There was no turning back for Arakawa then. Having learned lessons the hard way, he made sound decisions and constant changes were made in the organization. The sales and marketing functions of Nintendo of America are today directed by the office in Redwood City which is based in California.
As reported in 2007, Nintendo North Bend facility processes over 20,000 orders in a single day which includes their online sales. The customers are loyal to the company because of good policies which cater to every need of the customers. In the United States, Nintendo of America has two retail stores. The one which is open to customers, is located in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The second is Nintendo Redmond, which is on the location of the NoA headquarters in Redmond, Washington. This is not open to public but only invited guests and the Nintendo employees.
NoA also has a distribution network in Canada. Nintendo of Canada is based in British Columbia, Vancouver. The distribution centre is in Toronto, Ontario. They also have a locationa team called the Nintendo Treehouse. The sole responsibility of this team is to translate the games from Japanese to English.
Nintendo of Europe
The European subsidiary was created in June 1990. The headquarters were established in Großostheim – Germany. This subsidiary handles all the operations of distribution of Nintendo in Europe. This does not include South Africa and Scandinavia. The Nintendo UK also exists. The operations are handled from Windsor, Berkshire. This includes all of United Kingdom and Ireland.
The NoE issued a consolidation process which included reduction in operations. This resulted in about 130 people losing their jobs. The warehouse and office which was based in Großostheim was closed. The employees were terminated and all operations were frozen. All the operations were then consolidated. As of 2018, Nintendo of Europe has over 850 employees.
This subsidiary is based in Melbourne, Victoria. This company looks after the sales, distributions, publishing and marketing of Nintendo products across New Zealand, Australia and Oceania – which are: Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia, Cooks Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. Wii games are also manufactured in Nintendo Australia locally. In addition to this, the company acts as a third party distributor of some games form Atlus, Rising Star Games, The Tetris Company, Koe Tecmo, Sega and Capcom.
Nintendo of Korea
The South Korean Nintendo counterpart was established in 2006 in the summer. The headquarters are based in Seoul. After a decade, in 2016, the subsidiary was downsized after a thorough examination of the shifts in the recent market. More than 80% employees were laid off from the company. This only left about 10 employees in the Korean division. However, there was no impact of this layoff on the scheduled release of new games in Korea. Nintendo still operates there as usual.
Impact on the Environment
There is a report called “Guide to Greener Electronics” which is published by Greenpeace every year and Nintendo always ranks last. Only because Nintendo always fails to provide the information Greenpeace asks for. Also, another report called “Conflict Minerals Company Ranking” by Enough Project’s, Nintendo never replies to the information that they seek and therefore, ranks last there too.
However, Nintendo does offer a take-back of electronic items for recycling purposes. Many electronic companies do that. This program enables the consumers to return their gadgets to the company for recycling or reusing. In fact, in 2011, Nintendo of America took back 548 tons of returned products and used about 98% for recycling or reusing.