Nintendo Switch

Nintendo stops shops from selling Switch digital download codes in Europe

Third party games, i.e. those published by someone other than Nintendo, are unaffected but ShopTo revealed the news that it and other retailers will no longer be able to sell codes from today.

Even if it was only a little bit, retailers often offered a discount on Nintendo games, but this means that, baring the (very) occasional sale, they’ll now only ever be sold at full price.

Nintendo first party games are notorious for rarely ever dropping in price, as they remain popular for the entirety of a console’s lifetime.

‘After careful examination of the evolving European marketplace in recent years, Nintendo has decided to end the availability of download codes for its own-published software via retailers’, says the statement.

‘We’re always investigating new avenues and will continue to work on new methods to bring Nintendo eShop content to as many players as possible.’

Still, it’s an unnecessary home goal in terms of PR, especially as the new rules have been put into place with no warning whatsoever.

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