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Ubisoft apologizes for harmless Mario Kart 8 tweet

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Ubisoft recently tweeted something about Mario Kart 8, which was quickly deleted and replaced by an apology. That must have been one awful tweet, one might think. But not at all. It was quite harmless. Here’s what it said:

“Not sure I like the Mercedes-Benz cars in Mario kart 8. Kinda breaks the magic. Be careful Nintendo.”

Ubisoft later deleted it and tweeted: “Sorry about that. The opinion expressed does not in any way represent those of Ubisoft. It’s been deleted.”

Is this what it has come to? Where even the tiniest things have to be redacted and apologized for? Ubisoft’s tweet was completely harmless, yet some scared Ubisoft PR person thought it could “damage” relations with Nintendo. What the tweet in fact showed, was that someone at Ubisoft cared enough to tweet their worries to Nintendo.

And you know what? I think Ubisoft was right in its original tweet. The Mercedes-Benz cars are silly. They don’t fit into the game and ruin the atmosphere and the magic. Worst of all, it makes it look as if Nintendo sold out and is just running an ad campaign for Mercedes. It’s quite lame, actually.

And Wii U Daily is certainly not going to apologize for that statement.

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  • Trevor

    I agree, but at least we’re getting DLC.

    • Anthony

      FREE DLC…if it was Ubisoft you would have to pay for it.

      • marloc_x

        Selling out would suggest you are selling something. Those classic cars are really cool :)

      • MetroidZero

        And if it was EA, you will get a new set of bouncy tires for $19.99.

  • Thomas Vienna

    Is this what it has come to? The tiniest bit of news has to be footnoted with a long, heated rant? Well, okay, have it your way.

    Ubisoft is in a tender position with Wii U fans right now, I can totally understand why they should be careful with their words.

    • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

      Nintendo’s in a tenderer position with, well, everyone. They could use some constructive criticism. Even from Ubisoft.

      • Thomas Vienna

        Still, it’s not exactly harmless criticism. Ubisoft was basically saying “You’re selling out, Nintendo.” Not privately, but to the world, where everyone can see it. It helps people to question Nintendo’s moves, and it hurts their reputation. I’m sure Nintendo isn’t too happy about this.

        • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

          No, you’re putting the words in their mouth that the comment is saying “You’re selling out, Nintendo.” The comment stated was “Kinda breaks the magic.” Though, I said nothing about “harmless.” Even constructive criticism can sting.

          Even if it was telling Nintendo they’re selling out, people still shouldn’t be so afraid of Nintendo not being able to handle the criticism. Nintendo has faced some negative criticism, but some developers are wary of giving even constructive critical of Nintendo, fearing that fans might readily perceive as an “attack”.

          Nintendo can stand to listen to some constructive criticism of some of the third-party support, much of whom they’ve pretty much discouraged away.

          • Thomas Vienna

            I’m mostly arguing the article’s opinion that the message was harmless. And I think it’s fair for people to assume that this Ubisoft rep thinks Nintendo is selling out. His words “be careful,” it probably means “don’t become one of THOSE companies.”

            Edit: and I agree that Nintendo needs the criticism, but this way of doing it was not so careful.

          • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

            It’s harmless in that it’s no threat to Ubisoft’s relationship with Nintendo. It posed no threat to their doing business together, to Nintendo’s customer base, and it was really only stating what many longtime Mario Kart fans themselves were already thinking.

            I don’t think this comment posed a threat so much for what the comment said. Ubisoft’s been one of Nintendo’s earliest and more persistent supporters of the Wii U, and has been one of Nintendo’s key third-party support. They’ve been the closest thing to allies to Nintendo and Wii U.

            I think where any harm where present in the comment was in how it was given without approval. Even a positive comment shouldn’t be made on the company’s behalf, if it wasn’t truly the company’s voice. You don’t want someone who isn’t your company voice dictating your company’s voice.

            But I think if someone prominent at Ubisoft like Michel Ancel had made the statement, the statement would’ve been taken in stride. Reggie probably would’ve came back with some CEO-ish Tweet like, “Hey, even Mario deserves a bit of luxury” and that would’ve been end to the whole affair.

            And “be careful” could also just mean, “Be careful not to ruin the magic of one of your flagship console-sellers.” To as much, I would agree.

          • Thomas Vienna

            You could be right about that, but I don’t blame someone for stepping in if they felt it was over the line. It isn’t usual business etiquette for companies to get involved in others’ issues if it involves a game they have no affiliation with.

          • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

            I agree. Ubisoft reacted in the best manner. Even if the opinion was agreeable, the manner in which it was given wasn’t.

          • David

            The fact is, the comment was posted as Ubisoft and that is not something any type of professional organization would approve of which is why it was taken down. Just one employee’s opinion.

    • matthew garcia

      Do you expect anything less of the internet. Gotta love the internet, the place where cowards hide behind there keyboards and talk shit to each other

      • bigshynepo

        I see you’re living the stereotype you promote, you know, by insulting denizens of the net from behind the safety of your keyboard…..keep up the good work.

        • matthew garcia

          I only insult if I’m insulted first. I Always try to keep things civil.

          • bigshynepo

            That’s cool, just remember that 90% of internet users are just like me and you. They aren’t cowards or shit talkers; those people represent only 10% of the people online and I know we’ll both agree that the internet would be better off without them. I just try to filter out the ridiculous commentary but that doesn’t work for everyone or everytime. Cheers.

          • matthew garcia

            Well being that there millions of people on the internet 10% is a lot still. People don’t just fight about video games. Politics are the worse

          • crocodileman94

            Not to mention Religion

          • matthew garcia

            Absolutely

          • Divaitiie!

