Inkling Girl No Longer Gestures "Up Yours" in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Inkling Girl No Longer Gestures "Up Yours" in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Squid ladies who make rude gestures get sent back to driving school.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe received an update patch this morning, bringing it up to v1.1. A few performance issues were tightened up, and a few graphical improvements were made. Also, the Inkling Girl no longer gestures "up yours" when she wins a race.

Yes, the Inkling Girl was forced to spend some time in the Shame Corner before v1.1 of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe dropped. Now, when she wins a race, she pumps her fist instead of performing a lusty "bras d'honneur gesture.

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Eurogamer explains that the bras d'honneur is considered quite offensive in much of Europe and Latin America. Pft. What do they know. They're only based in Europe.

In all seriousness, the bras d'honneur isn't exactly considered a polite gesture in North America, either. It's part of Bowser's victory pose in Super Mario RPG, and it was removed when the game was localized for the US (Europe didn't receive Super Mario RPG at all until it came to the Wii Virtual Console in 2008). I'm not surprised Inkling Girl's "special hello" was pulled.

Eurogamer also explains the pose is considered "victorious" in Japan, and not necessarily offensive. If that's the case, it's a weird coincidence that the sassy characters from Japanese-made games are typically the ones that tell the players to shove their victory / loss up their collective anus, e.g. Bowser, Inkling Girl, and Kanji from Persona 4.

Kanji's not a nice boy.

At least the bras d'honneur isn't as crass as Waluigi instructing the world to chomp on his dingle after he scores a goal in 2005's Super Mario Strikers.

Aside from Inkling Girl being taught some manners in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's v1.1 update, here's what else is on the menu:

  • Online opponents' names are displayed in the rear-view mirror.
  • You get a longer invincibility period when you spin-out or crash in online matches.
  • Up to two players can spectate a match while waiting to join.
  • "Worldwide" and "Regional" modes don't add players to Mirror or 200 cc matches as often.
  • You can now properly make a friend lobby when you have 100 or more friends.
  • The starting positions in the online races now reflect the order in which the players join.
  • Driver Miis have proper facial expressions, fixing a problem Caty brought up a while ago.
  • The tournament clock now reflects real-world time correctly.

Now get out there and do some racing. No more obscene gestures, all right? Well, except towards your friend sitting beside you on the couch. That is OK.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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