The Tanooki Suit made its first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3.
Once the suit is worn, Mario can fly (similarly to the Super Leaf and Cape Feather) and turn into a statue. Turning into a statue will allow him to avoid any enemy, and will also allow him to defeat most enemies.
While the item form doesn't reappear in Super Mario 3D Land, the effects of the Super Leaf can be obtained to make Mario in a Tanooki Suit. Mario can do everything the same, except for flying, due to being complex to fly in a 3D platformer and turn into a statue.
A new power-up, the Statue Leaf, also grants Mario an advanced Tanooki Suit which does allow Mario to become a statue.
|Power-ups in the Super Mario Bros. series|