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Tanooki Mario
Tanooki Mario Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png
Artwork of Tanooki Mario from Super Mario 3D World.
Used on Mario, Luigi, Toad, Toads, Princess Peach, Rosalina, Yoshi
Item Needed Tanooki Suit (Super Mario Bros. 3)
Super Leaf (Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World)
Statue Leaf (Super Mario 3D Land)
Power(s) Given Glide, fly (Super Mario Bros. 3 only), tail whip, turn into Statue Mario (Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario 3D Land; Statue Leaf needed in Super Mario 3D Land)
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (2017)

“Thank you, kind raccoon. Please tell me your name.”
Kings, Super Mario Bros. 3

Tanooki Mario is a form of Mario or Luigi that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3. In its debut, it was essentially an advanced version of Raccoon Mario, with the addition of a temporary transformation into a stone statue, attained by donning a Tanooki Suit.

This form's name comes from the tanuki, an animal found in Japan and often depicted in folklore. The form that Statue Mario takes in Super Mario Bros. 3 resembles Kshitigarbha, the protector of travelers and the guardian of souls, who is known as Daigan Jizō Bosatsu in Japan. As of Super Mario 3D Land, Luigi's version of the form is mostly called Kitsune Luigi, referring to the kitsune.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

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The first appearance of Tanooki Mario is in Super Mario Bros. 3, when Mario obtains a Tanooki Suit. In this form, he can turn into an invulnerable statue when pressing B Button and Down on the +Control Pad at the same time, in addition to using Raccoon Mario's moves. This makes it an improved version of Raccoon Mario. Additionally, if Mario gains a Tanooki Suit while using a P-Wing, he'll retain his Statue ability while also having infinite flight.

As a statue, Tanooki Mario cannot be hurt, and if he uses this ability in the air, he can slam down like a Thwomp. This can destroy many enemies, instantly destroying all Goombas and enemies with throwable shells (like Koopas, Buzzy Beetles, and Spinies). It can also stomp previously unstompable enemies like Piranha Plants, Big Piranha Plants, Fire Piranha Plants, Spiny Eggs, Thwomps, Lava Bubbles, Fire Snakes, and Chain Chomps.

The Statue form is also the only way to destroy Roto-Discs and Rocket Engine flames. Statue Mario will sink rapidly underwater, and can even oppose some pipes' upward currents. This allows Mario to stomp Lava Lotuses, Bloopers and fish enemies underwater. Boss Bass is the only fish that Mario can't stomp on, and the only enemy that can defeat him in that form by eating him. In Super Mario All-Stars, Tweester can turn Statue Mario back into Tanooki Mario on contact. He can still turn into the statue while in the Tweester, but it will not free him or have any desirable effect. Statue Mario will also automatically revert to Tanooki form in five seconds.

In the ending, a Koopa Troopa can be seen comically praying before Statue Mario as if he was a religious idol.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 adds new utilities to this form: its Statue form can reveal Vanishing Blocks and break Gray Brick Blocks.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

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Tanooki Mario makes a reappearance in Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS as the main form. In this game, Mario becomes Tanooki Mario when he obtains a Super Leaf (since neither Raccoon Mario nor the Tanooki Suit appear in the game); the form is also slightly redesigned, as its ears are on the front of the hood, facing forward (rather than on the sides facing outward), and Mario's cap brim was added. However, the form's mechanics are different from Super Mario Bros. 3, as while Mario can still tail whip (by pressing X Button or Y Button) and glide (now done by holding A Button or B Button, like Cape Mario, rather than tapping the buttons), he cannot fly during gameplay. His slow descent also speeds up back to normal, rather than his acceleration decreasing, unlike before. The tail whip is usable underwater, and able to hit more enemies. Mario also gains a new tail wag move in this form (done by pressing X Button or Y Button while crouching) which replaces the Roll and Rolling Leap, letting him tail whip continuously, even while moving; this move can also be used to spin Tail Wheels, which can help him ascend quickly.

