Update removes seemingly offensive gesture from Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 recently received an update with a few fixes and tweaks along with a specific change for Inkling Girl. As you may or may not be aware, certain gestures mean something completely different in other countries and cultures. Inkling Girl had an animation that could send most of Europe up in arms and deem the game unfriendly to children, and that’s not very Nintendo now is it?

Below you’ll see the subtle yet controversial change to Inkling Girl’s animation:

If you know Italians and know of their mannerisms, quips and gestures, and the fact that their verbal communication is occasionally accompanied by hand gestures, you’d see the reason for the change immediately and realise just how insulting the animation can be. The gesture can range from “up yours” to “F*** You!” in Italy specifically. Would love to know what it means in other countries. You know, for research purposes.

With that said though, it’s not like others don’t blurt out frustrations with other players of the game behind muted or unmuted microphones. I’m pretty sure we have heard and seen worse while playing Mario Kart, I know I have and participated in such venting. At least now the game is a bit cleaner and we hopefully don’t come across any more offensive show-offs from other characters.

See the rest of the patch notes here:

  • 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.
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