Animal Crossing Asks "How are you, [EXPLETIVE DELETED]?"
Sorry, Nintendo. You can try and try to hype up a game as being family-friendly and do whatever you can to keep it that way, but it still only takes one wayward employee to flush all that down the toilet. Apparently, some members of the press have received copies of the new DS title, Animal Crossing: Wild World, that comes with some content already unlocked…including one very out-of-place racial slur. One of the features of the game is that you can teach characters to say certain messages to you, and it seems someone at Nintendo decided to train one of them to call the player “N—a.” So now when you talk to the adorable sheep named Baabara, she greets with phrases such as, “How are you, N—a?,” “So got any juicy gossip for me, N—a?,” and “Want to get crunk tonight and pour out a forty for our fallen homies, N—a?” (okay, so that last one was totally made up).
It should be noted that this word was only allowed to appear in the game thanks to an “N” symbol with a tilde in front of it. Nintendo has put in several checks and measures in the game to ensure certain words and phrases can’t so easily be used, not to mention the usual Friend Codes to ensure you don’t find such content appearing in your village from total strangers.
Still, could this be a sign of a new gangsta Animal Crossing on the way? I’m thinking GTA, but with cute bunnies doing drive-bys. Of course it’s either that or a surprise visit from the ACLU.