A fuming father has banned his children from playing a Nintendo game after one character’s grunts taught his daughter – to say “C**T.”
Steve Jones has thrown out his children’s £50 Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games disk after his six-year-old daughter started copying one of the characters, who repeatedly makes a sound similar to the C-word.
Steve, from Barnstaple, North Devon, is now demanding answers from Japanese game giant Nintendo, after he had to have a long conversation with Grace and his sons Alfie, six, Jack, 11, about not repeating the bad word.
The dad, 43, said: “We were all enjoying our weekly family game night, playing the new Mario game we had just bought two days before.
“During the football section of the game, there is a specific character called ‘Shadow’ that every time a shot is blocked, saved or even tackled he would shout the word ‘c**t’.
“At first my wife and I didn’t pick up on it until we heard our eight-year-old daughter, start saying it around the house.
“We immediately corrected her and told her not to say the word again.
“We had no idea where she got it from, until Grace told us that it was what her favourite character in the game, Shadow, says.
“My wife and I gave the game a go when the children were out of the room and found it immediately.”
Volunteer radio presenter Steve and wife Kaye, immediately banned his children from playing the game to stop them using the swearword again.
Within the week of purchasing the Wii U game, at the end of last month, Steve notified video game company Nintendo via an online chat to inform of the current issue, but he has not heard anything back from them.
He added: “They seemed to have no urgency with the email I had sent them.
“And when they did respond it was just a simple generic response advising us to be patient and that they would look into the matter.”
The Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was released last month and is the fifth instalment on the Mario & Sonic series.
The game coincides with the Rio Olympics and features 17 events, including full team sports such as football, beach volleyball, as well the debut of rugby sevens.
All the sports are played by characters from both long-running computer game series, including Mario, Sonic, Luigi and Tails the Hedgehog.
Nintendo have been approached for a comment.