Super Mario Brothers 3 was published by Nintendo in 1988 and centers on the adventures of plumber brothers, Mario and Luigi as they journey through out eight kingdoms, subdivided into levels, in order to save Princess Toadstool from the wicked Bowser and the Koopalings. The player defeats any and all enemies by stomping or using magical powers. One of those magical abilities is found in the Tanooki Suit.
History of the Tanooki Suit
According to Mario lore, the super mario 3 tanooki suit was a suit specially designed by a tailor named Tanooki, who puts a tail on the back of all the suits he makes as his trademark. Once donned, Mario or Luigi will now have suited up in what appears to be a raccoon suit, or Tanooki Suit. The Tanooki suit is thought to have gotten its name from the Japanese tanuki raccoon dog, who the Japanese see as a fun, playful and mischievous creature. According to Japanese folklore, the tanuki can shapeshift and change into many different forms, and as a result is found in much of Japanese traditional folklore.
Tanooki Suit Gameplay
There are a total of 9 Tanooki Suits found in Super Mario 3. The Tanooki Suit takes Mario or Luigi and turns them into ‘Tanooki Mario and ‘Tanooki Luigi’. In the game the player gets the ‘Super Leaf’ item, which transforms them into the ‘Raccoon Mario’, which allows the player to do a spin attack on enemies. However, this is not the true Tanooki Mario suit. In order to get the full powers, the player must find the ‘Tanooki Suit’ item itself. With the true Tanooki suit, the player can then transform into an invincible stone statue to hide from enemies. If the player turns into a Tanooki stone statue during a jump, they can then destroy whatever they land on. This is known as the “Ground Pound” move. The Tanooki suit also allows either Mario or Luigi to fly.
Super Mario Bros. 3 was released on October 23, 1988, and is ranked among one of the greatest video game titles ever created. Reportedly selling over 17 million copies, and obtaining an average rank of 97.5 for game play, Super Mario Bros. 3 became Nintendo’s third best selling game, and spawned a television series.