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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe patches out offensive Inkling Girl gesture with version 1.1

Posted on May 17, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was updated to version 1.1 tonight. In the official patch notes, Nintendo said that it adjusted the animation for Inkling Girl. So what was that about?

Above is a gesture that Inkling Girl originally. But with version 1.1, the updated animation is below. This was likely changed as some may consider it to be offensive. The change may seem subtle to some, though you can now see that Inkling Girl no longer puts her hand on her other arm.

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  • ibo✿✿AKA✿✿SleepyAbra༼凸 ◉_◔༽凸

    why? …………… F&^%()* you SJWs….

    • amak11

      Actually no. This is because depending on where you are it could mean something entirely different. The world isnt in America and the Internet does NOT belong to America. This is why in many cultures pointing is an insult

      • Felipe M.

        SJWs don’t live just in America. They’re everywhere.

        • But the issue is, SJWs don’t actually care. What does it matter to them? They’re just a handy scapegoat for pointless outrage over a trivial issue.

          • donut

            it’s always funny when this kinda of stuff happens because SJWs are more the type of people to get mad at stupid stuff like “why is this character who’s always been straight up until now still not gay?” (ex: samurai jack) they’re not the kind of people to get upset over censorship, and they’ve pretty much always been limited to just tumblr.

            but yeah you’re right, they’re always brought up whenever people need a scapegoat. i got called an SJW in an online game once for teaming up on someone, not sure what the correlation is there, but, yeah.

          • What Samurai Jack reference is that even? Who asks that? ^u^; I’ve seen people get excited over the JohnnyxJack art, but aren’t people more typically happy that he’s been ace/aro up to now? (And I get the pissy mood now, because the writing is crap and yeesh forced romance and sex jokes, ugh.)

            I mean, as long as you do something that someone does not like or agree with, you’re basically an SJW. If something happens that angry, ignorant people don’t agree with? SJWs. SJWs are basically becoming a boogeyman of cosmic levels for the power that people they wield. I want to say some people really know it’s not SJWs, but they just play into the idea, but sometimes I’m not sure. And that’s a little pathetic for them.

          • donut

            well that kind of stuff i can understand, but a lot of times i’ll see people complain about a character that’s always been hetero still be hetero.

            also, it’s really stupid because a majority of “SJWs” were just super obvious trolls to begin with (who in their right mind actually believes their gender is a literal star in the universe or an attack helicopter)

            wish people could just blame everything on trolls again. or better yet, actually look into what the problem is rather than just blaming it on something that doesn’t exist to begin with.

          • Sometimes I get it. Sometimes. I will say though, there are people that claim to progressive/feminist/SJW/etc, but they’re rather. . . gross. Like the people that only ship White dudes, and pretty much don’t genuinely support LGBT stuff, but they look like they do, and pretend they do. (I’ll bet some sincerely believe they do.) Supernatural has had debacles with that, but the writers are also gross enough themselves to feed into it.

            Lol, pretty much.

            That. . . that sounds really good. It’s so simple and logical, it feels obvious. But it also makes me sad because it better illustrates the state of the internet that people would rather flip their mess over small, here nor there things and blame ~SJWs~ (or whatever other group), than to take a minute to breath and think (for themselves).

          • donut

            yeah, no, i see that kind of behavior all the time and it’s probably the closest you can get to the definition of an SJW. its typically just straight white girls passing off their fetish as LGBT when in reality they’re just fujoshis trying to come off as “progressive” so they can have some kind of stupid high ground. it sucks for all the people actually involved w/ LGBT stuff, but these kind of people always want everything to be about them so they’re constantly pulling this stuff so they can be in the spotlight and end up bringing everyone else down with them. social justice gets a bad rep because SJWs, trans people get a bad rep because SJWs, etc, etc.

            and yeah going on about the people who blame SJWs for everything, its pretty ironic because they’re the same group of people that always tell others to think for themselves despite ironically being one of the biggest herd of sheep on the internet.

          • Yup. Pretty much. It’s pretty disturbing too, and frustrating with how they treat LGBT people (and anyone not White) in the fandoms they’re in. And yeah, it does end up with social justice and legitimate issues getting a bad rep. It’s very sad, and a horrible cycle.

            Honestly! It’s so tiring to see, and could almost be comical, if it weren’t that there are so many of them just being so obnoxious.

          • TalesOfBS

            It is always funny when this kinda of bad stuff happens to games and SJWs flock trying to justify it.
            Look at yourself and puchinri desperately trying to defend all sort of censorship every time we get a new one.

          • donut

            ok

          • Tlink7

            We’ll see what you say about censorship if say the inkling was burning the American flag 😛
            I don’t get why people whine about ”pointless” censorship. A gesture in a children’s karting game was changed. Who !”#$ing cares?

          • ForeVision

            And in this case, there’s actual merit for it. We’re talking something that is seen as offensive in some countries, in a game where it’s very much out of contrast. I mean we’re not talking GTA, where nobody gives a literal F about any of that.

            Plus it’s not like Nintendo would enforce this on every other game including third-parties, otherwise I doubt games like Pay Day would bother. I for one think Nintendo will be more reasonable about these sorts of things, and apply them where it makes sense to do so, rather then for the sake of it.

          • Tlink7

            Exactly. Flipping somebody the bird is out of place in a happy Nintendo game. It isn’t in GTA. Games have PEGI ratings to let parents know what content the title will have, so a PEGI 7 shouldn’t have somebody saying ”fµck you” (even though I haven’t seen anybody use that gesture ever in Holland)

          • ForeVision

            Us landers of the Nether tend to simply use the middle one (even though that is already a rare thing). Relating to this whole thing, I’ve got me a bottle with some serious attitude, it was so funny I just had to buy it xD

            https://www.candyonline.nl/Files/3/4000/4251/ProductPhotos/Large/349072809.jpg

          • Tlink7

            We mostly just curse around here I think xD usually slang for gay with a disease used as an adjective

          • ForeVision

            Oh T, that reminds me, I don’t know if you’ve heard about it, but that whole crap with that song of someone singing “goeiemoggel” and how that got someone a punch in the face. I laughed my behind off at how incredibly stupid that was.

          • Tlink7

            I am rather disconnected from mainstream entertainment, so I’m afraid I’ve not heard of that xD

          • ForeVision

            And I thought I was disconnected 😛 Well you should look that up if you want a good laugh, it’s really quite silly.

