Nintendo updated one of the animations of the female Inkling u Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, following complaints that it could be considered offensive. She didn’t flip the bird, but she grabbed her bicep a bit like Rosie the Riveter, which in some European cultures can be interpreted as “get yours up”.
While there are a few games that might opt for what some would consider ‘offensive’ gestures — such as Duke Nukem — it’s rare to see something like that in a Nintendo game. IN Mario Kart 8the sharpest is Luigi looking at his patented death stare, but in Deluxe release of the game on the Nintendo Switch, some felt that the female Inkling’s hand on her bicep was potentially offensive in its own right.
This is why Nintendo’s latest patch for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe now she’s changed the animation so Inkling no longer puts her hand on her bicep and instead just pumps her fist. It’s a small change, but one that keeps Nintendo’s game clean and family-friendly, just the way the Japanese game maker likes it.
While this may seem silly to an American audience, the gesture actually carries considerable weight in other cultures. Known as the bras d’honneur, the Iberian slap or the Italian salute, the gesture is the equivalent of the middle finger in many countries. Recognized in Europe, it also extends to Mexico, Turkey and Malta, where the implication may be that the insult is directed at the recipient’s mother.
Other updates in version 1.1 of the latest Mario Kart include the display of opponents’ names in the rearview mirror in online matches, the invincibility period after a spin-out is now longer in online play, starting positions in online games now reflect the order in which players joined, and driver Miis now they show the correct facial expressions during gameplay (thanks Kotaku).
On top of that, the tournament clock now shows the correct real-world time, up to two players can watch groups of friends while they wait to join, and you can now create a friendly lobby even if you have more than 100 friends.