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PETA Says Anti-Mario Campaign Was Just A Joke

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So I’m sure everyone remembers the little site that PETA recently set up to advocate for Tanuki dogs across the globe. The one that depicts everyone’s favorite plumber in a bloody, dripping Tanooki Suit and holding the severed head of a dead Tanuki dog while staring maliciously at the viewer. The one that came with an entire flash game set in a hellish version of the Mushroom Kingdom? If not, scroll down just a wee bit and take a gander.

Anyway, as it would turn out, the whole thing was just a silly li’l joke on PETA’s part. After Nintendo made a statement about the website, PETA decided to send over their own statement to make their intentions a bit more clear.

PETA Statement re New PETA Game Lampoons Skin-Stealing Mario

Mario fans: Relax! PETA’s game was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, a fun way to call attention to a serious issue, that raccoon dogs are skinned alive for their fur. We wish real-life tanukis could fly or swat enemies away with their tails and escape from those who profit from their skins. You can help them by never buying real fur.

 

So uh… yeah. A joke. The kind of joke where you throw up videos of real life animals being beaten to death and having their fur ripped off juxtaposed against Nintendo’s beloved characters. Oh, PETA. The realm of Comedy certainly is not your forte.

Posted by Mr. MITTH 16.11.2011 in News, Nintendo
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Modern Warfare Loves to Dish Out the Controversies

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So, despite being a largely Nintendo related site, we do like to keep in the loop in regards to the larger video gaming world. And in turn, we like to keep you in the loop. With that being said, I’m sure many of you realize that Modern Warfare 3 just recently hit store shelves. And like the game before it, just a tad bit of controversy is following after it.

Modern Warfare 3 is of course the third title in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, a series which is infamous for throwing the player into the middle of epic firefights, edge of your seat nuclear cataclysms, and brutal special ops take downs. As well, since the release of Modern Warfare 2, the series has become rather famous for controversy.

Modern Warfare 2 famously contained a level, “No Russian,” which became wildly controversial for having the player play as a member of a terrorist group who proceed to brutally gun down dozens of innocent civilians in a Russian airport.

Modern Warfare 3 seems to be continuing that rich, controversial tradition.

[Some minor spoilers for Modern Warfare 3 follows]

In the third title, there is a brief cut scene which shows an American family on vacation in London. The scene is viewed through the lens of a camcorder held by the father, who is video taping his wife and young daughter as they laugh and see the sights. Before too long, a terrorist van pulls up beside the wife and daughter, unnoticed by the family, which proceeds to violently explode right next to the wife and daughter. The two are engulfed in flame, the camera is knocked to the ground and waves of black smoke roll over the scene.

The actual scene can be seen HERE. Pretty gruesome to say the least.

However, this particular controversy differs from the one in Modern Warfare 2 in a pretty big way. Mainly, you’re simply a passive viewer in the events of the Modern Warfare 3 scene; it’s almost entirely a cut scene. There are no moral choices the player can make which can change the fate of the young girl. In the “No Russian” scene, the player had full control to either kill innocent civilians or to hang back and let the other members of the group do all the dirty work.

As well, I think it needs to be noted that the killing of children is nothing new to the entertainment industry. While perhaps always shocking or disturbing to us on some level, there are dozens of movies where children are seen to be killed, some on screen and some off. Many times this helps to drive the plot in big ways and serves to make it clear to us just how bad and despicable the bad guys are, like it seems to do in the case of Modern Warfare 3.

But what do you guys think? Is Infinity Ward pushing the envelope just a wee bit too far or is it simply nothing more than a way to advance the plot in an ‘interesting’ way?

Posted by Mr. MITTH 15.11.2011 in News
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PETA Starts Graphic Campaign Against Mario

So I’m sure everyone has heard of PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. They’re an international animal rights group which boasts somewhere around two million members and supporters around the globe. Now, I’m entirely for PETA. I think what they do for mistreated animals around the world is simply saintly. However… I also think they’ve recently gone a bit far into left field.

PETA has begun a campaign against Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom. Specifically, the Tanooki (a type of raccoon dog) suit power up which has become an icon of the Mario franchise. According to PETA, the inclusion of the Tanooki Suit power up in the Mario games sends out the message that it’s okay to skin and wear Tanuki Dog furs.

A recent post on their website reads, “When on a mission to rescue the princess, Mario has been known to use any means necessary to defeat his enemy – even wearing the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers.”

“Tanooki may be just a ‘suit’ in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.”

In the same vein as anti-smoking campaigns, PETA seems to be driving their anti-Tanooki suit campaign with graphic, bloody images of Mario holding the decapitated head of a dead Tanuki dog while wearing it’s assumedly skinned fur and standing in a pool of the creature’s blood.

PETA has even gone so far as to create a flash based game in the same style as a Super Mario sidescroller. You play as a bloodied, skinned Tanuki dog, traversing the Hellraiser equivalent of Mushroom Kingdom and chasing a flying Mario, dripping in blood and wearing your stolen fur.

