Nintendo has released a new update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe which removes a certain hand gesture that was apparently deemed offensive in a few countries.
The Inkling Girl previously had an animation where she would celebrate by raising a clenched fist, while her other arm held the raised bicep. The “Italian salute” is not considered as a polite gesture in countries like France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Latin America. Some take it as another way of flipping the bird.
Following feedback, Nintendo adjusted the animation by keeping it simply as a raised fist. The update also adds a few other minor changes, such as for the facial expressions of Mii, the invincibility periods after a spin-out, and the starting positions in races when playing online.
The complete patch notes are as follows:
- 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.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released only last month and went on to become the best-selling games in sales charts. It reportedly was the most-selling game in the United States for the month of April, where it shifted more than 550,000 units. The feat is incredible when considering that the game only launched on the last weekend of the month.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is yet another game to have on the Nintendo Switch.