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Facebook Group Plans Nintendo 3DS Boycott

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A Facebook group has emerged encouraging gamers to boycott Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS until the gaming giant agrees to take action against “conflict minerals” – precious minerals mined in places where human rights abuses and armed conflict are present. So far the group has amassed over 600 members.

The group admits it has no proof that Nintendo is using conflict minerals in the 3DS, but says it “doesn’t need proof”, due to the fact that conflict minerals have entered the market and Nintendo hasn’t publicly stated that it’s taken measures to prevent their use in its products.

While this is certainly a noble cause, and is all about raising awareness of the issue of conflict minerals as the American and European 3DS launches approach, the link with the 3DS is tenuous at best. Many other products are just as likely to use conflict minerals as the 3DS. With no direct proof that you’re supporting human rights abuses by splashing out on that copy of Nintendogs + Cats 3DS you’ve been eyeing, it’s difficult to see this gaining much traction.

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    zachmartin said Feb 28th 2011 1:27 PM

    Internet, you disappoint me sometimes.

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      dac said Feb 28th 2011 1:31 PM

      Your avatar is perfect for that comment.

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    Patrick Tarrant said Feb 28th 2011 1:49 PM

    Proof? Proof!? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ PROOF!

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    Blackpaw said Feb 28th 2011 2:43 PM

    Maybe I’ll join this group. I wasnt going to get one anyway, and i get to protest something. I don’t see a down side.

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      Blackpaw said Feb 28th 2011 2:44 PM

      oh wait, you have no proof? hmmm…

      nope. I cant support a movement based on wild rumors and speculations unless it involves religion or aliens.

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    guycom said Feb 28th 2011 3:35 PM

    Only on Facebook do we ever see this amount of fail! This is worse then the boycott for l4d2…much worse

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    pitman said Mar 1st 2011 3:54 AM

    600 less units to sell ?!

    OMG that is totally gonna bankrupt nintendo.

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