Human Rights Organisation Launches Campaign Against Nintendo

Walk Free, a human rights organisation, wants to make sure that Nintendo doesn’t use slave-mined minerals when creating its products. These specific minerals arrive on the market from troubled regions such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. Walk Free has created the above video and also a flash-based game to draw attention to this issue.

“While this parody allows gamers to demand that Nintendo articulate credible steps to ensure slavery is not in its supply chain, slavery is not a game.”

“We’re not mocking the problem, we’re poking fun at the absurdity of Nintendo’s lack of response. Nintendo – as the world’s largest maker of video game machines – should be leading other consumer electronics companies in showing the public that they are working to have a supply chain free of slavery. Instead, they are lagging behind.”

-  Walk Free’s movement director Debra Rosen.

177 thoughts on “Human Rights Organisation Launches Campaign Against Nintendo”

      1. is that ok that i have a different view than you?????? anyways just because your mad because i didnt want same sex marriage in mn doesnt mean you have to get mad about it. it is my believe and you cant tell me what to think. just the same as in maybe you dont believe that god exists im not going to tell you otherwise. trust me the heated community here is toned down and isnt bad now since all that voting is done.

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            1. We all know this isn’t the real Amy its just a troll who watches Kitchen Nightmares. Though this is an original idea for a troll lol. Watch next we will have Gordon Ramsay as a troll on here and they will argue lol.

          1. i don’t care anymore. they wanna marry? whatever. let them be. i only just accepted the diversity because i have family that is gay, and i love those family members, i won’t turn my back on them, they’ve helped and supported me all my life.

        2. it’s ok. i respect your opinion in all honesty. as long as we don’t kill or fight each other, i guess everything’s fine.

        3. Ok, I won’t tell you what to think or believe.
          As long as you won’t tell people that they can’t marry the people they love.

          I’m not asking you to marry them yourself, just to respect their beliefs and let them marry.
          Still, votes over so it is all academic now anyhow.

    1. the gays in my family are fun inspirational people, i don’t know what you mean by them gays. maybe try.. “some gays”?

    2. Ywhat? Not necessary…. it’s about human rights, not gay rights, but all rights are important. I don’t understand what the deal with the protest thing is though.. .

    1. they have yes.. but not enough.. last year they were still lagging far far behind as they’re disclosed no information and have shown no cooperation in the issue

      since then they have at least reacted but it’s still a long way to go.. we’ll see how they fare in this years ranking

      and i really want nintendo to take that route

      so what if i have to pay a couple € more for their products

    1. I know right WTF does this have to do with Slavery? Nintendo doesn’t know where their materials come from as we don’t know what our school lunch meat really is? Plus Nintendo themselves don’t manufacture their products, people in China do.

      1. prisoners or slaves whats the difference… prisoners do works for nearly nothing, just as these slaves are prisioners, they do work for room and board and sleep in cages.. i dont see a problem here.

        1. Prisoners usually commit a crime to get locked up, slaves usually are just taken against there will, if you don’t see a difference then you’re a fucking idiot.

      2. No. Nintendo’s stuff is made in Japan. Japan and China don’t have a great relationship. And Nintendo actually probably does know where their materials are coming from. They’re a VERY large company. Companies know these things.

        But these guys are taking a page from PETA’s book and are trying to get attention. Losers.

          1. My fault. I think every product was made in Japan until last gen with DS and Wii. Now they’re made in China.

            1. Nintendo has used Foxconn to make all their machines since at least the Gamecube. Also…’companies know these things’ is a woolly argument. They probably do know where Foxconn gets their materials from, companies as large as Nintendo tend to audit suppliers annually and yet they continue to use them as they are the only manufacturer large enough to make goods at the prices consumers demand them at

              1. I never said “Nintendo knows and doesn’t use minerals involved in slavery.” I just said they know where it comes from.

          2. I’m sure Wii isn’t the only thing in our homes that is made in China! People just like to point fingers! Seriously…check around your home and you will find at least 10 items that were made in China!

      3. or maybe we should be good bad boys and follow what the bible says. the bible tells me that slavery should always have existed, and that it is ok to make slaves of people, so i would like to make you my slave too. praise the bible and its perfection in guidance!

        1. why are talking about the bible?. the bible (especially old testament) has some of the most disturbing and misguided laws in the first place. Don’t let cattle graze with other kinds of Cattle (Leviticus 19:19)
          Don’t have a variety of crops on the same field. (Leviticus 19:19)
          Don’t wear clothes made of more than one fabric (Leviticus 19:19)
          Don’t cut your hair nor shave. (Leviticus 19:27)
          Any person who curseth his mother or father, must be killed. (Leviticus 20:9)  Have you ever done that?
          If a man cheats on his wife, or vise versa, both the man and the woman must die. (Leviticus 20:10). 

