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.”