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(RNN) - PETA celebrated the release of Nintendo's newest Pokémon games today with a game of their own - a bloody spoof of Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 titled Black & Blue: Gotta Free 'Em All.

The game walks you through the point of view of an abused and bandaged Pokémon, the iconic Pikachu from the children's series, as it battles its way to free other Pokémon.

PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is a notable and often criticized animal rights organization. It uses the game as a means to promote the awareness of animal mistreatment, albeit in a somewhat violent way.

Through battles, Pikachu confronts a drunken and abusive owner, a scientist who conducts experiments on animals, a Pokémon farmer who sells meat and skin and his former owner, Ash Ketchum, who in the PETA game is an animal show entertainer.

"As battling Pokémon grew in popularity, generations of children were growing up to believe that Pokémon exist for no other reasons than to be used and abused by humans," the game starts out. "Children learned about dominance instead of compassion. While Pokémon faced the worst abuses, children also started bullying one another."

And the battles aren't just your run-of-the-mill text game, either - in the first challenge, the abusive owner attacks Pikachu with a bloody bat with a move called "discipline," all while holding a beer bottle and obviously drunk.

Pokémon fight back with moves such as "Group Hug," "Petition" and "Protest" alongside the traditional licensed game moves of "Quick Attack" and "Mega Drain."

The game aims to teach such valuable life lessons as, "You want people to wear and eat Pokémon?! That's just disgusting! Plus, Pokémon aren't yours to eat or wear," and "Like all thinking and feeling beings, Pokémon must surely suffer terribly when they are cut up in experiments or forced to fight."

And when your "team" reaches milestones on your journey, you'll encounter treasure chests with such goodies like a video showing animal cruelty (trust us, it's graphic), a Black & Blue desktop wallpaper and printable Black & Blue trading cards.

PETA released the following statement about the game:

"Much like animals in the real world, Pokémon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments. The way that Pokémon are stuffed into Pokéballs is similar to how circuses chain elephants inside railroad cars and let them out only to perform confusing and often painful tricks that were taught using sharp steel-tipped bullhooks and electric shock prods."

In 2011, PETA launched a campaign, including a game called Super Tanooki Skin 2D, against another Nintendo icon, Mario. In Super Mario 3D Land, Mario wears the skin of an animal similar to a raccoon, a fictitious creature called a "Tanooki," for parts of the game. PETA argued that the game encouraged the practice of killing animals and wearing their skins - despite the fact that Mario gains the costume through picking up a magical leaf.

Nintendo responded in an interview with Eurogamer that "Mario often takes the appearance of certain animals and objects in his games. These have included a frog, a penguin, a balloon and even a metallic version of himself."

So far, there is no word yet from Nintendo on the newest creation by PETA.

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