          If a man has sex with a woman on her period, they are both to be “cut off from their people” (Leviticus 20:18)
          Psychics, wizards, and so on are to be stoned to death.  (Leviticus 20:27)

          People who have flat noses, or is blind or lame, cannot go to an altar of God (Leviticus 21:17-18)
          Don’t let cattle graze with other kinds of Cattle (Leviticus 19:19)
          If anyone, even your own family suggests worshipping another God, kill them. (Deuteronomy 13:6-10)
          If you find out a city worships a different god, destroy the city and kill all of it’s inhabitants… even the animals. (Deuteronomy 13:12-15)
          Kill anyone with a different religion. (Deuteronomy 17:2-7)

          Leviticus 20:9 says that if a child curses his mother or father he is to be put to death.
          Deuteronomy 21:18-21 requires stoning to death  any child who is stubborn or rebellious.
          Proverbs 22:15 says you should beat your foolish children with a rod.
          Leviticus 20:13  “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death

          now Truth —White and black are equal
          The churches previous position —White is superior, black is inferior
          now Truth — Two people who love each other should marry no matter what colour their skin
          The churches previous position — God separated the races therefore they should never marry

          now Truth —Men and women are of equal value and worth
          The churches previous position — men are superior, women are inferior
          now Truth — same sex orientation, for a percentage of the population, is a normal expression of sexuality and occurs in all of creation
          The churches previous but changing position— the Bible says homosexuality is a sin

          GE 3:16, CO 11:3-9, EP 5:22-24, CN 3:18, TS 2:5, 1PE 3:1-6 The husband is to rule over his wife. Wives are to be subject to their husbands even when the husband is disobedient to God. Man is the image and glory of God, while woman is the glory of man. Man was not created for woman but woman for man.

          GE 17:10 “This is my covenant, …every male among you shall be circumcised.” (Note: God seems to have an obsession with this–the words circumcise, circumcised, circumcising, circumcision, uncircumcised, uncircumcision, foreskin, and foreskins appear 157 times in the KJV. Although the KJV correctly translates the oldest Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, versions since the KJV attempt to soften this apparent obsession by creatively translating these words in a different fashion wherever possible.)

          GE 17:14 A child is to be punished when his parents neglect to have him circumcised.

          GE 38:8-10 A man who refuses to impregnate his widowed sister-in-law is put to death.

          EX 20:4 We are not to make likenesses of anything. (Note: This seems to preclude all photographs, paintings, statues, etc.)

          EX 20:8-11, 31:15-17, 34:21, 35:1-3 No work of any kind is to be done on the Sabbath, not even lighting of a fire. This commandment is permanent. Death is required for infractions. (Note: This would require even that essential services, such as hospitals, police departments, etc., shut down on the Sabbath.)

          EX 21:7-11 A father can sell a daughter into slavery to pay a debt. A daughter sold into slavery is not released at the end of six years as is an ordinary male slave.

          EX 21:16 Whoever steals a man is to be put to death. (Note: This is in spite of the fact that a father can sell his daughter into slavery; see EX 21:7-11.)

          EX 21:20-21 A slave owner is to be punished if he strikes his slave and the slave dies shortly thereafter. If the slave lives a day or to and then dies, the slave owner is not to be punished. A slave is the same as money to his owner.

          EX 22:29 Firstborn children should be sacrificed to the Lord.

          LE 11:7, DT 14:8 Eating pork is prohibited.
          LE 11:10 Eating shellfish is prohibited.
          LE 12:2 A woman who has a child, especially a female child, is unclean and purification rites are required.

          LE 15:16 When a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body, and he is unclean until evening.

          LE 19:28 Tattoos and the like are prohibited.

          LE 20:13 Practicing male homosexuals are to be put to death. (Note: Female homosexuality is not considered in the OT though it NT. 

          LE 25:44-46, DT 15:17, EP 6:5, CN 3:22, TS 2:9, 1PE 2:18 Slavery is an everlasting institution. Slaves are to obey their masters in everything.

          LE 27:3-7 Males are more valuable than females.

          LE 27:29 Human sacrifice is condoned.

          DT 22:6-7 If you want to live a long time, you must not take a mother bird from her young, but you may take the young from the mother.

