Nintendo’s first major update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is rolling out as we speak, and it fixes a host of bugs and balances out the game in a few key areas. Oh yeah, it also removes a potentially offensive victory animation used by none other than Inkling Girl, the little demon!
What exactly is the pose in question? Well, it is this one below, both the before and after images.
Notice the difference? I didn’t either, but the “before” image has Inkling Girl grabbing her flexed bicep, which is essentially the same thing as the middle finger in Italy and other European countries. The replacement pose removes the hand, and Inkling Girl now just looks like she’s flexing in the “after” image. No harm, no foul, but no doubt, someone is going to cry censorship!
There’s an actual update in this update as well
Don’t worry. This change isn’t the highlight of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 1.1. Nintendo touched up the game in other places too. See the full list of changes below.
- 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 available now for the Nintendo Switch.