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Nintendo Effectively Shuts Down eShop In Russia

Over a year after suspending Nintendo eShop service in Russia, the console giant is essentially shutting it down entirely.


Nintendo will effectively shut down the Nintendo eShop in Russia at the end of May. Per a report from Game Developer, this news came via an email to publishers from Nintendo of Europe. The email states that Nintendo plans to "wind down" its operations in Russia, which means that players in that country will no longer be able to make new purchases or use download codes after May 31.

"As a result of the economic outlook, Nintendo of Europe has decided to wind down operations of its Russian subsidiary," reads the email in part, as seen by Game Developer. "As part of our efforts to honor preceding commitments to our customers in the Russian market, the Russian version of Nintendo eShop will be set to offer limited service."

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The email goes on to say that players will be able to redownload digital content they have purchased, but they will not be able to purchase content or redeem download codes. It also says that all payment information tied to Nintendo accounts (such as credit cards and PayPal details) will be deleted due to security concerns.

Nintendo stopped sending physical products to Russia back in early 2022 and placed the eShop in that country into maintenance mode. Many other major gaming companies have ceased operations in the area due to the ongoing war, including Epic Games, Sony, Microsoft, EA, and more. Several companies based in the country also closed their physical offices in the region, including notable strategy developer Wargaming.

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