          • Tlink7

            I never watch TV. I don’t have cable so that makes it quite hard I guess xD

          • ForeVision

            I didn’t see it on TV though, rather I heard of it, and it was in some very popular (for a while anyway) song, hence why (can’t avoid the radio when in certain places)

          • TalesOfBS

            Did you see any libtard jailed or publicly censored by any official motion? I don’t.

            Actual gamers care because that is how we got into this censorship fk fest nowadays, by not caring when everybody should have. It shouldn’t become a normal thing.

          • Tlink7

            What do you mean with you first sentence?

            You don’t think no longer having a character flipping the bird in a family-friendly racer is normal?

    • Brii-Nanas

      I fail to see how this is ‘social justice’. Moreso removing a gesture that might be the equivalent of the middle finger in some places. If it was a niche game that was very clearly Japanese/Western, those sorts of things are more commonly understood by their fanbase. But a game like Mario Kart, which is in the hands of kids worldwide, a parent might see it and not have the context to realize that the devs may not be able to reasonably consider EVERY culture while developing the game. All they see is a rude gesture in their kid’s game.

      Not everything you don’t like can be blamed on those darn SJWs.

      • Justin McQuillen

        The whole point we have been trying to tell you SJWs is that if you grant the power to censor and sanitize everything on any grounds that there are ALWAYS moral busibodies that will use that power to censor whatever they like, including using it on you. You just wouldn’t listen, would you SJWs? You just had to sanctimoniously assume you were on the moral high ground. “Drumph BTFO”. You’re the happy-happyism cult that paints everything blue so you can hate your doubleplusbad group-think enemy, Orange Hitler.

        • Brii-Nanas

          Moral busibodies, like parents have always and forever will be when it comes to video games? Like their haven’t been news reports about how video games will lead your children down the path to SATAN since their inception.

          But you’re right. I’m totally going to miss that gesture I never even really noticed. Of all the issues that needed 90+ comments about, it was definitely the minor change to that 1 second animation.

          And way to assume a lot about me. I don’t support censorship. I just know that crying foul over every minor change will just make the ones that matter seem to matter less. It makes you no better than the ‘moral busibodies’ that complain about every little thing that offends their sensibilities when you complain about every little thing that offends yours.

          • Justin McQuillen

            None of your comment even makes sense. Mine was well articulated.

        • TalesOfBS

          These people live on their high morals ground, i wonder how long they can hold that until their own EGO bites them back hard.
          Long ago, when they censored Xenoblade X i think, i told one of these SJWs here (i believe it was Mocky) that one day even his beloved Splatoon would be victim of some form of censorship despite it being completely safe even for toddlers.
          And now we have it.

      • ibo✿✿AKA✿✿SleepyAbra༼凸 ◉_◔༽凸

        i fail to care

      • Really, it comes down to this.

        It kind of boggles my mind but cracks me up that people think SJWs would even care. Like, what does SJW even mean at this point that they should be outraged over everything and the source of all censorship?

        • NeptuniasBeard

          Not to mention the implications that you’d apparently have to be a Social Justice Warrior to be offended when some flips you off. Apparently getting offended at all is a bad thing now.

          This just supports my argument that one can really only combat someone’s social justice with their own. A real pot/kettle situation if I ever saw one…

          • Exactly, lol. That’s what gets me the most. Which, also irony for getting offended at all being bad, right? I’m waiting for the logic to wrap completely around enough that these people realize they’ve over-defined and used SJW so much, they themselves are also SJWs.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            I don’t think they could handle such a revelation. They’d likely deny it to the bitter end…

      • Luís Reis

        Although less kid-friendly, the cover for Left 4 Dead 2 comes to mind. The UK had to turn the hand around because it’s actually the equivalent of flipping someone off, there.

    • donut

      lmao what? just because this doesn’t apply to you, doesn’t mean its “sjws”. if mario was flipping off the camera, obviously nintendo’s gonna change it.

      god you people who complain about every little change remind me of chris-chan getting mad at sega for making sonic’s arms blue. look, just don’t pepper-spray any gamestop employees over this, ok?

    • TalesOfBS

      You triggered quite a bunch of SJWs like donut and puchinri, good job.

      • ibo✿✿AKA✿✿SleepyAbra༼凸 ◉_◔༽凸

        i try my best 😀

    • Jumbo Jango

      Is this a joke? This has nothing to do with SJWs. It’s probably just so that parents don’t get mad over seeing offensive gestures (in certain countries) in an E rated game.

  • jakeoti

    It’s the Pokemon sailor all over again!

  • AquaBat

    I remember when that was a gesture of empowerment.

    • Dascylus

      Same

    • amak11

      Remember when the world didn’t revolve around one country’s ego?

    • Ankfank

      Not the same gesture as Rosie the Riveter if you are talking about her. Her picture is about rolling up her sleeve. This on the other hand https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bras_d%27honneur

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    • ibo✿✿AKA✿✿SleepyAbra༼凸 ◉_◔༽凸

      LOL that’s what i was thinking XD but SJWs ruin everything in life…

    • It is still. In places like Japan. And I guess in the US, since someone mentioned Rosie. But in parts of EU, it is basically “eff you.”

      I like the gesture, but I get the change.

      • Eagle367

        Not only EU but some places in Asia and Africa as well. And not a small population but a considerably large one

        • I forgot about it being in those places too. Thanks~.

        • TalesOfBS

          I think you meant places in Asia and Africa were EU migrants flocked to. Better give some examples instead of spreading half truths.

          • Eagle367

            Pakistan India and I don’t know maybe Iran or Afghanistan but I don’t know about those two. Still with Pakistan and India combined you have a population close to if not crossing 1.5 billion people so yeah

          • Eagle367

            And what do you mean where EU migrants flocked to anyways? Do you mean the british invaders?

    • Eagle367

      It was never that in many places I the damn world. It always meant the middle finger in many places

    • Tlink7

      When was this empowerment?

      • Velen (Not WoW)

        World War II or thereabouts.

        • Tlink7

          Oh, the picture in the replies below?

          • Velen (Not WoW)

            The Rosie the Rivetor one yes.

          • Tlink7

            Hrm, looks a bit different to me. Anyway, apparently this gesture is rude in quite a few EU countries (not here though), even in WW2 times

      • cyxceven

        Before you were born.

        • Tlink7

          If you’re referring to that image of a woman rolling up her sleeves, this is different. I doubt you were born either back then…

          • ForeVision

            Hell, I’m an old fart of 25, soon to be 26 and I’ve not seen this in person (it’s a very American thing as far as I’m aware). I’ve seen it come by a couple of times on the American Pickers show 😛

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Yo, stopping by to say I haven’t forgetton about the Digaea demo thing, but my shifts have left me without much game time. From what I have played though, the mechanics seem pretty interesting, might take a minute to get used to. The humor is kind of hit or miss so far, same with the voice acting. But this is NISA, so I’m not surprised.

