As a plethora of highly anticipated games pour out this Fall, PETA seeks out any and all forms of animal abuse in video games. An example of these objections is the recent attacked on Battlefield 3 for stabbing a rat during the campaign mode. Yesterday, they took their fight to one of the most beloved / iconic video games characters of all time – Mario.
Their game Mario Kills Tanooki is about a tanuki (who you play as) who has been half skinned. He is chasing Mario who is wearing tanuki skin. Bloody tanuki are in the background – over all, pretty gruesome. When PETA first raged against Mario, we covered it with THIS article. Angry petty PETA is angry.
A Nintendo spokesperson decided to respond to Eurogamer about this incident, "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 Mario takes make no statement beyond the games themselves."
Nintendo’s response to PETA’s absurd (and possibly 23 years late attack) is thorough and to the point. Nintendo address the issue, explains Mario, and moves on – classy. PETA’s actions continue to make the organization less credible even though their intentions are assumedly good. I killed a wolf in Skyrim, look its fur, and used it to make armor – Is Skyrim next?