          DT 22:28-29 A virgin who is raped must marry her rapist

          DT 23:1 A man whose testicles are crushed or whose “male member” is cut off may not enter the sanctuary.

          PR 26:4 Do not answer a fool. To do so makes you foolish too.
          PR 26:5 Answer a fool. If you don’t, he will think himself wise.

          MT 23:9 Do not call any man on earth “father.”

          MT 5:29-30, 18:8-9, MK 9:43-47 If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. (Note: Many believers insist that this admonition, and others like it, are to be taken figuratively, although others take even this admonition literally. The problem is that there is no clear and decisive method to determine whether a passage is meant to be taken literally or figuratively. God could have foreseen this problem and should have provided an unambiguous solution.)

          MT 19:12, RO 8:13 A man should consider castration, thereby making himself a eunuch, for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. If you live after the flesh, you shall die, but if you put to death the deeds of the body, you shall live. (Note: During the dark and middle ages, saints castrated themselves by the thousands in order to become more godly. Even now, the practice continues in some sects.)

          MK 10:2-12, LK 16:18 Divorce is wrong, and to remarry is to commit adultery.

          LK 14:26 One cannot be a disciple of Jesus unless he hates his mother, father, wife, children, brothers, sisters, and even his own life.

          1CO 11:3-10 A woman is to keep her head covered while praying or prophesying.

          1CO 14:34-35 Women are to be silent in church. If they have any questions, they are to ask their husbands at home. It is a shame for women to speak in church.

          1TI 2:11-12 Women are to learn in silence (from men) in all submissiveness.
          1TI 2:12 Women are not permitted to teach or have authority over men.

          JA 4:7-10 Humble yourselves before God: be miserable, grieve and cry, let laughter be turned to sorrow. The Lord will then exalt you.

          2 JN 1:9-11 Do not allow anyone into your house who is not a fellow believer.

          1. Spam. I don’t have the time to read all of that and Internet “debates”/”arguments”/”brawls” never work out and are pointless. But good job at taking verses out of context, both historically and in the context of the writing.

        2. Not only is this spam and irrelevant, it’s inaccurate, inappropriate, and offensive to some. Please give a quote before you say something like that. Thanks.

  1. I completely agree that slavery should not be a thing but this is fucking ridiculous. Just shut the fuck up and play the games.

    1. sort of like “just shut the fuck up and raise your right hand to hail hitler”?

      conflict minerals are a serious issue and anyone downplaying that is either a) an ignorant idiot or b) a fucking asshole

  2. again? first it was that they were buying materials for a chinese company who used slaves, now this. instead of going after nintendo, why don’t you go after those specific companies who make use of slavery?

      1. Shows how much you know. The Unreal engine 4 and Frostbite 3 were at one time not compatible with the Wii U. As explained by a no it all that is not seen on mynintendonews these days because, all his claims and hate for Nintendo slapped him in his proud face lol. Do not be like him and be the wiser. Open GL DX11 is compatible with the Wii U.

        1. I hope you are right because there is no excuse for the Wii U to not be compatible with the engine. But as of now it is not coming due to the Wii U and the Engine.

        1. Uhhh i don’t care. All i was doing was telling the guy above that square enix is not making Wii U versions because they SAID it is not compatible. If it is then cool, but that is there excuse.

            1. Like i told the other guy. The answer is currently because of the incompatibility with the engine. None of us know the real reason those games arent coming to Wii U.

  3. This was pretty funny. I think Nintendo already confirmed that they don’t use those slave-mined materials. For the Wii U at least from what I have read about this issue.

  4. It’s not their fault if people are stupid enough to enslaved other. They should take the problem at the beginning of the chain of production. Not the end.

  5. So, then are we to believe that Sony, Microsoft, and all other companies that manufacture computer components are NOT using these same products? Why is this directed only at Nintendo? If you want to attack the companies using these products then attack the Component manufacturers, they are the ones purchasing these items from the “slave camps” and then using them in the other products that they manufacture! Nintendo has already commented on this and their stance on child labor. Their stance is against this type of behavior and they seek quick rectification for all of these issues, as was the case with the gamepad manufacturer that was using child labor… the same place that apple was getting some of it’s products manufactured. This is pathetic, can’t these people find something better to do with their time?

    1. This is all a ploy from most likely MS and maybe someone else to try and discredit Nintendo, to get them off their game. Fuck, now if I shit a different color, I should blame Nintendo 4 it lmao! Dumb asses.

