Nintendo Switch Update Appears To Block Words Like ‘TERF’ and ‘Titler’

Nintendo Switch Update Appears To Block Words Like ‘TERF’ and ‘Titler’

While the Nintendo Switch receives big, proper updates on a fairly regular basis, it also sometimes gets more quieter downloads, ones that take place without the user knowing or needing to do anything. Those updates tend to focus on the console’s ‘banned word list’.

As we reported earlier in the year:

Nintendo maintains a “bad word” list to prohibit Switch users from making accounts that reference certain phrases that might be considered controversial or offensive. In 2020 the list was updated to add “Nazi,” “Slave,” “KKK,” “ACAB,” and “Covid,” among others. Throughout 2022 it grew to encompass more slurs, rude language, and various misspellings of Hitler.

In February, words like “ISIS”, the conservative catch-all “groomer”, and the names of the Sandy Hook shooter were added as part of changes discovered and published by longtime Switch dataminer OatmealDome, who earlier today tweeted that the list had been updated yet again.

“A rebootless update for 16.0.3 is out”, they wrote. “The sole changes are to the bad words lists. It appears Nintendo focused on blocking corruptions of the name Hitler (for example: “titler”, “hizzler”)“.

Editor’s note: Nintendo uses the word ‘corruptions’ here, but the correct word would be ‘bastardised‘. It can’t use that term, of course, because (somewhat ironically) it would also be filtered by Nintendo’s bad word list. — David

It appears the word ‘TERF’ (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) has also been included, perhaps suggesting the delayed Switch version of Hogwarts Legacy is finally ready for release.

Remember, this isn’t just a general list of words Nintendo don’t like, it’s specifically aimed at user account names, and so goes beyond just some rude, bad words. As OatmealDome points out in a follow-up:

The bad words lists shouldn’t be seen as just a list of slurs. It contains everything from “stoner” to “covid” to actual slurs. I would interpret it as “lists containing words related to controversial topics that aren’t appropriate for games that minors might play”.

What other words are on the list? I’m glad you asked (especially if you’re a 10-year-old kid), because a selection of highlights include:

  • ballsack
  • bong
  • chatroulette
  • cocaine
  • jackass
  • semen
  • testes

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