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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 1.1 Patch Makes Inkling Girl Less Offensive

A gesture seen in some parts of the world as rude and insulting has been removed.


It's bad enough when you get shown up in a video game, but when the characters start getting offensive, it is even more demeaning. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe had such a problem - albeit unintentional - but a new 1.1 update for the game has patched out the gesture.

Inkling Girl had a habit of passing players and then turning, grabbing her bicep and raising her arm in a "take that" type of display. The gesture is rather innocuous in most places, but is actually offensive in Latin America and parts of Europe, connoting more of an "up yours." Of course, white-bread Nintendo never intended for the gesture to have that type of offensive attribution, so it has removed it from the game. Instead, Inkling Girl now chooses to use the more universally acceptable fist pump.

Here are the full patch notes:

  • 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.

It may be gone, but we will remember, Inkling Girl. WE WILL REMEMBER!

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