Nintendo Patch Out Potentially Offensive Mario Kart 8 Gesture

Mario Kart 8 Toad Harbor
Mario Kart 8

This takes me back to my high school days.

Coming shortly after its launch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch has received a patch from Nintendo that edits a gesture which has negative connotations. To be blunt, it means “fuck you” or “up yours” in certain regions and is mainly used in Europe.

Inkling Girl, a crossover character from Splatoon 2, would place her hand on her bicep and point her first upwards. Since the 1.1 patch, she now only raises her fist.

Mario Kart 8 gesture
The old
Mario Kart 8 gesture
The new

Other updates include a simpler process for making a lobby, spectators, and dropping invincibility after crashing while playing online. Here’s the full list of changes:

– 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.

Is this censorship? Not really, it’s just Nintendo making their game as suitable for as many regions as possible.

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