Here's a perfect end-of-week bit of weirdness for us all - it appears that Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on the Wii U has a bit of a shocking swear in it, and it's fan-favourite (not really) Shadow the Hedgehog that's responsible.
It was reported in UK tabloid The Mirror earlier in the week that, during the football / soccer minigame Shadow says a particularly bad word when he has shots on goal that are blocked. As is The Mirror's modus operandi the story focuses on a family, with the father apparently disposing of the game when his daughter started repeating the word.
At first my wife and I didn't pick up on it until we heard our eight-year-old daughter, start saying it around the house.
We immediately corrected her and told her not to say the word again.
We had no idea where she got it from, until Grace told us that it was what her favourite character in the game, Shadow, says.
My wife and I gave the game a go when the children were out of the room and found it immediately.
Tabloids always exaggerate - Shadow is no-one's favourite character.
In any case, our chums at Eurogamer have produced a video and, frankly, it's hard to get beyond the fact that Shadow is saying a very naughty word. We won't embed it here because we're thinking of the children, so you'll have to follow a link and acknowledge that we warned you about bad language.
Nintendo is yet to comment on the issue, which isn't surprising. As for how this could happen, we can only assume a poor-taste joke sound file got left in the code, or the employee dealing with this part of the game was disgruntled. Either way, we suspect a patch will be inbound to remove it.
Oh Shadow, it's a new low.
[source mirror.co.uk, via eurogamer.net]
Why is what happens in a game made by SEGA, Nintendo's fault?
Seriously, you should be asking SEGA for comment, not Nintendo.
Ah, Shadow... what a rebel!
They're just giving us the authentic football experience.
I thought Shadow was the 2nd most popular character in the franchise.
I think what you meant to put in the article was "No one likes the sonic franchise" like in most articles.
@EllenJMiller Needs more headbutting, biting, fake falls, 10m salaries, hugging when you score and sleeping with each others wives
My ears my poor poor ears I will never be the same again
Oh wait who gives a flying duck kids be screaming at tv/each other when they miss anyway they wouldn't be able to hear it
The Mirror is.....
Tabloids always exaggerate - Shadow is no-one's favourite character.
I literally just lolled in the supermarket queue
No wonder his name says "Ow the Edge" when you take out a few letters
I thought it would only be something stupid like "damn" but I wasn't expecting that! xD
it's kinda outta place for a swear word that's usually directed at a person, not a situation. that's if i heard it right, of course. also, kids will swear like a mother f&[email protected] when s%*t goes down in a videogame, darn it.
LMAO! Got to love recordings that go wrong. Grant Kirkhope explained to Game Grumps that he did voices for Banjo Kazooie, he had to re-record "Thank You" many-many times, because Nintendo thought it sounded like "F**k You". lol!
I'm getting Shadow The Hedgehog flashbacks...
I remember that. Good times.
Well people have been crying out for a realistic football game on the Wii U....
Wow. And normally, you can say, "Well, it kinda sounds like..." or "Well, I think he actually saying X, but it does sound like Y." I can't do that here. There's no other word that could be except for...what it is.
This game has truly earned the Nintendo Seal of Quality - clearly it was checked and double-checked before it went to stores.
People hear what they want to hear, it sounds like a generic Shadow grunt from SA2 to me.
I'm getting flashbacks to the Animal Crossing gyroid scandal where they were accused of looking too phallic. I'd never have made the connection on either were it not pointed out to me.
Welp, that's gonna be patched.
Guess Shadow's just pi....annoyed that even Wailuigi's getting more attention then him these days....
@Sanicranfast Nintendo's the publisher, but yeah SEGA are quiet on it too!
I hope they patch this out. Wouldn't want my child running around saying that either. Does anyone test these Olympic games? Or do they just figure they're pretty much all the same amyway?
@SLIGEACH_EIRE It sure is, which is why I poked fun at it. Eurogamer was where I saw the article, and their vid!
Slightly off topic, I remember when I was 12 everyones favorite Sonic character was shadow mostly because of the game, and advance. If you grew up with sonic like I did, you at least have one favorite sonic character. Anyway, stuff like this always happens it's like becoming a parents for some reason, blurs thier judgement this doesn't apply to all adults, just ones who never played games with "grunting"
Shadow, you naughty hedgehog... But yeah, this should be patched. Did no one notice it during testing?
I'm pretty sure he says "tough" it just sounds like something else completely.
They could probably stand to patch out to be safe, but I agree with @FatherChesz — The Sonic cast have always made those weird grunts in their games. I still remember my parents flipping out because Knuckles in Sonic Heroes makes this sort of "SHI" sound every time he starts a combo.
I don't get it...if it's not c___s, what else could it be?
I would bet anything that's not what he's actually saying, but it sure sounds like he is.
looking at the age of the kids they would be hearing far worse at school, in the streets and on TV shows and i bet the parents wouldn't care
but of course because it's in a game they lose their minds
Oh no, the horror. My poor ears. It's so naughty.
