Nintendo Makes Racist, Sexist And Vulgar Trolling Possible

The 3DS's "StreetPass" function allows players to automatically trade Mii Avatars with whomever they pass on the street. But the streets are dangerous, and some 3DS owners are bound to be total dicks.

Offensive and Not Safe for Work language to follow.

"Dick" is actually a nickname that brings up a warning screen on the Japanese 3DS. So if your name is Richard, you better just stick to Rich. "COCK" is out, too, but "COCKSUCKER?" That's totally cool. The warning screen pops up whenever a nickname sets off the filtering software, informing players that the selected nickname could offend others and telling the 3DS owner to check his or her instruction booklet.

In the back of the booklet, there are the terms of use for the Nintendo Miis. Some of those terms of use include not using Miis in advertising (as they are property of Nintendo) as well as not using Miis to violate the privacy of others and not using the Miis to offend other gamers.

Unlike the terms of use for Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network, Nintendo Customer Support in Japan informed me that there is no box that 3DS users must check to confirm that they have read these terms and accept them.

Different words trigger the warning screen. I entered a slew of profane Japanese and English words into the nickname section. For some reason, there is an assumption among some in the West that there are no bad words in Japanese. There are tons of bad words in Japanese. Many of these words are banned from television, while others are allowed on TV, but are simply considered crass.

Political correctness does exist in Japan as evident by the changing of "kangofu" (看護婦) to "kangoshi" (看護師). Both words mean "nurse", but kangofu contains kanji (婦) that pertains to women. Not all nurses in Japan are women, hence the change. Even words like "half" (ハーフ) that refer to half-Japanese individuals are now seen as containing elements of racism and are not said on news broadcasts. Instead, the Japanese equivalent of, for example, "French-Japanese) is used, among other terms.

I entered in worse words than this. Some of the words, like "kuso" (shit) or "oppai" (boobs), aren't that bad. Some of the slurs towards disabled people or minorities are. While entering these words, I even changed the window that lists who created the Mii to "Fuck You". This did not bring up the warning screen, and neither did "Fuck You" for a Mii name (as seen in the video).

Here are the words that brought up the warning screen: chinko (penis), chinchin (penis), chinpo (penis), ochinpo (penis), chinpoko (penis), ochinpo (penis), penisu (penis), PENIS, seieki (semen), aieki (semen), seishi (semen), zaamen (semen), manko (vagina), omanko (vagina), omeko (vagina), PUSSY, yariman (slut), ANAL, sekkusu (sex), SEX, reipu (rape), RAPE, goukan (rape), onanii (masturbation), FUCK, fera (fellatio), unchi (poop), unko (poop), BITCH, SHIT, shine (die), bukkorosu (to beat to death), rorikon (Lolita Complex), kichigai (lunatic), tsunbo (deaf person), buraku (Buraku are an outcast group in Japan), hinin (lowest rank of the Japanese feudal cast), ketou (hairy foreigner), shinjin (slur for Chinese), chankoro (slur for Chinese), kuronbo (dark person), niguro (negro), NEGRO, katawa (cripple), chinba (cripple), pikko (cripple), WHORE, SLUT, arse, DICK, COCK, DAMN, TWAT, CUNT and TITS.

Here are the words that are apparently not blocked: ochinchin (penis), kintama (testicles), tamatama (testicles), fuguri (testicles), chinge (dick hair), nikubou (penis), mara (penis), seishi (semen), speruma (sperm), manjiru ("cream pie"), yarichin (guy that beds lots of girls), omanman (vagina), mange (vagina hair), kurito (clit), oppai (boobs), anaru (anal), fakku (fuck), Hshitai (I want to screw), ferachio (fellatio), cunni (cunnilingus), COCKSUCKER, paizuri (titty-fuck), UNKO (poop), geri (diarrhea), taiben (shit), kuso (shit), makiguzo (shit), bicchi (bitch), rori (Lolita), oshikko (urine), kojiki (begger), dojin (native), burakumin (Burakumin are an outcast group in Japan), hinin (lowest rank of the Japanese feudal cast), eta (lowest rank of Japanese feudal cast), domori (stutter), ketou (hairy foreigner), nigaa (nigger), rosuke (Russian person - "Ruski"), Amekou (American person), JAP and choppari (Korean slur for "Japanese people").

Note that the words in caps were entered in English, and the English version of the 3DS is bound to be different. Though, if these words seem familiar, that's because many of them were denied and allowed in Pocket Monsters: Black and White, leading to assumptions that the Mii Studio software is using the same filter. Some words that were not allowed in Black and White, like "hinin", are oddly enough allowed in the Mii Studio. And some words that were allowed, like "bukkorosu", now bring up the warning screen.

The way that the words are filter is sloppy. For example, "ANAL" brings up the warning screen. However, "anaru" (アナル), which means what you think it does in Japanese, does not. What's more, "FUCK" brings up the warning screen, but "FUCK YOU" does not — nor does "ファック" ("fakku"). For those who do not believe that these English words are widely understood in Japan, Google image search away!

What makes the Miis so interesting is that players are now able to trade Miis with whomever they pass on the street. But that, it seems, might open up 3DS owners to trolling by Miis named "Fuck You-san" made by "Fuck You". According to Nintendo Customer Support, of course 3DS owners can change the settings on their 3DS to block this kind of Mii exchange. But when asked what Nintendo will do if, say, a seven or eight year old learns some new bad words via the Mii StreetPass, Japanese customer support said to erase the profane Miis and change the settings.

Of course, 3DS can change the settings to avoid this issue altogether. But the issue here is that these words slipped through in Pokémon: Black And White, and they're still slipping through with the 3DS. Why does "TITS" bring up a warning screen, but the Japanese equivalent of "titty-fuck" does not? It's sloppy in more ways than one.


Comments

    I've already noticed this as a problem with some DS games. They won't let me enter 'Grass' or 'Grassdragon' as a name, because it contains 'ass'. Despite, you know, that word not being used here in Australia except to refer to donkeys.

    Lol'd at the last sentence.

    Can't blame them. The first thing my friend and I did when we picked up our DS phats was to send each other dick graffiti via pictochat.

    Then there was Mario Kart DS where the 'design an icon' pretty much gave everyone free reign to make the most realistic penis to go online. So many dicks in the lobbies during first week of launch.

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