Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has just received a new update on the Switch, which brings several tweaks to the game that these types of patches typically do. However, it’s also notable for removing a certain hand gesture that one of the characters used to make, and replacing it with another that is less offensive.
The character in question is Inkling Girl, who used a hand gesture in her celebratory animation that could be viewed as offensive in some regions. As a result, this new update has tweaked it so that she now just raises her arm in a fist pump, which shouldn’t be deemed offensive by anyone. You can check out a comparison of the two animations by clicking right here.
Now that all of that drama is out of the way, the rest of the patch is far more standard and less offensive. The invincibility period when spinning out or crashing in online matches has been extended, making life a little easier for those who find themselves getting pummeled a lot. Opponents’ names are also now displayed in the rear view mirror view in online matches, and up to two players can now spectate a friend group as they wait to join. The full patch notes are detailed below.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Update 1.1:
- 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.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is available exclusively for Nintendo Switch.