The Nintendo Eshop is suspending all sales in Russia because the payment service is no longer accepting and processing rubles.
The Nintendo eShop is one of the easiest and most convenient ways for gamers to purchase new Nintendo games, it also acts as a solid digital infrastructure for platforms like the Nintendo Switch. When the eShop stops working, it will be gamers who will be affected and recently it seems that Nintendo eShop has been suspended from sales in Russia due to the ongoing war with Ukraine.
Some gamers have discovered and reported that the Russian version of the Nintendo eShop is not currently processing payments. While this may be a less obvious response than Microsoft’s decision to suspend all sales activities in Russia, some still suspect that the suspension has a connection with the company. current conflict.
According to a customer support page on the Nintendo.ru website, Nintendo has confirmed that the payment service used by the Russian eShop will no longer work. Nintendo announced that the payment service has stopped processing all payments made in rubles. As a result, the Russian Nintendo eShop has been put into maintenance mode to resolve the payment service not working. Since this happened right before the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U and 3DS systems was closed, this can indeed be considered a rather disappointing thing for Nintendo fans in Russia.
Many gamers may suspect that Nintendo is joining the list of game companies against Russia because of the war with Ukraine. The list of companies against Russia now includes Remedy Entertainment, CD Projekt Red, EA, Activision Blizzard, GSC Game World, and more. Even The Pokemon Company, the franchise in charge of one of Nintendo’s biggest game series, has brought up released a statement declaring support for Ukraine and donating to a humanitarian aid charity. It wouldn’t be too strange if Nintendo really joined the group of game companies that stopped selling in Russia in favor of Urkaine.
However, the statement on the Russian Nintendo eShop site is actually quite neutral in wording. This leads us to question whether Nintendo was behind the suspension of sales or the digital store was forced to close simply because payments were no longer available. Either way, it appears that like many other video game stores in Russia, the Nintendo eShop will be closed and may not be available for a while.
See also: Remedy Entertainment announces its support and donation to the Red Cross in Ukraine