13 Horrific Examples of Animal Cruelty in Nintendo Games

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Pure evil.

This past weekend, Nintendo released Super Mario 3D Land, which features the return of the Tanooki Suit, a brown racoon-esque costume that first appeared way back in 1988 when Super Mario 3 hit stores. To some, this furry, tan outfit represents cute nostalgia, but for many of us, we can’t help but see it for what it is: a flippant disregard for the many tanukis who’ve given their pelts and their lives for man’s quest to manufacture flight-enabling fur coats. Thankfully, the good people of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have spoken up.

Peta released this statement: “Tanooki may be just a ‘suit’ in Mario games, but by wearing the skin of an animal, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.”

Truer words have never been spoken, and I’m glad that someone is finally taking Mario to task. For years I’ve been decrying the plumber’s use of fireballs as a reckless endorsement of pyromania, and let’s not begin to talk about his fixation with magic mushrooms. It’s about time that this mascot’s obscene behavior is called into question.

Of course, the Tanooki Suit debacle isn’t the first time Nintendo has so fecklessly thrown animal rights out the window. After the jump, please prepare yourself for thirteen of the more horrifying and nauseating examples of animal cruelty as depicted in Nintendo’s allegedly “family-friendly” games.

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VIDEO: Meet Sweet Pea, Your Everyday Crime-Fighting Super Dog

I love the random crap that the Internet spews out every day (I am a happy supplier of said crap. Have you seen my Carol of the Meows yet?). Here’s a nifty video called Adventures of Sweet Pea, which follows the exciting travails of a superhero dog named Sweet Pea. At first I was a bit like “Huh?” and then I was all “Haha” and finally I was totes “LOL.” Word of warning though: you probably shouldn’t watch this hungover (but I’m sure it’s a delight if you’re stoned, not that I would know).

Thanks to the incorrigible Alec Mapa for the heads up. And thanks to Alec’s dog Sweet Pea for being such an able crime-fighter!