Nintendo Suspends Shipments To Russia, Claiming “Logistics”

Nin­ten­do will not whip prod­ucts to Rus­sia fro the “fore­see­able future,” cit­ing logis­tics as the reason–not men­tion­ing Rus­si­a’s inva­sion on Ukraine.

The com­pa­ny made a state­ment to Eurogamer, con­firm­ing it stopped the ship­ping and dis­tri­b­u­tion of phys­i­cal goods in the area. The state­ment refers to “volatil­i­ty” regard­ing dis­tri­b­u­tion, but does­n’t direct­ly ref­er­ence the ongo­ing ware in the region.

We have decid­ed to sus­pend ship­ping all Nin­ten­do prod­ucts to Rus­sia for the fore­see­able future,” a Nin­ten­do spokesper­son said. “This is due to con­sid­er­able volatil­i­ty sur­round­ing the logis­tics of ship­ping and dis­trib­ut­ing phys­i­cal goods.”

Addi­tion­al­ly, Nin­ten­do eShop sales in the region have also been put on hold, with the shop cur­rent­ly under main­te­nance “fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion of trans­ac­tions in Russ­ian rubles by the pay­ment provider.”

When so many oth­er video game companies–and com­pa­nies around the world in general–have stopped sell­ing their prod­ucts and ser­vices in Rus­sia specif­i­cal­ly due to Rus­si­a’s inva­sion on Ukraine. Nin­ten­do decid­ing “logis­tics” was the pri­ma­ry rea­son behind tem­porar­i­ly ban­ning sales and ship­ments, does­n’t real­ly look good.

Microsoft has already tak­en the steps to stop the new sales of Microsoft prod­ucts and ser­vices in Rus­sia for the time being. They’ve called Rus­si­a’s inva­sion on Ukraine “unjus­ti­fied, unpro­voked and unlaw­ful.” Sim­i­lar­ly, PlaySta­tion called for “peace in Ukraine” along­side its own announce­ment that all sales in Russ­ian (both phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal) would be suspended.

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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