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Nintendo no longer processes eShop payments in Russia

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Editor’s Note: The war in Ukraine is an ongoing, painful and emotional subject. IGN urges community members to be respectful when engaging in conversation around this topic and to not endorse harassment of any kind.

Nintendo has put the Russian eShop into ‘maintenance mode’, meaning that new content cannot be purchased in the country.

As noted on the Nintendo Russia site, the payment service Nintendo uses for the eShop no longer processes the Russian ruble, meaning Nintendo cannot accept payments. The statement concluded, “We apologize for any inconvenience caused. We will share updates as the situation develops.”

While many major game companies, including Xbox, have intentionally suspended sales in Russia, Nintendo’s wording in the statement implies that this is an unintentional byproduct of other companies’ decisions. , rather than a move of their own designed to join the chorus of supporting the game industry for Ukraine. We’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment on that point.

Several humanitarian relief organizations are now accepting donations and supporting their efforts to help Ukrainians affected by the war. These include:

  • Save Children: Currently providing humanitarian aid to children.
  • UNICEF: Provide emergency supplies and safe water to communities, as well as care for children on the ground and those separated from their families.
  • Project HOPE: Send medical supplies and provide healthcare to refugees.

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