thinking they can fly and turn to stone. Nice try. I have no problem with treating animals well, but this is pushing it. There are plenty of other games with more realistic graphics where people actually are shown abusing animals. Set your priorities straight, PETA.
UPDATE (11/16): PETA has claimed that attacking the Mario game itself was a joke. Apparently, they were trying to draw attention to the real life issue of raccoon dog skinning. You wanted attention? You got it. The whole internet is talking about it.
Yes, but to be fair, some of those animals are rescued in very poor health, and there is no way they are going to find homes for all rescues.. Just no way, but yeah they should be putting more money into finding homes for these rescues and spending less on drawing video game mascots covered in blood.
Anyway, it's a Tanooki suit. Not a FUR! Mario doesn't wear fur....although... "Pimp Daddy Mario" might just work.. :P
Quote from a Huffington Post article on the subject "The game, which is replete with classic 80s videogame music, consists of Tanooki attempting to "reclaim" his fur." Seems like a bizarre and inaccurate description to me. I had no idea I was trying to reclaim Mario's fur, I thought I was trying to save the princess. Also, how dare the game trivialize the murder of Tanookis with classic 80's videogame music.