Nintendo Scrabble Uses Swear Words to Win
Her case is not an isolated one. More reports have surfaced from others who bought the game thinking it was family friendly, yet were in for the same surprise. "The worst thing is that there's an age rating of 3+ on the box and no advisory warning about adult language on the packaging at all," said Mrs. Carrington, who hoped to play with her daughter, Destiny.
The two mothers have been forced to ban the game from their house, and are urging other parents to reconsider buying it for their own children. For Ethan, this came as quite a disappointment. He said, "I love Scrabble, so I was really disappointed when Mum told me I couldn't play it on the DS because of the rude words."
So far gaming officials have been quiet on the matter. When Tonya and her husband decided to bring this matter up with the video game store where they purchased the game, they were told to contact Nintendo. Nintendo referred the blame to the games maker, Ubisoft, who has yet to return an email she sent them over three months ago. When pressured further an Ubisoft spokesperson replied, "We are sorry the game has caused concern, but it includes a "junior" option that stops it using unusual or offensive words."
This isn't the first slang-related vocabulary scandal tied to Nintendo. The game 'Animal Crossing - City Folk' was revealed to have a racial slur repeated in conversations with the sheep Baabara, yet fortunately it was caught before it reached retail shelves.