            This is still pretty early in, so things will probably change when I can actually finish the demo lol

          • ForeVision

            From what they’ve told me (sent NISA an e-mail), it has dual audio so there’s that to use if the English is jarring. And I’m curious as to your full assessment, let me know if you get to it. I’ve played my fair share of turn-based and real-time strategies, and I’ve seen Disgaea 5 when a friend played it, and he’s enjoyed it. Considering we have largely overlapping tastes when it comes to games, or at least JRPGS, I think it’ll be alright.

          • cyxceven

            My age is irrelevant. My knowledge is infinite.

          • Tlink7

            The more you know the less you know

  • Carly

    I don’t understand how this is offensive? anyone clue me in?

    • Brian

      It can mean something pretty bad depending on where you come from. Something along the lines of “up yours” is one connotation.

      • Carly

        Oh, I see. thanks for letting me know 🙂

      • Felipe M.

        If we’re going there then it can mean anything.

        The hand symbol where one does A-OK is considered “White Supremacy” or some stupid nonsense.

        • By whom and since when? Isn’t that just white supremacists trying to claim it? Although they did get Pepe, lol.

      • Captain

        But it makes perfect sense in context though. “Up yours, losers!”

    • jbmindtrick

      It’s another way to flip someone off and give them the bird.

    • Viati

      In Mexico, this gesture means “Ch**a tu madre” that literally translates to: “Go f*** your mother”

    • jakeoti

      In some areas (I believe Europe), it’s a symbol for “up yours”. Like, shoving your arm up their…well…where one shoves an arm up. It was actually previously removed in Pokemon.

      • Eagle367

        Not only Europe but Asia and Africa I think as well. Asia I am sure of and Africa I think but don’t know

        • TalesOfBS

          In Japan people use this as a hard work gesture, like taking on a challenge or a difficult job.

          • Eagle367

            Well the game is an international hit so it has to take that into account

        • Jumbo Jango

          I’m familiar with it as an offensive gesture up here in Canada, too. Though I’m not sure people really use it.

    • TalesOfBS

      It is offensive in a few countries flocked with upper class snowflakes whose main job is getting offended at everything 24/7.

  • Locky Mavo

    I didn’t even notice, makes sense to patch it out though.

  • Hidden Flare

    Don’t get how thats offensive. Must be a foreign type thing.

    • Felipe M.

      We live in a world where everyone feels offended by the tiniest thing and now Mario Kart has been affected by it. Mario Kart!

      • Constantinos Lapiotis

        In most European countries this gesture means “[email protected] you”.

        • Felipe M.

          Stop repeating that, it doesn’t make it okay to censor part of the game.

          • Constantinos Lapiotis

            I am not repeating. I am just explaining to you why this gesture is offensive to some parts of the world. Thank you.

          • Felipe M.

            It’s not even offensive to “most European countries” as you put it, it might be offensive to certain people who get offended by anything.

            By that, then Goku is symbol of hate too. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea74f856de3b8f38e897783a3ee2444fc93864ead8af5f231948a8c8b0c16e44.jpg

          • Constantinos Lapiotis

            It is offensive to most European countries. Sorry to disappoint you.

          • Felipe M.

            It might be, at most, so games should be censored because of it? I’m glad you’re not a pubisher nor a developer.

          • Advance*

            Or it should have never been in the first place? What are you even defending? I doubt the person responsible for the original animation is nearly as upset as you.

          • donut

            if that weren’t the case, nintendo’s european games would still be using the noa localisations you hate so much. you realize that started being a thing because the term “spastic” was offensive in uk?

          • Eagle367

            Yup games should be censored over silly gestures because they can offend a sizable population with a sign that has offended them for ages no damn game mechanic has changed and it does not matter censorship is not always bad

          • Ankfank

            Like I already said: https://en.wikipedia.org/wi
            There is one huge difference and ironically what Goku does in that image is the same what inkling does now after patch.

          • ItsTheWolf

            No, that Goku picture can’t the symbol of hate. because he’s not posing like the Inkling Girl.
            Look carefully, the other hand should be somewhere else for the pose to be offensive.

          • Eagle367

            Nope never heard of that the symbol of hate. Its offensive in Asia as well

          • Tlink7

            Goku doesn’t have his other arm on his bicep, so that isn’t the same gesture. Would you mind if it was a middle finger gesture that was censored?

          • Eagle367

            OK so the kids in Asia and Europe would be eff youiing themselves in the back camera? Its a stupid gesture get over it

        • Eagle367

          And Asian countries as well

      • NeptuniasBeard

        So to put in in context for everyone here: Felipe here is having their mind blown at the totally new discovery that making a gesture that tells someone some variation of “go f*** yourself” could be considered offensive by those on the receiving end.

        So Felipe, how WAS life under that rock, inside your safe space?

        • Velen (Not WoW)

          Total agreement man. Like how the peace or V for victory sign in France is their variation of flipping the bird.

          • Filn

            The V being an insult is in England, not France, and it’s only when the palm is facing toward the person giving the sign. In France flipping the bird is just raising your middle finger, or alternatively, what the inkling was doing.

          • Velen (Not WoW)

            Thank you for correcting and clarifying.

        • Lol. Perfect use of safe space. This would be the perfect time for an ironic and yet unironic use of triggered, too.

      • Jumbo Jango

        “We live in a world where everyone feels offended by the tiniest thing” Yeah, like removing rude gestures from videogames made for kids when their inclusion clearly wasn’t thought through properly. Boy, you’d have to be a real special snowflake to get worked up over that.

    • Constantinos Lapiotis

      Yeap, it is very offensive, especially in Europe.

      • Felipe M.

        Not really.

        • Ankfank
          • fox_whisper85

            Oh boo hoo, get over it

        • Constantinos Lapiotis

          I don’t get it why you are in a complete denial to accept that in parts of the world this gesture is very rude. Have a good night.

          • Felipe M.

            You’re in favour of censoring games because it might be offensive to some people. That’s ridiculous to say the least.

          • Constantinos Lapiotis

            Censor is one thing, having a bad gesture for many Europeans, depicted on a known video game property, is another thing. Talking about censor is completely irrelevant to this article’s subject.

