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Super Mario Maker Criticised For Only Displaying A White Woman’s Hand On The TV

Business Insider reporter Ben Gilbert was recently invited by Nintendo to try out Super Mario Maker in New York City. During his time with the upcoming Wii U title, Gilbert noticed that his hand wasn’t displayed on the TV screen during gameplay. Instead, a hand that seemingly belongs to a white woman mimicked his movements as he was editing a level on the Wii U GamePad’s touch screen. According to Gilbert, this is a “bizarre, glaring flaw” in Super Mario Maker.

“Yes, I’m a white guy, but my fingers are far from long and slender (sadly),” Gilbert writes.

“What if I were, say, a 10-year-old black girl? Or a 30-year-old Japanese man? Or literally anything other than an adult white woman (which the hand appears to belong to)?

“Given the mainstream appeal of the mustachioed hero and his ongoing battle against Bowser, you’d think Nintendo – a company that’s repeatedly shown willingness to be inclusive – would have thought of this.

“When I asked Nintendo reps about the hand and if it could be changed, they confirmed that it couldn’t be. They also reacted with surprise that there wasn’t an option to swap it out.”

292 comments

      1. Why those it matter what color human hand holding the controller, wouldn’t the thought brought to life by who evers actions would be racism? People make race war’s & wonder why racism still exist!! it shouldn’t matter who the fuck hold the controller, just the fun that it represent end of story.

      2. Was it a complaint? I thought Nintendo was just trying to say, “So easy, a White Woman can do it!”

    1. I care, you shithead!
      I ain’t trying to be represented by no HO!
      This here real fucked up bidness, and I’s trynta be reppin for all the brothers all across the world! Ain’t got time for no cave bitch!
      It should have been ma G Marios glove on da fa rilla!
      Nowadays errthang either gotta include some faggot or some bimbo bitch!
      What happened to real motherfucking men shown playing video games!
      Industry done got our demographic fucked up!

        1. Who gives a shiit.
          Ben Gilbert you whiny bitch, stirring shit up crying about something like this.

      1. Shut the hell up and speak English. I don’t care what color you are, but if you sound stupid, I’m gonna tell you to smarten up.

      2. You need to take your ass back to school and learn proper English before you start insulting other people. You can’t even spell simple words right. Your also talk shit about them being insulting and yet your poor excuse for words spew hatred. How are you any better?

    2. Honestly the girl hand could be Asian, European, ….this is so dumb. If their were multiple hands and all looked “white” then maybe. But its just the model they chose, its probably even a staff member. I think its just to show that its easy to use. A lot of girls I know don’t play platformers , but this is cool because you can make any kind of level, so you can make a Mario games with news kinds of designs (like no holes, or no traps ) honestly its a odd thing to complain about.

    3. Of course the first thing he suggests is a black person… why not Chinese instead? There’s more races out there than just the blacks who complain about the race card against white people. Anyways… they probably meant to show Mario’s hand instead but actually showing a real hand would make more sense that a player is creating a level. This guy sounds like the person who was complaining about lack of color people in Mario Kart 8, when we have yet to receive some classics return to the game like Birdo or Diddy Kong.

    4. This information has been proven wrong by Nintendo. There are many hand choices to choose from including a Cat.

    5. Like omg a white female hand! While we are at it why is Mario an Italian plumber? He should be a Mexican astronaut samurai with telepathic powers.

    6. What’s wrong with people merely ASKING for more options. You people act like he’s got a gun to nintendo’s head and won’t let them go until they meet his demands. I don’t remember him screaming racism or anything like that in the article.

  1. Are you serious? People it is just a game! Why does it even matter what the skin color and gender of a hand is? ITS JUST A HAND!!!

  2. Why does there need to be a hand at all? Why not just show the hovering stylus on screen?

      1. A Mario glove? Are you joking? Narrowing the demographic to 30-40 year old bulbous Italian plumbers? Are you insane? We’ve got to start a petition against that kind of thing.

      2. I agree. Similar to those minigames in Mario Party of distorting the faces or whatnot. It will show the characters hand. It could have been Mario

    1. This is what I’m wondering? I didn’t know there was a hand in the game. I thought was just for the commercials.

  3. BWA HA HA
    Grow some balls and go outside for a change Gilburd!
    Holy crap “yeah your imagination is your only limit, but you’re clearly leaving out entire demographics because of that white hand” Jesus Christ, my jimmies are rustled, how can anyone be this plain retarded and overly superficial?? You just know SJWs and Tumblrites are gonna start chewing this game up for that reason alon god damn!

    1. When you use the term ‘SJW’, you look like an idiot. That said, Gilbert is also being an idiot. He may be attempting sarcasm, hard to tell, but most likeley he’s dangling troll bait to up his page hits. Also note the ‘throw away’ inclusion of September 11th as the release date.

