During Nintendo’s Japanese livestream of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it was revealed that one of Mr. Game & Watch’s attacks involves him taking on the silhouette of Native American, complete with a feather on his head.
This depiction is seen as offensive by many, and Nintendo has decided that it will remove it in an update.
Our friends over at Source Gaming reached out to Nintendo in regards to this depiction, and now Nintendo of America has given an official response:
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.
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.
Here’s how the character appeared in the livestream:
What do you make of this change? Is this correctness gone too far, or has Nintendo done the right thing by removing what has become a stereotypical – and offensive – portrayal of the Native American people? Let us know with a comment.