          • Constantinos Lapiotis

            If you go over to the Wikipedia as Arfrank suggested you’ll see that this gesture is very insulting to the following countries: France, Spain, Italy, Georgia, Portugal, Greece, Latin America, Brazil, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries, Colombia, Turkey, Malta and many others.

          • TalesOfBS

            This is not offensive in Latin America, nobody uses this anymore. Kids nowadays don;t even know what it means, most think it is a Feminist power gesture.

          • Not really, Nintendo is a family company, and Mario Kart is a pretty big game that will be played by many. You wouldn’t have a character flipping the bird in a game like this. This is no different as it means exactly the same thing in quite a few significant countries

  • Felipe M.

    Offensive? What?!

    Is Bowser Jr. slapping his butt not offensive? I don’t get what’s offensive and what isn’t.

    • Constantinos Lapiotis

      In most European countries this means “[email protected] you”.

      • Felipe M.

        What most? And even then, it depends who you talk to.

    • Tlink7

      You wouldn’t be offended if somebody said ”fµck you” to your face? Even if not, do you think ”fµck you” should have a place in a video game clearly aimed at a family audience? This can actually affect sales and Nintendo’s image you know…

  • Constantinos Lapiotis

    In most European countries this means “[email protected] you”. So, it is understandable that they changed it. No complaints.

    • Felipe M.

      Most? That’s the first I’ve read meaning that and I’m European.

      Stupid censorship.

      • Ankfank

        I’m also European but it can still be offensive in other countries https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bras_d%27honneur

        • Felipe M.

          So because it MIGHT be offensive to a few or some then games should be censored. That’s some great logic!

          • ronin4life

            Because it *Is* offensive *In Dozens of nations*
            Fixed that for you

          • Felipe M.

            By the same token, that avatar that you use can be considered offensive. See how that works? Everyone can feel offended.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            How so? What the Inkling girl was doing was objectively an offensive gesture. Being offended, and making an offensive gesture are TWO completely different things. I could give you the middle finger, and you wouldn’t necessarily feel offended, that doesn’t make it NOT an offensive gesture.

          • TruExtent

            If this were something like Tokyo Mirage Sessions or Xenoblade I would be mad that something like this were removed since those games are story and character driven. Something like this gesture would help with character development and all that good stuff.

            However in this case of Mario Kart, we have here a game that goes for an E for Everyone rating (or E10+). This is a game that’s meant to be good fun for everyone. Suddenly the game is giving a literal F**K YOU and possibly ruining the game for others, not to mention the possibility of the game needed to be re-rated due to it’s discovery. Just see what happen with GTA San Andreas and the Hot Coffee mod. If Rockstar didn’t fix future versions of the game, it would have had a AO rating and would not have been sold in any store. Nintendo doesn’t suddenly want to be selling happy-go-lucky Mario Kart 8 Deluxe rated M for Mature (or even T for Teen).

            So in this particular case, it’s good this was caught and was altered enough that it still looks mostly like it did before without being offensive anymore. In any case, it’s overall a minor edit and really, we should be focusing on all the other good thing brought in by this update like how Mii expressions are finally back and online adjustments were made.

            Wow, this comment turned out longer than expected…

    • Hidden Flare

      Can we get some info on this gesture such as a page explaining its offensiveness in Europe?

      • Felipe M.

        He’s just trying to prove a point where it doesn’t exist. This means “yes” than actually being offensive but you know, since people get offended by the littlest things nowadays Nintendo is bending over to them.

    • TalesOfBS

      Eating cow meat is offensive in many places, can we get it removed from Zelda?

      • Tlink7

        Eating cows to stay alive isn’t the same as going to India, murdering a cow and eating it infront of everyone… In case you haven’t caught on: the latter is to purposefully insult, just like the inkling is doing, the former is not. Indian players can choose not to kill cows in the video game

        • TalesOfBS

          So can we get a patch to choose to disable/enable this? Or defendos will again argue lack of options is better because Nintendo did?

          • Tlink7

            No? You don’t have to eat meat. You’re creating problems out of thin air.

  • Blanco8x8

    It looked more like a “Rosie the Riveter” pose than an “up yours” gesture

  • Felipe M.

    Goku did it too, is he gonna be censored too after all these years? Find out on the next episode of Dragon Ball ZeeEEEeee https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea74f856de3b8f38e897783a3ee2444fc93864ead8af5f231948a8c8b0c16e44.jpg

    • TruExtent

      By that picture, I think Goku is still safe. In the first picture, the left hand is on the right bicep. It was altered so that the left hand wouldn’t be there anymore.

    • Viati

      It is not the same gesture tho..

    • Hugrazy

      There are so many things different about this that I don’t even know where to begin…

    • Ankfank

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bras_d%27honneur
      There is one huge difference and ironically what Goku does in that image is the same what inkling does now after patch.

      • Felipe M.

        Not necessarily, if people want to feel offended about it then they will.

      • Hidden Flare

        I was kinda waiting till you replied to me when I asked for a page like this but I’ll just say it here.

        Interesting I never heard of this type of gesture before and how its offensive. I suppose I can see the Inkling making such symboi. While I can believe this was an accident, it is pretty funny to think about. But it’s not too much of an issue to edit, they just moved an arm so no real worries. Thanks fro providing info.

  • FutureFox

    Being alive is offensive.

    • fox_whisper85

      Thanks, pantywaist SJWs

  • fox_whisper85

    Crybaby SJW pantywaists.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Huh, you learn something new everyday. Culture, am I right?

  • Komasham

    Why do people care so much about an animation change? Does it ruin the game? No. Does it make you not want to play as Inkling Girl? No. Would it make you take your copy back or not buy the game now? No. So what is the problem here?

    • fox_whisper85

      People being sycophants

    • Advance*

      They don’t seem to understand that to the people who don’t care one way or another, their defense of something so trivial is just as annoying as someone getting offended by it. As if this is something Nintendo should take a stand on in a game aimed at all ages.

    • They need something to get upset about and blame on SJWs, I guess. I’m almost impressed at the upset over it.

    • Tlink7

      Ironically it is all the rage amongst… certain… people to complain about SJW’s complaining (even if it isn’t ”SJW” related)

  • hi v3.0

    GUYS THIS ISN’T “CENSORSHIP” LIKE TOKYO MIRAGE AND FIRE EMBLEM… DO YOU WANT NINTENDO TO GET SUED???!!!

  • Jacob Groves

    Don’t care about it. MK 8 Deluxe is best racing game of all-time and 2nd best game on Switch after Zelda: Breath of the Wild as well MK 8 Deluxe better then any PS4 / XB1 games out there their current generation. 😛

  • Gamingfan

    Grow the [email protected] up nintendo. This is why you get called a childrens company.

