Tanooki Mario (タヌキマリオ) is a power-up of Mario originally from Super Mario Bros. 3. With this ability, Tanooki Mario could hover in the air and slam down in a solid statue form.
He is also found as a driver in the November DLC pack for Mario Kart 8, along with Link and Cat Peach. In addition to this, he reappears in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. He's also an alternate skin for Mario in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.
Tanooki Mario is Mario dressed like a tanuki, an animal found in Japan. He wears fluffy reddish brown fur with a tan belly. The tail of the suit is striped with dark brown and reddish brown fur. The fur on his head is also tannish brown, and there is an opening for Mario to see through. He looks just like regular Mario with blue eyes, dark red hair, and a black mustache. There's a small cap coming out of the suit right above Mario's head, and it's color is tan, along with the ears of the costume. However, Mario has chosen to retain his white gloves from is regular outfit.
How to Unlock
Staff Ghost Tracks
* - Retro track
- Some of Tanooki Mario's voice clips are recycled from previous Mario games, including Super Mario Advance, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, and Super Mario Sunshine, among others.
- A few of Tanooki Mario's trick animations include fluttering in place (referencing his ability to flutter in Super Mario 3D Land and turning into a Statue with a bandanna (a reference to the Statue Leaf).
|Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe racers|
|Light||Baby Mario • Baby Luigi • Baby Peach • Baby Daisy • Baby Rosalina • Toad • Toadette • Koopa Troopa • Shy Guy • Lakitu • Larry Koopa • Wendy O. Koopa • Lemmy Koopa • Isabelle+ • Villager+ • Dry Bones* • Bowser Jr.*|
|Medium||Mario • Luigi • Peach • Daisy • Yoshi • Ludwig von Koopa • Iggy Koopa • Tanooki Mario+ • Cat Peach+ • Inklings*|
|Heavy||Wario • Waluigi • Donkey Kong • Rosalina • Bowser • Roy Koopa • Morton Koopa Jr. • Metal Mario • Pink Gold Peach • Link+ • Dry Bowser+ • King Boo* • Gold Mario*|
|+ - denotes DLC. • * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.|