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Mario Party 8 – banned!

No, it’s not April 1st. No, Mario hasn’t suddenly turned into a serial killer. Employee’s of UK retailer GAME are reporting an email sent around stores just before closing to remove Mario Party 8 and all applicable advertising due to the game having an “offensive” word, details of which can be seen in the screenshot below.

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It’s not clear if other retailers will take the same stance as GAME, but it is worth mentioning that Mind quiz also suffered the same fate last week for the exact same offensive word.

With no official word from Nintendo or GAME, we’ll keep you updated on the news.

***UPDATE***

We’ve just received word of a Nintendo statement;

The above game was launched in the UK today. Unfortunately we have discovered that a small number of games contain the wrong version of the disk due to an assembly error. We have therefore decided to recall all copies of the game from UK retailers so that this mistake can be corrected.

We will re-launch Mario Party 8 in the UK as soon as possible and will announce a new launch date shortly. We very much regret any inconvenience caused.

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