    • Tlink7

      Because they ARE a children’s company lol
      It is smart to keep the people who buy your games happy

      • ForeVision

        I daresay they’re an “everyone’s” company, but in this case it makes sense, as in the context of MK8 itself. If they’d do this in a more mature-aimed game, then there’s something to complain about.

  • Carlos

    Totally understandable. Plus it doesn’t change the game so don’t see why some people are complaining about the change.

  • Burning Gravity

    (insert petty comment here)

  • Gamingfan

    No way nintendo will get persona 5 then. There’s bullying and swearing in it.

    • Ankfank

      Persona 5 has PEGI 16 rating and MK8D has PEGI 3 rating. That must mean that they have completely same standards right?

      • Gamingfan

        You do know 16 isn’t an adult right?

        • Ankfank

          Even so: “PEGI 16
          This rating is applied once the depiction of violence (or sexual activity) reaches a stage that looks the same as would be expected in real life. More extreme bad language, the concept of the use of tobacco and drugs and the depiction of criminal activities can be content of games that are rated 16.”

          • Gamingfan

            There’s no violence mario kart 8 lol.

          • Ankfank

            Jesus, what I’m going for is that in a game that is rated for everyone having someone doing a gesture equal to flipping the bird in some countries is not the same that a game rated for 16+ that has people swearing.

          • Gamingfan

            How is the picture above offensive? Its not.

          • Ankfank
          • Gamingfan

            The inkling just put its arm up celebrating. Nothing offensive about it.

          • Gamingfan

            Ah ok thats with the new patch.

          • Gamingfan

            Still not offensive though. Its funny. People that take it seriously should get a life. Its a video game.

          • Brii-Nanas

            Funny, you could apply that same statement to people that make a big deal over a 1 second animation being slightly changed.

          • Gamingfan

            Na dude. Nintendo shouldnt of changed anything because of some cry babies.

          • Brii-Nanas

            But they did, though. That’s my point. It happened and what’s done is done, so what’s the reason to get so up in arms and argue about whether it was actually offensive or not?

    • Jacob Groves

      You are terrible person in communities. You seem to me you got no life.

      • Gamingfan

        always a nintendo fanboy in attack mode.

        • Jacob Groves

          I owned Switch, PS4 and XB1. I am no fanboy. It is because YOU always moaning and repeats. You need to be careful because if you continue like this all time then people think you are strange or weird problem or lonely person etc…

          • Gamingfan

            You can own what you want and still be biased. I own a wii u and ps4.

          • Jacob Groves

            Cool yeah enjoy it. Better quit the repeats or moaning thing to says. Just breeze and enjoy your gaming. 🙂

        • TalesOfBS

          Welcome to Defendos. This site is full of those autistic fanboys who love to get scrwd by their big corporation.

          Get ready for the fanboy’s which hunt, there is a small group who is gonna label you all sort of things on most comments you make since most of the tack basic logic and just upvote each other turning comment sections into a Nintendo d*ck sucking echo chamber.

          And then they wonder why Nintendo keeps losing everything.

    • Brii-Nanas

      It’s not Nintendo’s own game, though. There are plenty of games on Nintendo consoles that aren’t that kid-friendly. I mean, have you SEEN that Senran Kagura game coming on the Switch?

    • ForeVision

      Hold up, since this is a game from Nintendo themselves. They’ve a particular image they’d like to uphold, and this is in line with that. The same limitations do not go to third-parties from what I would think, if so then why is Pay Day 2 coming to the system?

    • Tlink7

      MK8 is a family-friendly video game, Persona 5 is not

  • Brii-Nanas

    Christ, this is the most innocuous change ever that no one here would have even NOTICED had it not been pointed out, and there are STILL people screaming bloody murder over it.

    Ironic since they’re complaining about people being complaining.

  • Vigilante_blade

    People as a collective need to grow up. This si not the least bit offensive to an well-adjusted individual.

    • In parts of EU, it’s a gesture meaning “f*** you.” It may not offend you, but I can see how it’s a little extreme for an all ages game, lol. No other all ages series has characters flipping the bird.

      But I always see it as the “guts” animation so while unfortunate, it really isn’t a big deal.

      • Vigilante_blade

        It’s not like it’s a deal-breaker, but I think that it is a true shame that this media has to be held back by things that don’t even affect movies in any capacity. If that were a movie, it would still have kept its PG rating and no one would have batted an eye at it.

        Just like how I think that it would be incredible to see a game have a full on (tasteful) sex scene and get a PG-13 (like any movie would), I think that for the medium to become more respected, we need to push those boundaries. I’m not saying all characters in Nintendo games need to start cussing away, but I see nothing wrong with a character getting competitive and sassy for passing someone.

        • PG? Really? Maybe. . .? I think the difference is, games don’t have a “parental guidance” rating. They have a more specific/exclusive age rating. So it isn’t assumed they will or will not have parental presence.

          I have to stop you there though. Movies with a tasteful sex scene are not guaranteed a PG-13. There has been indirect carpet munching that rated a NC-17. (I mean, that was actually the fault of sexism; but just saying that tasteful doesn’t mean they’ll allow it.)

          I think there’s a fair bit of credit to your point, but I also can understand that for a gesture that is intended to be rude and offensive, it would be changed. (Rude, offensive and in an all ages game that serves no place of character development.)

          Maybe if she sticks out her tongue instead and they change that? Then I would question it. (I mean, I wouldn’t care much, but I would roll my eyes at the change.)

          • Vigilante_blade

            Games do have a parental guidance rating. It’s called the ESRB.

            I have seen many James Bond movies with full sex scenes be PG-13, while I have never seen a game get away with it.

            As for your other point, I see what you mean, but I highly doubt that Nintendo intended it to be offensive. In other words, it is not offensive because that is not what the gesture is supposed to indicate. For example, if I used the term “gay” in a sentence to mean “happy”, then my use of the term would not be considered derogatory towards people who elan towards the same gender.

            I don’t mean to disparage your point at all, mind you. However, there is also the fact that words and gestures change over time in their perceived offense. The F-word used to be considered extremely offensive, and now, barely anyone finds offense in its use. It’s more of a punctuation at this point. The reason comes from linguistics. Once a word is used over and over again, over time, it loses its ability to shock poeple. In other words, every cuss word eventually becomes nearly to completely inneficient.over time just through exposure. I’ve no doubt that gestures follow the same logic pattern. I guess knowing that, I find it silly to be shocked at anything deemed of poor taste, since in ten years, people won’t care about it anymore.