        1. Isn’t there a possibility that that’s just his views on the game and not some trolling article. While sure the views may seem petty, what right do we have to censor his free speech. When you’ve got clowns in the comments section talking about gamergate (of all things), over one tiny article, you know you’re dealing with bullshit.

    2. I’m so macho that I can handle “offensive” material…just not other people’s opinions /sarcasm

  4. Might be because a woman’s hand is slender enough to minimize how much of the screen is blocked off from it and white is the least likely skin color to distract from what’s actually on the screen.

    Might as well go all out and get pissy because it’s a right hand. I’m left handed and I feel discriminated!

    1. I’m still bitter over skyward sword not having an option for us “leftys”.

  5. Fuck these Social Justice types. Why does it matter what hand is shown? Does it take away from the game? Who is going to be so upset over a goddamn hand in a video game? Jesus fucking Christ.

    1. While I think the who issue is nothing more than a click bait artical-they still have the right to be offended over something like this…no matter how petty. It seems the gaming community can’t tolerate certain views without going apeshit and calling them SJWs or feminazis. It actually quite hilarious how sensitive this community really is.

      1. It’s not that we’re being sensitive. The issue everyone has (and should have) is that it’s dumb as hell. This whole politically-correct culture has gotten way out of hand. The implication that something as petty and small as a hand in a Super Mario game is racist is ridiculous. There are women and children being beaten for leaving their houses without a man’s permission and yet THIS is we choose to label as sexist or racist

        1. Just because it’s “dumb as hell” to you doesn’t mean it isn’t to others. Though, to be fair, it’s hard to imagine anyone being seriously offended over a fucking hand. Also, isn’t political correctness pretty much dead at this point? Another thing, couldn’t he be implying that he just wanted more options and not that “omfg no blak ‘and !? 11/10 so fokn racist”. He even stated that it wasn’t a big issue.
          Sadly, gaming journalists like to feed off of articles like these. I’ll explain:how do you generate tons of clicks without having any sort of major news? Simple! Simply take a “progressive” stance being expressed by a fellow gaming journalist, leave out key information to make him/her seem as extremist as possible, and bingo, you’ve got yourself a lot of attention (and fighting/bickering). I’ve seen this shit happen so many times.

          1. But he is extreme. It’s no big issue and still he wrote a whole article about it. And it is dumb as hell. Case closed. Why do we have to pretend like it’s not? It is a non-issue that as someone with two neurons you shouldn’t even think of it.
            And no…political corectness isn’t dead. We see it every day how it keeps messing with common sense and reason.

  6. Does he really expect the Gamepad to photograph his hand as he’s playing and perfectly mimic its appearance in-game?

    1. It’s amazing how fucking salty everyone is due to one guy’s “opinion” (he’s clearly trolling)!

    1. Smh people is so dumb. I originally played videogames all day to avoid this idiotic behavior of bigotry as a little lad, now that i got older, video games don’t seem for nerds no more since it became the biggest fad. So with new conviction. Bolder, and wiser I’m take my leave & shead tears for this world cause this is genuinely sad :-(

  7. This is beyond madness…
    I’m starting to hate all the criticise the wiiu is getting this generation but even when there is nothing to complain about (because it is the only console with FULL NEW games that last for more than five hours) they critisice shits like this… Well whatever they have to still waiting for 2016 for their first must have while we have already had smash splatoon and bayonetta (L) but hey wiiu have no games!! Hahahaha yeah i prefer three good games per year to 16 remade in hd shits.

    1. Well this has nothing to do with that though. Like at all. The article never said anything about the Wii U being criticized for not having games or the game being too short. The hell is the point of bringing that up? You are complaining about this guy but you are looking for a problem that isn’t there just like him.

      And yeah because Nintendo has never remade games and milk the hell out of the same idea until it has no soul.

  8. It is easy to say that this is a superficial and small thing when you are white or not bothered but to a a different rwce or ethnic group, this can be considered unfair.

    To be honest, why even have a hand at all? In Tomodachi Life, the hands change color based on the color of the Mii you chose to represent yourself so I don’t see why they couldn’t have done the same here, or have no hand or have a Mario gloved hand.

    I’m not bothered by this, as a dark-skinned Hispanic person, but I understand why it can be perceived as offensive when Nintendo has been known for its diverse advertisements.

  9. #FirstWorldProblems
    This could not get any more retarded.
    Now we are just missing the vague explanation how fixing this would help third world countries.

  10. In other news, Tumblr needs another excuse to be triggered by cisgener white people being used in a video game. This is the most laughable thing I’ve seen in my life. XD

  11. Makes me sick. Reminds me when we had to get rid of black boards in the schools in the UK cause it was “racist”. So what did they do. Put whiteboards up instead. People like this need to be shoke

    1. So you’re saying we can only play the game with white and black WOMENs hands?!!! Both right handed at that? I want an old freckled male hand from an elderly person to sell me on this creative build your own game.