I'm really only hearing "Awwww, c'mon!"
@FullbringIchigo I honestly never understood why every child and teenager while I was in highschool thought they should add the fbomb to every sentence, and some of the ones my parents knew weren't like that at home, but at school, what kinda gas do they pump into cafeterias?
@RainbowGazelle It's a bit rough for a game rated ages 7 and up, whatever your views on the issues (or otherwise) around strong language
That's all I hear in the clip.
The Mirror, ugh... I despise all tabloids though, and I mean with a passion! 'Just because you read it in the magazine, or see it on the TV screen don't make it factual...' Tabloid Junkie, Michael Jackson, awesome song.
Glad this game is getting attention! It's really good.
Well...is this 7+ material to you guys?
Well that's Shadow for you, but still that's pretty hilarious.
He says cuss and that's a bad thing?
People are way too oversensitive.
Sounds like "cuss" or maybe "cuts". I assume it's not supposed to be English anyway.
Eh, really ?
Oh Shadow, you were doing so well since your game.
It's sad to see you relapse.
Uh, I just hear generic battle grunts
It took a few repeats, but I think I hear it too. Even if it's just a grunt or something, it can still be confused for worse-than-fbomb. But why is it that children can only know whether a word is a "bad word" from saying it and getting yelled at? It's like cheap game design, a Kaizo Trap in TVTropes terms.
It sounds more like "curse" or "cuss", but clickbaits like nintumblrlife, eurogamer or some deaf idiot hear what they want to hear.
Wait... I'm from Australia. Is this word actually considered so rude that you can't even reference it? O.o Because it's not that big a deal here. Definitely no worse than the f word.
@ZeldaFan5991 Well, it's not as bad in the UK (people swear casually a lot here) as in the US. If anything it just makes me laugh. Why delay the inevitable?
On my travels in Australia, I came to the understanding that c*nt is essentially interchangable for "mate".
Under Nintendo's family friendly portfolio it's hard to believe how and why this was overlooked. (I wondered upon the first mention of Bayonetta on the Wii U also and why Nintendo would even invest on a character such as that) ((?))...
But back on topic. Yeah.. I'll say that is really shamefaced.
@Churchy It depends on it's modifying adjective. Preceded by mad it's a compliment, preceded by dumb it's situationally dependent, and with no adjective it's normally an insult. Definitely not something that is worse than the f-bomb. I don't use it really. I just find it amusing to see the massive furor surrounding its use in other countries.
Rated M for Meh
"Its no use."
Nintendo will allow such foul language, yet censor their own JRPGs?!
"Damn. Not here!"
I like when Knuckles says "Shift" in Sonic Heroes. Sounds like he is saying "s***, rock, yeah!".
"Tabloids always exaggerate - Shadow is no-one's favourite character."
I love this. I always thought that Shadow is pretty much the most ridiculously lame video game character.
I think it's just a grunt that ended up sounding too much like an actual word. Also, Shadow is my favorite Sonic character. I don't appreciate you throwing that "Shadow is no-one's favourite character" bit in there at all.
You haven't heard the string of obscenities Princess Daisy lets fly when she stumbles in the gymnastics event.
1) Shadow is my favorite character and I have other friends who feel the same way.
2) I really couldn't tell what word people thought he said and had to check the video's comments. And I still don't hear it. Doesn't even sound like a word, just a random sound.
@BLPs Yeah it looks like Thomas hates Sonic...
I enjoyed the open and honest assessment of Shadow's character.
"Tabloids always exaggerate - Shadow is no-one's favourite character."
Oh no! How terrible! Unbelievable! How could he? A desaster! The apocalypse is near! We're all doomed! And it's all Nintendo's and Sega's fault!
Seriously... that kid can't possibly have gotten that word from Shadow. If you watch that video, the word he says is barely recognisable in real-time. I only was able to make it out after the third slowmo.
And why is it such a big deal? Isn't using that word almost normal in the UK?
I'm not saying kids should learn all the cuss words early, but they will learn them anyway sooner or later, so it's not healthy to try to shield them from those words as a parent so that the kid learns those words on the street or in the school.
It would be better if the parents taught those words to the kids themselves, but with more context about the meaning and while teaching their kids when it's appropriate to use a specific cuss word and when it's not.
That would teach kids a responsible use of cuss words. Because, like it or not, cuss words are part of our culture, part of our life. They're not inherently bad, it's only the people's usage, their intention to hurt someone (cuss words don't have to hurt anybody if you use them correctly) when they said it, that makes them bad.
Ow, the edge.
...It sounds more like an exasperated grunt to me. I can see how a kid could easily get confused, though.
P.S. Shadow is my favorite Sonic character.
Well, it does sound like a bad word, but there is a pause before the final "t" sound so probably something like a fusion of two sounds that has ended up sounding... unfortunate. It's clearly an error, something that slipped past control and, in the grand scheme of things, not the most offensive thing to be reported on this year (especially in The Mirror).
