Nintendo became the latest gaming giant to halt all shipments to Russia for the “foreseeable future.” The company stopped short of publicly supporting Ukraine but made it clear that the rapidly changing circumstances around exporting and selling products in Russia forced their hand.
“We have decided to suspend shipping all Nintendo products to Russia for the foreseeable future,” announced Nintendo. “This is due to considerable volatility surrounding the logistics of shipping and distributing physical goods.”
On March 7th, the company also announced that the Russian eShop had been placed into maintenance mode, meaning no users in the country could purchase games or any other digital content. This wasn’t necessarily in support of Ukraine either, as Nintendo said their payment service had stopped processing Russian rubles, forcing the eShop to temporarily close.
Both PlayStation and Xbox have halted sales of their consoles and software in Russia as well. Unlike Nintendo, they did so with explicit messages of support for Ukraine amid the current war.
(All information was provided by IGN)