Game Journalist Under Fire after Comments on Lack of Diversity in the Mario Kart 8 Character Roster

Mario Kart 8 Wii U Character Roster

Today, Game Journalist Casey Malone faced massive criticism over his views on the lack of diversity within the Mario Kart 8 character roster after saying that the game “painfully fails to reflect the diversity of its audience”.

After a review of Mario Kart 8 was posted today on news website Paste Magazine, Malone made his issues with the lack of diversity very clear in a specific section of the review, something that has already caused some massive conflict in the Nintendo-centric area of the gaming community, making it another newsworthy story similar to that of the failed #Miiquality Movement.

“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.”

This statement has sparked plenty of conversations on Twitter, as well as famed gaming forum NeoGAF. The most popular statement so far is: That’s what Mii characters are for. If you aren’t familiar with Mii characters, they’re the custom Avatars that Nintendo allows gamers to make as a representation of themselves, family members and friends. The Mii creator allows Nintendo fans to change the skin color of their Miis, so the issue with the lack of diversity shouldn’t been an issue in most people’s eyes seeing as they are playable in Mario Kart 8.

I wanna know what you think. Should this even be considered an issue? Why or why not? We’d love to know! Let us know in the comments below. If you’re interested, in taking a look for yourself, check out the review for yourself as well.

Source: Paste Magazine Via: NeoGAF

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