Several Nintendo fans have noticed that the Russian Nintendo eShop is not processing payments. Many believed that Nintendo was shutting down the Russian eShop due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, though Nintendo has yet to respond if this is the case.
The Nintendo.ru website has now been updated and, based on Google translation, confirms that the payment service used in the Nintendo eShop has suspended the processing of ruble payments. The ruble is the currency used in Russia. The translation states that the Nintendo eShop in Russia is “temporarily placed in maintenance mode”. The website apologizes for any inconvenience and promises to provide updates as the situation evolves.
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Nowhere is it stated directly whether Nintendo has suspended payments in Russia due to current world events, although the timing indicates this. Many companies have taken a stand against Russia, including Microsoft and CD Projeckt Red, both of which have suspended sales of their titles in Russia in support of Ukraine.
It’s also worth noting that Nintendo itself may not be behind the suspension. A separate third-party payment service provider in the region may have participated in digital purchases of rubles and was directly involved in temporary maintenance. Until Nintendo releases more information on the situation, we can only speculate.