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Nintendo facing heat from the Norwegian Consumer Council due to inability to cancel eShop pre-orders

Posted on February 21, 2018 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Once you’ve pre-loaded a game from the eShop, you’re locked in to the purchase. There’s no way to cancel the pre-order prior to release. Because of this, Nintendo is now facing heat from the Norwegian Consumer Council.

PressFire obtained a letter sent to Nintendo in which the Council asks for clarification on how to cancel digital pre-orders or create a way to do so as soon as possible. As Polygon notes, Nintendo’s current policy goes against the 2011 Consumer Rights Directive that grants “a higher level of protection for consumers … in their own country or elsewhere in the EU.”

“Even with prior consent, Nintendo cannot prohibit the consumer from cancelling or withdrawing from a digital content contract before the [launch] has begun,” the Norwegian Consumer Council says in its letter. A provision in the Consumer Rights Directive indicates that consumers must have the option to cancel any online purchases and receive refunds within two weeks of that cancellation.

While the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft and others offer cancellations and refunds for pre-orders, the Norwegian Consumer Council says that Nintendo is one of the very few exceptions. Nintendo is now being asked if there is some hidden way to “freely cancel or withdraw from a pre-order or pre-purchase” and how this can be done if possible. Assuming customers can’t get their money back, the Council demands that Nintendo defend how this doesn’t violate the terms of the Consumer Rights Directive.



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