It’s tipped to be one of the most popular games this Christmas, but Super Smash Bros Ultimate has been slammed by fans before it has even been released.
The game comes out on December 7, and in the build-up, Nintendo has released pre-release marketing materials.
The materials feature the character Mr Game & Watch using Native American imagery, which fans say is racist.
While Mr Game & Watch is normally black-silhouetted, in the imagery the character is seen holding a torch and bearing his teeth, with a feather coming out of the back of his head.
This is an homage to the character’s 1982 game, Fire Attack, in which players help a cowboy defend his fort from Native Americans.
The racist character was widely debated on Twitter.
One user wrote: "Why did Nintendo have to make Mr Game & Watch racist?"
Another wrote: "Mr. Game & Watch’s new forward smash in Smash Ultimate is a direct reference to a G&W game featuring racist depictions of Native Americans. I’m Native, and this hurts."
Nintendo has now apologised for the imagery, and has confirmed that it will be removed before the release.
In a statement to Kotaku, Nintendo said: “Nintendo has been planning to distribute an update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that removes the feather from the silhouette of Mr. Game & Watch.
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“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 apologise 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.”
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