Nintendo reportedly changed the cover of its latest "Super Mario" game after backlash from Social Justice Warriors.
"Super Mario Odyssey," which has yet to be released, initially showed Super Mario in the bottom left corner wearing a sombrero and a poncho. The image is from one of the levels in the game in which the character is seen wearing the traditional Mexican attire. Following the ire of SJWs, however, Nintendo replaced the image of Super Mario wearing the sombrero with an image of the main character in water.
Nintendo slightly changed the Super Mario Odyssey boxart, removing Sombrero Mario for Snorkeling Mario pic.twitter.com/8v9hgNi9JM
— Nibel (@Nibellion) August 2, 2017
Nintendo did not give a formal explanation as to why it made the change. But given recent instances of companies caving to people searching for a reason to be offended by just about anything, it's not a stretch to suggest the reason was related to cultural appropriation.
In a since-deleted tweet, one social media user criticized Nintendo for the Mexican "stereotype." But a number of other Twitter users replied, many of whom said they saw no problem with the cover.
"I am from Mexico and I am honored that Nintendo does this," one user wrote.
Another added: "Mexican here, chinga tu madre. Don't try to speak for us, we Mexicans love this stuff and like seeing our culture in media. Pendeja."
In a post for the video game blog, GameRant, Dalton Cooper wrote that the change could be due to the backlash from SJWs:
One possibility is that Nintendo is responding to the backlash surrounding sombrero Mario. While most people seem to have accepted sombrero Mario as simply being one of the many outfits Mario can unlock in Super Mario Odyssey, others have accused it of being cultural appropriation. Considering this, Nintendo may have removed sombrero Mario to avoid offending any potential customers.
Cooper recognized that it's entirely possible, although improbable, that "the image used just wasn’t as exciting as the other images on Super Mario Odyssey's box art."
"The other images are either feature action or show off impressive settings in the game world, like the dinosaur world and New Donk City. The image of Mario wearing a sombrero is just him standing still, and the shot is too small to give fans a good look at the desert game world where the outfit can be unlocked," Cooper said.
A Nintendo representative did not immediately respond to emails from TheBlaze asking why it changed the artwork.
The game is set for release in late October, according to TechRadar.
"Super Mario Odyssey" is the first Super Mario game to receive anything but an "E" rating, meaning that the game is suitable for "everyone," since Nintendo started assigning ratings to video games in 1994.
Nintendo's latest Super Mario game has an "E10+" rating, which means that is is suitable for everyone above the age of 10.
(H/T: Daily Caller)