            Religion is the worst, and then Race, THEN politics.

          • Rinslowe

            The trinity of “don’t even go there” topics for sure. My pet peeve is when people use race to further an agenda. That to me is the lowest point of the modern internet age. People who are willing to use their own race as a tool against other users, as perceived victims or as an entitlement while insinuating the “real victims” are insensitive to racial inequalities.

            Talk about throwing your own legacy under a bus for the sake of an argument

            Another good one is when users condemn a certain behaviour online (like insults for eg), only to later reason why they themselves are ok to carry out that behaviour due to having been affected by said behaviour, Lol.

            The internet is full of crazies and hypocrites.

            But at least they provide minor entertainment when articles like these make you want to contemplate the fate of the human species…

      • Thomas Vienna

        Well, unless it’s a pseudonym, John Kinsley’s got his name all over this, so he’s not exactly hiding. Other sites I visit for Nintendo news are much more professional.

        • matthew garcia

          Just cuz your name is there doesn’t mean your not hiding. Most people internet never even met and it’s just easier to insult someone that way. People don’t confront each other no more

          • Thomas Vienna

            I suppose that makes sense. I don’t feel that way personally. The fact that I have my name plastered to these comments makes me very careful of what I say.

          • matthew garcia

            I see what you mean but yeah all of are names are stamped on something and you do have to watch what you say. I just see how easy it is for someone to insult someone who lives a thousand miles away. It’s not like there gonna get a plane ticket and find you.

    • Aiddon

      plus saying Nintendo is selling out is pretty much a pot-kettle situation considering how Ubi has certainly shown no qualms with prostituting themselves. Seriously, it amazes me that we have rampant unprofessional behavior like this.

  • Bink

    yeah it’s basically just a strange type of way to give dlc

  • TheSkeletonMan939 .

    “And Wii U Daily is certainly not going to apologize for that statement.”

    Thank goodness.

    Everyone’s so afraid of offending each other these days. You can’t say anything without worrying someone will get all upset over nothing.

    • majora :D

      you take that back!

  • Gizmo

    I thought the Mercedes thing was just plain silly at first, But Hey, it worked! Mercedes got a sales increase and Mario kart is selling like hotcakes.

    • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

      I sincerely doubt the reason why more people bought Mario Kart 8 was for the inclusion of Mercedes-Benz DLC.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        No question about it.

        • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

          Wait–I can’t read the direction of your view there. Was that agreeing with or against my comment?

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I was agreeing with you.

          • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

            Ah. ‘Kay. Just checking.

    • bigshynepo

      Where have you found the info that correlates Mercedes’ July sales with the release of the MK8 DLC?
      I haven’t read anywhere that the DLC affected their sales.
      It’s shortsighted to post something as fact when it can be so easily disputed.
      Can you point me to where you found this information?

  • perpetualentropy

    without the mercedes we might of not gotten dlc and nintendo sold in not out it is what it is i guess it is weird seeing a cartoon driving a black mercedes

  • killjoy505666

    Remember its also free dlc

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    I agree with Ubisoft’s statement. I don’t think they said anything really wrong here other than expressing an opinion(which was constructive). It’s better than what EA has said over the past year.

    • Rinslowe

      I also don’t have anything against what Ubisoft’ employee has said. I’m almost certain that the majority of sane individuals, really don’t care if its in the game or not. But at the same time, how can it be constructive? Do these “little electric cars” really look out of place in a Kart racer? Not to mention they’re all using standard existing kart 8 wheels right there. Wait until someone chucks some monster truck wheels on, haha. Get what I’m saying? Customisable “little electric cars” that people “choose” to drive or not. How is this relevant news? How is it selling out? Why are people upset about tiny little mini Mercedes in Mario Kart 8?

      It seems to me people here are “too sensitive” towards the whole thing either way. A little cross promotional advertising never hurt anyone…

  • CydeFxt

    I mean this is kind of hiccup in comparison to some of the 3rd party companies with legitimate ads in their games.

  • Jared Garcia

    I’d go for a monster truck at least. So I could crush goombas the American way.

  • 8ruc3

    The dlc isn’t a requirement and it’s free. So if you don’t like the idea, play without it. That’s it. Case closed.

    • bigshynepo

      What’s next? Kia pays Nintendo and soon everyone is racing in Soul’s and Optoma’s?

      Sure, don’t use it if you don’t like it, but we shouldn’t be complimenting and promoting this kind of corperate sell out. This is no different than the mountain dew ads all over Xbone, or the Toyota Yaris game… cross-brand advertising like this plays us all for rubes. Like someone is going to go buy a Benz because they raced with a CLA in Mario Kart…

      • 8ruc3

        I think you forgot the most important part of a videogame: the fun. “There’s nothing wrong with having a little fun”. Remember that quote by Reggie? This is the problem nowadays. Every gamers like to think they know much better then anyone what’s good and what’s wrong for the industry. Business is business. Stop wasting your time with these things. Play your games and have fun. You’re not Nintendo’s President or Sony’s or Microsofts. If it’s a big concern in your life that Mario will be driving a Mercedes-Benz soon, than you’re a lucky guy my friend. It means you have a good life because there’s much more important problems in life than a playable Mercedes-Benz in Mario Kart 8…

        • bigshynepo

          This isn’t a big concern. Nowhere did I say it was. You took 3 minutes out of your day to leave a comment and so did I, I hardly think either of us are letting priorities fall by the wayside because we decided to chime in on this topic.

