Shigeru Miyamoto is the big man on campus in the gaming community. He's the guy who imagined Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong, three of the most popular gaming characters and franchises in the history of gaming. Star Fox? Pikmin? Those are his creations, too. So it was big news when an interview seemingly revealed Miyamoto was planning to step down as head of Nintendo to focus on smaller games, but is he really?
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ruffled a few feathers earlier this week when the organization seemingly went on a much delayed rampage against Nintendo and its portrayal of Mario as a guy who will "use any means necessary to defeat his enemy," even if it means skinning raccoon dogs. The complaint against 'Tanooki Mario' was silly, to say the least, and the only thing gamers found despicable was PETA's campaign, which included a 2D platform game that has the player chasing down a blood dripping version of Tanooki Mario. Following the backlash, PETA now claims it was all just a gag.
The People for the Ethical Treament of Animals (PETA) is outraged over Mario's Tanooki suit and the message it sends to gamers. Confused? According to PETA, Mario is guilty of the disgusting act of wearing the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers, but you shouldn't be surprised because "Mario has been known to use any means necessary to defeat his enemy." The way PETA describes it, you'd think Nintendo's popular game character is a pixelated version of Hannibal Lecter.