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Greenpeace claims Nintendo killing the environment

Greenpeace claims Nintendo killing the environment

Nintendo sales remain strong, but company comes under fire from environmental group again

Nintendo has continued to see huge sales in Australia, despite drawing renewed criticism from Greenpeace.

The environmental group recently produced a series of videos slamming Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft for practices in console production, criticising each for continuing to use toxic substances such as BFRs and PVC in the products.

In April, Greenpeace also rated Nintendo at the bottom of its Guide to Greener Electronics, below similarly criticised HP, Dell and Lenovo.

“Nintendo has just struggled past the one out of 10 mark and is last in the Guide because of its refusal to drop toxic substances that other companies have already begun eliminating. The console maker has a vague plan to remove PVC but still no commitment to a specific date. Phasing out BFRs, as already achieved by Apple, does not even figure in Nintendo's plans,” Greenpeace claimed in a statement.

However, Nintendo’s console sales continue to surge, with GfK data announcing that the portable DSi, launched just 14 weeks ago, has surpassed 100,000 units in Australia.

Nintendo games continue to sell well, too, with five of the top 10 belonging to either the DS, DSi or Nintendo Wii.

The GfK top 10 games for this week are:

  • Wii Fit (Nintendo Wii)
  • Wii Play (Nintendo Wii)
  • Mario Kart (Nintendo Wii)
  • The Sims 3 (PC/Mac)
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Nintendo Wii)
  • Infamous (Playstation 3)
  • Fight Night Round 4 (Playstation 3)
  • Club Penguin Elite Penguin (Nintendo DS)
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Playstation 2)
  • Fight Night Round 4 (Xbox 360)

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