In pre-release marketing materials for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate set to release on December 7, the character Mr. Game & Watch uses racist Native American imagery during one of his attacks. Nintendo now says it plans to remove that image from the game and has apologized to fans, saying the caricature does not represent the company's values.
Fans spotted the character's new attack animation during a Treehouse Live stream last Thursday, following a Nintendo Direct dedicated to the game. Under den angreb, den normalt svarte silhuetted Mr. Game & Watch holder en fakkel og bærer sine tænder med en fjær som kommer ud af ryggen. It's an homage to the character's 1982 game, Fire Attack in which players help a cowboy defend his fort from being burned down by Native Americans. The racist caricature sparked debates on forums like ResetEra and the game's subreddit.
Nintendo has come down firmly on the side of being an offensive depiction. In a statement to Kotaku (as first reported by Eurogamer ), the company said the following:
"Nintendo has been planning to distribute an update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that removes the feather from the silhouette of Mr. Game & Watch. Det originale spil, hvor denne figuration er baseret, blev udgivet mere end tre årtier siden og repræsenterer ikke vores virksomhedsværdier i dag. We sincerely apologize that this change was not noticed in our marketing material and are continuing our work to make Super Smash Bros. Ultimately an experience that is both welcoming and fun for everyone. "
The company did not immediately respond to a request for clarification about why it had decided to add the caricature to Smash Bros. Ultimat e in the first place. Mr. Game & Watch's character did not have this move in previous Smash games, and Nintendo had previously removed it from Fire Attack when the game was ported to Game Boy Advance in 2002 as part of Game & Watch Gallery 4 . In die versie werden de Native Amerikaanse karakters veranderd in bandits.
Sensitiviteit tegen racisme rond afbeeldingen van Native Americans heeft achtergelaten achter andere voorheen aanvaardbare trends die nu worden beschouwd als taboe, zoals blackface, maar het is vangen. Earlier this year, Major League Baseball announced that images of Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indians' racist mascot, would be removed from the team's uniforms starting in 2019 (though it will still be visible on team merchandise and elsewhere).