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Interested in getting into the video game industry, using Nintendo-owned copyrights, or other Nintendo-related questions? Try our list of frequently-asked-questions below.

What is Nintendo's Online Privacy Policy?
How can I buy stock?
How can I submit my game idea?
May I use Nintendo games/music/graphics/web site contents?
What classes should I take to make video games?
Where can I get help on a video game?
How can I get technical help with my Nintendo products?
Whom do I contact for charitable donations (product or monetary)?
Why do games get delayed?
Can I use pictures or articles from Nintendo's site for my own?
What is Nintendo's position on Intellectual Property rights, game copying devices, and emulators?
What does Nintendo do to help protect the environment?
Whom do I contact if I would like to submit a partnership, sponsorship, and/or promotional product request/proposal?
What is Nintendo's corporate mission and philosophy?


Have a question that was not answered on this list? Visit our Contact page for more information options.

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How can I buy stock?


Nintendo of America Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo Co., Ltd., which is located in Kyoto, Japan. Although ordinary Nintendo stock shares are traded only through the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges, un sponsored American Depository Receipts (ADRs) are available on the over-the-counter market. For more information, please contact a local stock brokerage firm.


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How can I submit my game idea?


Nintendo has some of the most devoted, enthusiastic fans of any game developer. Each week, we receive hundreds of questions and suggestions about our games and systems. While we would love to use ideas from fans to develop actual products, due to the volume of requests we receive and the resources it would take to process them, we do not accept unsolicited game or product ideas. As a company committed to being on the leading edge of game and hardware development, though, you can be sure that we are constantly at work developing new and exciting product and game ideas.

If you are an avid gamer who's interested in a career in video game design, but maybe you lack some of the programming experience, the DigiPen Institute of Technology might be a great place to start. The DigiPen program is an accredited, college-level program that teaches its students how to program and design for today's demanding video game applications. For more details on DigiPen's curriculum, please visit www.digipen.edu.

Please note: If you represent an established video game developer looking for information on getting your products licensed by Nintendo, please email us for assistance, by clicking here.


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May I use Nintendo games/music/graphics/web site contents?


We appreciate the interest in Nintendo and in all our video game products. To us, it represents a great sign of success and recognition of the Nintendo brand.

"Nintendo" is a registered trademark of Nintendo of America Inc. Nintendo owns extensive intellectual property rights in all of its products, including video game systems, game titles, characters, game software, graphics, artwork, and screen shots. Nintendo also retains rights in content on Nintendo's web sites, including articles, artwork, screen shots and other files. Trademarks and copyrights for third-party games and characters are owned by the companies that market or license those products.

While we are grateful for all the requests for permission to use Nintendo properties, we are not able to grant such requests. We receive thousands of requests and we do not have adequate staffing to review them all. Therefore, our general policy is to decline requests for permission for the use of Nintendo properties.

Although we are not able to grant permission, use of Nintendo's properties without formal permission by Nintendo may still be allowed under the relevant laws of the particular jurisdiction involved. Thus, we encourage you to seek your own legal counsel if you have any questions about whether your particular proposed use is permitted without Nintendo's authorization. Nintendo cannot provide legal advice.

We appreciate your support.


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What classes should I take to make video games?


Developing a video game takes the skills of many talented people. Programming knowledge is a must. A good background in C++ can go far. Other classes that are helpful include graphic design, computer modeling and animation, and mathematics.

There are also some helpful courses that may not seem obvious: history, philosophy, creative writing, logic, music appreciation and drama. All of these help in character and story development.

For more information, check with a school guidance or career counselor. If you're interested in going to a video game development school, check out Digipen.


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Where can I get help on a video game?


Our Game Play Assistance area can show you several ways to get tips on video games.


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How can I get technical help with my Nintendo products?


Our Technical Assistance area can help you with any Nintendo technical question. If your answer isn't online, we have phone numbers and addresses for further assistance.


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Why do games get delayed?


The process of creating video games is a very complicated one, involving years of development by engineers, artists, creative designers, etc. In addition, the detailed programming for today's 3D games requires extensive testing.

Our goal is to meet projected release dates for games, but sometimes we have to alter our plans to ensure the game quality you expect from us is met. We'd rather delay the release of a game than have you purchase a game that doesn't meet your expectations. Also, most games are created and developed by our engineers in Japan, and the process of translating games from Japanese versions to their American counterparts is lengthy and complicated.

Though they are subject to change, the dates we publish in Nintendo Power magazine and on our website represent the most accurate dates available at press time.


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Can I use pictures or articles from Nintendo's site for my own?

All content on this website, including articles, artwork, screen shots, graphics, logos, digital downloads and other files, may not be used on any other web site, in any publications, in public performances, in connection with any product or service that is not Nintendo's, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers, in any manner that disparages or discredits Nintendo, or in any manner that is otherwise exploitative for any commercial purpose or that otherwise infringes Nintendo's intellectual property rights.


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Can I write in and request permission?

Nintendo does not grant permission to individuals to use any content from this website. Because we receive thousands of such requests, our policy is to decline use of our trademarks and copyrights.


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What does Nintendo do to help protect the environment?

Please click here for information on what Nintendo does to help protect the environment.