Though the Stage Builder mode in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate allows players to create levels using pre-made assets that they can then share with the world using the online features in the game, it seems like Nintendo is taking action against some stages it deems inappropriate.
The Internet's reaction to the Stage Builder in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was pretty predictable, with the front page of the Shared Content tab showing numerous Internet memes and attempts to slip explicit stages into the game.
It seems that players who have grown weary of Final Destination and want to play a game of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on a stage crafted into the shape of a male reproductive organ will be out of luck, as Nintendo has started to crack down on stages that feature offensive material or political content.
It seems that the Shared Content mode won't include inappropriate content for long, as Nintendo has already started removing stages and suspending accounts that upload them. The stages that showed adult images were quickly purged, with Paul Watson of Eurogamer uploading a stage in the shape of male genitalia just to see how long it would take for Nintendo to take it down.
There have also been stages that have been taken down to due to supposed political reasons. Twitter user Warm Safflina uploaded a stage called "Trans Rights Now," which included a picture of the Transgender Pride Flag and was later taken down. Warm Safflina messaged Nintendo for an explanation as to why the stage was taken down and was told that it was due to it being a "political statement."
In response to the removal of Warm Safflina's stage, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community uploaded numerous stages showing their support for trans rights.
Nintendo: Trans Rights is a political statement and violates the code of conduct.— Warm Safflina (@WarmSafflina) April 19, 2019
Smash Community: Trans Rights!!! pic.twitter.com/SdbZ5x56Du
It's no surprise that Nintendo is being so loose with taking down stages and suspending accounts, as it has always been one of the strictest companies when it comes to online interactions. The fact that so many offensive stages stayed up for as long as they did is surprising. It's just a shame that such a blanket approach to the takedowns has resulted in Nintendo defining calls for equal rights as a political statement and is purging them from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The Stage Builder mode in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now as part of the latest update for the game.