Mario Kart 8 Criticised For Lack Of “Color” With It’s Characters

I really thought that we were moving past the , “there’s no black people in this game so that means you’re a racist!” stage in American society, but once again I am proven wrong because some idiot decided to bash Nintendo’s newest game because it doesn’t have black people in it.

All of these iconic characters have been around for a really long time. And they’re always been the same color. I honestly don’t see the problem with that, but Casey Malone from Paste Magazine does. Here is what he had to say.

“The other notable omission is in the cast of characters’ diversity. After 30 years there are still zero Mario characters of color, a problem that Mario Kart 8 highlights by lining up all the characters on a single screen. When it comes to human characters, Mario Kart 8 is overwhelmingly white. Of the 29 drivers, 14 are human (including Toad and Toadette), and every single one of them is white. While it’d be atypical of Nintendo to introduce new characters into a Mario Kart game, it’s also where the deficit is the most obvious, and during play I found myself disappointed that Nintendo’s stable of characters so painfully fails to reflect the diversity of its audience.”

Should we make Mario black because this guy isn’t happy? Is Yoshi not green enough for you? The fact is that there are a lot of different colors in Mario Kart 8. Donkey Kong is brown right? I know what he means by that statement, but I think it’s ridiculous. Why does color matter now? Half the games that come out today don’t have black people in it. So why does it matter if Mario Kart 8 doesn’t? How many black people were in Dragon Age? How about The Witcher? Or even GTA?

thWe’ve come too far as people to let something so stupid come up again. I hope so at least. I haven’t once said to myself that I wish Mario was black and I am half black. It just doesn’t matter to me. I do know one thing for sure though. That Mario Kart 8 review is the first and last article I will ever read from Casey Malone. That guy is an idiot.

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Author: Drakulus

I'm a hardcore gamer that enjoys every type of genre there is. I'm also a father of four kids, two girls and two boys, and love to write about whatever pops into my head.

12 thoughts on “Mario Kart 8 Criticised For Lack Of “Color” With It’s Characters”

  1. Some people like to turn everything into a race issue. What would adding a token black character accomplish? I’m all for having a more diverse cast in video games, but I don’t think there is any malice here. Japan doesn’t have many foreign residents which is reflected in their games/anime casts.

    1. That’s true and people need to think about that before they start throwing the race card around. If Mario was made in America then we might have a few black characters in the Mario Universe.
      Honestly I think the guy that said that just wanted attention to his review.

  2. It spans the Mario universe, why create a new character specific for the game just to meet ridiculous mainstream standards? There has to be better things to complain about.

  3. “When it comes to human characters, Mario Kart 8 is overwhelmingly white. . .”

    Massive face-palm moment. Oh my god. This guy is a complete fool. I honestly think the inclusion of ‘diversity’ by adding a black character would taint the product. You can’t just “make up” characters to reflect a 21st Century ideal that we are all one melting pot of cultures. Sure, that’s a great reality. But it doesn’t need to be reflected in every single video game. Or movie

    1. Thank you! That’s what I was thinking the entire time I was writing this. Yeah Mario Kart is filled with bright skin characters, but come one. There is nothing racist about that. Half the games that come out today are filled with bright skin characters and this writer decides to bash Mario for it? It’s not like Mario started off as a black guy and became white over the years.

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