Nintendo Is Patching Offensive Game & Watch Move From Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo has drawn complaints from fans due to changes to Mr. Game & Watch's forward smash attack move, which is based on a game called Fire Attack.

Nintendo has drawn complaints from fans due to the changes to Mr. Game & Watch's forward smash attack move, which is based on a Game & Watch game called Fire Attack.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate originally seemed as it was heavily based on the same engine as Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U, with many of the character models seeming to be the same, save for upgraded visuals.

A lot of the returning characters from older Super Smash Bros. games have had their move sets overhauled, including Mr. Game & Watch, who has been in the series since Super Smash Bros. Melee.

The biggest change to Mr. Game & Watch in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is that his appearance now transforms when he performs certain moves, whereas in earlier games he just took items & weapons from different Game & Watch games.


In Fire Attack, you played as a cowboy who was protecting a fortress from stereotypical depictions of Native Americans, who are attempting to burn it down using torches.

In the older Super Smash Bros. games, Mr. Game & Watch would swing the lit torch from Fire Attack as a forward smash, but in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he transforms into one of the Native American enemies when he uses the move.

This change to Mr. Game & Watch's move set has been highly criticized by fans, who feel that the enemies in Fire Attack are an offensive stereotype.

A spokesman for Nintendo reached out to Eurogamer and confirmed that the offensive design will be removed from the retail version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which had previously been done when versions of Fire Attack appeared in Game & Watch compilations.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will receive an update that will remove the feather from Mr. Game & Watch's sprite when using the move based on Fire Attack. 

This isn't the first time that Nintendo has removed an element from one of their games that used a stereotypical depiction of Native Americans, as the original Splatoon has a dummied out piece of headgear that is based on a Native American headdress.

Bravely Second also changed the design of the Hawkeye class, which originally had a costume based on a Native American archer and was switched to depict a cowboy.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released for the Nintendo Switch on December 7th.


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