          My opinion stands; this is a stupid sellout move that, while free, speaks to a storm brewing at Nintendo headquarters. They still haven’t figured out how to offer meaningful DLC and social features but they certainly figured out how to take money from non-gaming businesses to increase their bottom line. For your sake, I certainly hope Nintendo doesn’t keep on this streak, lest Mario trade his plumber’s outfit for a Nike tracksuit or worse yet, a playable Kardashian character arrives in Super Smash Brothers. Whatever floats your boat, if that’s truly what you are after.

          • 8ruc3

            I respect your opinion. But I still don’t see the problem if it’s free and not required to continue playing your game. I’m ok with this dlc. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. But if I am, I really don’t care. It’s just one more car in the game for me. Mario Kart 8 will still be fun for me with it or without it… Nice talking and have a nice day. :)

      • BL4CKSH33P

        Have you all forgotten that this is a business we are talking about? Sponsoring, advertisement, partnerships… since when did a company doing these things mean they were sellouts? Pitiful petty people.

        • bigshynepo

          Yeah, you’d have people convinced that Nintendo couldn’t survive without such “patnerships” like the one with Mercedes Benz or that Nintendo didn’t built a successful 100 year old empire without ever offering such things such as DLC. You sound convinced that this move is just lumped in with everyday “advertising and partnerships”, like commercials, retailer exclusives and online ad revenue when in fact, this was just an attempt at killing two birds with one stone. Instead of offering meaningful content like a new track or new character, this is the DLC Nintendo think’s it’s fans want. I don’t think that’s the case (I have faith in the fans out there) and I don’t think this was very meaningful content considering it was the first DLC for Mario Kart 8.

          • BL4CKSH33P

            Who the hell said that? I wouldnt have peole believe that …Not at all. Nintendo is clearly the most capable video company in the world. Even when third party content blows they pull through with first party games. Not to mention they started all of this making those cards. DLC didn’t exist 100 years ago so…. Yeah. This is part of all that. Its just an everyday marketing technique but Nintendo isn’t the one advertising fool. Thisbdlc is likely just an agreement… To think this was meant to be meaningful content that fans wanted would be foolish.

          • bigshynepo

            So you admit that Nintendo’s first foray into DLC was as worthwhile as horse armor but was unleashed on the masses through an truly unlikely partnership between Nintendo and Mercedes. You admit that fans want meaningful content, yet you defend this move? This is some of Nintendo’s first 1st party DLC ever and it ends up being sell-out, sponsored junk that doesn’t add to the game at all. Go on, keep defending this move, it will just encourage Nintendo to keep skipping real DLC content in lieu of this junk. Meanwhile, I’m off to play the Left Behind DLC, it may have cost money to download but at least it’s worth the bandwidth.

          • BL4CKSH33P

            I think you are over reacting a tad. You are assuming far to much about the future of Nintendo dlc from this Mercedes Benz thing.

          • bigshynepo

            This Mercedes DLC is the only point of reference we have for first party DLC from Nintendo. It’s not like Nintendo has a history of releasing quality DLC and this was just a misstep. No, a bunch of executives sitting around a boardroom at Nintendo thought this would be a great “first foot forward” and if people support it, they have no reason to flesh out future DLC since their fans seem to be happy to defend this strange sponsored decision.

    • mrpenguinice .

      The problem is that if you don’t like it, you’ll have to see it in online games from other racers.

      • 8ruc3

        So what? Are you serious? Who cares if others use it? I don’t see any problem there. What difference does it make in your race to victory? Answer: absolutely nothing. You should concentrate on having fun with your game instead of looking for problems where there are not…

        • mrpenguinice .

          I’m not saying I’m one who believes that, but as for the people who hate the cars, they aren’t saying it ruins the game at all, it just is a small negitive that is a big plus of a game. Jeez, everyone defensive over such a harmless explaination.

          • ShadyKnights

            People aren’t defensive really, they’re just annoyed over folks getting butthurt over something that is not all that bad really. The cars do fit the game as their design is not super realistic and are more akin to Power Wheels (the Benz especially looks just like the power wheels version), old school race cars, or is cartoonishly small like Warrior’s low rider. Just cause they’re not colorful doesn’t mean they don’t fit, that just distinguishes them from the other karts. Plus we’ll likely get to ad new wheels on them for fun which will be pretty amusing I’d say.

            At least that’s why I think some people get annoyed reading that reason you offer. AT least I know that’s why I get annoyed reading it. Really just comes off as a lazy complaint to me.

      • Rinslowe

        Oh no!
        o_O

  • Milky Bacons

    Well.. I have some thoughts about this.
    1: I don’t think Ubisoft takes Nintendo seriously anymore
    2: Frankly I think they were right deleting that comment; Nintendo’s not their company and Ubisoft shouldn’t state their opinions about something so minor. And OPTIONAL. And FREE.
    3: So what if they do think it kills the magic; I want to drive a Marcates-Benz. I think it enhances the magic.
    4: This is getting old. Ubisoft, just stop… please…

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      It does get old, but the media eats this stuff up. Basically, they encourage it.

      • Milky Bacons

        Man, that’s… it’s like a pack of wolves fighting for one gazelle basically. The wolves are the reporters (nothing against Ashley King) and the gazelle’s are whoever is being written about.

    • greengecko007

      I like that we’re getting free vehicles, but from what I understand, it is NOT optional. The vehicles are included in the update, rather than as optional DLC. If you want to get the perks of the update, like the mini map and better default selection options, you have to also get the vehicles. You have to have the update in order to play online.

      • Milky Bacons

        Really? Oh… well, let’s hope the stats are good then! XD

      • iamserious

        But you don’t have to use these vehicles in the game.

