What could be more innocent than a Inkling girl giving a fist pump in the air when taking out one of their opponents in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Well, it seems using the other hand to clench her flexed bicep might cause offence in various countries including France, Spain, Italy, Georgia, Portugal and Latin America, where this Bras d'honneur gesture is akin to flipping the bird.
We reported on the v1.1 patch for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe earlier today, and it was noted that 'Inkling Girl’s animation has been adjusted', and now thanks to NeoGaf user Neiteio we can see exactly how the change looks in before and after screengrabs:
It's understandable that the developers would have thought that adding this simple flourish to an innocent arm pump would cause no offence. Indeed in North America and the UK (for example) it's not offensive at all, but it makes sense for Nintendo to patch this out now that it has come to its attention. Oops!