Nintendo Removes Offensive Super Smash Bros. Reference After Online Outcry

The upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch may not even be out yet, but it’s already causing controversy.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features a huge roster of Nintendo characters through the ages, but it’s Mr. Game & Watch who’s been causing a stir.

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Mr. Game & Watch uses attacks from the LCD handheld games from the yester-years of Nintendo, with one move in particular from the 1982 title, Fire Attack, being branded as offensive to Native Americans.

A post on Reset Era [via SourceGaming] drew attention to Mr. Game & Watch’s move and offensive design, which come directly from a game that had players defending forts from Native Americans who would attempt to burn down your property.

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One user went into more detail about the offensive stereotypes, writing: “The old Game and Watch game Fire Attack saw a guy defending an old west fort against racist Native American guys trying to burn the fort down.

“It was already referenced in the old forward smash, but by making his animations much closer to the original art they’ve brought forward the original’s racism.”

Users have spotted that the most recent Nintendo Direct presentation for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate included the racially-insensitive move.

A Nintendo spokesperson has commented on the situation saying: “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 on which this depiction of the character is based was released more than three decades ago and does not represent our company values today.

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Hopefully all traces of the stereotype will be removed before the game’s release on 7th December 2018.

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