      1. And you should be able to demand that without getting harassed or called names (even if you’re straight up trolling).

  12. Not only that, but why is Mario only able to be White? We need an option to make a female Black Japanese version of him too! /sarcasm

  13. Wait a minute. The hand pops up while playing the game?!!!!! Huh?!

    Retarded.

  14. A slender, white hand? I Am Appalled!! What if a little green or blue Yoshi played the game and noticed that the hand on the screen wasn’t the same color as theirs; or that it has five fingers instead of four…. The nerve Nintendo!

    #CursorsForYoshis

  15. Pffffffffffffffffft.

    That’s fucking hilarious. He should be happy some white hand isn’t slapping his face for being so stupid. You going to yell at the sun for being bright next?

  16. Oh wait….

    White Womans hand coming soon to Wii U systems everywhere. Special low price of….FREEE!

  17. People keep creating/bringing up racism/injustice when there isn’t any. And this is just absurd.

  18. Oh shit, Nintendo is so racist, and they also did not consider that different hand types (man, women, black, kid, homo, trans, bisexual..) could ad gameplay and dynamic to the game. Come on nintendo fanboys, lets demand that mario becomes a litttle black girl in the future.

    People are people independently of their age, color, sex and sexuality. And hands are just hands independently of their age, color and sex they belong to.

    Only retarded racists who want to appear non racist would complain about such retarded aspects as the color of hand in a game. It is just logic, because if you are not racist and you respect differences, why the fuck would you complain about a women’s white hand? A white women’s hand in a game does not cause harm in any way.

    All of this is just to call people’s attention and so that all those retarded fucks who want to appear non racist have something to complain about.

    1. It’s not about it causing harm, it’s about wanting some representation. Also, why is it impossible for gamers to be respectful about others’ opinions? Yes, he’s obviously trolling, but still why get so mad over some click bait article?

    1. White people will be the death of white people. (Us)

      Anyone can do what you just did.

      1. No shit, everyone has a keyboard and can type whatever they want. Blacks are the whiniest, laziest, and most violent things on this planet just look how shitty the US is since Obama’s been president.

                1. When you are a dumb white male…

                  The guy complaining about this is a cis white male, but go ahead and blame black people. LMFAO! Like every other racist white person, blame black people for things that happen.

        1. To delude your confused sub and concious self. President Obama has improved America’s economy, so much so that the EU is feeling the heat of the rejuvenated dollar. The stock market is buzzing with energy, like it was 2002 and before. Unemployment is at 5.1 percent; how is Greece again? Jobs are there if you have qualification and hunger for self emprovement. Please stick to COD life issues fit you not.

          F=ma.

          1. Haha only a democrat would say some dumb shit like this. He is the worst president in history. your facts are fiction

  19. Is he seriously bitching about this? It’s a just a hand they have there for the sake of a hand.

    1. Is someone crying over a click-bait article? Is the poor waddle baby unable to handle people having certain views? Lol

  20. From the article: “This isn’t a huge deal, and I’m not exactly offended.”

    THEN WHY THE FUCK DID YOU WRITE AN ARTICLE ABOUT IT?!?!

    I’m not sure if this was just trying to be click-baity or if he genuinely played the game and his main takeaway was this “glaring flaw” of a digital hand. He could have asked about slopes, upload limits, future DLC etc but he chose to ask about and write about a fucking hand.

    Either way, the saddest thing is that he earns a salary writing shit like this.

    1. I agree that the article is 100% cynical clickbait. Note also, he slipped in September 11th for conspiracy nut hits too.

      1. Oh the September 11th thing has to stop. Imagine if this game was released June 6th – Nintendo releases Super Mario Maker on D-Day, or December 7th – Nintendo releases Super Mario Maker on Pearl Harbor day.

        I’m sure if there are other hands in the game when it’s released he will write another article claiming victory over the oppressive Nintendo empire. More clicks!

    2. Translation:WAAAAAAAHH he is offended by something I don’t care about boo hoo I must expose this man (for having a different opinion) like the SJW I am waaaaaahhhh

      1. No, the problem is he admitted in the article he wasn’t even offended by the hand, yet decided to focus the article on the hand anyway. It’s pure click bait at its finest. He’s using the current climate of gaming (be offended by everything) to get attention and it worked. That’s the actual problem.

        1. I don’t think people are “offended by everything” . Also, you claim that the main issue is that it’s a click-bait article and that he’s essentially acting like an attention-whore. If that’s the case then why comment here?

