Nintendo eShop taken offline in Russia

It looks like Nintendo also joined other video game companies in solidarity with Ukraine after the Russian attack. However, while there was no direct statement from the company, NintendoLife noted that a number of Nintendo eShop users who use the Russian version of the online store have reported that payments were not not accepted.

A little later, Nintendo confirmed that the eStore in Russia had been temporarily placed under maintenance.

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If you head over to Nintendo.ru, the company has confirmed that the eShop is currently suspended. “Due to the fact that 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 the inconvenience. We will share updates as the situation evolves.” reads the ad according to Google translate.

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Unlike other companies, Nintendo hasn’t openly condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine, or said anything about halting sales and services. This leads to the theory that it wasn’t Nintendo that actually stopped accepting ruble payments, but a third-party payment provider that operates in the region that did.

The number of companies boycotting Russia after its attack on Ukraine is growing every day. It hasn’t even been a day since EA and Microsoft announced that they will no longer sell products or services in Russia. While EA’s products will primarily be related to video games, Microsoft’s sales halt also includes anything Windows-related.

On top of that — and helping with relief efforts — Microsoft also mentioned that it proactively helped cybersecurity in Ukraine defend against Russian cyberattacks. “Since the beginning of the war, we have acted against Russian positioning, destructive or disruptive measures against more than 20 Ukrainian government, IT and financial sector organizations,” said the president and vice president of Microsoft. , Brad Smith. We also acted against cyberattacks targeting several additional civilian sites. We have publicly expressed our concerns that these attacks on civilians violate the Geneva Convention.”


No official statement has been made by Nintendo on whether it will follow as well.

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