        • greengecko007

          But you will see other drivers, both human and cpu controlled, using them. It’s not possible to escape seeing the vehicles. Not everyone wants real vehicles in the game, and although I’m personally excited about them, having them forced on us is very distasteful.

          • 8ruc3

            Forced on us? Hey, the car is a gift man. It’s totally free. Did Nintendo say it was mandatory to use this car in the future? NO. What’s the problem then? Oh yeah, others that actually like it will use it. Oh no! Hey come on! That’s a childish complaint. I’m not saying you’re childish. But your argument sure is…

          • greengecko007

            My childish argument is merely my clearly rare ability to see where others are coming from, even when I don’t agree. I’ve already said multiple times that I like that we are getting the free vehicles. But it is most definitely being forced on us. It’s not optional, and not avoidable. Not everyone appreciates that.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      My issue is that it was a PERSONAL opinion on a COMPANY social media account. No. no no no.

      • BL4CKSH33P

        Really?

        • PS4WiiURocks

          Yep

        • Divaitiie!

          nope

      • PS4WiiURocks

        It’s too late the damage is done and alot people are done with them now

        • Fred

          I doubt a lot of people will refrain from buying a game they want because of this post. Ubisoft made me mad when they postponed Rayman and I still bought it and I have no regrets

          • PS4WiiURocks

            Myself i never bought rayman and never will..Just burned me to many times..Like EA they are crap now but if you like them more power to ya

      • Milky Bacons

        Ubi, right? Sorry, just woke up and in a haze. I’m assuming it was towards Ubi. In that case, I completely agree.

      • destinyhypedtomuch

        Your issue? How about everyone on this thread stop pretending to be important and stfu you losers. They can say whatever they want, only an idiot would give two fucks about this, Good job on the journalism fucktards.

        • http://clanzs.wix.com/zodiacslayers Stenaven

          3edgy5me

        • ScrewAttack

          Looka like we got a badass over here *tips fedora*

          Edit; does that make you a double idiot for caring so much that people care about this?

      • Michael Legault

        The douche in charge of the twitter account that day probably forgot to change his sign in lol

        • Milky Bacons

          xD

    • BL4CKSH33P

      Most people don’t want that shit in a Nintendo game. It’s popular opinion. Just because YOU like it doesnt mean its not silly. Its not even the “selling out” people don’t care for, its the fucking cart. If they had partnered with any suitable candidate to add related content from nobody would care.

      • Rinslowe

        “Most people don’t want that shit in a Nintendo game.”

        Most people aren’t worried about it either way…

        • BL4CKSH33P

          Most people true, but Nintendo lovers care. That’s like a ufc octagon stage on smash bros nobody wants that shit.

          • Rinslowe

            I just think both extremes are over exaggerating the existence of the other right now…

          • BL4CKSH33P

            Also true. Just thought the response to this was ridiculous, ubisoft didn’t say anything harmful. So I decided to side with the opposite extreme out of distaste for the other.

      • Milky Bacons

        I wouldn’t say it’s popular opinion. More like 60/40 (60 being people who want it). I mean, it’s free, and if the stats are good I’m sure not that many people would care. Of course, I’m going off on what I hear in YT comment sections about the matter. It is silly, yah, but in a… different… way.
        xD

        • BL4CKSH33P

          You are actually right. I agree it is silly in a good way.

          • Milky Bacons

            I completely see where you’re coming from, bro. But this is all opinionated, and there’s going to be people up the whazoo defending their opinions and stuff. Nothing good can come from these types of arguments. Also, my 100th comment! :D

    • LordiMcKill

      It’s the 3rd time this week that Ubisoft has been in the news being either positive or negative. I really can’t understand them sometimes.

      • Milky Bacons

        If it’s attention they want, they certainly are trying.

    • Milky Bacons

      *Insert awkward and useless comment here*

  • 00EpicGamer00

    I agree. The Mercedes Benz is a little, to say the least, “silly.” And in my opinion, doesn’t make much sense to be put in. That’s like putting a professional wrestler from real life in Smash Brothers as free DLC. Sure, it’s free and optional but does it make sense and is likeable? Probably not.

    Ubisoft shouldn’t have deleted it. Most people (if not all) agree with them anyway. And for crying out loud, what happened to the human right on Freedom Of Speech? Nowadays it seems we don’t have that right anymore…..

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      It rather seems so. If I have something to say, I’ll just say it. One way or another, you’re probably going to get criticized at least a little. What was said in the tweet, wasn’t anywhere near disrespectful anyway.

    • DJKeens

      If it had been posted from a personal account representing the person I would agree with you but speaking for a company, that’s not freedom of speech and if the powers that be within Ubisoft don’t like it then it’s within their rights to delete it. There is no violation of freedom of speech here. The account belongs to Ubisoft not the individual.

  • Sdudyoy

    I really don’t see why Ubisoft had to apologize, they weren’t attacking anyone, sure it seems kinda unprofessional, but I really do wish big company’s wouldn’t be so superficial.

    • DJKeens

      Professionalism may have been all they were concerned about. Companies have a lot of superficial policies.

  • RedChu

    This may have been a case of whoever is running the Ubisoft Twitter account accidentally tweeting to it instead of their own personal Twitter account, which would explain the prompt removal and apology.

  • DJKeens

    Such pointed statements don’t generally come out as company opinion. In fact most statements are generalized and sugar coated in order to avoid straining relationships. This guy could have easily posted this to his personal Twitter account with little fanfare but chose to use Ubisoft to promote his own opinion. Much like the writer of this article using WiiUDaily to promote his own displeasure with the DLC by voicing an opinion and stating it as though it were the opinion of the site as a whole.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    This world is going to shit…smh…i wouldn’t have apologized

    • Epicstuf

      Oh shut up.

      • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

        Considering that he wrote that comment an hour before you replied, I’m sure he’s long shut up. lol

      • RyuNoHadouken

        sit on a cactus and spin

        • Epicstuf

          Eat a chicken bone.

  • http://standardx.newgrounds.com/ lilmc01

    If you actually think Nintendo is selling out, they would make you pay for this DLC if they were.

    • bigshynepo

      Yeah, because the cheque they got from Mercedes certainly doesn’t constitute selling out….
      They didn’t hose their fans for cheap DLC, that’s good, but they certainly cheapened the game experience with this crummy, ill-considered DLC for backend money and that IS selling out.

      • Googs

        At least they’re not screwing the customer with this promotion, they get money, the customer gets some free stuff, everyone’s happy right?

        • bigshynepo

          That is entirely correct, but I would be worried if Nintendo saw this opportunity in other games… as I mentioned below, what if they sell a SSBWIIU character to the highest bidder? “Now Kool-Aid man and Mrs. Butterworth’s enter the arena”
          What if instead of DLC skins that are meaningful to the game, you start getting branded kicks and tracksuits to dress your character in?
          Free is great, but while they are taking the time to design and implement this mediocre DLC, they could’ve been offering us a new track or new character as DLC.

          • T-X

            OMG…. Kool-Aid man would be the only exception… No scratch that Nintendo developed food mascot brawler!!!!

  • Adrian Brown

    First, Ubi should be apologizing for other things, not tweets like that.
    Second, I don’t see any problem with the DLC. It is silly, yes, but that’s exactly why is funny. If you see Link riding a Mercedes instead of Epona then there’s a problem, but not this.

    • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

      Wasn’t Ubisoft that said it though, Their twitter was hacked and some random guy sent the message. Would have been hilarious if the guy said “We will be fully supporting Wii U from now on and will no longer be supporting the Xbox One.” Imagine what Ubisoft would say to that lol.

      • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

        Not sure if it was a hacker, or just someone at Ubisoft headquarters who decided to state the obvious, knowing Ubisoft would clean it up.

        • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

          It was a hacker apparently.

          • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

            What in reality makes such so apparent? Merely stating “the opinion expressed does not in any way represent those of Ubisoft” isn’t saying “a hacker did this.”

            Again, it could’ve just been one of their people who work for their company, simply taking opportunity to voice their opinion with access to the company’s Twitter account. It wouldn’t be the first time the likes of such has happened.

            Besides, a hacker typically isn’t going to leave a sensible opinion–typically, they do more damaging things with such opportunity.

          • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths
          • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

            You’re proving my point.

            “Someone with access to the official Twitter account for Ubisoft tweeted in opposition to Mario Kart 8‘s upcoming Mercedes-Benz DLC.”

            Which isn’t saying that a hacker accessed the account. It’s saying that someone with access to the official Twitter account for Ubisoft tweeted the message.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            There was no mention of it being a hacker, nor is there any evidence that proves it otherwise. There are several employees that likely have access to the company’s account.

    • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

      If I see Link riding a Mercedes instead of Epona, I’mma’ stop playing the game right there.

      • Adrian Brown

        exactly, they don’t fit in the same world at all

        • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

          However, I am oddly willing to play a funny mode in a Legend of Zelda game where Link’s riding on a majestic Yoshi. Because Yoshi.

  • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

    Both Nintendo and Nintendo fans need to learn how to take an opinion from their peers. Not all criticism is bashing Nintendo–some folks just expect better from Nintendo. I don’t think Ubisoft didn’t anything wrong in this particular matter. Troubling relationship with Nintendo fans or not, they were right here.

    While I don’t think the Mercedes-Benz DLC is a terribly big deal, it is pretty unfitting for the game. It’s a totally thrown-together idea. I would’ve much rather them just had guest stars from other non-Mario Nintendo franchises as the DLC instead of what feels like advertisement for Mercedes-Benz.

  • Christian Schoff

    Well John we don’t expect you too because we already know you’re a sad little troll.

    • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

      What are you, twelve?

      • simkenno

        No he’s just speaking the truth.

        • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

          I agree with this article. Am I a troll?

          • simkenno

            No but your a spammer ;)

          • http://macromanjr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

            No, I’m not.

            spam (verb)

            • send the same message indiscriminately to (large numbers of recipients) on the Internet

            I’ve done no such thing.

            It’s amazing how readily people will label whatever they don’t want to hear as merely “spamming.”

  • Dying_in_this_Crap_World

    Next, Honda and Toyota cares in mariokart.

  • simkenno

    Shock John Kinsley doesn’t like something Nintendo did.

    Guess what the majority of people do, and you have a problem with extra cars ?? Give me a break.

  • justus

    you are thinking of this all wrong Ubisoft is a company not a fan and any criticism should be done behind closed doors because as a company you never know when the tides will change and you will now need Nintendo or even Mercedes-Benz. also it is possible whoever tweeted that did not get it approved, it can be dangerous when you let staff control company social media because even if that’s his/her personal view everyone will say it is the companies view and that can lead to problems down the line (even if most people agree with the statement).

  • DC777

    “Ubisoft…we are not advertising Watch Dogs Wii U after you screwed us with the delay no matter how much dumb shit you say about us this week.”

    P.S.

    “If it wasn’t for us you wouldn’t even exist so stfu.”

    -Nintendo

  • Petri

    Everything about this is just retardedly ridiculous.
    It’s a free DLC, that you do not have to use.