          • But isn’t the difference that ESRB is more based on the idea of parental presence when buying the game, versus actually playing it? Like, your parent can buy it without fully understanding what’s in it. (They can be told the generals, but seeing it may be different.) Well, and there’s a world of difference as to why that happens. There’s also a documentary about movie ratings that details how wacky that system is for movie ratings. The ESRB may be strict, but it actually does an efficient job. (It’s also less limiting technically, but game devs and publishers make their own choices.)

            I’m sure they didn’t. The gesture is a “yay” or empowering thing in Japan. Like I said, “guts!” Which I also think is cute. I vaguely heard once, years ago, about the EU interpretation. I also assumed it just wasn’t a thing anymore, but it still is apparently. And I agree with that point. But on the flipside, we have terms like f*g(got). Which, I can get behind the EU uses (matches, meatballs, I think??). But in the US, it is wholly and predominantly used as an intentionally hurtful slur. But that’s also the difference in spoken language vs body language. At least spoken/text language can be changed based on the region to avoid things. Body language is there.

            I. . . mostly agree. Half agree. Heh. I mean, personally. I have family that curse like sailors and I’m used to it. It’s a word that gets abused in media. But it’s also abused because it is intended to be strong and offensive still. Or it wouldn’t get treated that way. Like how it shows up in mature media. There are also people that use it very hurtful and intending to be extreme. Like abusive parents that blow up their children (and thus leave those children conditioned in some way or another against the word).

            I think society does get dampened to some things, but it’s also that it doesn’t entirely lose it potency.

          • Vigilante_blade

            Parents being too lazy to learn about the games their children play is an issue with the parents, not the games. it takes no more effort to monitor what your children ar eplaying than to monitor what they watch on TV. Reading the back of a box takes literal seconds.

          • I don’t disagree and that applies in plenty of cases, but also consider; Gamestop employees tend to be pretty good about informing parents about content in a game. Wal-Mart? Not so much (understandable). A parent could buy something without knowing the full content, and as they watch their child play, realize it is more mature than they thought. However, Wal-Mart doesn’t accept returns on games. Only exchanges for a different copy. That parent now has $50-60 down the drain. That kinda sucks. (Especially compared to the $10 of a movie, maybe $20 if they’re buying it, but there’s Redbox anymore.)

            I remember for Persona 4, my mom happened to be with me when I was buying it. The guy at GS turned to her and started listing off a general extent of the warnings, to which she was amused (cuz I look like a baby), but playing it? Yeah. There was more than what can be covered on the back of the case. Not every employee is going to know that. Sexual sitations/innuendo is very vague, versus listing what actually happens. And parents may be comfortable with some instances of sexuality but not others (which is fair and at times practical).

          • Vigilante_blade

            With the Internet age, and the fact that there is a back to the box that can be read, no parent has any excuse. If you are a parent, you should always inform yourself on things you’ll buy your children. The information is out there, easy to reach. Walmart doesn’t have a responsibility to warn parents. Parents shoulf take the responsibility of asking if they can see the back of the box.

            Personally, I don’t find sexuallity to be a dirty thing. This has a share of irony consdering how pudic I am about it, but even with how shy I am about it, I know it is silly to be embarassed about such things. Still, the rest is no less likely than buying a movie or a book. It is on the parent to do a bit of research.

          • Actually, yes. Stores do have a responsibility to warn parents. But that was my point. The box alone can only say so much. Not every parent always has immediate access to the internet to just look up what the game is, or time to sit there and read through all the potentially inappropriate content, either. Even good, cautious parents can make the effort and still miss something. That was my point about that.

            I’m a freak and a perv, so sexuality in general isn’t the problem to me. It’s how depictions of it are handled, biased, or even how they’re criticized. That’s a whole other bag though altogether. It is on the parent to do research, but not everything will just come to their fingertips. And no one should expect it to. Unless it’s the case of something like Duke Nukem Forever, where people talked about how gross and horrible that game was, everywhere, lol. But there are games where a parent may be fine with their child playing, get a ways in, and all of a sudden, the content gets more extreme than what the box says. Because, again; those are very general, vague warnings on the box. They don’t and can’t list every instance of content.

            But ultimately, what is your argument? That games are monitored and rated well and parents are just bad? Or that games shouldn’t be rated at all, and then parents have no warning?

          • Vigilante_blade

            My argument is that it is on the parent to get the information. Yes, we can do things to help like getign store clerks informed and capable of answering questions, and having rating on boxes, but if you want the finer details, it is the parent who must go out opf their way to find it. The Internet exists. It is not difficult to do a google search of the game. It takes a bit of time, but it is possible to get the general feel of a game from a cursory search. Just like with the law, not knowing something does not remove you from all blame. I still know tons of adults who are not even aware that the ESRB exists despite being on the back of every single box. I wouldn’t call these people bad parents, but lazy in this instance.

            We also cannot blame developpers for putting the content in there. They are not to blame for a parent buying an 18+ game to their kid.

            Personally, if I were the ESRB, I would use QR codes as a means of helping parents. (Front of the box). That would allow parents to bring out their phones and get a more detailed description of why they gave the game a given rating.

          • And in this case, it’s an all ages game very much so aimed at children.

          • Vigilante_blade

            Mario Kart is played mostly by adults, so aimed at children isn’t actually accurate. Children-friendly perhaps?

          • Really? Is there a graph or chart for this, I wonder?

          • Vigilante_blade

            Considering Nitnendo amditted that the Switch was mostly bought by adults and the average gamer is in his or her late twenties ro early thirties, I think it’s obvious.

      • TalesOfBS

        So why this wasn’t censored already? Extremely offensive.
        http://i.imgur.com/8d8GnZ8.jpg

        • Phish!

          i think this has more to do about how big a market is. Iceland and Brazil arent big markets, while Italy and other european countries are. Which makes the effort for changing it worth it

        • Who the eff cares man. Do you really care? Are you that upset about the animation? E-mail Nintendo. Start a petition. Heck, start a protest. Maybe even. . . get a life??

          • NeptuniasBeard

            *insert standing ovation”

          • TalesOfBS

            Wow, another Defendo gets mad when he lacks arguments to justify such bs.

          • What are you even on about? Seriously, no one cares. Hope you can have a day devoid of anger? ^u^;

          • TalesOfBS

            Mostly busy, hence why i came here once in a month to check out the defendos yet getting scrwed again by their big corporation and desperately attacking other sane consumers. And then later defendos wonder why Nintendo keeps losing fans and companies refuse to make games for their devices.
            Can’t understand their logic but it is always a nice laugh.

