Is Nintendo Really Removing Female Characters From Mario Kart?


Does Nintendo Really Ban Female Mario Kart Characters? Well, that’s the rumor some believed on the internet this week.

Since its release in 2014, Mario Kart 8 has been a household favorite across the world. From Dragon Driftway to Rainbow Road, there’s a course and a character for everyone.

But this week, a shocking rumor swirled about Nintendo’s beloved game.

Read on as we debunk this wild claim.

So, has Nintendo banned its female characters from Mario Kart?

Fortunately, the answer is no. The rumor originated from the satirical gaming news site Hard Drive.

Although he’s known for his Onion-esque style of comedy, the internet is a big place. Of course, not everyone has heard of the hard drive, and therefore it often attracts a large number of unsuspecting readers.

Uploaded yesterday, May 19, the controversial prank claimed that due to Nintendo’s ties to Saudi Arabia, the company would no longer allow its female characters to drive on Mario Kart.

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Hard Drive even went so far as to attribute fake quotes to Nintendo President Doug Bowser in an attempt to make his joke more believable.

The piece was presumably a dig at Nintendo, which announced this week that 5% of its company was owned by Saudi Arabia.

How the public reacted

Hard Drive managed to stir up an online frenzy.

Some Twitter users joined in:

However, others weren’t sure what to make of it:

This isn’t the first time Hard Drive has tricked readers. Other mischievous headlines include articles about Pokemon Go paying real-money users and homemade PS5s.

Luckily, a prank is all it was. At least we think so, right?

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