Nintendo No Longer Processing eShop Payments in Russia
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Nintendo has placed the Russian online store in “maintenance mode”,
Which means that new content cannot be purchased in the country. As noted on the Nintendo Russia website, the payment service that Nintendo uses for the online store no longer processes Russian rubles, which means that Nintendo cannot accept payments. The statement ends with the words: “We apologize for the inconvenience caused. We will share updates as the situation develops.”
While many major gaming companies, including Xbox, have deliberately suspended sales in Russia. Nintendo’s wording in the statement implies that this is an unintended by-product of another company’s decisions. And not its own move to join the Ukrainian gaming industry’s chorus of support. We have contacted Nintendo for comment on this matter. A number of humanitarian organizations are currently accepting donations. And support for their efforts to help Ukrainians affected by the war. They include:
- save the children: On earth right now they are providing humanitarian assistance to children.
- UNICEF: Providing emergency supplies and safe water to the community, as well as care for children in the field and children separated from their families.
- Project HOPE: Sending medical supplies and providing medical care to refugees.
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