While initially starting on a positive note, things have gone sour for the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Custom Stage creation system. Nintendo is working around the clock to delete public posts of racist depictions, human genitals, and other offensive materials
. But some of the more positive messages are getting swept up along with them.
In hindsight, we should have expected this. Smash Bros is one of the most popular titles on the Nintendo Switch. And with Nintendo's focus on being kid and family friendly, there are countless young'uns online. It's no wonder that when they added a way to essentially upload drawings online for others to view, it would be filled with inappropriate content.
To be frank, there were a LOT of penis stages.
Nintendo isn't just letting it happen, at least. Any inappropriate stages are, in enough time, removed from the public listing and the creator is given a strict warning not to do it again.
Unfortunately, this "clean-up" also covers the many pro-trans stages
that were made shortly after the feature's release. One of the most popular examples so far is Twitter User Warm Safflina
, who posted online about how their Trans Rights stage was removed from online
for "inappropriate and/or harmful content." After a short back and forth with Nintendo, she learned that the specific reason was due to the political nature of the stage.
But is it actually doing anything?
Honestly, it's not that hard to still find Trans Rights stages. Nor is it difficult to see another dude-goober drawing in a stage. Part of this persistence can likely be chalked up to the mere number of players. The stage creation feature is fairly new, after all. While it's relevant, it'll see more members using it.
Either way, if you have kids, you might want to be careful with the online stage browsing option.