Nintendo last in Greenpeace ranks


Senior Reporter

Greenpeace has once again released its Guide to Greener Electronics, with Nintendo dead last in the ratings. Nintendo scored a 0.8 out of ten, which is up from their 2007 score of zero. (

One of the reasons for the abysmal score given by the report is that, “The company has banned phthalates and is monitoring use of antimony and beryllium, and although it is endeavoring to eliminate the use of PVC, it has not set a timeline for its phase out.”

I looked up phthalates on Wikipedia, and I still don’t know what they are. But when you give Nintendo a 0.8 out of ten for environmentalism, I picture president Reggie Fils-Aime single-handedly demolishing rainforests and skinning baby marmosets to create new Wii consoles, breathing black plumes of smoke as he goes.

But another reason for the low score is that apparently, Nintendo simply didn’t cooperate with Greenpeace most of the time, resulting in a zero score in many categories. (

What boggles my mind is that Nintendo is ranked less environmentally friendly than competitors Microsoft and Sony, which got a 2.7 and a 5.5 respectively. Anyone who has seen an Xbox 360 or a Playstation 3 knows those things give off massive amounts of heat and suck up enough electricity to power a small village. Those things have got to be contributing to global warming.