Let someone extract the sound files so we can all hear it all nice and clear and judge what he says exactly. I hear "kampf" and "count in" but that's just me and I'm not native English speaker.
I am not sure of what I hear.
And that is probably how something like this made its way through internal review process.
So the voice actor for Shadow must change his intonation or accent in order to avoid mishearing words for next project. He must say the words clearly and kids understand what words he said. Wrong spelling and terrible sound editing can lead to misunderstood.
Am I the only one who hears nothing more than an indistinguishable grunt?
Silly parents, don't you know your kids use this kind of language when you're not around?
Seriously though. Rare with grade schoolers, but definitely on a daily basis with junior high and up.
All I can hear is grunting. That kid is covering up for whoever or wherever she really heard it. Would have really cracked me up if she'd actually heard it from her parents. That's where most kids learn to cuss.
Eh, DKC64 said helluva guy and there's been hell and damn scattered here and there by Capcom and Konami.
And of course a few innuendos that the kiddies won't get till they're older.
Nintendo and their Vibe Scepter. Lol
I remember it sounded like in the opening of Pokken Tournament, Braxien was saying "F*** YOU!".
...Yeah no. That's just a standard 'irratated grunt' that's easily misheard.
Actually, this whole article is horribly biased against Shadow. Jeez, they get carried away with language on one game, and you never hear the end of it...
@ZeldaFan5991 It's good to get a little more clarification on that. The funny thing is on the surface of things, the UK tells itself it should be offended by it, but behind closed doors no one gives a sh*t. I use it here and there, but especially if I think someone uptight might be offended.
But yeah, I imagine this is a load of hot air.
@0upshroom7 maybe it's called F-Gas, pumped through the air con
Yeah because your child won't learn worse at school! Did this happen in the US? because we freak out with our kids learning harmless cuss words....I swear, America lives in one big "safe space"
@memoryman3 Please go jerk off to daisy elsewhere. Thanks.
As a Youtube comment put it best: "This is '[fecal matter, four letters] rocks, yeah!' all over again.".
Remember that part of Sonic Heroes infamously misheard by all fans? Yep.
@HammerKirby It'll take a lot to convince him to do that. We've been trying to get him off the McLeodGaming (Super Smash Flash 2) forums for ages.
One thing's for sure; it's not out of character.
@BaffleBlend This guy is all over reddit as well.
Where's that damn fourth Chaos Emerald?!
It depends on the insult. The famous "damn fourth chaos emerald" bit in Shadow The Hedgehog was in-character as far as swears go, due to the word "damn" related to the concept of damnation (which is a very mild swear to me, but then again, I don't come from an English-speaking country so I guess it's just a case of cultural differences; in case anyone feels like explaining to me why it's a swear, I'm all ears).
In this case, however, the word in question Shadow muttered under his breath relates to humans' (well, and to all animals', I guess...) intimate anatomy, so I don't know how in-character that may be, as even the one-sided obsession with Sonic shown by Amy has nothing sexual to it, so I doubt sex is even acknowledged in the Sonic universe (Rouge's fanservice-y ways notwithstanding). No matter how rule thirty-four artist insist otherwise, as far as official Sonic media go sex does not exist in the Sonic universe (Cream could even be Vanilla's adopted child for all we know).
So, a swear so tied to sex in general would be in-character for Shadow if intimacy was a thing, but with that not being the case, I guess the swear in question - if proven true - is out-of-character for the entire Sonic universe... let alone Mario's! (Yoshi's Island, anyone?)
You don't need to think of the children. They wouldn't care about it anyway... I think the girl's parents are overreacting.
BTW, it will be interesting to hear Nintendo's response to this!
The Mario football games had Waluigi doing crotch chops, so what's your point exactly?
SEGA does what Nintendon't.
I think it sounds like "caught it" and can understand how the imagination might change that enough. He says it cause the goalie caught his ball it is definitely a mishear on the little girl and many other's part I think.
@Rexx seriously. I can't understand any bad word in there. :-/
w h o c a r e s?
It didn't sound like a bad word to me.
@Jamotello He's actually just saying "Caught it" of "Got it" I think
@secret333 but why would he say 'caught it' or 'got it' when he wasn't the keeper? maybe that was the actual glitch. if he said that as the keeper, the context would make it sound more like 'caught' or 'got'. as the shooter whose shot was stopped, it would look like an interjection. a semi mcgurk effect, maybe?
@memoryman3 the fact that she can hold her leg at a near 180 degree angle from its normal position and smile like that is mildly disturbing to me xP
To be fair (And this is coming from an Americans perspective.) I hear a lot of Brits use the C-word... Like, all the time.
Especially in online games.
From the beginning, the word I hear is actually "counts", although I get what other people are hearing.
What can I say, the lyrics you hear during the Warioland 4 opening also have a bad word in it. And I believe Warioworld too!
@KickButt_Gaming I know! She's very athletic.
@memoryman3 Ew, Daisy. Burn her. With fire. Please.
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