            ¯_(ツ)_/¯

          • Losing fans, but making bank. Getting ports and multi-plats, so I guess companies aren’t refusing that much. You can’t understand the logic because the logic you used is butt-backwards.

      • ForeVision

        I concur, that gesture is basically the magnified version of the all to well-known middle-finger. Though it is very rarely used, and it wouldn’t surprise me if most don’t even know what it means, save for the obvious similarities between the gesture and said middle finger.

        I could even see how people would enjoy with that gesture, especially after a hard-fought race 😛

        • Haha, yeah actually, I can imagine quite a few people online especially being hyped at having the gesture. x’D

          I can’t speak for youth in EU, so I don’t know if they get it or not. But I guess it would be a problem if they all start doing it, whether or not they know what it means.

          • ForeVision

            Popularity is a thing not to take lightly. I know how it can affect people, especially kids (as they tend to gravitate heavily towards what’s popular) and to imitate what their favourite character does in their much enjoyed game upon winning, that is, at the very least, plausible (I may not reflect it, but I’ve actually studied about children and their phases as part of a general care package during one of my school years)

          • Same. I took a class on childhood education and plan to go into it, so yeah, that’s definitely true~.

            Haha, I agree with that. And I know I’m getting old (was joking with a co-worker about that the other day), but what’s sad is some of these people are also old themselves. When do people start to actually grow up, I wonder? (Rhetorically, of course.)

          • ForeVision

            Hahaha you remind me of a teacher of mine who still had some really silly responses (outright childish) and he was 46 😛

          • Heh, I hope that’s good. x’D

          • ForeVision

            Depends on who you ask, he certainly wasn’t bothered by it 😛

        • R.Z.

          I don’t know about other countries, but in France and at least Spain from what I know, the gesture is very well understood by everyone.
          I don’t count the number of times I have seen it on playgrounds and how it resulted in the offender being grounded if some adult authority happened to witness it.

          • ForeVision

            Well there you have it. That should hopefully throw this whole “censorship without reason” and “baseless change” argument people are debating out of the window.

    • KnickKnackMyWack

      I think your cultural ignorance is showing. Something inappropriate in a game aimed at families and young kids is not a great idea. So while I don’t personally find the image offensive, if it is considered so in another culture it makes perfect sense for nintendo to want to remove it. This isn’t rocket science.

      But nah, let’s ignore generations of culture and societal differences because of your elitism.

      • Vigilante_blade

        You’re going to call every single thing I do elitist, are you? I guess I should go to sleep in my elitist bed, then wake up in the next morning and eat elitist bagels.

        Kiddo, I’m aware that there are cultural ifferences at play. I merely disagree with this skittish attitude. You can understand something while disagreeing with it.

        • donut

          no offense, but calling someone “kiddo” certainly doesn’t help your elitist image.

          • Vigilante_blade

            Ya know… personally can’t take someone seriously when all they do day in and day out is try and find fault in people.

            However, being called an elitist for simple disagreement is elitism in end of itself.

        • KnickKnackMyWack

          Comment 1: People as a collective need to grow up. This si not the least bit offensive to an well-adjusted individual.

          Comment 2: I’m aware that there are cultural ifferences at play. I merely disagree with this skittish attitude. You can understand something while disagreeing with it.

          Your original comment is not one of disagreement, it is of criticism of the party with which you disagree. Try not to backpedal so hard.

          You’re going to call every single thing I do elitist, are you?

          Maybe try not make elitist statements then?

  • JasonBall

    Half the comments are Felipe being arrogant and Constantinos being naïve.

    It’s a game. Grow up. We all know how the world works by now.

  • Raphael Chapman

    why did they have to delete the “Rosie the Riveter” pose?

  • heavenshitman1

    God, I hope this change wasn’t a result of consumer complaint. Nintendo is the most innocent company in the business, perhaps the ittiest bit of attitude wouldn’t cause a world of bad behaviour for players.
    I say, all MK8 players boycott Ink girl to force some attitude back into Nintendo’s animations

  • Edgarska

    So they removed a gesture equivalent to flipping someone off in a lot of countries (including mine) from a kids’ game? I didn’t expect people to actually be against this.

    • donut

      its because people have this mentality where “if its not offensive to me, it’s not offensive period.”

  • ForeVision

    You know what’s funny about this? In World of Warcraft there’s a /rasp and /rude command that has the human male character (at least) use the exact same motion. (meaning another massive and well-known game has this portrayed as something you gesture towards people as an offence, hence supporting the point why Nintendo didn’t want it in their all-ages game that is actively enjoyed by, the young and old.)

    Again, I personally don’t mind, since here in Holland it’s use is practically non-existent, but that does not count for some particular countries in Europe.

  • TalesOfBS

    Good job Nintendo, raising the red flag to third parties and consumers again by telling them offended snowflakes are more valuable than your own sales.
    No wonder TPs are still ignoring the Switch.

    • Edgarska

      Of course no one batted an eye then, the inkling wasn’t in the Wii U version.

      • TalesOfBS

        Do you really believe anybody would skip the game this time because of a Japanese hard work gesture that offends upper class Europeans snowflakes? Please…. Get some sense.

        • It means Eff you… of course it would be removed from a game rated 3+

          • TalesOfBS

            Europe is not the whole world, Nintendo games include content that is offensive in many other countries and yet, nobody cares.

          • I know that, I didn’t say Europe, I was just using PEGI as an example of one of the rating boards. The gesture means the same thing, or the equivalent, in many different countries such as Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, and Malta. It was obviously brought to Nintendo’s attention, and they most likely wanted to avoid the risk of a ratings board to notice it.

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      That makes no sense. Third parties are not avoiding Nintendo over something like this. I mean, do you have any proof of this?

      • TalesOfBS

        * Arguing this again with yet another Nintendo fanboy that will likely call me a hater in the end, there we go….*
        It makes a lot of sense, look at how many companies refuse to support Nintendo with mature titles since the N64. Everybody flocked to Sony and later Microsoft since the day the PS1 and Classic Xbox were released, even with the massive success of the Wii most of these companies refused to support the console with 15+ titles.
        On the early days of the PS3/Xbox 360 we had a situation where companies would rather risk losing money from ultra expensive HD development than making a Wii port. Many companies ran all the way into 2009 releasing even PS2 games and ignoring the Wii.
        A prime example of this, did you ever take a loot at the Dreamcast Japanese library? Even DC had more support from these devs with titles aimed at 15+ players than the GC/Wii/Wii U got.
        Even on the DSxPSP case, which destroyed the PSP with 150M units, companies still flocked to Sony’s console with mature games. Why?

