nintendo announced to suspend the delivery of its games, consoles and accessories to the Russia. A decision which does not appear to stem from a position taken by the manufacturer on the conflict with Ukraine but from logistical difficulties.
Slowly, Russia sees itself more and more isolated on the international scene with companies thus withdrawing from the local market. Regarding the case of Nintendo, which kept a certain distance on the subject until very recently, it now seems more and more complicated to continue doing business in Moscow.
After pushing back to an indefinite date Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp on Switch, and this for a game principle that will inevitably echo the news of the moment, Nintendo has announced that it is suspending the delivery of all its physical products to Russia.
Nintendo suspends its video game deliveries to Russia… just like Sony and Microsoft
The Japanese manufacturer could have justified its decision by a sanction imposed on Russia for its offensive on its Ukrainian neighbor. The explanation, which remains logical and that Nintendo communicated to Reuters, is in fact based more on a context that is too uncertain to allow the maintenance of distributions on Russian soil.
Nintendo’s decision to suspend product shipments to Russia is consistent with “for the foreseeable future…due to the considerable volatility surrounding the logistics of shipping and distributing physical goods. »
It should be recalled that the Russian eShop of Russia has been under maintenance since last week following the decision of the relevant payment service to refuse the ruble for transactions.
The Reuters article indicates that in addition to Nintendo, Sony is also putting a brake on its delivery of games, accessories and consoles to Russia. Information that tends to confirm that Gran Turismo 7, impossible to buy on the Russian PlayStation Store, would also not be found in stores in the country. And if it were necessary to underline it, Xbox also expressed such suspensions. In remarks recalled by VGC, the president and vice-president of Microsoft Brad Smith had however taken a position on the question:
“Like the rest of the world, we are horrified, furious and saddened by the images and news coming from the war in Ukraine and we condemn this unwarranted, unprovoked and illegal invasion by Russia. »