          1. Well to be honest, this article shouldn’t have even been newsworthy for mynintendonews.com. If the hand was an actual issue, the people he claims are offended about this haven’t said a word about it. He’s taking offense for other people, assuming they can’t handle a digitized white female hand over any other race/gender combination. Heck, not even the usual SJWs have made an outcry about this. Thus, click-bait.

            1. While I agree this “news” wasn’t worthy of an article (my Nintendo news just trying to rile people up for attention), I do think it’s more about wanting to option rather than not being able to handle limited options. If I was black I’d like to have the option HOWEVER, no matter what happens, I’d still buy the game because gameplay is the single most important aspect…not pandering shit.

              1. I’m white and I want an option to use a cat paw or a robot hand. Do I really give a crap though? Nope. You’re missing the point of the game if you want the option for a variety of insignificant digital hands to use. How about an article about things that affect gameplay like slopes, maybe a desert theme too. Enough of this SJW bullshit.

                  1. Not sure why you insist on defending this man’s view that this hand “issue” is a “glaring flaw”, one which no other so-called “journalist” agrees with. He was lucky enough to be invited by Nintendo to come check out this masterpiece of a game and he chooses to spend his time moping about something so superficial and undeserving of attention rather than the multitude of topics and questions surrounding the gameplay. When you really think about it, this same view can be espoused about every game that has a graphic interface. He knows it’s a popular IP though, so he wanted attention.

                    1. Sooo…are you angry that he’s acting like an attention-whore, that he disrespected Nintendo or that you strongly disagree with his opinion. And no, I’m not “defending” him (his complaint, that “”glaring flaw””, is fucking stupid), I just want views of any kind to not get censored…even the stupid ones.

    3. “WHY… WRITE AN ARTICLE ABOUT IT?!?!”

      [looks at the miles of vitriol in the comments]

      Smh. Apparently race is still a super hot topic that many people feel passionately about. This article has generated more response than I’ve seen here lately.

      Weird, right? If it truly doesn’t matter, why languish over a group of people who want to see something different? Their opinion is just as valid as the one each of us has taken the time to write, except that the writer of this article is the one that benefits from all the drama we create here. If click bait, it’s definitely been effective…

      1. Looks as if you didn’t read my comment that you quoted. Is it not perplexing to you that he chose to write an article that focused on an issue that he ultimately admitted wasn’t a huge deal?

        I agree that I’ve helped him with my comments, but really this article shouldn’t have been worthy of mynintendonews in the first place.

  21. The hand being one person throughout it is a bad thing? I guess hiring a single person to do a simple job like be the hand model is totally racist.

  22. Wow some people have no life they complain about every little small thing it’s just sad grow up losers there’s woman hand but no male hand why can’t there be a male and female hand idiots

    1. So first you claim that the hand isn’t an issue…then you cry misandry and demand that there should be a male version of the hand?

  23. ‘Facepalm’ I got nothing that says how stupid, racist & misogynist this guy sounds.

  24. Oh no, a white hand!
    We must be politically correct and add in a black hand as well… I fucking hate humanity now a days. They get butthurt over the most basic things.

    1. Looks like there’s also another who is butthurt…over a fucking click-bait article lmao.

  25. “They also reacted with surprise that there wasn’t an option to swap it out.”

    More like they reacted with surprise that someone was bitching about something like that.

  26. >>>Maybe these silly primitive American humans should learn to evolve instead of complaining over things that do not harm anyway other than their self-inflicted delusional useless cattle minds>>>

        1. >>>I couldn’t care less slave, now get lost and go pray or something>>>

          1. Lmao. Nice fail human “super race”. Want some cheese with that weak ass whine?

    1. It’s not just the U.S,pretty much any country that allows liberal art classes to take place.It’s a 1st world thing and it is the most stupid,weak,oversensitive BS I’ve been seeing these past few years

  27. ……ME & THE NWACP ARE GOING ALL OUT TO BOYCOTT N.O.A.!!! (& hell yeah!! I said N.W.A.C.P.!)

    The following is a simply put short list of our demands:

    We wanna see a black mans hands on the box, in commercials, & DLC video presentations while playing a video game that makes you think!!
    & NOT MADDEN, NBA 2K, GTA, OR C.O.D.!!!!
    Can’t a Black man be seen playing a game without shooting a gun & a basketball?!!!

    ….& ANOTHER THING!!! How come NINTENDO AIN’T GOT NO BLACK MASCOTS!!!
    (& hell naw mutha fucka black yoshi from mario kart 8 & black kirby from SSB don’t count!!)

    NOT TO MENTION… How come mario (WHO’VE TRAVELED THE ENTIRE GALAXY beginning from the mid 1980’s up to 2015) HAVE ONLY ENCOUNTERED A BLACK DUDE IN SMB 2: THOSE GAWD DAMNED BLACK ASS BOB OMBS!!