  • Mr Ninty

    this article should be deleted. as far is a know no writer may put its own opinion in a newsbullitin, because it will lead people on to think negatively or positively about a product or company because people might believe him if he is powerful or convincing. you can steer people in a direction but they have to get there themselves.

    as for the mercedes dlc iff nobody likes it you wont see it, i think one i will check the 1930 roadster it might have the same or higher stats then my current car and if so i will be driving that

    • Rinslowe

      That’s just about 100% of John Kinsley articles in a nutshell. 99% wtf entertainment, 1% news.

  • Andrew Gonzalez

    This happens a lot. So many companies are making these tweets then do a retractions example EA. It’s like let us say what had to say then we apologize.

  • FutureFox

    Why would anyone at Ubisoft challenge what happens in Mario Kart 8 when it sold over 2 million in just a month?

    I have a tweet of my own about Ubisoft: ““Not sure I like the sale of real world Aidan Pierce attire. Kinda breaks the underwhelming experience already offered by your game. Be careful Ubisoft.”

    And finally, Luigi in a Benz? Its a must now.

  • anthony optimo

    Mercedes Benz is one of the most prestigious automobile manufacturers in the entire world, lending their image to the most innovative and beloved video game developer we know as Nintendo. Salty much Ubi?

  • Googs

    People may have overreacted a little bit, although I also have very mixed feelings about this tweet.

  • Anthropophagic

    I think they are more worried about looking like hypocrites when they start adding in game adds to their stuff. Maybe they even have.. maybe they were even talking to MB. I think they were more worried about relations in that manner than anything.

  • Byrong1

    This has nothing to do with people’s feelings getting hurt and everything to do with corporate sponsorship. The last thing Ubisoft wants to do bad mouth any potential corporate sponsor, not only for its own business sponsors, but no one will want to work with a company like that, including Nintendo, Sony, etc.. In the world of sponsorship that is basically career suicide.

  • Deadpool U

    Did John Kinsley write this? I can’t tell because I’m on the mobile site but I can see the slight antiNintendo undertones and I can tell the writer’s a bit smug.

  • http://Website.com/ Shane Michaels
    • Milky Bacons

      The Gif of truth!

  • ActivesiN

    hey Ubisoft why don’t you worry about ruining your Assassin’s creed franchise with Microtransactions and pumping out 2 games a year before pointing the finger at Nintendo for a free DLC

    • MetroidZero

      Cash Cow Milk Lowfat, 2%.

      At your local grocery store for $3.39. Comes with an Ubisoft Keychain.

  • SkullScience

    Sounds like John Kinsley is a little jealous again, the tweet was harmless but questioned Mercedes judgement which, if ever they, UBI, need the licence in the future, may be problematic. Plus the fact that UBI have not been so complimentary of Wii U of late. Also the fact that the deal went down as a success as quoted by Mercedes themselves. Can someone tell me why Kinsley even writes for this site? Does he do it under duress? He doesn’t seem to have enjoyed a second!

  • D Moness

    Ubisoft a company that blackmails nintendo gamers is telling nintendo to “be careful”. Very funny ubisoft

  • the_battery

    With all the….crap….Ubisoft has been doing to nintendo and the WiiU. they need to make an exclusive game for it, and not just some crap port. but a New IP.

  • Zodiark

    I have not downloaded the dlc or played online recently, however I have no problem with this dlc, provided the dlc cars can not be used online.

  • ChariotMan7

    I think it’s a conspiracy going on with these 3rd parties attacking Nintendo. It’s like they want to destroy Nintendo’s image anyway they can..

    • Commander Jim

      No doubt the kind of dumbass comment that had them delete the tweet.

      • ChariotMan7

        Yup. And it’s a damn shame, But the Big N will arise above it all.

  • SeroReviews

    Why should Wii U Daily apologyze? Probably Nintendo don’t even know this site exists. It’s not like it’s something that can affect them lol

  • Will.F. Martinez

    I don’t like the dlc for the exact reason they said. There right it does kill the magic, but I’m not mad about it since I do have a choice to get or not. They didn’t really have to apologize for it but at the same time it’s good they took it down because someone would’ve made it a big deal even tho its not

  • Commander Jim

    They were 100% right. Game devs comment on and critique other games on social media all the time, sad that Nintendo fanboys are such a butthurt bunch. Seems that even the mildest criticism causes a Belieber-esque reaction.

    • Rinslowe

      So what are you buddy? The anti belieber-esque? You’re both a blight, blind Ninty fanboys and Ninty fanboy haters, preach it! Lol.

      • Commander Jim

        Thank you for proving my point. The likes of you are an embarrassment to the rest of us real Nintendo fans and and gamers in general. Grow up, get laid and realise that supporting a company doesn’t mean acting like a little girl throwing a hissy fit over the slightest criticism.

        • Rinslowe

          Sounds like you could do with taking your own advice. You haters and blind Ninty fans are hilariously oblivious.

        • 00EpicGamer00

          The best thing you can do is just ignore the people that are like that. Pretty much the mentality of most of the people on this site is if you think a 3rd party, such as Ubisoft, is right and should not be blamed for whatever the situation is, you’re wrong, stupid, a “hater” etc. Trust me, I know. God forbid If you have an opinion that’s different from the majority.

  • Daniel Velez

    I actually agree with their tweet. The new cars really seem out of place.

  • C4

    The SUV doesn’t fit at all. The 50s racing car looks like it belongs to a Mario Kart game. Can’t remember the 3rd. I think a Chibi SLS (the car shape is already rounded so it would work http://pics.ricardostatic.ch/2_723345510_Big/fahrzeuge-fuer-kinder/ride-on-car-mercedes-amg-sls-ab-fr-1-00.jpg ) or Formula 1 like car would have been better.

