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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Version 1.1 available, removes gesture some thought to be offensive

Version 1.1

- Opponents’ names are displayed in the rear view mirror view in online matches.
- Invincibility period after a spin-out or crash is longer in online matches.
- Up to two players can spectate a friend group while they wait to join.
- “Worldwide” and “Regional” modes add players to Mirror and 200cc matches less often.
- Can now properly create a friend lobby when you have 100 or more friends.
- Inkling Girl’s animation has been adjusted.
- Starting positions in online races now properly reflect the order in which players join.
- Driver Miis now properly showing facial expressions.
- Tournament clock now properly reflects real-world time.

The pose in the image seen above was misconstrued by some to be offensive. Today's patch takes that victory pose and changes it. As you can see, the update also adds a number of other changes as well. Thanks to Sylvalum for the heads up!

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n64iac
Thu May 18 17 02:36am
Rating: 6

Where I come from it's a way to say hello

Lol ok I totally see where some might take that as "F U." C'est la vie.

jd
Thu May 18 17 12:15am
Rating: 2

Hmm... I think she's trying to emulate Rosie the Riveter... but yeah, that does look a bit like an 'up yours' gesture there.

In my country, that gesture means that you're an a*hole. So I get why they pulled it out

gerjet
Thu May 18 17 12:44am
Rating: 3 (Updated 1 time)

For references (because certain 'Murricans already yelling CENSORSHIP)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bras_d%27honneur

(And oddly enough: EVEN in the US it is offensive)

I'm sure people get even more outraged when they get hit by a red shell. Should we patch those out too?

Aaaw... It was a great reference to Rosie the Riveter, aka the "girl power" pose... Sad
What's the new pose like?

Aww, I liked that pose. I do not know specifically what it means in places, but it somehow looked like something that MIGHT mean something bad, but I liked the pose thing visually. XD I wonder what it looks like now.

n64iac
Thu May 18 17 02:36am
Rating: 6

Where I come from it's a way to say hello

jd
Thu May 18 17 03:01am
Rating: 1

Yes... well... sadly we don't all come from the mind of Mel Brooks.

rudyc3
Thu May 18 17 01:44pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

I see your Schwartz is as big as mine.

Didn't even know this was a thing.

Strangely they never removed the Death Stare from Luigi.

entity
Thu May 18 17 06:11am
Rating: 2

Damn snowlakes get offended by basically nothing these days hehe.

Kinda sad this happens, really. I do get it in a sense that it can be interpreted as something bad, but was it really THAT offensive?

Worst so far was MS had some Xbox ad where some guy said sth like "ngaahhh" when attacked (can't really remember the details. Think it was something zombie) and the net went batshit for the "N" word... Should we rewrite comics now too?

In some countries it is really offensive. Basically the equivalent of a midle finger

It's what it means in the USA too. So it's ridiculous that there are Americans playing dumb just so they can whine about censorship and snowflakes. I can tell it's obviously a Rosie the Riveter pose but alas, that's not how many see it.

For obvious reasons, you don't see innocent game characters give the middle finger. And for the same reason, you don't see them making the "up yours" gesture. And that's why this was removed. I can understand it, since it's not at all the intention Nintendo had and it's not in the spirit of the game and the Inkling Girl

Of course, but it was never meant to be an insult/to offend anyone. I actually liked it. Those Inklings have lots of spirit. But hey, it's not ruining the game or anything. I just personally find this a bit silly, even though I get the point behind it. After all, a lot of kids play this game.

I've read over at Censored Gaming (comments) the gesture isn't very popular in Europe anymore, especially Italy. But this isn't quite true. It's still highly popular here in Germany among annoyed drivers in traffic and simply means "Fi*k dich!".

One should wonder why they kept the gesture in the first place. Reminds me of the Cover of Left4Dead 2 which had to be altered for the United Kingdom (the 2 Fingers).

At least it is not as worse as Capcoms post-censorship Patches in Street Fighter V. But who cares for Street Fighter V? The Game was dead on arrival anyway.

I get that it's seen as offensive in some countries, but looking at it, it reminded me more of the UK propaganda Army Hire posters from WWII, tbh...

Can't an Inkling Girl tell people to shove it without everyone getting their panties bunched up?

nurio
Thu May 18 17 10:12am
Rating: 3

Well, to be fair, if you were to shove it without removing said panties first, they'll definitely get bunched up

LMFAO! Well played, sir/madam. I didn't anticipate that response.

- Invincibility period after a spin-out or crash is longer in online matches.

Only in online? Dang, I'm tired of the computer pelting me with an endless supply of red shells, then green, then a star, a bullet bill, then finally a well aimed banana toss.

How is it worse than this?

Eh, I'm not gonna comment on what's worse or anything, but back then, they couldn't patch this stuff out as easily, so it couldn't be taken out regardless

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