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 Small Details You Missed In Google’s Homepage Olympics Game


In addition to being real animals sometimes referred to as “raccoon dogs” (per Tokyo Creative), tanuki are also an important piece of Japanese mythology, which holds that tanuki are tricksters who can shapeshift at will. Gamers will recognize tanuki from their famous appearances in video games throughout the years. Mario donned a Tanooki Suit in several “Mario Bros.” games, while Link encountered a naughty tanuki in the Mysterious Forest early in “Link’s Awakening.” However, Tom Nook might be the most famous tanuki in all of video games, ruling his renters with an iron fist.



The Tanuki in “Doodle Champion Island Games Begin!” has learned some new tricks, literally, and skateboards his way through the game as a menace on the halfpipe. Equipped with a leaf-shaped skateboard, the Tanuki champion glides along with a paper fan and parasol to help him navigate the track. The very nature of this champion is something of a play on words, with the trickster turning its attention to more modern “tricks,” like kickflips.



“Doodle Champion Island Games Begin!” wouldn’t be complete without one of these creatures, especially since they appear throughout Japanese pop culture. Studio Ghibli produced the tanuki-starring film “Pom Poko,” and a giant tanuki mascot presides as the symbol of Shigaraki town in Shiga Prefecture in Japan.