    The only black dude who EVER got a game were either professional athletes (all except tiger woods. After all…..HE’S NOT BLACK! Or so he says. But he got his black ass kicked by his white wife “WITH A GOLF CLUB!!!”) o.k. back to my point: EITHER A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE OR THAT BLACK DUDE OFF CRACKDOWN!!! FUCKING STRTOTYPES DAWG!!!

    The black man in Taletales The Walking Dead doesn’t count because he gets ZOMBIEFIED at the end of the story!! ALL TO SAVE THAT LITTLE WHITE BITCH…OOPS I MEAN A LITTLE WHITE GIRL!!

    So I’m showing up at the NINTENDO store IN NYC to boycott with AL SHARPTON, JESSE JACKSON, WHOOPI GOLDBERG & BILL COSBY!!!
    …….ok. That’s a fucked up 4 some…..how about I get Young MC, MC HAMMER & Flavor Flav? LMAO

    …….just kidding y’all!!!

  28. Why is everyone freaking out about this? He’s not being racist. He just wants a hand that looks like his own on the screen. You can chanhe how your hand looks in Tearaway, so why can’t you change how your hand looks in Super Mario Maker. And yes I know those two games are made by completely different devs, but it really isn’t that difficult to add different hands in the game.

    1. It’s not racist or sexist, it’s just really petty. Tearaway makes sense to go through the trouble of the different hands because the game is literally supposed to be a world in your hands. This is just a visual cue, totally inconsequential to the game itself. The fact that they went this far is almost impressive considering they easily could’ve use the tried and true green dot from the eshop. They did this cause it didn’t require any coding though. If they had alternatives they would’ve had to involve coders, menu guys, the lot. This was just a simple 2 minute deal for visual flair. You’d honestly have more validity of you complained as to why Mario is only an Italian American male plumber and not any less specific white or alternative race or gender. I’m not saying you in particular, just a general you for people who are complaining, just throwing that out there

      1. So just because something’s petty to you that means it can’t be a big deal to others? Why can’t people be respectful of others’ opinions these days…even if they’re completely wrong.

  29. Why would they use a SKINNY HAND? I don’t know, maybe so that it COVERS LESS OF THE SCREEN. Well why’s it gotta be white? Cause the other woman bites her nails. No, it’s cause they decided they wanted a visual representation and probably picked the person with the smallest and cleanest hands in the office, with a neutral nail polish, if any. Really, how many hand models do you think they have at Nintendo. Even if a third of their staff were women, they probably just grabbed the one who had the least wrinkles and skinniest for the job so the screen wouldn’t be too covered and so that it wouldn’t have anything unappealing to younger audiences, like wrinkles, scars, or other. It went with the most PC family friendly hand out there. And hey, it added a woman into the game. And now you’re basically saying you’re uncomfortable cause you’re playing as a woman. It’s a game, I’m not an Italian American plumber from Japan either but I’m not complaining Mario isn’t an Armenian skinny dude without a mustache. It’s inconsequential and adding options there would literally be adding a meaningless feature that it’s unlikely anyone would not buy the game without and that would rarely be used other than by people insecure with their gender or ethnicity. Guess what 30 year old white dude, you’re gonna be playing as a white dude not too much older than you when you finish building the level. Who cares? Enough with the PC attitude, that’s not even taking it too far, that just plain wasting it on the unnecessary

    1. While I agree this “”glaring flaw”” is stupid, would you really advocate censorship for something like this?

  30. I can’t believe what retarded, idiotic things people complain about these days. (O _ o)

  31. this is fucking ridiculous….its just a fucking hand…might aswell criticize all comercials that invole just hands…are we that bored of our lives now that everything gets criticized?? no matter what it is??

  32. This is so dumb, that it’s actually kind of hilarious.

    I mean, what kind of childish mindset complains about such tiny, harmless things? It’s a hand… my God. lol

    Plus, you’ll be looking at the gamepad most of the time. Boo hoo hoo, there’s a white hand on my tv. What, does he have a problem with white hands? Sounds like he is the problem here.
    Man, people these days…

    1. So what you’re saying is it’s retarded to want representation in certain areas? Who are you to tell people what they can, and can’t, be offended by. Ps. I completely disagree with the guy’s opinion.

  33. Holy mother of god, could someone please strangle this ignorant idiot to death? Just STFU and let us enjoy our games. Neither am I an adult white woman, but why would anyone seriously give a fuck about that?

