Nintendo Halts Hardware and Software Exports to Russia

Multiple major video game companies have halted business in Russia.

Multiple major video game companies have halted business in Russia.

This morning, Japanese video game publisher and developer Nintendo announced that they would be temporarily halting the export of gaming hardware and software to Russia. This includes Nintendo Switch consoles, peripherals, and game cartridges. This halt will persist for the foreseeable future.

Unlike the many other global brands that have pulled out of Russia recently in the midst of their ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Nintendo did not outright condemn Russia or voice support for Ukraine. Rather, their reason for halting business, according to the official statement, is due to ‚Äúvolatility surrounding the logistics of shipping and distributing physical goods.”

This halt on physical hardware follows the recent suspension of activity of Nintendo’s digital eShop platform. The eShop is not currently accessible in Russian territories, as the company that handles payments for the eShop suspended all transactions in Russian Rubles. Additionally, Nintendo announced that they would be delaying the release of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp from its planned April release date due to the current tense climate in the world.

Nintendo’s move follows Microsoft’s recent decision to halt gaming hardware and software sales in Russia, and not long after Nintendo’s announcement, Sony followed suit as well. With this, the three major pillars of the console gaming market have pulled out of Russia entirely.

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