    We also need realistic Mario from that japanese ad as a driver :D

    • anthony optimo

      That cart is bada$h!

  • BL4CKSH33P

    You guys are all so butt hurt about Nintendo missing out on shitty third party titles that you would react to this comment so negatively. If Nintendo said anything of the sort you would be like “that’s right fuck ubisoft, Nintendo has the right to voice a harmless opinion”. This is why we Nintendo fans get a bad rep. You are fanboys and girls and Nintendo is your harry styles.

    • Shootdatrupee!…

      *sigh* atleast we don’t have idiots all over Youtube spewing hate regarding other consoles and companies in every damn video and arguing/insulting each other…

  • HavokPants

    has anyone actually noticed that one picture is verified and the other is not?

  • C.S. Bailey

    Here’s why some people might take offense.
    Ubisoft has already stopped supporting the Wii U (for the time being), which is their right as business, but there was no need for the “Be careful #Nintendo” at the end. That one post, using the Ubisoft name, makes it look like the entire company disagreed with the DLC, not just one person with an opinion.

    “And Wii U Daily is certainly not going to apologize for that statement.”

    How do I say this nicely….. As much as I enjoy this site, it’s not the top video gaming site on the web. If it were, you would be apologizing right now. Not because you offended Nintendo, but because you might offend the people that visit your site. Ask Adam “Deal With It” Orth how he’s doing at MS these days, and you’ll get the picture.

  • Rinslowe

    They’re just additional cars John. If you think that adding a couple of cars is going to change the whole experience of a game then you’re “way too sensitive”.
    The original tweet was hardly controversial though. It wasn’t particularly interesting or news worthy either…

  • Chase U

    I am looking FORWARD to the Mercedes Benz DLC! AND the fact we are FINALLY getting an on-screen mini map! Very needed.

  • SolarShane13

    How does this deserve it’s own news article. Waste of bandwidth. Please create a “weekly social media” series, where the week’s social media posts are put into one article.

  • T-X

    Uhhhhhhhhh, free update is bad? When?

  • PS4WiiURocks

    Ubi to late..We done with the lies and excuses..Be careful..Your running out of friends fast Oh wait your already like EA..Really sad!

  • Fuzzylittlebastard

    Ubisoft…… with every day I find myself less and less interested in your company.

  • Ducked

    Political Correctness is a scorched earth policy, let it spread and it’ll burn.

  • James Clark

    I completely agree with the writer of this article and I’m glad somebody else feels the same way (Y)

  • Donaald

    This article isn’t one sided at all

  • A – Kuma

    1. no one’s going to make you drive the Mercedes cars
    2. i find it highly unlikely that all you’ll see online is mercedes cars, but if you really don’t want to see them then come in first place!
    problem solved.

  • LaVonte Ima Boss Grigsby

    #operationplatinum

  • Shootdatrupee!…

    Ubisoft: Has a problem with free and optional DLC in MK8
    Goes ahead and puts likely tempting micro transaction in their next AC.

  • Rafael502

    Fuck political correctness

  • UTB

    They want to protect their relationship with Nintendo? I thought that was gone LONNGGG ago.

  • Divaitiie!

    Jesus Christ … everybody are so fucking sensitive nowhere days -__- …

    Urgh ohhh … Sorry, my bad! I didn’t mean to say JC name!

  • Assassinated23

    This was my take on the whole thing, but Nintendo Life is acting like it is a big deal, and the comments are filled with people bashing Ubisoft over it. Glad to see this site is looking at it sensibly.

  • darkvam

    Aren’t their games nothing but DLC. Fuck Ubisoft. I’m buying their games used from now on lol.

  • http://mythologygaming.com/ Malistix

    sure we liked some of your games but all the hate and stupid comments towards nintendo kinda breaks the magic @UbiSoft

  • Divaitiie!

    Imho, it was just a funny harmless joke. Ubisoft didn’t need to deleted dat comment. After all, Ubisoft is the most friendly and the only 3rd party company that DID supported the Wii U in the first place …

  • nigeriangamer

    the cars are optional, if you don’t like it don’t use it, i for one doesnt like it but will that stop me from buying it? nope. it doesn’t brake the core of the game….gameplay wise or graphic wise, so why is this an issue?

  • MetroidZero

    I don’t mind at all. They should throw in Lamborghinis, McLarens, Ferraris, Ashton Martins….

    • Merry_Blind

      Please no.

  • heavenshitman1

    I thought the Merc inclusion was probably the best form of advertising. Though maybe they could do more of it in a sim like racer.
    Nintendo coulda forced us to watch ads like , dunno, youtube as one piddly example.
    Nintendo should do a promo with Lotus seeing Lotus make track cars anyways.
    And lotus’s are a lot cooler than Mercs :)

  • JudgeMethos

    The world itself as become a giant bowl of sensitivity. You can’t say what’s on your mind too much or you’ll end up having to publicly apologize for it or lose your job. I’m old school. I see nothing wrong with that tweet. If people stop hanging on to EVERY LAST WORD all the time, having an honest opinion wouldn’t be so bad. It’s unfortunately the way a lot of people have become. Their wittle feelings get hurt too quick.

  • thedeciderU

    um… *goes back to playing video games*

  • gerb1977

    I wonder……how Wiiudaily would take it if another nintendo fan site tweeted, “Watch it WiiUDaily…….you’re becoming a click bait site”

    But that would be harmless…..I mean after all there are people who would agree with that tweet. It’s not out of line….it’s just an opinion and some constructive criticism…..

    • FutureFox

      See the thing is even with the criticism it accomplishes nothing as WUD wouldn’t likely change, so what was gained in the end?