      1. I love the Fans on here, I mean where else can you run into a Nintendo Commander, General etc all operating like a well oiled machine lol! The thing is it seems to me My Nintendo News is creating more trolls than fans with all this backward news every day lol. I think you guys should use better judgement b4 posting nonsense like this, unless youre only trying to get hits… then Id say- whatever lol…

  6. Oh for fucks sake….

    Wasn’t this already over, because Nintendo gets it’s supplies from a 3rd party, not the source?
    Go launch a campaign at those guys, oh wait, they already follow and do checks on their stock, SO STOP COMPLAINING

  7. I thought this video was meant to draw attention to an ‘issue’? Didn’t do anything for me, was quite entertaining and cringey really.

  8. I wish organizations, with good intentions, wouldn’t make stupid videos like this, they lose all credibility, at least to me. I won’t take these people seriously even if the cause they’re fighting for is a good one.

    1. No Peta is gearing up to attack Super Mario 3D world for using a cat suit in their upcoming game. I mean they already attacked Nintendo using a Tanooki suit.

        1. Tell that to PETA. They’re going to make Mario out to be some psychopath who kills and skins household cats, only to then wear their skin so he can have “magical powers.”
          And then they’ll complain about people owning cats as pets, saying cats should have a status among humans. T_T

  9. Oh so they do not have proof that Nintendo is engaging with companies that use slavery, they just want to force Nintendo to endorse their mission. What a bunch of a-holes

  10. Slavery is an issue and everything and I’d like to think Nintendo don’t used slave-mined materials, but regardless, the video was really funny.

  11. I guess that’s why Super Luigi U only has that 90 second time limit… less likely to find those leter-filled blocks.

  12. The 3DS is a nintendo console. The 3DS is selling millions in hardware and software combined. The Wii U is selling in all regions, unlike the 360 that mostly until now dominated the US. Meaning nintendo is really not hurting. Come August nintendo shall be swimming in more money. Need I explain and point out that Donkey Kong 3D 3DS is on top :). A Donkey Kong Wii U is coming too :).

    1. You post this on an article about human rights issues? Are you really that pathetic? You should work for Microsoft, you’d fit in well.

  13. Paid for by the creators of a certain Betamax VCR cablebox looking contraption. Nintendo getting more free press, it worked well on may 21 or was it 22ndish?

    1. Oh because Microsoft is limiting their supply of the Xbox One on purpose to make it seem like it is selling like crazy… like we haven’t seen that one before. Every company does it. Nintendo even does it. <Do they need to though?-no, of course not. Microsoft does need to on the other hand. Cause the Xbox One is going to suck and Microsoft can sense that. :D 💋

      1. When did Nintendo do it? Not arguing, just a genuine question. If you’re talking about the Wii, I do think there were actual shortages, but it’s not like I know for sure.

            1. Haha I did watch it you fool. But what about it? It’s just retarded people trying to look like Mario and luigi :p lol haha

              1. hahaha but if you watched it properly you would recognise the part where mario told luigi ‘did i say you can talk’

  14. I don’t get what’s happening here, lol. If anything, I like how they just aim at Nintendo and not at any of the other companies.

  15. I can only hope that my various beliefs and projects never stoop so far below substance that they require the demonizing of an almost universally beloved company, just to get attention…

    This isnt an issue for nintendo to solve anymore than its an issue for microsoft, sony, apple, samsung, magnavox, vizio and ouya to solve.

    This group is effectively commanding that everyone that manufactures anything be required to review, and then endorse, the politics behind every piece of raw material that goes into their machine and, while thats great in a kindergarten, glitter sticker, sort of way, it’s a ridiculous mentality to have in a global marketplace full of different economies and social systems.

    If slavery is an issue, you fight the governments that enable it. Not nintendo. Beyond that, if this ‘slavery’ is the best way these people can feed their families in the region, you deal with it or you offer those people a better solution.

    I will never understand why the people that claim they have the keys to a better world are so passionate and eager for EVERYONE ELSE to do their work for them… Outside of, you know, the supidz.

  16. I seriously don’t fucking care where the minerals come from, I just want the damn games, and I’m pretty sure nobody will care enough to boycott Nintendo products, and this one survey/petition won’t do a damn thing, they never do when they demand something of this calibur. This is beyond stupid.

  17. ….really? Let’s bitch at a company that has brought nothing but joy to the world and petend we are helping slaves.. Are you fucking kidding me??

