From the Super Mario Wiki, the Mario encyclopedia
Jump to navigationJump to search
This article is about the Raccoons on Isle Delfino. For Mario's transformation, see Raccoon Mario.
"Tanooki" redirects here. For information about Mario's transformation, see Tanooki Mario. For the character mentioned in the comic Tanooki Suits Me, see List of implied characters § Tanooki.
A normal Raccoon
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Derived subjects
“I suppose you're here for THAT, hm? Yes, very good.”
Raccoon dad, Super Mario Sunshine

Raccoons[1] are a race of plump creatures found on Isle Delfino in Super Mario Sunshine. Only three ever make an appearance, making the species one of the least populous on the island.

The Raccoons are based on the Japanese raccoon dog, known in Japanese as the tanuki. The design of Raccoons in Super Mario Sunshine is inspired by tanuki statues seen across Japan; the sun hat, shirt/coat, tail, and sash are all trademarks of the statues.


Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

The Raccoons inside the boathouse

In Super Mario Sunshine, the boathouse in Delfino Plaza is run by two Raccoons, a father and his son. Ten Blue Coins can be traded there in exchange for one Shine Sprite. The father accepts Blue Coins only in increments of ten, and if Mario tries to ask for a Shine Sprite for fewer than ten Blue Coins, the father exclaims that he cannot sell the Shine Sprites at such a low price. Additionally, another Raccoon owns a small mudboat rental shop in Noki Bay. According to a sign near the shop, the boats can be rented for 90,000 coins, though after Mario uncorks the waterfall, the owner states that he is allowed to use them for free.

The father's voice clips are provided by Scott Burns.[2]


Raccoon in Minecraft
A Raccoon in Minecraft

In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, Wandering Traders were redesigned to resemble Raccoons.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タヌキ
Tanuki (Raccoon Dog)[3]

French Raton laveur (species name)
Le loueur de bateaux[4]
Le directeur du hangar[4]
Boat lessor
Boathouse director
German Bootshaus-Chef
Boathouse Chief
Italian Procione (species name)
Barcarolo di fango[5]
Proprietario della Casa del Porto[5]
Mud boatman
Boathouse owner


  1. ^ Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 40.
  2. ^ Confirmation from Scott Burns via e-mail.
  3. ^ Super Mario Sunshine, internal filename root/data/scene/dolpic5.szs/raccoondog/tanuki.bmd
  4. ^ a b Super Mario Encyclopedia, pag. 101
  5. ^ a b Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 101