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Switch redesigned to be a more energy and resource efficient product, says Nintendo

Nintendo has shared information about the steps it has taken over the lifespan of the Switch family to reduce its environmental impacts.

The data was included in presentation materials used during an investor briefing on the company’s second quarter financial results. The presentation is publicly available at Nintendo’s website.

Details of Nintendo’s environmental initiatives begin on pages 51 of the downloaded PDF.

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Nintendo has stated that it is mindful of environmental considerations with its products and offices.

Regarding the Switch, he said he has taken steps to design a product that is more energy and resource efficient. According to Nintendo’s tests, when docked, the launch model uses around 12 watts, while the current model uses seven. The OLED model is slightly more efficient than the current model, using only six watts, allowing a 50% reduction in energy consumption.

Nintendo also said it has taken steps to conserve resources and reduce carbon dioxide emissions during the manufacture and transportation of Switch units, and pledged to take other initiatives, including “expanding the use of renewable energies and efficient use of resources”.

Nintendo Reports reduced size of Switch packaging, in order to increase the number of shipments, first appeared in August. Australian community website Vooks calculated the OLED packaging to be 14% smaller than previous Switch models. In the presentation, Nintendo said the volume change is now 18%. The company said it plans to start replacing the current Switch model’s packaging with the smaller packaging used for the OLED model from late 2022.

In the Q&A session with investors after the presentation, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa reiterated that the company currently has “No project” to increase the price of the Switch, and he will continue to monitor the economy and the market going forward.

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