Nintendo’s eShop is currently unavailable in Russia

Nintendo’s eShop is currently down in Russia, following a decision by the payment service used by the company to no longer accept the Russian currency, the rouble.

According to the Russian Nintendo eShop page, the eShop is currently in “maintenance mode”. It doesn’t appear that the decision to shut down its eShop in Russia was made by Nintendo, but rather by another company that handles the store’s transactions. Nintendo has notably remained silent on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while its game industry peers have openly taken steps to limit or completely halt sales of their products in Russia.

It’s unclear when the Nintendo eShop will go back online in Russia. Nintendo’s current post on the site apologizes to users and promises that the company “will share updates as the situation develops.” However, it remains to be seen whether or not Nintendo will be able to override another company’s decision to stop accepting Russian currency.

While the decision to disable Nintendo’s eShop in Russia may not have been made by the company itself, it is yet another move taken against the country for its invasion of Ukraine. Many other companies in the gaming industry have taken extremely public stances against Russia, including two of Nintendo’s main competitors, Microsoft and Sony. The former announced last week that it would halt “new” sales of all products and services to users in Russia. Sony, on the other hand, has apparently pulled the release of its latest first-party title, Gran Turismo 7 from Russia, although he made no official announcement.

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Timothy C. Mayo