Artwork of Tanooki Mario from Super Mario 3D Land.
|First Game||Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)|
|Appearances||Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario 3D Land|
When wearing it, Mario becomes Tanooki Mario. Like the Super Leaf power-up, after a running start, this power-up allows Mario to jump up and fly/glide in the air by swing his tail for a certain period of time. The Tanooki Suit differs in its unique ability to transform Mario into a statue for a few seconds, during which he is invincible but unable to move. In statue form, he can destroy some otherwise invincible enemies by landing on them. He can also land on spikes without getting damaged.
If Mario uses a P-Wing while wearing the Tanooki Suit, he keeps the suit while gaining the permanent flight ability of the wing.
This power-up is most certainly inspired from the Japanese tanuki, a raccoon dog that has a mischievous behavior and shapeshifting powers in Japanese
The Tanooki Suit reappears in Super Mario 3D Land. Mario can attack with the tail and also glide after a jump, but is unable to fly in-game. The Tanooki Suit is eliminated in the game and has a Super Leaf in use instead.