  34. This garbage is ruining (western) videogames, Im just so so glad Japan doesnt care about it at all. Who gives a single shit about the hand? Are you kidding me? Why not complain while playing megaman that you are not a robot so its not inclusive? Thats how retarded this is, instead of focusing on gameplay and if the game is fun it seems all the millenials fedoracore autists and feminists latched onto videogames (because you dont see this much BS when it comes to movies or books) and they are so braindead they can only think of one thing: MUH INCLUSION.
    FORCED INCLUSION IN A PIECE OF FICTION IS NOT GOING TO “FIX” THE WORLD, ITS NOT GOING TO DO A SINGLE THING OTHER THAN MAKE THE GAME WORSE BECAUSE YOU WERE TOO BUSY TRYING TO BE A PUSSY INSTEAD OF MAKING A GOOD GAME
    Cant wait to get good at japanese and never play a single western videogame ever again.

    1. Why can’t they focus on both representation and gameplay? Also, doesn’t videogames have an effect on society (mass exposure to certain elements). I thought there were studies indicating this. Lastly, I fail to see how having an option (different coloured hands) “”ruins””gaming.

  35. Business Insider…
    Why am I not surprised. Taking advantage of social issues to generate clicks via petty outrage. The sad thing is the way our minds work over here in the West is really being shaped by these ideologues. It’s so strange how we’ve gone 180 on racial issues and now we’re intolerant about anything that doesn’t meet our subjective demands. We’re really no better than 60 years or so ago, because we still have our torches and pitchforks, just we’re targeting someone else this time. These pseudo-social justice activists need to learn they are the ones keeping intolerance alive for 5 minutes of attention. THEY are the problem.

  36. To focus on the character’s appearance, origin and sex is the only thing that’s sexist, racist and/or discriminatory! Just play the damn games and have fun. This is really ridiculous.

  37. When I first saw this article I rolled my eyes, thinking they were complaining about the ads shown on TV. But thinking about how this hand is in gameplay and mimicking the motions of your hand, wouldn’t it be a little off putting and even kind of disturbing to see your hand as a strangers? Not only that but adult white women really falls no where in the major Nintendo demographics, so its a bit odd that they’re representing the hand of maybe 3 people who will actually play the game.

  38. I wish everyone bitching and complaining about racial issues in gaming would just SHUT THE FUCK UP AND PLAY THE FUCKING GAMES THAT THEY CLAIM THEY LOVE! I swear you hear more people bitching about minor shit in games rather than playing them, than you do about REAL FUCKIN ISSUES that need to be addressed immediately.

    1. Is it true that gamergate acted as a massive harassment campaign and involved doxing, rape and death threats, leaking of personal information and that a large majority of the attacks were targeted towards female ha e developers?

      1. You’re always going to hear conflicting arguments, To me Gamergate was about corruption in gaming journalism.
        If you really want to know about it I would suggest looking up arguments from both sides and making your own conclusion from there.
        There is even evidence that would suggest most death threats, rape threats doxing etc. were actually set up, I don’t believe any calls by Anita were even registered by the police.

      2. Nope. No more so than any amorphous movement that by nature is defined by goals can be hijacked by any ill-natured individuals. Not that GG was every really ‘hijacked’, most of the usual trolls who harass people on the internet weren’t even using the hashtag when gaming sites decided to associate them with the movement. This is also the weakness of an amorphous movement, anyone can label them anything with no one to answer to. Still, you’d at least like to think the harassing scum who have existed since the darn of the internet and weren’t using the hashtag would not be associated with GG right? Unfortunately that was not granted to them by their critics, and I saw this happen first hand.

        1. I see…so you’re saying critics wrongfully associated the trolls with the GG supporters.

    2. To censor people’s political views because they have an “agenda”? To go on massive harassment campaigns over stupid shit like this article?

  39. I don’t give a shit what hand I see in the game. But maybe they should have gone with a Mario glove since everybody loves bitching.

  40. come on…it’s Kaitlyn Jenner’s hand..didnt you hear he won an award for courage? Courage to play Mario Maker

  41. Look at it from the bright side, if this is his biggest complaint, we have a fucking awesome game coming to us.

  42. As an Asian male, I don’t care. I mean, admittedly, I would prefer something like Mario’s glove for the sake of being Mario, but who cares?

    1. And from a design and UI standpoint, maybe a white female hand is the most aesthetically pleasing against the light, colorful backdrop of the game? We don’t always have the bring race and gender into it; sometimes a pale, lack of coloration is the most aesthetically pleasing. I mean, just look at this website for goodness sake.

  43. Quoting an excerpt of the source article that alba opted to leave out…

    “This isn’t a huge deal, and I’m not exactly offended. It’s just a bizarre and glaring oversight from a company that knows better, especially when it comes to games starring its mascot.”

    1. Gaming journalists usually do this to generate more clicks-make the person they’re referencing seem as unintelligent and extremist as possible…by leaving out key information. Wii U daily is guilty of this as well. The author “alba” has clearly spun the article in a way to generate the most attention.

  44. I know how to fix this.
    Replace the hand with a CG gloved hand of Mario.
    I think that would shut them up.
    Honestly, i rather not see a hand at all…

  45. Haha, Are you serious?
    If the biggest flaw this game has is that a female white hand edits the level for you this must be one amazing game.

