Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Update 1.1 removes “up yours” gesture and more

Sometimes, releasing a game worldwide can trigger strange problems. Nintendo just rolled out a new update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, upgrading the game to Version 1.1. And among the multiple changes it removed one of the Inkling Girl’s gestures considered to be really offensive for some European players. Pre-update, the gesture was the one on the left picture. After installing the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Update, you’ll see the one on the right. The difference? The Inkling Girl was holding her right arm.

Of course, this gesture was probably intended to be a reference to the “We Can Do It!” Rosie the Riveter poster from WWII. But not all of us saw it like this. In fact, in many countries this gesture can be interpreted as “Up yours”. You would imagine the surprise of gamers seeing this in-game…

In other news, this Update 1.1 also fixes the bug triggered by having too many friends, and brings back Miis facial expressions. Here’s the full change log:

  • 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.

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