It’s really a fun, family geared little flash. PETA seems to have Mario’s secret hobby as a ruthless animal skinner pinned. I have a funny feeling that Nintendo’s lawyers are going to have a field day with this one.

THE MARIO KILLS TANOOKI CAMPAIGN SITE AND GAME CAN BE FOUND HERE

 

Posted by Mr. MITTH 14.11.2011 in News, Nintendo
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Beautiful Limited Edition Legend of Zelda Themed 3DS

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So the last article was all for the hardcore Super Mario fans out there. Welp, now we have some news for those hardcore Legend of Zelda fans out there. It might not be as interesting as Times Square turned Mushroom Kingdom but I guarantee it’ll make your mouth water just as much.

Just recently revealed by Nintendo of Europe is the preposterously beautiful limited edition Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D bundle! The main focus of which is the limited edition Legend of Zelda themed 3DS. This thing is beautiful. Take a gander. Polished black surface, marked with the Hyrule Emblem and fancy golden designs. I imagine it making the unsheathed Master Sword sound effect every time you pull it from your pocket. I can’t confirm that though.

The entire package comes with the beautifully decorated limited edition Legend of Zelda themed 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, as well as a special limited edition duel sided sleeve.

Currently the bundle has no release date for America but the release date for Europe is set to be on November 25th. It’s current release price is set at €199 or about $270 USD.

Hardcore Zelda fans or especially any Nintendo fans who have yet to purchase a 3DS, I would give this bundle some serious thought!

NINTENDO ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION THE LEGEND OF ZELDA 25th ANNIVERSARY BUNDLE

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the The Legend of Zelda series with a new limited edition Nintendo 3DS system bundled with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

8th November 2011 – The Legend of Zelda™ is highly regarded as one of the most critically-acclaimed video game series of all time. To celebrate its 25th anniversary and to mark this occasion, Nintendo is releasing a special 25th Anniversary limited edition* Nintendo 3DS™ system, marked with the Hyrule emblem and golden-coloured embellishments. This limited edition console will come bundled exclusively with a copy of The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time 3D which was specifically created for the Nintendo 3DS system, and will become available in stores across Europe from 25th November 2011 – just in time for Christmas!

Fully re-mastered from the original Nintendo® 64 title, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is packed with stunning 3D graphics and visual delights for fans, both familiar and new to the franchise. As part of the bundle your copy of the game will contain, a special dual sided sleeve; on the front the classic game sleeve design appears but on the reverse there is the limited edition golden coloured sleeve. This dual sided special sleeve is only available as part of The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary bundle.

Join Link, a heroic young boy, on his quest to save the land of Hyrule from Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves. Interact with many different characters and battle various enemies while exploring vast landscapes, mythical temples, dungeons, towns and villages – all in 3D!

What’s more, make the most of the new control scheme, completely re-designed to make the best use of the Nintendo 3DS capabilities, all of which help you to intuitively guide Link on his journey.

The game’s graphical re-working coupled with the three-dimensional depth provided by the Nintendo 3DS breathes new life into this timeless classic. Whether you’re a first-time player or a regular visitor to Hyrule, the limited edition Nintendo 3DS system bundled with The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D offers a magical new experience for all to enjoy, on 25th November 2011.

Posted by Mr. MITTH 13.11.2011 in News, Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS
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Nintendo Transforms Times Square into Mushroom Kingdom!

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No, really folks. No need to bust out the bifocals. You read that correctly. Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom are coming to the Big Apple.

In honor of the release of the new Mario 3DS title, ‘Super Mario 3D Land,’ Nintendo is going all out in Times Square. This weekend, the gaming giant is going to be holding a release celebration like none other by bedecking Times Square in enough Mario related attire to make the even the most hardcore of fans squee with glee.

Just a few of the Mushroom Kingdom landmarks to be snazzing up the square? How about life-sized warp pipes, trampoline coin jumps, and even a good, ol’ fashioned flagpole finale! Not to mention a performance at the start of the event from a mass group of Nintendo characters.

Not exciting enough yet for ya? Well that’s alright. That’s not even the half of it.

The will be a “Mushroom Kingdom” pizza truck on site, giving out free mushroom pizza to the first 1,000 customers to tweet using the #SuperMario3D hashtag. A set of exclusive Tanooki ears and tails (Raccoon Mario) will be given out to fans at the event. Fans in attendence will be able to play Super Mario 3D Land at the event, a day before release. And to put the cherry on the cake, Nintendo will be rewarding its biggest fans with an exclusive limited early sale of Super Mario 3D Land at the Toys R’ Us right on Times Square.

I mean, come on. If this all doesn’t just make you wanna yell, “It’sa me! Mario!” then you’re not a real Mario fan.

The event kicks off this Saturday, November 12th at 10 a.m. and runs till about 4 p.m. Held at Military Island at Times Square (Broadway and 7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets).

Oh and fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters! So dust off those blue overalls and tomato red cap and get on up to Times Square!

Posted by Mr. MITTH 11.11.2011 in News, Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS
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