An update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — version 1.1 — is now live on Nintendo Switch, consisting of a few minor tweaks to the game. Most notable on the update’s patch notes is an adjustment to one of Inkling Girl’s animations — which, it turns out, was originally pretty offensive to players from certain regions.
As Twitter users pointed out shortly after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s launch, Inkling Girl often taunts racers she breezes past by placing her hand on a flexed bicep, pumping her first into the air.
Ah ouais quand même…
En plus de me pourrir la course elle me fais un bras d'honneur #MK8D #fail #Splatoon #Inkling pic.twitter.com/57NBDxYu5E
— ffdek (@ffdek) May 2, 2017
To many players, that doesn’t have much significance beyond signaling that this girl likes to brag about how fast she is; it also recalls the iconic Rosie the Riveter, a inspirational wartime icon. But that specific gesture is actually known as the bras d’honneur, or “arm of honor,” in parts of Europe and Latin America. When someone bends their arm and grips their bicep in your direction, it means you’ve gone and pissed them off — they’re effectively saying to you, “Up yours.”
That’s a little too blue by Nintendo’s standards, which explains why the animation has been revised. Now, Inkling Girl just fist pumps into her air, without any bicep-grabbing involved.
The rest of the update fixes issues with online matches. The whole list is on Nintendo of America’s support page.
DC Comics met Watchmen in The Button, here’s what you need to know
by Susana Polo 1 comment / new
Ready Player One’s new character is basically Boba Fett, actor says
by Julia Alexander 5 comments / new
Watch Destiny 2's gameplay reveal here
by Ben Kuchera 6 comments / new
Watch us play as all three of Arms’ new fighters
by Nick Robinson 3 comments / new
Arms’ new game modes are a weird take on classic sports
by Chelsea Stark 4 comments / new
Arms will get new content for free after launch
by Allegra Frank 3 comments / new Original Article