Nintendo has shut down the eShop in Russia making it impossible for gamers in the country to purchase or use download codes. The official closure took place early this morning as the final operating day was scheduled for 31 May.
By the sound of things, the Nintendo eShop in Russia is running very similar to the current 3DS and Wii U shop. This means gamers can only re-download their content and can’t redeem any new codes or purchase any new games.
In a statement, Nintendo says that the closure is a result of the economic outlook in the region. The ongoing political issues have caused Nintendo Europe to wind down its operations as a result.
“As a result of the economic outlook, Nintendo of Europe has decided to wind down operations of its Russian subsidiary,” reads the email. “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. As of May 31, 2023, and for the foreseeable future, Russian customers with an existing Nintendo Account will be able to redownload digital content that they have previously purchased. It will not be possible to make any new purchases or use download codes within [the] Nintendo eShop in Russia.”
Nintendo had this planned for some time already. Back in early 2022, the company stopped shipping physical Nintendo content to Russia. The eShop also entered a dumbed-down version due to the ongoing conflict.
Nintendo follows the likes of other companies who have all pulled out of operating in the region. Epic Games, Sony, Microsoft, EA Games and other large companies ceased business operations in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine back in 2022.
Source: Game Developer