Statue Mario also reappears in this game (making this form closer to its original depiction), but it can only be used once a Statue Leaf is found in the Special Worlds. The statue now has a red scarf and depicts Tanooki Mario holding out his right hand. It replaces the Ground Pound, and lasts longer than it did in Super Mario Bros. 3. A new variation of Tanooki Mario also appears in this game, called White Tanooki Mario. Mario or Luigi can only obtain this form by collecting an Invincibility Leaf after losing five lives in a (skipped) normal world level, and it makes him completely invincible for the duration of the level.

Luigi's Tanooki Suit and Statue form are now Kitsune-themed, rather than Tanooki-themed, unlike in Super Mario Bros. 3, and most languages (including the original Japanese) call his Tanooki form Kitsune Luigi. Additionally, Statue Luigi has a green scarf and is shown holding out his left hand, unlike his brother.

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In the game's ending, Mario and the three Toads that had joined him on his journey become Tanooki Mario and Tanooki Toads by using Super Leaves. Mario carries Princess Peach and the Toads flutter around as they fly all the way back to Princess Peach's Castle during the credits (despite the lack of flight in-game). Despite using Super Leaves, the Toads are seen sporting scarves that match their vest and cap colors, much like Statue Mario.

In the Special Worlds, Toad himself sports a Tanooki Suit in the Toad Houses and pre-airship level cutscenes; in the former, he often gives a Super Leaf to either Mario or Luigi in representation of his get-up. Tanooki Toad (much like the other Toads sporting Tanooki Suits) also wears a colored scarf (red in Toad's instance) around his neck.

When the player completes all the levels, a picture appears after the credits are finished. It shows two Tanooki Toads and Tanooki Peach (wearing a Tanooki Suit version of her normal dress).

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

The normal and White Tanooki forms also appear in Super Mario 3D World, functioning just as they do in Super Mario 3D Land. Mario, Toad, and Peach's Tanooki Suits look almost the same; Mario's has lighter-colored ears and belly, Peach's is darker-colored and has puffy shorts and darker legs, rather than its 3D Land design, and Toad lacks a scarf. Luigi's Kitsune Suit remains the same. Rosalina's Tanooki Suit in this game is the same as Peach's, though with darker arms and shorter gloves. When Peach is wearing the suit, she can still float and scuttle afterward to gain even more horizontal distance.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

In Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, knocking on a Warp Door in the Super Mario Bros. 3 theme may cause Weird Mario to appear in this form.

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

In Mario Tennis Open, Tanooki Mario is a costume for the player's Mii. It is unlocked by turning 15 characters into star characters. The racket for this costume costs 1550 coins to buy at the Clubhouse for Miis to be able to use.

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

Tanooki Mario appears in the Nintendo Comics System story "Tanooki Suits Me". In the comic, Mario is forced to wear the Tanooki Suit due to Luigi accidentally ordering a single tuxedo, and the Tanooki Suit was the only one available at the rental shop. An old man informs Mario that that the suit is a genuine one created by Mushroomland's first tailor, Tanooki, who sewed a tail on the back of every suit he created as his trademark; he also informs Mario that Tanooki's suits possess magical powers, and that genuine suits are very rare. Mario transforms himself into Statue Mario by curiously pressing a button on the front of the suit, and it isn't until he wishes that he could turn back to normal that he turns back into Tanooki Mario.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Tanooki Mario, driving at Mario Circuit.

Tanooki Mario appears as a character available in the first downloadable content pack in Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8, appearing as a character separate from Mario.[1] Tanooki Mario has a different set of animations and quotes from Mario, as well as having different vehicle colors (for instance, the Sport Bike he rides has the orange/yellow coloration rather than Mario's red and blue one). Tanooki Mario's signature vehicle is the Tanooki Kart.

