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.