  46. This is a parody article right? Right?! The world just can’t be this emotionally insecure… Ugh… I think the world needs another world war…

  47. I am a tall, slim musician with a beard. It’s so insulting that I have to play Super Mario as a short, fat plumber with a moustasch! I also hate muschrooms and would like to be able to eat pancakes to become big.

  48. well I can understand the issue but most of the video portrait a character which does not look like the real word. As for the white woman hand, it make a perfect sense. Imagine a bloke’s hand instead (does not matter the colour/race), it will have to be bigger therefore occupy more space on the screen which will be a bumper if that game as an off-tv feature. now white instead of another colour… contrast issue could be the problem. Also the game need to appeal new gamers, not establish gamers who will buy the game cause they want to have a go at it.

  49. Don’t bother us with this crap. Surprise! The world isn’t going to cater to you. YOU have to adapt to IT. I don’t care what color a hand is made. What’s next? Why can’t we make Mario black? Asian? Mexican? He’s Italian. Mom my art teacher is only white. It’s racist that she can’t transform into my race. Shut up already!

  50. I want a hairy man’s hand! Oh wait, no one of the politically correct self-appointed defenders of all minority groups / (allegedly) affected cares about men.

  51. This is clickbait or something. Or maybe they meant you can’t change the hand in that demo version. I’ve seen white hands, black hands and even a cat paw. So where is that footage coming from?

    Also, everybody’s bitching but honestly if you’re going to include a hand it doesn’t hurt to let you customize it a bit. Aside from being fun for the younger audience it is a tiny bit weird to only see a woman’s hand if you’re a guy, and only a white one if you happen to be Hispanic, Asain or Black, etc. It really doesn’t hurt to include different hands. I’d actually rather be able to pick between hand models of Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Peach, Bowser, etc. so here’s hoping that’s a special unlock or something.

  52. I want a hairy man’s hand. Oh wait, no one of the politically correct self-appointed defenders of all minority groups / (allegedly) affected people care about men.

  53. Who the F cares? Of all the fun features in the title he focused on the female hand? Wow! He must really love his hands so much… Oh yeah he uses it a lot when he’s alone.

    I bet he likes to concentrate on customizing his avatar in every game that allows him to do it and focus so much on his man hands.

  54. Having a hand at all only visually exemplifies the problem with playing with touch screens in general: you have a HAND BLOCKING SOME OF THE SCREEN. Why would you replicate that for the larger tv screen?
    Sometimes Nintendo’s stupidity astounds me – and they’ve done a lot of stupid shit in the past few years.

  55. Probably most of the hand models in the world are white women. If you’re going to hire a hand model that’s probably about all the modeling agency has for you to choose from.

  56. Hmmmmm not sure what to really say, but this. Nintendo should use all the free press they are getting to make more games. Great all range games. That’s all folks lets just game on.

    F=ma.

  57. That’s most likely a japanese woman’s hand and this is a japanese made game, I’m really failing to see the problem here

  58. Wow! Really? Who the fuck cares? Was it even necessary to bring this up? We have more important things that need immediate attention and solution.

  59. My skin is slightly purple from a condition.
    How come the wii u does not come in that color to represent me?
    But in all seriousness… shut up.
    You’re just trying to stir crap up.

  60. There is a CAT paw for people that don’t want to use the hand I have seen it in the Nintendo treehouse event of this game.

    Everyone has different tones of skin, size of fingers, nails, etc… Expecting your same hand displaying on the gamepad is just ridiculous and resource consuming.

    I pernally don’t care about it and the people that care should be using that energy to help real people not a virtual hand.

  61. If this ad showed the hands of multiple non-related people and all of their hands were white, then I could see that being an issue. This is a single person for the entire ad, so that negates the validity of the article mentioned.

  62. This guy is one of those idiots who talk about Nintendo games in a bad way, but haven’t actually kept up with them. We’ve seen other hands you idiot, there’s been a black hand and i’m pretty sure there was a kitten’s hand spoof once. It probably works like tomodachi life, the main mii’s skin tone determines the skin tone of the hand, so the Main mii on this console was probably a white female. (Meaning they all used the white female when playing it and probably didn’t know any better.)

  63. I’m pretty sure this person was only using a demo version. That would explain why there’s no other options because in other demos I’ve seen, there’s a black hand and even a cat’s paw.

  64. This shouldn’t be news. I don’t think the developers should waste their time listening to trashy complaints like this.