Although Tanooki Mario is a middleweight character like Mario, he has slightly more acceleration at the cost of his weight stat; a trait that he shares with the male Villager. Tanooki Mario's anti-gravity-specific trick animation involves him briefly turning into Statue Mario. One of his trick animations is a reference to one of Raccoon Mario's artworks from Super Mario Bros. 3, and, if he is on a bike or an ATV, one of his trick animations replicates his ability to fall slowly. Also, the sound his horn makes is Cape Mario's spinning sound from Super Mario World.

Tanooki Mario uses various voice clips taken from other games, with several voice file prefixes seemingly indicating the source game. File prefixes include GBAGolf_Mario, GC_SunshineMario, GCTennis, SuperMarioAdvance, and WiiBseball_Mario.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

Tanooki Mario reappears in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, as a second downloadable alternate color scheme for Mario. Tanooki Mario has an exclusive item, which appears to function similarly to the Super Leaf from Mario Kart 7.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Like with every character playable in Mario Kart 8, Tanooki Mario appears as a playable character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch. Unlike the Wii U game, he is included within the base game and is available from the start.[2] He shares stats with the male Villager as well as the Inkling Boy.

Other appearances and references[edit]

In the Nintendo Power player's guide for Super Mario 64, the Tanooki Suit is mentioned in the guide section on Snowman's Land, suggesting it could keep Mario warm in the frigid climate if it was still available.

Although it never appeared on the actual show, concept artwork of Tanooki Mario can be seen on the bonus disc of Shout! Factory's The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 DVD set.[citation needed]

In Super Paper Mario, the Sammer Guy Cloak of Tanooki refers to this form, as well as Francis mentioning that he would like a Tanooki Suit made with real tanooki fur.

In Nintendo Monopoly, Tanooki Mario appears on the artwork of a Brick Block/Coin Block card that charges the player $50 for the purchase of a new suit.

In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in Minecraft, Tanooki Mario and Kitsune Luigi appear as playable skins. Chain Armor is replaced by the Tanooki Suit.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Trophy information[edit]

Name Image NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Tanooki Mario & Kitsune Luigi TanookiMario&KitsuneLuigiTrophy3DS.png If you find a Super Leaf, Mario transforms into Tanooki Mario! His newfound tail works as a weapon and as a propeller to slow his fall. His brother, Luigi, won't turn into a Tanooki, though—he becomes Kitsune Luigi. Wouldn't want to have trouble telling the two apart, would we? When Mario uses a Super Leaf, he grows a tail and turns into Tanooki Mario, a very handy form indeed. Likewise, Luigi turns into Kitsune Luigi. Both of them can swing their tails to attack enemies, or wag their tails to slowly float down after a jump, almost like they're walking on air.

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Tanooki Mario.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タヌキマリオ
Tanuki Mario
キツネルイージ
Kitsune Ruīji
Tanooki Mario
Kitsune Luigi
Spanish Mario Tanuki
Luigi Kitsune
Tanooki Mario
Kitsune Luigi
French Mario Tanuki
Luigi Kitsune
Tanooki Mario
Kitsune Luigi
Dutch Tanuki-Mario Tanooki Mario
German Tanuki-Mario Tanooki Mario
Italian Mario Tanuki
Mario tanooki (Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition)
Tanooki Mario
Tanooki Mario
Portuguese Mario Tanuki Tanooki Mario
Russian Марио Тануки
Mario Tanuki
Tanooki Mario
Korean 너구리마리오
Neoguri Mario
Tanooki Mario

See also[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • After the release of Super Mario 3D Land, controversy regarding this transformation led PETA to create a website titled "Mario Kills Tanooki", accompanied by a flash game called "Super Tanooki Skin 2D".
  • The sound effect for transforming into Tanooki Mario (and to a greater extent Raccoon Mario) was taken from The Mysterious Murasame Castle.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://mariokart8.nintendo.com/dlc/
  2. ^ http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/mario-kart-8-deluxe-switch
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx0Ij2BTZSY&t=2m2s