  • lassenwolf

    ubi is another EA now and Nintendo should say yep Ubi f off and bye we make games and dont need u

    • kentray1985

      Ubisoft gave u games when everyone else said no so dont bite the hand that fed you. I hate fan boys that leave ignorant comments.

  • Darkness

    They are right! Nintendo is pretty much done. Wii U has been a failure and Mario Kart 8 is way overrated. The game could have been very good but it’s not. Item system, poor choice of characters, battle mode is the worst mistake I have ever seen them do in the Mario Kart series. Nintendo has money but they are still losing money every single month. They sold out by adding Mercedes to a game that is so obvious those cars don’t belong
    https://www.change.org/p/nintendo-fix-battle-mode-in-mario-kart-8

    The Wii U will be the last product I ever buy from Nintendo. Smash is their only hope. I thought Mario Kart 8 was but boy was I wrong!

    • Epicstuf

      -_-

  • Michael Ocampo

    Watch, five minutes later, “Sorry about that. The opinion expressed does not in any way represent those of Wii U Daily. It’s been deleted.” ;P

  • yarinoma

    I think the whole discussion of this one tweet is irrelevant. What is more worrisome is the modern culture of insulting a company which many, MANY, developers and publishers got their start and noteriety on. And the consistancy at which people hide behind the first amendment to go out of their way to insult a decision by a company that has nothing to do with them. Most of these insulters don’t even own a company. Theyre just jealous little worker bees trying to buzz their wings hard enough to be heard over the other thousands of worker bees. I mean what would you have Nintendo do? Ubi is the one abandoning Nintendo on the mature side of gaming because their gimpy, bare bones titles didn’t sell well. So, as a company you make a fiscally sound decision then criticize the company you abandon for doing the same? That’s backwards.

  • PS4WiiURocks

    No wonder this whole smelled of rotteness. It was written by John Kinsley who always seems to bash Nintendo..Hummmm!

  • Vextrum

    “John Kinsley everybody.”

  • FutureFox

    The thing about first amendment is….you can catch a serious beat down if you’re not careful with what you say. That is at the heart of being PC, 2 CYA.

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    John Kinsley is one dumb author because he does not know it is free. Like hell he cares about wii u fans.

  • AsianDude2o9

    i dont get why everyone is hating on the the mercedes benz dlc, its harmless free dlc

    • Merry_Blind

      Because it opens the door to video game advertising in Nintendo games. I don’t get why people don’t get this. Ok it’s funny and cool once, but if they start releasing Ferrari DLCs, Audi DLCs, etc. etc. it would be ridiculous and really IN YOUR FACE advertising. It’s just that this kind of thing can get out of control easily. That’s why Ubisoft said “Be careful Nintendo”.

  • clownshoes1982

    because people care what John Kinsley thinks?

  • ben

    Kill the magic…What kills magic is snaking or an exploit, not some optional cars..

  • ben

    In Japan the number of families going for test drives increased significantly thanks to the advertisement.
    In Japan German cars are popular with teachers and dentists. Most of who have families. These people choose between a Japanese car or an extra ten thousand dollars for a German import. The ad campaign is aimed at these people. The average Japanese child does not care about this DLC. They are not raging wannabe adbombers. They live in one of the most heavily branded countries in the world. Everywhere advertising leaks into their lives.

    The DLC cars were original not even intended for world wide release, they were a Japan only deal. Since Japan does not have a large population of raging anti branding types no one even flinched. It was when the rest of the world was told they could have the cars, too(for free) that the big anti corporate movement went all crazy about losing the magic…

    The stupidity of a company as fake and corporate as Ubi attacking Nintendo for making millions of dollars off an advertisement deal is crazy… In fact it comes across as something Ubi would kill for. Maybe the comment is a touch of envy as Ubi probably would have to actual pay a license fee to use these cars in their own games.

  • gamingpalooza

    Ubisoft kinda broke the magic when they decided to suck chodes by not releasing their games to well deserved Wii U gamers.

  • Nickos Foivos

    UBI = joke.
    WiiU Daily, we do not give a f%$ for your opinion if you like the new content. WE DO!

  • Ernesto Perez

    I don’t mind the Mercedes-Benz karts. Ubisoft is in a bit of a tender situation; therefore, I understand their actions here.

    On a side note, I thought it might have been a bit more fitting for the game to have Ferarri karts instead. Mario being Italian and the main color for Ferarri cars is pretty much red. I got that image in my head ever since the DLC was announced.

  • ScrewAttack

    Would love it if we could get a countach next, or aston martin, or jeep, or….

    What they really need to work on is what modnation racers pioneered- build your own kart. Some wicked designs came out of that.

  • james

    I actually agree with Ubisoft here, having Mercedes in MK just doesnt make any sense…

  • Cornelis Kramer

    You have a point about the tiniest things getting ‘censored’, but to bad the point is made because you agree with Ubi on the mercedez benz position, not juist because you care about journalism in general.

  • BIG Franky

    John Kinsley… you are such a troll… while I agree that there is no reason to apologize… there was no genuine concern behind the tweet… gimme a break. you are incredibly difficult to take seriously.

    and having silly looking “real” cars in a kart racing game “ruin the atmosphere and the magic”
    ???? omigosh… wow. you sir, need to man-up. Mario’s torso is hanging out of a miniature benz while racing around on a vine through the clouds and you feel that crosses the line into reality, LOL? what a joke…

    • Merry_Blind

      Well it does look out of place…

  • leo bel

    dont have to apologize wiiudaily thats just ur personal opinion but the funny part is that u gonna have to suck it lol . go nintendo . i luv it just my opinion lol