Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s latest update — update 1.1 — has finally arrived, and it notably removes an offensive hand gesture.
For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, in the game, one Inkling Girl (who shouldn’t be in the game in the first place..only Mario characters..there I said it) animation had a hand gesture that is deemed offensive in a number of countries.
The animation — or rather expression — in question involves her raising a clenched first while the other arm holds the raised bicep. This was a celebratory expression for Inkling Girl, that is (or looks close to) the “Italian salute,” which is considered offensive in some territories like France, Portugal, much of Latin America, etc.
The update changes the Italian Salute to a simple fist pump. You can see the difference via NeoGAF user Neiteio below.
The swapping out of the offensive Inkling Girl gesture wasn’t the only change to come in the 1.1 update: you can check everything tweaked and changed via the full patch notes below:
Update 1.1 –
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, a Nintendo Switch enhanced report of Wii U’s Mario Kart 8 is available for $59.99 USD. In other recent and related news, the game was revealed yesterday to be the best-selling game at retail in the US for the month of April.