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Nintendo officially suspends eShop sales in Russia


Nintendo has made an official declaration regarding the suspension of eShop sales in Russia. The previous year, the company initiated a “maintenance mode” for its eShop, thereby restricting customer access within the country. Presently, the Company is taking a more decisive measure by completely ceasing all sales in Russia.

Effective May 31st, 2023, Nintendo of Europe has officially declared the cessation of all fresh eShop sales in Russia. Consequently, customers will no longer possess the capability to initiate new purchases or utilize digital codes within the store.

To prioritize security, the Company will remove all credit card information and PayPal details. Moreover, it will not be feasible to create new Nintendo Accounts when Russia is selected as the country of residence.

Fortunately, this circumstance has a bright side. For the time being, users who already have Russian eShop accounts will still be able to download games and DLC that they have already bought. The length of this continued access for these users is still unknown according to Nintendo.

Russian customers with an active Nintendo Account will be able to redownload previously purchased digital material starting on May 31, 2023, and for an indefinite period after that. It’s important to remember that customers won’t be able to use download vouchers or make new purchases in the Russian Nintendo eShop.

It is important to note that, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Microsoft and Sony stopped all sales in Russia more than a year ago. Additionally, game developers like Epic, Activision Blizzard, and EA followed suit and stopped selling their products in the nation at roughly the same time.

With Nintendo now joining this collective action, there are currently no prominent console manufacturers permitting their Russian users to purchase new games within the country.

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