  65. Get the fuck out with that , only in fucking America , land of the free home of the gay . I swear this fucking country finds any little thing to bitch about or be politically “correct” . Fuck off idiot who made this statement of you want another hand go make your own game to feature whatever hand you want…. Sheesh

  66. Lol if Nintendo changed the hand cursor to have different skin tone options…could you say that they gave their consumers a handjob lol XD

  67. lol If he should complain about anything, it should be that there is a hand at all on the freaking screen. I’d rather just get a simple, tiny cursor of like Mario’s head or hand. Ugh! Thanks to this whiner, now I’m going to get annoyed when I play the game & see there is no option to take the hand off altogether. Thanks for bringing something to my attention that probably never would have bothered me in the first place!

  68. These comments gave me worse cancer then the comments in three days grace or my chemical romance videos….

  69. I just feel like this detail is so tiny and unnecessary to complain about. It’s just there to mimic a hand, it’s not even really something that represents the player. Complaining about lack of skin color options in Animal Crossing, that’s good, that makes sense, this is just… pointless.

    1. Do you realise my Nintendo news has also made a click-bait article (leeching off of another, controversial, article)? They don’t care about “exposing SJWs” or anything like that, they’re in it purely for the attention. Thus, this article is also click-bait.

  70. Who says the woman has exclusively European heritage? Plenty of biracial people have that skin tone. This “outrage” is nothing less than a hatred of a group of people based soley on skin color.

  71. I’m Black. This is dumb. Who cares, it’s a friggin hand.

    I’m only annoyed that the hand takes up so much of the screen. They should make it transparent or something so it’s easier to see what’s behind it.

    The world is full of little bitches today. Who the fuck cares about a hand?! Since everyone is so sensitive and needs babying, Nintendo should just make it mario’s gloved hand. Oh never mind — then they’d be sexist. A purple tentacle it is!

  72. Okay, I’m going to attempt to clean up all this bullshit. Yes, it was wrong for him to describe such a petty “issue” as a “”glaring flaw”, however (suspiciously not mentioned in this article), he also said it wasn’t very important and that he didn’t really care much about it.
    Some might bring up the point that “well, if he truly didn’t care much about it then why make the article?”. So this man can’t freely express his opinions unless they’re super important? The reaction of gamers seems to suggest they’re in favour of censorship with comments like “This dumbass needs to be fired…click baity article” (amusing how you’re not annoyed at my Nintendo news for ALSO producing a click bait article) which, I think we can all agree on, is wrong.
    Yes, he should’ve focused on the game mechanics over trivial trash AND should of properly researched to game he’s talking about (you can use a black hand, among other things, in the game). Those things aren’t the only “issues” though…like how my Nintendo news paints this man as an extremist by leaving out info like “I don’t really think it’s that important”, but, of course, that would mean less views for this site ;)

    1. *correction he mentions nowhere that this isn’t a big issue or that he doesn’t really care about it. Still, this is a click bait article through and through and I don’t think my Nintendo news should’ve brought it up. If it truly was click-bait (now looking like it) then this site should’ve stayed FAR away from this trash. Essentially, we’re all feeding the troll…

      Still don’t like how gamers are ganging up on him just because of his “”opinion”” (probably just bait)…unless it’s simply calling out trolls.

      1. However, there’s always the potential that he’s not trolling and, in such a case, can’t we be somewhat more respectful?

  73. What next, why isn’t Mario Tahitian? I mean come on this is 2015 where we are so advanced that we can marry my same sex friends. I can change my race at any time, so why can’t I do that in game with an arbitrary hand? Sarcasm laid on pretty thick.

  74. Awwwwh man I’d love to get up close to one of those people and slap them with my white male hands… I mean this is more than ridiculous

  75. Ben Gilbert is obviously a spotlight whore who is looking for a quick way to build up controversy. He is a miserable pile of human trash that’s trying to gain a profit from the fact that racism is so in right now with news stories. The man is a worthless sack of shit and no one should pay him any attention.

  76. I do not care, I do not understand. This is petty in my view. If someone feels offended by this, they are entitled but in my opinion, my view, it’s petty.

    Also people, don’t use the fallacy of relative privation. Just because there are other larger problems out there does not mean we shouldn’t pay attention to the minor ones though frankly, this is ridiculous but I’m white, Canadian and Hispanic so of course I won’t feel offended.

  77. I don´t give a shit about these keyboardcunts – they yell about everything.

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  79. My guess is Gilbert feels he’s wasting his “journalistic talents” of pieces like this so he’s attempting to kick up some “racial controversy” wherever he can to try to seem better then he is by pulling desperate crap lke this.

  80. Holy shit. Are people these days trying to find any little thing to bitch and complain about and claim “racist”? Fuck the human race.

  81. This game is made in Japan…. Japanese are as pale as some White people as well. So why do people automatically assume it’s a White hand?

    1. Because they are no doubt closet racists & probably think many Asian people actually are yellow skinned when in reality some of them are actually white, skin complexion wise, themselves. xD

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