    1. Do you even live near any of the people on this site… Some people that comment here are from other COUNTRIES, so how
      can you advertise one resteraunt? 💋

  18. It’s because the slaves are black.. They could care less about the poor little asians practically enslaved in sweatshop labor by their own people.

  19. Look, I’m against slavery as much as the next guy, but if your organisation are taking the PETA route, then you won’t get my support.

  20. High Command is taking steps to ensure our Empire is safe from these Kinectimals…

    I’ve also sent my Nintendo Ninjas to make sure nothing happens beyond this pathetic protest…

    The Xbots shall know that we bow to no one!

  21. Walk Free….go smell a fart. Why aren’t you doing anything, except complaining? Do something to actually stop it.

  22. I am pretty sure Nintendo has cut ties with production in foreign countries in which worker’s human rights are violated. 💋

  23. I don’t care where the minerals come from as long as they are cheap, if the people wherever don’t want to work in a mine then don’t do it.

  24. My question is, why are we always hearing about them targeting Nintendo, why aren’t they targeting other companies. I’m sure that Nintendo isn’t the only company using slave mined minerals (if they are).

    1. Microsoft is trying to swiftboat Nintendo. walkfree isn’t some kind of grass roots organization. it was created and funded by billionaire’s, one of which being Bill Gates.

          1. Yea I heard about that. There was another forum on here about that and this one ass was being a douche to everyone and was saying people were ignorant and stupid because they thought that this move made by Microsoft was a bit worried and desperate.

  25. What the fuck are they babbling about? Slavery. And Nintnendo? Think you mean EA. You seen that video on YouTube called EA in a nutshell? EA employee says can I go to the bathroom I have been working forever. EA CEO says Never and smacks him with a bat lol.

  26. And many shits were given this day. I really couldn’t care less about slavery when I’m buying a game made by Nintendo.

  27. So, they don’t really have any information, they’re just basing their attack ON THEIR LACK OF INFORMATION about this?

    1. exactly.. other companies are giving detailed reports and insight on where they’re getting their products from.. why doesn’t nintendo? i’m sure they can stomach it

    1. Nobody is saying that, but after investigating the issue I think this woman’s association is really just basing their numbers on their parameters and information, they’re not going beyond the basic requirements to instigate this drama, they’re basically saying “They don’t answer, they get 0%”, so there’s no real research, it’s like expecting your neighbors to come and tell you they’re not pedophiles and if they don’t then you immediately assume they are, it’s both omission on the fact that the person interested isn’t really caring to investigate and the person being questioned doesn’t give one damn.

      Now, as much likely as a circumstance is, you cannot take this kind of stance, much less attack someone directly, without the proper confirmation.

      What if there were twenty women, and one, say Jill, had an abortion and that’s all the info given on the issue, then comes a religious asshole to publicly condemn her to hell, as it is revealed her abortion was the result of a car crash.

      Do you see the context? We need both sides of the story before brandishing the pitchforks.

      And no, I am not condoning Nintendo, I just care to know the truth before calling in the slavery card, that is pure sensationalism, one needs to be impartial and resourceful, not just read a rather pretentious and entitled article and throw it in the TRUTH bin.

      1. I was being sarcastic, professor dumb ass. Thanks for the book, though. I cared what you had to say. There was no need to try and look smart by replying to a sarcastic asshole that doesn’t care at all. Reply to someone who cares, you want to be genius.

  28. With more on the shitstorm, apparently Mrs. Debra Rosen herself admits that Nintendo does have public policies in regards to this issue, her main problem being that the company does not make a public circus out of it, that the company isn’t exactly dying to rub in the nose of her organization and the rest of the planet how environmentally friendly they are.
    So what she really wants is simply to be safely thrown into a pink marshmallow world instead of actually doing something to achieve it, she doesn’t want to investigate for herself whether or not these acts she claims Nintendo commits are true, but rather is pissed that her dosage of First World “Reality” isn’t being served to her in a silver platter, as the only thing Sony and Microsoft seem to have over Nintendo, in her own words, is that they publicly state policies on how they deal with providers that are caught using conflict minerals.
    She doesn’t want to actually do something for Congo or it’s people, otherwise she would be over there doing actual work like many activists do, no, she just wants to sleep with a pretend-clean conscience, flossing away the true issues with Congo and blaming them on a company not being hypocritical enough.

  29. I dont get it, didnt Nintendo already told them they will check from where they get the minerals when they told Nintendo they will make a protest at the Wii U event in September?

  30. Omg, who gives a shit if you are gay or not?? Just let people be…. Homos don’t bother me and im fine with that, let them do whatever they want

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