After the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct Nintendo decided to show off final gameplay footage for the highly anticipated title a junior tournament was held to showcase the game. One player choose to play as Mr. Game and Watch, an iconic character from Nintendo’s early days, and displayed an animation featuring a Native American caricature with a feather on his head.

This is a reference to the 1982 game Fire Attack where Native Americans tried to burn down a fortress with a lone cowboy defending it. Some fans took offense to the image and after the backlash have decided to remove the animation.

“Nintendo has been planning to distribute an update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that removes the feather from the silhouette of Mr. Game & Watch,” Nintendo wrote in a statement to the press. “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.”

This has been an ongoing debate among the entertaining industry for not only this image but many other caricatures used in media. Notorious examples being older cartoons.

Recently, Nintendo also confirmed that the DLC list of characters have been confirmed.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases on Nintendo Switch on December 7.

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