Nintendo Removing Select Mr. Game & Watch Animation In Smash Ultimate

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

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Nintendo confirmed a racially insensitive animation detail regarding the character Mr. Game & Watch will be patched out of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

During a recent Japanese livestream, eagle-eyed viewers noticed one of Mr. Game & Watch’s animations had him wearing a feather on his head, evoking negative stereotypes of Native Americans.

Source Gaming reached out to Nintendo on the matter, to which they provided a statement that the animation detail does not reflect the company’s current values.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mr. Game & Watch’s move set takes inspiration from his past appearances in the Game & Watch handheld line, including 1982’s Fire Attack, where the feather in question is based on. Nintendo previously removed the feather graphic in Game & Watch Gallery 4, where Fire Attack was playable once more.

This visual detail of the feather was never in Mr. Game & Watch’s animations in prior Super Smash Bros. installments, nor shall it be once it’s removed from Ultimate when it launches December 7th.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.