tanuki

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tanuki

(təˈnʊkɪ)
n
a Japanese raccoon dog, formerly believed in Japan to be a mischievous animal capable of shape-shifting
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It's produced by Itsy Bitsy Media and developed by Tanooki Labs.
In fact, everything in this 60-minute travelogue was a revelation, from the weird Japanese goat antelope (the serow) and the freaky tanooki raccoon dog, to the mad tree frogs which lay hundreds of eggs inside giant foam nests in trees above the paddy fields.
The power-ups are mostly familiar as well, from the basic mushroom that doubles your size to the Tanooki suit that transforms you into a raccoon that can swat enemies with its tail.
The fan-favourite Tanooki suit, letting a raccoon-like Mario glide through the air, features for the first time in years, while a new Koopa-Shell Boomerang suit is introduced.
Here, you can revel in the depth, distance and speed while running, jumping and stomping on enemies throughout the levels, plus make the most of the fan's favourite Tanooki suit and tail attack.
The tail you mentioned on the logo -- it's what you think it is," he said, referring to either the raccoon tail or Tanooki suit, both of which first appeared in Super Mario Bros.
Mario can also use the tail of his Tanooki suit to swipe at enemies or float down from heights.
The seminal Super Mario 64 blazed the trail for pseudo 3D platforming back in 1996, so it's no surprise to find that actual 3D fits the plumber as snugly as his returning Tanooki suit.
Also introducing power-ups, enemies and the return of Tanooki Mario, Super Mario 3D Land promises to satisfy series fans, newcomers and holiday gift seekers at a suggested retail price of $39.
Players also can play as Tanooki Mario, using his tail to hover or perform floating jumps and attacks.
The Fire Flower allows players to throw blazing balls of fire at other drivers, while the Super Leaf makes the Tanooki Tail appear on the back of karts to knock other drivers and items out of the way.
The game also marks the return of Mario's fan-favorite Tanooki Suit, which allows him to strike enemies with his tail and slowly descend after jumping.