Why Nintendo Workers Are Complaining of Mistreatment



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Nintendo of America workers are, apparently, not having a great time. The company behind Mario, Zelda, Splatoon, and Kirby is, according to reports, not a great place to work, and contractors who are often denied permanent employment opportunities are speaking out.

In a recent video on the delay to Nintendo's shining star of an upcoming game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (or whatever it actually ends up being called) we quoted Doug Bowser in saying that it's important for Nintendo employees to have a good work-life balance and not get pushed too far.

Turns out not everyone agrees with Bowser that Nintendo staff are treated with care. According to reports, even full-time, permanent Nintendo employees - the so-called red badge staff members - are feeling the pressure brought on by a management system that refuses to hire enough permanent staff to meet needs.

We don't want to speculate too wildly about what's going on behind closed doors at Nintendo, so all we'll be doing in this video is quoting directly from Nintendo workers or former workers, as well as reports from credible news outlets that have interviewed these disgruntled workers. We fully admit that this is only one side of the story, but we feel that it's important to amplify these accounts of workplace mistreatment.

Lots of love,

BretonStripes and Kotor

Sources for this video:
https://www.ign.com/articles/nintendo-america-contractors-full-time-complaints-report
https://kotaku.com/nintendo-america-switch-employee-treatment-unionize-nlr-1848828975
https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/06/21/nintendo-comments-on-crunch-and-game-delays-a-e3-2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dY916HnHOA
https://www.ign.com/videos/our-bodies-are-ready-the-nvc-interview-with-reggie-fils-aim
https://www.axios.com/2022/05/12/nintendo-contractors-investigation
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