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It was only two days ago that Kotaku published a report on a “frat boy” culture of sexual harassment and other deplorable actions at Nintendo of America, the latest in a long string of troubled murmurings from the company. A couple days later, Kotaku has obtained the internal memo from NoA President Doug Bowser addressing the allegations, having verified it with multiple known Nintendo employees.

“We have strict policies designed to protect our employees and associates from inappropriate conduct and expect full compliance with these policies by all who work for or with us.” Bowser wrote. “We have and will always investigate any allegations we become aware of, and we are actively investigating these most recent claims.”

Bowser notably denounced the reports at Activision Blizzard last year, calling them “distressing and disturbing” and striving to increase the number of female managers at Nintendo in the wake of the incident. This internal response seems a bit more diplomatic and businesslike, but you can tell it’s serious.

“Please remember that our HR teams are here to support you,” wrote Bowser. “If you experience, have experienced, witness, or have witnessed anything concerning such behavior that is contrary to our Standards of Conduct, employee handbook, or Company Values, please immediately contact your HR Business Partner.”

Kotaku reached out to Nintendo for comment, but didn’t receive one by time of publication. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any more actions that come as a result of this.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.