I knew about becoming a statue, I had no idea about killing fire with it though
Liar. You actually *wore* the Tanooki Suit. It's supposed to stay in your inventory, too valuable to use, until you finish the game.
TIL Rock type effectiveness to Fire type applies to Mario games as well.
There's a fucking d-pad and 4 buttons on that controller. How did I not randomly figure this out in the late 80's!?