Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Patch Censors Offensive Inkling Gesture

If you’re familiar with Italian culture, we tend to use lots of hand gestures while talking – and even when not talking. One such famous gesture is the “Up Yours” gesture, which is performed by crossing one arm (or hand) over your other bicep and snapping your other hand up in a closed fist. Naturally, this is used to effectively tell someone off visually.

While it’s up for debate where the gesture originates from (I’m saying the Italians because we’re clearly the superior speakers), the Inkling Girl in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe actually performed this gesture (which you can view above).

The gesture apparently ticked off enough people for Nintendo to notice, and now they’ve patched it out of the game (thanks, NeoGAF).

You can view the censored version below:

To further confirm the change, here are the official patch notes for the 1.1 update:

  • 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 is now available for the Nintendo Switch. How do you guys feel about the change? Is it truly offensive? Sound off in the comments below!

Brandon Orselli

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