Nintendo has confirmed its removing a Native American reference from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after it was deemed offensive.
The outcry revolved around a design on character Mr. Game & Watch, who first appeared on Nintendo LCD handhelds back in 1980 and morphs into numerous costumes for attacks in the Super Smash Bros. series.
One of these attacks references 1982s Fire Attack, which sees you defend a fort from Native Americans with feathers in their hair, equipped with burning torches.
The depiction caused uproar online after being spotted in the recent Nintendo Direct for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and now Nintendo has responded by stating it will be removed in an update.
In a statement issued to Source Gaming, a Nintendo spokesperson said: Nintendo has been planning to distribute an update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that removes the feather from the silhouette of Mr. Game & Watch.
The original game was released more than three decades ago and does not represent our company values today.
We sincerely apologize that this change was not noticed in our marketing material and are continuing our work to make Super Smash Bros. Ultimate an experience that is both welcoming and fun for everyone.
Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai recently confirmed the DLC line-up for Ultimate has been completed, following the reveal of first character Piranha Plant.
Taking to Twitter, Sakurai wrote: Super Smash Bros. Ultimates DLC line-up is now complete. This time the selection was made entirely by Nintendo.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimates DLC line-up is now complete. This time the selection was made entirely by Nintendo. I decide if we can create a fighter based on their selection, then come up with the plan.
— 桜井 政博 (@Sora_Sakurai) November 6, 2018
I decided if we can create a fighter based on their selection, then come up with the plan.
So Waluigi? Make it happen, Sakurai.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases on Nintendo Switch 7 December.