Nintendo are generally considered the family friendly company. They're a little bit more colorful, a little bit cuter. They're the kind of video games corporation you could take home to meet your granny! But it seems despite their image, they still occasionally sneak through the occasional bit of naughtiness.
Nintendo Are Forced To Update Mario Kart 8 Deluxe After Controversy Over Offensive Gesture
It seems Inkling Girl, of #Splatoon2 fame, has gotten a little bit uncouth in the latest release of #MarioKart8Deluxe. The little scamp had to have a hand gesture altered through a #Switch update, due to it accidentally resembling a gesture considered offensive in Europe.
The move in question is the Italian equivalent of flipping the bird at someone, essentially means "up yours" or "f*** you." It involves crooking your arm upwards and slapping the inside of your elbow, and while it's a very satisfying response to getting cut off by a dude on a Vespa, it was probably not intended to make it into a children's game.
The patch simply removed the other arm, turning a potentially offensive gesture into a regular old bicep flex. Fear not Italian parents, now your children can play the game again without learning how to tell you to go f*** yourself.
You can see the altered version here:
This isn't the first time that #Nintendo's landed themselves in hot water through an accident or cultural misunderstanding. The most famous case of Nintendo controversy was probably the accidental inclusion of Islamic chanting in the Fire Temple area of The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, which offended both Islamic groups due to the misuse of sacred prayers and anti-Islamic groups who believed that Nintendo were trying to sneak in pro-Islam propaganda.
Do you think Nintendo were right to remove the potentially offensive gesture from the game? Let us know in the comments!