Nintendo’s Russian eshop put in maintenance mode amid flurry of companies cutting all sales

Nintendo appears to have joined the list of companies cutting sales in Russia. Kind of.

According to The Verge, the Russian version of the eShop is currently in maintenance mode, which means that no Switch users in the country can purchase digital games.

A Google-translated version of the error message on Nintendo’s website reads: “Due to the payment service used in the Nintendo eShop suspending the processing of ruble payments, the Nintendo eShop in Russia is temporarily placed in maintenance mode.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

The issue with the payment service and the decision to temporarily close the store comes amid a wave of publishers publicly announcing that they have halted all sales in Russia in protest at the country’s invasion of Ukraine. .

Companies that have taken this position so far include CD Projekt, Bloober Team, Electronic Arts, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.

Sony also appears to have taken its own subtle steps against Russia, with Eurogamer reporting yesterday that the launch of Gran Turismo 7 in the region was canceled at the last minute.

The platform holder has yet to publicly state why this posting was delayed, or respond to request for comment.

The video game industry continues to rally behind Ukraine with more information about fundraisers and support efforts emerging every day.

Timothy C. Mayo