        And we didn’t even scratch the NES/SNES days, where Nintendo had even more tyrannic guidelines regarding third party game content.
        http://kotaku.com/5761611/nintendos-war-on-blood-nazis-religion-and-puppy-dogs

        These things are not good for Nintendo platforms (and us of course) because they keep telling other companies that these are not healthy platforms for their games, which explains why sometimes they would rather take a loss on Sony/MS than develop for Nintendo.

        • Velen (Not WoW)

          First: your definition of a Nintendo Fanboy: anyone who dares to disagree with you about anything you feel strongly about related to Nintendo. Not even to mention the fact you’re resorting to name-calling, right off the bat, for like, two sentences, and assuming my intents and what my actions will be.

          Second. Where’s the rest of your sources. You don’t get to say things that in gist are “companies were preferring to take a loss with HD development over putting a game on a Nintendo console due to their policies” without providing substantial proof for it. Your entire argument is hinged on Nintendo’s past practices, and the rest is basically hearsay with no sources provided.

          Simply put, you haven’t sufficiently argued your point, or provided proof of your point even being factual.

          Also, as an aside, the size of the Japanese Dreamcast library is irrelevant to the subject. Not only that, you’re literally assuming the intents of developers in regards to Nintendo without providing the corresponding proof to your claim.

          • ForeVision

            To back you up here Velen, there’s Pay Day 2 proving your point. Why would they bother if Tales’ “because they keep telling other companies that these are not healthy platforms for their games” holds any weight?

            Personally I think the majority of people who know about it don’t give a toss, but like you they understand the reasoning behind it. Plus, MK8 is not GTA, where that is as normal as getting gunned down by random mobsters.

  • Coonfoot

    Ya learn something new about cultures’ different standards everyday…

  • John Mellinger

    A common Japanese gesture when preparing to take on a difficult task is to “make a muscle” and rub one’s bicep, emphasizing strength. “Yoshi!” (“OK!”, or “Alright!”) is frequently said with a determined expression when doing this, whereas Westerners usually just grunt. Compare to the “Rosie the Riveter”◊ image from World War II.

    The gesture is frequently misinterpreted in other places, as it looks very similar to the obscene “bras d’honneur” gesture, equivalent to Flipping the Bird, used in much of Eastern and Southern Europe and Latin America.

    Yes this was a Copy / Paste

  • Lief Katano

    “This was likely changed as some may consider it offensive” is easily the worst way you could’ve worded it.

    It’s definitely /a/ problem (I wouldn’t want the Inkling Girl essentially flipping me off), but it should’ve been made clear that it’s a cultural problem, not possibly “my sensibilities are offended”.

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  • Locky Mavo

    Wow, these comments are simply amazing. smh

    Should probably just get over it though, doesn’t change the gameplay. And it’s highly likely players are the ones who complained and reported this, to which Nintendo accepted and altered the animation. Either way, it’s not a big deal.

  • Hermione Granger

    they must protect the kiddos at any cost, but cant be arsed to fix their horrible online. talk about having wrong priority’s… typical ninty!

  • Tlink7
    • ForeVision

      ANDUIN! That is NOT how your father raised you young man! https://s.blogcdn.com/wow.joystiq.com/media/2012/06/varianwowtcg580.jpg

      • Tlink7

        He’s king now, he can do whatever he wants xD

        • ForeVision

          Something tells me Alexander (as in our king) can’t just walk into someone’s home, sit on their couch, drink a glass of their finest wine and eat some of their best food, then say the quality isn’t good enough and casually leave afterwards 😛

          • Tlink7

            Our king isn’t a priest though… Anduin can look into your mind, control it and probably erase some things 😛

          • ForeVision

            Damn priests, cheating as always. They did have that really annoying tendency to “copy” the best cards from my deck in Hearthstone, or to MC me off a cliff in WoW 😛

          • Tlink7

            THE LIGHT SHALL BURN YOU

          • ForeVision

            They should have some weird quote from Gazlowe in HotS when he manages to take someone down. Priestify this for me if you please “Hey you um… don’t need that wallet do you?” (since priests always end up nicking your cards, I find that fitting xD)

  • AquaBat

    “This gesture is offensive in some specific countries so it’s justified!”
    …then change it in those countries and leave it alone in the rest.
    Love how people are so inclined to defend this.
    If every country’s copy of a game had to be affected because of certain specific countries, we’d all be playing games with robots spitting nuts and bolts because of all those ridiculous German and Japanese laws.

    • NeptuniasBeard

      Yes, let’s waste money and man-hours to ensure that this discrepancy in animation in this online game doesn’t cause it to collapse onto itself. Because darn nabbit, this one animation from this one character is integral to our vision!

      I love how folks like you feel so obligated to be offended by its removal. Even if this animation was your absolute favorite thing ever, it’s absence, at worst, barely qualifies as an inconvenience.

      • AquaBat

        Its existence barely qualifies as an inconvenience, but I’m not going to sit here and get screamed at by angry Europeans because it’s apparently so horribly offensive to you for some unknown reason.

        And how would they be wasting more money and man-hours than it already took to change the animation. I would genuinely like to know what narrative you’re spinning to make it seem like taking this thing you’ve already altered and only putting it in certain builds somehow costs more money and takes more time.

    • Lief Katano

      Post-release especially, it seems like it would be waaaaay easier to make it a blanket change for all versions rather than even just EU Switches (if a distinction even exists anymore), especially since this wasn’t the only thing changed in the patch.

  • If you complain about this you’re hilariously tone-deaf

    Also borderline nuts because it’s just a victory animation

  • Liam Freeman
  • Addy

    Why? Why are people losing their minds over this mild change? Nobody complained when Super Mario RPG or Pokemon (I think) Diamond & Pearl had that gesture.

  • George Hess

    I don’t know why that would have been offensive. :/
    Though, maybe they just changed it so she wasn’t driving with no hands on the wheel. 🙂

  • holy crap this comment section is awful

    would people be throwing this much of a tantrum if they changed a pose of mario giving somone the middle finger?

  • Richard Grabber

    This has been cracking me up every time I see it; I’m not connecting my Switch to the internet until it fails to.

Related Game Info


Platform: SWITCH
Genre: RACING
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release date: April 28, 2017
OWN IT: 15 [I own this game]
BEAT IT: 8 [I beat this game]
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