Nintendo plans to remove a controversial Native American reference from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Mr. Game & Watch character.
Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Mr. Game & Watch character appeared with a feather on his head and torch in his hand during Nintendo’s recent Japanese Super Smash Bros. Ultimate live stream. It’s a callback to the 1982 game Fire Attack, in which players controlled a cowboy who had to defend a wooden fort from Native Americans attempting to set it on fire.
“Nintendo has been planning to distribute an update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that removes the feather from the silhouette of Mr. Game & Watch,” a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer. “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.”
As Eurogamer notes, Nintendo previously removed the feather from Mr. Game & Watch in Fire Attack when it re-released it on Game Boy as part of 2002’s Game & Watch Gallery 4.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released on Switch on Dec. 7. Yesterday, Nintendo revealed that it has already chosen the game’s five post-release DLC characters, which includes Piranha Plant. Nintendo also recently announced that Ken and Incineroar are joining the base game’s roster.
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