Nintendo today revealed it was removing a certain move from the latest Smash Bros game, apparently not realizing it was more than a little racist.
"Nintendo has been planning to distribute an update for 'Super Smash Bros".
In a subsequent digital port of the game in the Game & Watch 4 collection, Nintendo had the foresight to remove this particular portrayal, as it was already deemed slightly offensive then.
Mr Game & Watch is a character dating all the way back to a 1982 handheld game called Fire Attack, in which players defended an old-timey cowboy fort from attacking Native Americans. Anecdotally, most Native Americans I've seen discuss the issue aren't perturbed by it - but that' doesn't mean it's not hurtful. Game & Watch's Native American outfit into a video game.
Fans spotted the character's new attack animation during a Treehouse Live stream last Thursday, following a Nintendo Direct dedicated to the game. "Ultimate an experience that is both welcoming and fun for everyone", Nintendo apologises that this change slipped by in its marketing material and plans to change it ahead of its 7th December release.
Ultimate is the latest all-in Nintendo biffo game in the long-running series and is set to be released for the Switch next month. They also apologized for not catching the character's original design.
The initial change saw the feather removed from the character's hair, a change that will be similarly implemented before Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game that were unveiled internationally.