Nintendo eShop suspended in Russia

the Nintendo Online Store has been suspended in Russia as payments cannot be processed in the region at this time. Nintendo’s confirmation follows numerous reports from gamers in the country that they were unable to make purchases on the eShop.

Why is Nintendo eShop not available in Russia?

The Nintendo eShop has been placed in maintenance mode in Russia according to a notice on Nintendo’s support page. This means that players can browse the eShop but cannot make purchases. According to a translation from Nintendo Life, this happened because the payment process used by the Nintendo eShop no longer processes payments in rubles, possibly because the currency has reached an all-time high since the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Nintendo Online Store
Since the payment service used in the Nintendo eShop has suspended the processing of ruble payments, the Nintendo eShop in Russia is temporarily placed in maintenance mode.
We apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused. We will share updates as the situation evolves.

While other video game companies like CD PROJEKT and EA have chosen to halt sales of their products in Russia and Belarus, the wording of the statement suggests that Nintendo’s hand may have been forced by a corporation. third party that processes all eShop payments. As soon as Nintendo releases an update, we’ll be sure to let you know.

In other news, Microsoft made a similar move to halt sales of its products in Russia. This includes all of their PC products and services as well as Xbox consoles, games and services such as Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold. Elsewhere, a Kirby and the Forgotten Land demo has arrived on Nintendo eShop on Switch. The demo includes three levels that can be played solo or in local co-op for two players.

Timothy C. Mayo